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Overall, Canada’s hydropower generation capacity grew by a CAGR of 0.71% from 2010 to 2021, to reach 81,138MW, and generation grew by a CAGR of 0.76% to reach 363,609GWh in 2021.

Installed capacity is forecast to increase by 3,426MW from 2022 to 2035, at which point hydropower is expected to account for 45% of total installed generation capacity. Large hydropower capacity rose from 71,070MW in 2010 to 76,493MW in 2021 at a CAGR of 0.67%. It is expected that large hydropower will reach 79,698MW by 2035, growing at a CAGR of 0.29% during 2021-2035. Pumped hydropower is expected to remain constant at 174MW during 2021-2035. Small hydropower capacity is expected to be 4,693MW by the end of 2035.

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