The Natural Resources Portfolio

Within the Government of Canada, Minister James Gordon Carr is responsible for the activities of the Department of Natural Resources (NRCan). In his capacity as Minister, he also has responsibility for the Natural Resources portfolio, which includes the following:

The Natural Resources PortfolioMinister of Natural Resources


While each portfolio agency has a unique mandate, organizational form, reporting regime and corporate culture, they all share some important goals, including service to Canadians, service to the Minister, and accountability to Parliament. The Minister’s specific relationship vis-à-vis each agency varies according to statute, though normally it includes such things as:


NRCan has a responsibility to create a sustainable resource advantage for Canadians – now and in the future. Attaining this vision requires collective efforts on the part of all stakeholders in natural resources from coast to coast. Each portfolio agency plays an important and unique role to help ensure a strong resource future for Canadians through promoting growth, competitiveness and environmental leadership.