Installed Capacity


After a strong year of growth, Canada finished 2015 with more than 11,000 MW of wind energy capacity, seeing completion of 36 projects totaling 1,506 MW. Canada was the sixth largest market for new wind globally last year, and now has the seventh largest wind generating fleet in the world.

The 2015 projects, representing $3 billion in investment, were built and commissioned in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Of the 36 new wind energy projects installed last year, 23 included significant ownership stakes from Aboriginal Peoples , municipal corporations or local farmers.

Wind energy currently supplies approximately five per cent of Canada’s electricity demand, generating enough power to meet the needs of over three million Canadian homes. There are 259 wind farms operating from coast to coast, including projects in two of the three northern territories.

The Canadian wind industry’s performance in 2015 continued a trend of strong and stable growth. With Canada’s unparalleled wind resource, there are still opportunities to do more to maximize the economic, industrial development, and environmental benefits associated with wind energy development.

List of Wind Farms in Canada

Canada’s current installed capacity graphic

Canada’s wind energy story infographic

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