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Report on Plans and Priorities 2011-2012
Electronic Layer of Reporting
Elements of NRCan's Sustainable Development Strategy

Section 1 - Natural Resources Canada Sustainable Development Vision

Natural Resources Canada’s vision:

Improving the quality of life of Canadians by creating a sustainable resource advantage

NRCan and Sustainable development

NRCan strives to enhance the economic competitiveness of Canada’s resource sectors in ways that are commensurate with Canadians’ expectations for quality of life, sustainable resource development and use, and a clean, healthy environment.

Underpinning NRCan’s vision is the premise that environmental and social performance is increasingly driving the competitiveness of natural resource sectors. Sustainable development is an opportunity to harness our knowledge and innovation to achieve societal goals and economic success. The department has therefore based the outcomes of its vision on the pillars of sustainable development and works towards:

  • Economic competitiveness - Natural resource sectors are internationally competitive, economically productive, and contribute to the social well-being of Canadians;
  • Environmental responsibility - Canada is a world leader on environmental responsibility in the development and use of natural resources;
  • Safety and security of Canadians and stewardship of natural resources - Natural resource knowledge, landmass and management systems strengthen the safety and security of Canadians and the stewardship of Canada’s natural resources and lands.

Going forward, the department will focus on its strategic roles to:

  • pioneer new frontiers in knowledge;
  • drive the national S&T and innovation agenda on natural resources; and
  • build results-based, priority-driven partnerships.

By using these roles to guide its activities, NRCan is leading the integration of sustainable development and competitiveness for the long-term benefit of Canadians.