Policy Research Associate, Clean Heat

Efficiency Canada

Remote – open to candidates based in Ontario Remote

Full time


Jan 25

Salary: $65,000 to $75,000 per annum

Position: Contract Full-Time (Remote – open to candidates based in Ontario)

Deadline to Apply: February 8, 2023

Anticipated Start Date: March 2023

About the Role

Do you love heat pumps!? Are you a policy wonk interested in regulatory details and political change? If so, this position might be right for you.

Efficiency Canada is looking for someone to lead policy research on regulating heating systems. Canada’s Emission Reduction Plan says it will use “regulatory standards and an incentive framework to support the transition off of fossil-fuels for heating systems”. The Clean Heat Policy Research Associate will lay out the policy pathway for switching to decarbonized and energy efficient space and water heating and creating the tools advocates need to call for change.

Your work will involve compiling existing technical and policy-based knowledge on heating systems in Canada; analyzing municipal, provincial, and international policy systems and their interaction with federal policy; and creating a resource kit for efficient and clean heat activists. You will also monitor Canada’s appliance and equipment standards and regulations; and have an opportunity to work closely with international clean heat experts.

The Clean Research Associate will be part of Efficiency Canada’s policy research team, and work closely with a larger team of coalition builders, organizers, and communicators. You will manage your own projects and should be comfortable adapting to complex and changing policy environments. You should be motivated to get into the details of what is required to achieve a zero-emissions and inclusive future in Canada with a desire to use research to influence policy change.

Working at Efficiency Canada

Efficiency Canada is made up of a small group of mission-driven and passionate advocates for a better world. Our core values of sustainability, inclusivity, resourcefulness, and people have created a strong work culture that enables us to achieve our mission. We invest in our team, empowering them to make decisions and contribute meaningfully. And we’re a fun place to work!

We are housed within Carleton University; however, our team works in a remote, online environment. This position is open to anyone based in Ontario. Access to a reliable computer and internet connection is required. Device access accommodations made available.


  • Flexible and remote work arrangement.
  • Four weeks’ vacation.
  • Additional days off around statutory long weekends from April to September, an annual winter holiday shutdown, and your birthday off.
  • Training and development budget to support your professional goals.
  • Volunteer time off to support causes that are most important to you.


  • Post-secondary education in public policy, economics, law or engineering or a related area and/or background in policy analysis demonstrated through working experience.
  • Previous experience in project management preferred.
  • Previous experience with stakeholder outreach, convening, and presentations, preferred.
  • Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to understand and communicate technical information related to mechanical equipment and building science.
  • Knowledge of mechanical/HVAC contractor sector.
  • Ability to synthesize policy information across jurisdictions to provide a coherent message for policymaker and activist audiences.
  • Project management skills.
  • Highly organized and flexible with the ability to manage multiple priorities, tasks and relationships in a professional environment.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills to research and summarize information.
  • Critical thinking and discernment to assess and scope areas for improvement and an ability to offer creative solutions.
  • Demonstrated technical skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and virtual meeting platforms (Zoom, Teams).
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders and collaborators.
  • Ability to work independently, with the comfort to ask for help, when needed.
  • Passionate commitment to the mission and objectives of Efficiency Canada.
  • Nice to have 
  • Experience organizing political campaigns.
  • Experience in the non-profit or not-for-profit sector.
  • Experience working in a start-up or growing organization.
  • Bilingualism in both English and French.
  • Data visualization skills (e.g., Tableau, R, Power BI)

To Apply

The deadline for online application is February 8th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Applicants are encouraged to apply earlier and up until the deadline. To apply for this opportunity, submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF to PDF files should follow the file naming convention ‘Last Name, First Name’. Please outline your pronouns and availability in your cover letter.

We thank all applicants in advance for their application, but please be advised that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please, no inquiries.

If you require accommodations during the application and interview process, please reach out to Kristy Mortham, Director of Operations at

Employment Equity Statement

Carleton University and Efficiency Canada are strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

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