Minister Coady Highlights Provincial Interests at Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference
July 18, 2019
The Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources, was joined by federal, provincial and territorial colleagues earlier this week for the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference in Cranbrook, British Columbia.
Minister Coady participated in a number of discussions of importance to Newfoundland and Labrador including:
- Improving Canada’s global competitiveness and regulatory framework;
- Driving gender equality and diversity in both the private and public sectors,
- Advancing innovation that will make resource development safer and more productive and sustainable, and
- Making Canada a global leader in clean growth.
Minister Coady also took the opportunity to discuss a number of issues surrounding the Newfoundland and Labrador natural resource industry– including the ability to remain competitive and ensure clarity and certainty in regulation and the province’s clean energy future.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s developed and undeveloped renewable resources can assist other provinces to meet their energy needs and greenhouse gas reduction targets, which can also help this province grow revenue and achieve rate management. Newfoundland and Labrador has vast renewable energy resources including wind, tidal and hydro and the province is working to create a low emission future by reducing diesel generation in isolated diesel systems as well as through electrification, which is a key energy policy priority to grow electricity revenue and reduce carbon emissions.
At the meeting, ministers also agreed to advance actions under the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan, such as creating a national geoscience strategy; increasing Indigenous and local procurement; a reclamation and remediation initiative; programming for more effective innovation; a mineral literacy campaign; and the establishment of a Canada brand for mining. The first in a series of Action Plans is set for release in early 2020.
Through the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan, Mining the Future 2030, and Advance 2030, the Provincial Government is creating growth in our natural resource sectors and driving competitiveness.
“At the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference, I again raised and continued to lead the critical issue of Canadian competitiveness. Colleagues agreed to continue to work together and focus on improved timelines and process certainty to ensure Canada is the leading global supplier of natural resources. This complements the work we are doing in Newfoundland and Labrador through Way Forward initiatives such as Advance 2030 and Mining the Future. It is also part of our ongoing lobbying efforts to the Federal Government to ensure our concerns around Bill C-69 are addressed.”
Honourable Siobhan Coady
Minister of Natural Resources
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Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference
Advance 2030 – A Plan for Growth in the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industry
Mining the Future – A Plan for Growth in the Newfoundland and Labrador Mining Industry
Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan