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July 8, 2022
With the successful conclusion of the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference (EMMC) in St. John’s, co-hosts the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, and the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced advances to ensure that the jobs, economic opportunity, affordability and prosperity are available across Canada in the transition to a low carbon future.
Throughout this week’s sessions, Canada’s energy and mines ministers discussed priorities in the context of a global transition to net-zero emissions. Key areas of collaboration, advancement and discussion included:
Critical to all work in the energy and mining sectors is advancing Indigenous partnerships and reconciliation. Ministers participated in a presentation by National and Regional Indigenous Organizations and heard about success stories on this topic. They discussed ways of making progress on the commitment for a National Benefits-Sharing Framework.
Ministers were joined at the EMMC by International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol. Dr. Birol noted Canada’s leadership on driving clean growth for a secure energy future, and its regional approach. Dr. Birol discussed Europe’s desire to displace Russian oil and gas imports with lower carbon alternatives from secure and reliable trading partners such as Canada.
During the youth leadership pre-conference session, Minister Wilkinson also announced that Natural Resources Canada will be creating a Youth Council to provide a new national forum on natural resources issues. The Youth Council’s work will be finalized in consultation with Council members and could include supporting Federal Government priorities on green buildings, electric vehicles, tree planting and ending fossil fuel subsidies.
Working collaboratively at the federal, provincial, and territorial levels alongside Indigenous partners, will remain a focus of ministers in order to help Canadians seize the economic opportunities enabled by our vast natural resources and a low-carbon future across the country. To advance this work, in June, Minister Wilkinson launched the Regional Energy and Resource Tables with the first phase in partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador, British Colombia and Manitoba. The next EMMC will take place in September 2023 in Quebec.
“There are significant economic and environmental opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador as it is well positioned with its world-class mineral potential and an abundance of renewable energy resources. We continue our commitment to net zero by 2050 while managing a just green transition with a strong environmental, social and governance structure, matched with our low emissions per barrel compared to the international average. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the Federal Government, our provincial counterparts, Indigenous groups and industry.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology
“By working together, provinces, territories, the Federal Government, and key Indigenous partners can collectively accelerate economic activity and position Canada as an economic leader in the global shift towards a low-carbon future. I would like to thank my provincial and territorial counterparts for their collaborative efforts as we work towards our common objectives.”
Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Natural Resources
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