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.
Responsible Resource Development will strengthen Canada’s world-class environmental standards through effective new measures that focus resources where they matter most.
Canada has in place a strong regime to ensure that natural resources are transported safely from coast to coast to coast, including mandatory pilotage zones, requiring that large oil tankers be double-hulled and the use of tugboats to escort larger vessels in key waterways.
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.
Both the Government of Canada and provincial governments have a role to play in streamlining the review process for major economic projects, while maintaining strong environmental protection.
Since 2006, the Government has been working to streamline the review process for major economic projects so that projects are reviewed in a timely fashion while ensuring the environment is protected.
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.