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Natural Resources Canada organizational structure

Our minister and officials

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

John F.G. Hannaford, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources

Sectors and offices

Lands and Minerals Sector

The Lands and Minerals Sector is the centre of expertise on Canada’s landmass, and has a wealth of knowledge that contributes to the economic growth of our country and helps Canadians stay safe and adapt to a changing climate.

Strategic Policy and Innovation Sector

The Strategic Policy & Innovation Sector supports the Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Senior Management by providing integrated and evidence-based policy advice on a range of economic, international, intergovernmental, geospatial and results-driven issues.

Low Carbon Energy Sector

The Low Carbon Energy Sector supports the Minister of NRCan in advancing Canada’s national energy priorities, including leadership in the global energy transition. It also delivers energy efficiency, low-carbon fuel and low-carbon power programs to help mitigate climate change, advance the competitiveness of Canada’s energy sector, and promote access to reliable, clean and affordable energy for all Canadians.

Energy Technology Sector

The Energy Technology Sector supports the advancement of clean energy technologies through scientific research and program delivery in energy research, development, and demonstration.

Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office

The Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office is the Department’s strategic centre of expertise for the federal government’s legislative, policy and regulatory responsibilities pertaining to the sustainable development of oil and gas in Canada. The Office includes a special advisory role to manage emerging energy issues by bringing greater focus to the strategic priorities of Canada’s oil and gas sector, including geopolitical trade and investment in both international and domestic markets.

Canadian Forest Service

The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) is the national and international voice for Canada’s forest sector. CFS collaborates closely with provinces, territories, communities, and industry to ensure Canadian forests are sustainably managed and the sector is globally competitive.

Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation Sector

The Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation Sector is building strong NRCan-Indigenous relationships where First Nations, Inuit and Métis are true partners in Canada’s natural resource advantage. The sector leads the development of strategic Indigenous policy in the department by representing NRCan on cross-cutting Indigenous priorities across government and by developing tools and guidance that support NRCan’s sector activities.

Office of the Chief Scientist

The Office of the Chief Scientist provides leadership, oversight and advice on cross-cutting science policy, capacity, communication and management issues to support a coherent, effective and modern NRCan science and technology enterprise.

Major Projects Management Office

The Major Projects Management Office provides overarching project management and accountability for major resource projects in the federal regulatory review process.

Communications and Portfolio Sector

The Communications and Portfolio Sector works closely with the Deputy Minister’s Office, the Department’s senior leadership team, and other federal departments, including the Privy Council Office, to inform Canadians about NRCan’s priorities, initiatives and activities.

Corporate Management and Services Sector

The Corporate Management Services Sector ensures that NRCan can deliver on its core functions by providing policy direction, leadership and management as well as human resources, finance, procurement, project management, facilities and assets management, information management and technology, safety, security, emergency management, and real property and workplace solutions.

Legal Services

NRCan’s Legal Services Unit represents the Department of Justice as legal advisor to NRCan, providing legal advice, litigation support, and assistance with the drafting of legislation and regulations.

Audit and Evaluation Branch

The Audit and Evaluation Branch is the lead sector for effective risk management, internal controls, governance, continuous improvement and performance management. It operates independently to provide objective assurance and advisory services that add value and improve the department’s operations through effective risk management, internal controls, governance, continuous improvement and performance management.

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