Canada’s oceans and offshore areas have major renewable energy potential. Efforts to collect energy from ocean currents, tides, waves and offshore wind are now being explored on Canada’s east and west coasts.
Renewable energy is energy that comes from sources that do not deplete natural resources, for example, electricity generated from offshore wind, tides and waves.
Several demonstration and commercial renewable energy projects are at different stages of development on Canada’s east and west coasts. Many issues associated with the development of these projects are similar to issues faced by the offshore oil and gas industry years ago. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is collaborating with other federal departments and coastal provinces to better understand the possible effects of proposed developments and to ensure that public and environmental interests are carefully assessed.