Wind Power in Canada: An Update



July 30, 2018

Wind energy is one of the fastest growing sources of electricity generation in the world. In fact, we counted in 2017 more than 52,500 megawatts (MW) of new clean and reliable wind power installed in more than 90 countries, including the world leaders of China, the United States, Germany, India, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, the Brazil, Canada and Italy. Wind energy generates clean electricity, creates jobs and stimulates the economic development of communities across the country.

Canada is now a leader in wind energy, ranking ninth in the world for installed power. With the growth of this industry, costs have fallen — by 67% since 2009 — making wind energy one of the most affordable modes of electricity generation. The number of facilities built in the country in the last decade surpassed that of any other source of electricity, and installed power increased on average by 15% per year between 2012 and 2017.

Wind power fills about 6% of the country’s electricity needs, sufficient energy to power more than 3 million households. The country has 295 wind farms in service, from coast to sea, including two of the three territories.

Wind energy, or how to build a more robust, cleaner and affordable energy system

Wind energy in Canada in numbers

• Current installed capacity: 12,239 MW
• Wind farms: 295
• Wind turbines: 6,415
• Current percent of Canada’s electricity demand met by wind: 6
• Wind energy is producing enough electricity to power over 3 million Canadian homes
• Global ranking for total installed capacity: 9
• Average amount of wind energy installed annually in Canada between 2012 and 2017: 1,159 MW for an average annual growth rate of 15%
• Investment in 2017: about $800 million

Wind energy’s social and economic benefits

• Host communities are realizing significant economic and social benefits through new municipal tax revenues, plus stable income for farmers and landowners from land lease agreements.

• Wind energy is creating new high-value jobs, providing employment opportunities for local trades-people and contractors as well as full-time permanent jobs once the wind farm is operational.

• Wind energy projects bring direct investment in the form of contracts for materials and services and infusion of dollars to local businesses.

• Developers are establishing innovative ways to provide additional social and economic benefits and support community partnerships (e.g. voluntary Community Benefits Program / Community Vibrancy Funds).

Community Liaison Committees are being established in developer communities to create a foundation for meaningful dialogue, while supporting an atmosphere of public trust and confidence between the wind energy developer and community.

• The Canadian wind industry produced the Best Practices for Indigenous and Public Engagement guide to improve and strengthen industry practices as wind energy grows across Canada.

Did you know

• According to the Alberta Supply Chain Study, the Alberta government’s Renewable Electricity Program will drive $8.3 billion of investment in new wind energy projects in the province. These projects are expected to result in $3.7 billion in local spending and 15,000 job years of employment by 2030.

• The wind industry in Quebec employs 5,000 full-time workers, whose average annual salary is 30 per cent higher than the Quebec average.

• According to Secor-KPMG, in ten years, the development of the wind industry in Quebec has led to $10 billion in investments, an annual wealth generation of $473 million and annual tax revenues of $75 million to the Quebec government. Thanks to the wind industry, Quebec municipalities can count on $25 million in annual revenue in addition to the return on investment for municipalities that financially participate in projects.

• $25 million was invested into the community of Wolfe Island in Ontario during construction, and royalties to landowners, tax payments, operation and maintenance expenses and ongoing local economic benefits add up to an another $3 million a year…

Source: “The Secret Is Out: Wind Is In,” CanWEA,

Related Articles

Latest Articles

Changing Scene

  • Schneider Electric Appoints Hugo Lafontaine to Lead its Industry Business in Canada

    Schneider Electric Appoints Hugo Lafontaine to Lead its Industry Business in Canada

    March 16, 2023 Schneider Electric announces the appointment of Hugo Lafontaine to the position of Vice President, Industry, Canada. Hugo will lead the company’s automation business in Canada, bringing smart, connected and sustainable digital technology and next-generation solutions to guide the advancement of industries of the future. “Industry 4.0 is an important driver for innovation and economic growth in Canada,… Read More…

  • Greenlee® Experience Contest Back in 2023 by Popular Demand

    Greenlee® Experience Contest Back in 2023 by Popular Demand

    March 16, 2023 Six winners will win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to one of their manufacturing facilities for a VIP experience Greenlee® recently announced that they are now accepting entries for their second annual Greenlee Experience, an all expenses-paid trip to one of its manufacturing facilities in Elyria, Ohio, June 7-9, 2023. The event will once… Read More…

  • Danielle Diaz: Electric Industry Makes Way for New Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Alectra Inc.

    Danielle Diaz: Electric Industry Makes Way for New Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Alectra Inc.

    March 15, 2023 Brian Bentz, President and CEO of Alectra Inc. has announced that Danielle Diaz has been appointed as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Alectra Inc. Ms. Diaz was appointed Interim CFO on October 24, 2022. Her new appointment is effective immediately.  About Danielle Diaz Danielle has earned Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered… Read More…

  • First Annual Sustainability Impact Awards debuted by Schneider Electric

    First Annual Sustainability Impact Awards debuted by Schneider Electric

    March 15, 2023  Schneider Electric recently announced its first-ever Sustainability Impact Awards, an inaugural program that recognizes the critical role that Schneider’s partners and customers play in delivering a more resilient and sustainable electric world. The North American Impact Leaders demonstrated exceptional leadership and an accelerated path toward their decarbonization goals for the region. The global… Read More…