In general, municipalities across Canada are not required to develop a CEP. There are, however, some exceptions.
- In the Northwest Territories, all communities were required to complete a CEP as part of the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan process in order to receive federal Gas Tax funding.
- Local governments in British Columbia are required to identify greenhouse gas reduction targets, policies, and actions in their Official Community Plans and Regional Growth Strategies. A CEP can help a community with these items.
- Municipalities in Nova Scotia are required to develop Municipal Climate Change Action Plans, although these are not CEPs, but corporate energy plans and community climate adaptation plans.
- Municipalities in Ontario are required to develop five-year Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, although these are not CEPs, but corporate energy plans.
Refer to Question 3 to learn more about each of these requirements.