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Building the capacity for evidence-based decision making 

Our Activities

With support from the broader community, the EMH : 

  • leverages and amplifies existing knowledge, expertise and capabilities;

  • promotes the role of electricity and energy modelling in support of policy making and energy transition to Canadians; 

  • coordinates development of models and actionable policy options for Canada’s major transformation of its energy system to meet its climate objectives; 

  • provides access to, and support for transparent electricity-related modelling tools; 

  • maintains open and transparent data sets and models as well as an inventory of models and modellers; 

  • serves as a liaison to increase exchanges between policy makers and Canada’s modelling community; and 

  • offers support to the community for developing and using models as well as interpreting modelling results and their policy implications. 

Convening activities

To demonstrate the relevance of modelling, identify needs and facilitate the exchange of information on the use of models amongst policy makers and between them and modellers, a number of convening activities are proposed by the EMH: 

  • Yearly national forum in Ottawa

  • Regional workshops

  • Modelling workshops

  • Thematic committees

Public repository and reference center

Building on the existing Energy Modelling Initiative website and models/modellers inventory, the EMH extensive web-based information service provides detailed information and support to policy makers and other stakeholders while offering an overview of energy modelling tools, services, results, reports and importance to the general Canadian public. 

Support for energy model development and maintenance

The EMH provides access to data and modelling tools to support timely evidence-based policy making. Our team, with the support of our thematic committees:


● establishes a selection process for determining which data sets and models to support; 

● maintains, curates, version-control and updates models and datasets; 

● develops or adapts interfaces to datasets and models; 

● provides visualization and interpretation tools; 

● maintains a database of archived model results, datasets, and analyses; and 

● publishes documentation and training materials for usage of selected models. 

Knowledge transfer and training

In support of modellers and policy makers in their analysis and interpretation of modelling results, documentation and training material are developed under the leadership of EMH in collaboration with various partners, including the academic, private sector, NGO and governmental institutions 

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