Energy Literacy

Energy is a basic part of our lives: it affects everything we do. It impacts the decisions we make in our personal lives, like how we get to work and whether to invest in an energy-efficient furnace. It affects the policies made by governments, like whether to build a pipeline or create a tax on carbon. And it affects the world trying to balance global energy security with the need to decarbonize.

So it’s important to stay informed and up-to-date on energy issues. That’s especially true for Canadians: we’re a global producer and supplier of natural gas and oil, and energy underpins our national economy.

While the Canadian energy landscape is vast, complex and ever-changing, there are several sources where Canadians of all ages can find credible information on energy issues. We invite you to explore and learn more about Canadian natural gas and oil, and other energy sources as well. Here are a few authoritative, third-party information sources you may find helpful.

Canadian Geographic Education - Energy IQ

Energy IQ delivers integrated, bilingual outreach and education to increase Canadians’ energy literacy. The program is oriented to students and teachers but the website is engaging and factual with loads of videos, slides, factoids and maps appropriate for any age and grade level.

Energy IQ focuses on energy production, distribution, consumption and conservation, framed within the larger context of global energy – and that’s all forms of energy, from natural gas and oil to coal, electricity, wind and solar, and other energy sources.

Since its launch in 2012, Energy IQ has become a valued tool for learning about Canada’s dynamic energy landscape, exploring energy topics and accessing useful learning resources ranging from short videos to regional fact books, lesson plans, infographics and a new interactive map. The program has received numerous accolades and supporting testimonials from teachers, who appreciate the importance of balanced, factual information on energy-related topics.

Context: Energy Examined

CAPP maintains an active, dynamic online magazine called Context: Energy Examined, which provides accessible, non-technical information on energy topics through articles, infographics, podcasts and videos. It’s constantly updated with the latest stories and a good way to stay tuned to the pulse of energy issues in Canada.

Natural Resources Canada

Who doesn’t love a good factoid? Energy Facts, a website created and maintained by Natural Resources Canada, is a great source of facts and statistics on Canada’s energy industry.