Canada’s reserves of metals have been declining for more than 28 years while growing demand for energy and natural resource commodities continue to push commodity prices higher. These factors will continue to drive the demand for innovative products and processes to increase efficiency in the production, transportation and use of natural resources. To insure that Canada realizes its natural resources potential, Natural Resource Canada’s (NRCan) programs provide industry with the next generation of geoscience knowledge, which will allow for informed investment and land-use decisions.
In any given area, an understanding of the geology can lead to exploration for either mineral resources or energy resources. Past experience has demonstrated that geo-mapping program results are often used by private sector firms to help target their exploration programs to search for actual resources. Econometric studies suggest that an investment of $100 million will result in upwards of $500 million to be spent by the private sector in exploration and development related to the results.
Enabling infrastructure, including pipelines, ports, rail and roads, is a key component in the strategy to develop Canada’s natural resources and diversifying its markets. Infrastructure can open new regions to development and allow the movement of workers and materials. New infrastructure needs are being created as a result of heightened demand for resources, especially in remote areas of the country such as the North. The magnitude of investments in infrastructure required over the coming decades to support Canada’s natural resource sectors will require both public and private sector investments.
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