This paper posits that if consumer energy conservation policy is to succeed in Canada, both behavioural and institutional obstacles must be identified and overcome. The behavioural barriers, identified through a national household survey, include consumer resistance to policies that affect their life-styles. The institutional barriers obtained from a series of interviews with government officials, include weak federal-provincial relations. Viewed from a federal perspective, these obstacles are discussed and then linked to policy types. A prior understanding of the obstacles which a particular programme type is likely to face should allow more effective execution of the programme and enhance the probability of success. © 1982.
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