Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012, the government is investing $165 million over two years to support Responsible Resource Development. This investment includes strengthening pipeline and marine safety, supporting consultations with Aboriginal peoples and renewing funding for the Major Projects Management Office Initiative.
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.
About the Initiative
To maximize the value that Canada draws from our natural resources, Canada needs a regulatory system that reviews projects in a timely and transparent manner, while effectively protecting the environment. The government brought forward legislation to ensure Canada’s regulatory system is among the most competitive, efficient and effective in the world.
The plan is based on four key themes:
- Making the review process for major projects more predictable and timely;
- Reducing duplication in the review process;
- Strengthening environmental protection; and
- Enhancing consultations with Aboriginal peoples.
Who Will Benefit
Canadians from coast to coast to coast will benefit from the plan for Responsible Resource Development.
On June 29, 2012, the Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act, which includes key elements of the plan for Responsible Resource Development, received Royal Assent.
The government is continuing its efforts to advance supporting regulations and guidance materials (e.g. administrative monetary penalties, timeline regulations, etc.) to fully implement the plan for Responsible Resource Development.
As part of Budget 2012 the Government announced $37.5 million over two years to enhance the current tanker safety regimes. Building on these measures, the government announced further measures to ensure a World Class Tanker Safety System for Canada on March 18, 2013.
On March 19, 2013 the government announced the appointment of Douglas Eyford as the Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure. Mr. Eyford is engaging with Aboriginal communities in British Columbia and Alberta that could benefit from future energy infrastructure development. Mr. Eyford reports directly to the Prime Minister and will present a preliminary report in June 2013, which will be followed by a final report by November 2013.
Find Out More
For more information, visit the Government of Canada’s webpage for Responsible Resource Development.