Responsible Resource Development

About 950,000 Canadians currently work in natural resource sectors. Another 850,000 in every province and territory work in industries that service the sector. That’s a powerful economic engine, creating 10 percent of all jobs in Canada.


Responsible Resource Development achieves the right balance to unleash the potential of our resource sectors to create high-value jobs across Canada while strengthening safety and environmental protection. The development of our natural resources will only proceed if it can be done safely and responsibly.


Responsible Resource Development supports natural resource projects that create jobs for Canadians in every sector of our economy and in every region of the country.

Responsible Resource Development Spin-off Industries Create Economic Growth

The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced the latest step in the Harper Government’s plan to support jobs and further enhance Canada’s pipeline system by requiring companies operating major pipelines to have the financial capability to respond to any incident and remedy damage.

Harper Government Announces Latest Steps to Enhance Canada’s Pipeline System
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  • Harper Government Announces Latest Steps to Enhance Canada’s Pipeline System4


Responsible Resource Development is the Government of Canada’s plan to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians. Through this plan, we have streamlined the review process for major resource projects, while strengthening environmental protection and enhancing consultations with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples in the project review and development process. [More. . .]

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Responsible Resource Development and Jobs

Natural resources are driving economic growth across the country. They are creating good jobs, not only directly but also indirectly, in manufacturing, clerical work, skilled trades and financial services.

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Enhancing Environmental Protection

The Government of Canada believes that economic prosperity and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive goals.

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Aboriginal Peoples’ Participation in Canada’s Resource Economy

Through its plan for Responsible Resource Development, the Government of Canada is dedicated to enhancing Aboriginal engagement and consultation as part of our commitment to respecting Aboriginal Peoples’ rights as we move forward with the development of our natural resources.

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Enhancing Marine Safety

The Government of Canada’s commitment to create a world-class marine tanker safety system through its plan for Responsible Resource Development is enhancing safety for shipping on both our east and west coasts.

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Enhancing Pipeline Safety

The Government of Canada will not proceed with any natural resource project unless it is safe for Canadians and safe for the environment.

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Streamlining the Regulatory Process: Improved Efficiency and Reduced Duplication

One of the main goals of the Government of Canada’s plan for Responsible Resource Development is simple and straightforward: one project, one review, in a clearly defined time period.

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Major Projects Management Office

The Major Projects Management Office initiative has helped to transform the approvals process for major natural resource projects by shortening the average review times from 4 years to just 22 months, and improving accountability by monitoring the performance of federal regulatory departments.

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Small Projects

Changes proposed as part of Responsible Resource Development will focus on federal environmental assessment efforts on major projects that have a greater potential to cause adverse environmental effects.

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$35.7 million over two years is being provided to strengthen Canada’s tanker safety regime.

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In Canada, close to 1.8 million jobs are directly and indirectly linked to natural resources. These jobs are in every province and region of Canada.

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Financial penalties of up to $400,000 were introduced for companies that do not meet environmental assessment requirements.

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National Energy Board inspections of oil and gas pipelines are increasing by 50 percent annually to improve pipeline safety across Canada.

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$13.5 million over two years is being provided to strengthen pipeline safety, including doubling the number of annual comprehensive audits.

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Canada is strengthening environmental protection; major resource projects will be subject to equivalent or stronger rigour than in the past.

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With support from the Government, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has already protected 835,637 acres of natural habitat – an area larger than the individual landmass of 80 countries in the world.

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The natural resource sector is the largest private sector employer of Aboriginal people in the country.


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