Since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic in early 2020, Canada has committed at least USD 14.72 billion to supporting different energy types through new or amended policies, according to official government sources and other publicly available information. These public money commitments include:

  • At least USD 10.26 billion for unconditional fossil fuels through 46 policies (18 quantified and 28 unquantified)
  • At least USD 1.91 billion for conditional fossil fuels through 6 policies (5 quantified and 1 unquantified)
  • At least USD 288.51 million for unconditional clean energy through 14 policies (13 quantified and 1 unquantified)
  • At least USD 2.25 billion for conditional clean energy through 11 policies (7 quantified and 4 unquantified)
  • At least USD 12.45 million for other energy through 7 policies (1 quantified and 6 unquantified)
Updated: 16 September 2020

At least

$12.16 billion

Supporting fossil fuel energy


Per capita

At least

$2.54 billion

Supporting clean energy


Per capita

By energy type, Canada committed at least USD 12.01 billion to oil and gas (at least USD 10.15 billion to unconditional oil and gas and at least USD 1.85 billion to conditional oil and gas).

In addition, some public money committed for coal (1 policy with the value of public money unquantified).

Further, no public money commitments identified for hydrogen based on fossil fuels.

Finally, Canada committed at least USD 2.93 million to multiple fossil fuels (at least USD 2.93 million to conditional multiple fossil fuels).

A considerably larger amount of public money committed to supporting the economy and people of Canada through monetary and fiscal policies in response to the crisis may also benefit different elements of the energy sector. However, these values are not available from official legislation and statements and therefore are not included in the database. Meanwhile, in addition to monetary and fiscal measures, the database lists other policies and regulations that can also provide benefits to producers and consumers of different energy types.

These public money commitments are additional to many other government policies that had existed to support different energy types before the COVID19 pandemic.

Public money commitments to fossil fuels, clean and other energy in recovery packages, USD billion, as of 16 September 2020