Canada to implement $78 million plan to cut energy consumption

September 8, 2011

The Canadian government has responded to the growing consumption levels for energy within the country by introducing a set of voluntary initiatives over the course of two years that will influence the decisions that individuals and companies make, according to The Vancouver Sun.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver announced the measures and noted that one of the easiest ways to lower the energy consumption levels was for Canadian companies to invest in more energy efficient buildings, the news source reported.

A signifcant portion of the resource are going to be devoted to introducing a more stringent national energy code for buildings, as efficiency is expected to increase by more than 25 percent over the course of the next several years, according to the Sun.

While the proposals were pushed by several environmental organizations, the government realized that changing the policy could also spur economic growth through the rise of a new green sector, The Canadian Press reported.

"This is about job creation and a clean energy future for Canadians," Oliver said in a statement to the media.