• Commissioned by Natural Resources Canada in Fall 2016Cover ENG
  • Written by 72 scholars from all 10 provinces
  • Draws on data, peer-reviewed research and other relevant documents
  • Offers suggestions on how Canadian governments, companies and citizens can advance decarbonisation in a manner coherent with the Paris Agreement 

After reviewing hundreds of articles and reports, and analysing much data, we are convinced more than ever that Canada has an opportunity to drive innovation and deliver benefits now and into the future by tapping our vast renewable energy potential and know-how to make the transition away from fossil-fuel-based energy systems.


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Steps Proposed

6.1 Timeline

Our Scholars 


 Key Documents


2017 Re-Energizing Canada: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Future  

In Fall 2016, Natural Resources Canada commissioned Sustainable Canada Dialogues to produce an independent, scholarly report on the transition to low-carbon energy. Re-Energizing Canada draws on data, peer-reviewed research and other relevant documents to explore the challenges and opportunities in achieving a low-carbon energy transition that will form the foundation of a sustainable future.

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2016 Rating Canada's Climate Policy: Sustainable Canada Dialogues reports on 2016 Progress

The close of the Marrakech Climate Conference (COP22) on November 18th 2016 presented an apt time to assess Canada's progress in implementing climate actions at home. Sustainable Canada Dialogues released Rating Canada’s Climate Policy, a progress report on the country’s climate actions between COP21 and COP22. Click below to find out more!

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2015 Acting on Climate Change: Extending the Dialogue Among Canadians

To broaden the discussion around climate solutions, Extending the Dialogue Among Canadians brings together voices from First Nations to business to private citizens to further the dialogue on Canadian climate solutions. Click below to find out more!

2015 Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars

Since its conception in 2014, Sustainable Canada Dialogues has striven to help inform Canadian climate policy. Solutions from Canadian Scholars is a consensus paper written by 60+ researchers of Sustainable Canada Dialogues, and identifies 10 key policy orientations for Canadian climate action. Click below to find out more!


Acting on Climate Change: Indigenous Innovations 

Indigenous Innovations aims to give visibility to existing, successful Indigenous climate and sustainability initiatives across Canada. It is a participatory project that seeks to forward cross-cultural learning on climate change mitigation and adaptation that makes meaningful progress towards Reconciliation in Canada, recognizing the leadership of Indigenous cultures with respect to sustainability as a key element of their relationship with the environment. Click below to find out more!

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Extending the Dialogue Among Canadians

We, the scholars of Sustainable Canada Dialogues, are motivated by a shared view that putting options on the table will stimulate action and is long overdue in Canada. Acknowledging that the policies and actions we proposed in Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars are limited to our fields of expertise, we circulated our position paper to a spectrum of First Nations, business associations, non-governmental organizations, labour groups, institutions, organizations and private citizens, to expand the discussion.

The collection of texts, Acting on Climate Change: Extending the Dialogue Among Canadians, presents contributions stemming from these interactions. We invited some contributions, while others were offered to us. Sustainable Canada Dialogues and its partners did not lead or endorse the contributions; content, images and artwork belong to the respective authors and organizations. Together, the contributions enrich the scope of possible solutions and show that Canada is brimming with ideas, possibilities and the will to act.


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Section Title Author(s) Organization
Indigenous Perspectives  Decolonizing the transition towards a sustainable Canada Catherine Béland, Michael Ross First Nations Of Quebec And Labrador Sustainable Development Institute (FNQLSDI)
Resonance Judith DesBrisay  -
Business and Investment   Investing to Facilitate Tansition to a Low-carbon Society François Meloche  -
Linking the Roadmap to the UNGC Environmental Principles Global Compact Network Canada Environment working group Global Compact Network Canada Environment working group
Climate Investment, Low-Carbon Innovation and Green Industrial Policy Scott Vaughan International Institute for Sustainable Development
Canadian Climate Change Policy   A comprehensive look at Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions: Which actions for which reduction targets? Nathalie Berthélemy
Building on the Best - Keeping Canada's climate promise Ian Bruce, Ryan Kadowaki David Suzuki Foundation
Some Reflections on Climate Change Response Policy Ralph Torrie Torrie Smith Associates
Employment and Labour  The Role of Workers in the Transition to a Low-carbon Economy Erik Bouchard-Boulianne Centrale des syndicats du Québec
Protect the Environment by Doing More Work, Not Less Lana Payne, Jim Stanford Unifor
Local Implementation Through Partnerships   At the Crossroads Philippe Bourke, Cedric Chaperon Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement (RNCREQ)
Local Climate Change Knowledge – Solutions for Adaptation and Education in the Fundy Biosphere Reserve Megan de Graaf Fundy Biosphere Reserve
Building on Expertise and Innovation by Supporting Businesses and Municipalities Caroline Sanchez Valero Réseau environnement
Reinventing Cities  Local Low-Carbon Agenda for National Prosperity Alex Boston Trottier Family Foundation, the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian Academy of Engineering
Transitioning Cities to 100% Renewable Energy Michael Small, Claire Havens Renewable Cities
Renewable Energy Challenges  Distributed Generation Micro-Grid Systems: Advancing Renewable Energy Adoption and the Evolution of Our Electrical Grid Adam Day, Sean Fleming Solar Global Solutions
Hydropower: energy production par excellence in Canada, but not quite green Marc Lucotte, Mathieu Canton Université du Québec à Montréal
Transitioning to a renewable energy economy that respects nature and supports community well-being David Miller, Susan Evans and Farid Sharifi World Wildlife Fund - Canada
Towards a sustainable low-carbon electric system: Challenges and opportunities Philip Raphals, Rick Hendriks Centre Helios
Science-Based Operationalization  Operationalizing the key policy orientations of Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars Mohamed Benhaddadi et al. Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en opérationnalisation du développement durable (CIRODD)
On the role of Canada's scientists in transitioning to a low-carbon future W. R. Peltier et al. Evidence for Democracy
Social Acceptability: What do people want?  Imagining Canada: An exploration of desired futures from a country-wide visioning approach. Natalie Richards, Mark Stoddart, Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Catherine Potvin and the SCD visioning team McGill University; Memorial University; Cape Breton University, et al.
Feed the social animal: engaging Canadians in climate change mitigation and adaptation Liette Vasseur; Gary Pickering Brock University
Social Justice Considerations  Council of Canadians comments: White paper on climate change actions in Canada Andrea Harden-Donahue Council of Canadians
Envisioning a good green life in BC: Lessons from the Climate Justice Project Marc Lee  -
Youth    Building Political Will for a Low-Carbon, High Prosperity Canada Paul Kershaw Generation Squeeze
The Role of Education in the Transition to a Low-carbon Economy Jean Robitaille Centrale des syndicats du Québec
Perspectives from Youth and Health Shazeen Suleman Canadian Commission for UNESCO Youth Advisory Group
Call to Action Corine Cadoret, Noah Picard Simon and 66 youth from the 2015 Students On Ice Arctic Expedition Students On Ice

Taking into consideration economic, social and environmental factors, these daylong visioning exercises took place across the country between May and November 2014. To date, we have successfully met with 5 groups of stakeholders; see below for a peek into what we've heard so far from participants:









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