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Today, we issued a report entitled The Measures that Matter: How Canada’s Natural Resource Sector Is Working to Protect the Environment.

Natural resources are essential to our quality of life; they help build, fuel and feed the world. While natural resource production is needed to support growing global prosperity, it is also clear that there are implications for the environment. The struggle to strike a balance between economic development fuelled by natural resource production and protecting our environment is one of the most critical challenges of our time.

In our report, we examine the ways in which Canadian industry and governments are addressing the environmental challenges of resource production, specifically within the forestry, mining, and oil and gas sectors. We provide an overview of the approaches, technologies and tools being developed or put into practice to mitigate impacts on air, land and water. We also make the following recommendations for action by the federal government to help support the continuous improvement in the environmental performance of Canada’s resource sectors:

  • Implement an economy-wide, market-based approach to climate mitigation that includes all greenhouse gas emitters and sinks.
  • Among the broad issues which will need to be faced in the coming years, Canada should focus attention on water management issues by introducing a national water strategy developed in concert with relevant stakeholders.
  • Technological development and innovation are crucial to addressing industry’s environmental impacts. Support for research and development, testing and commercialization of novel approaches should remain a government priority.


Read our report.

For more information, please contact Katrina Marsh, Director, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy.

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