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Natural Resources Canada

June 26, 2012

Cooperation in the Energy Sector
Between Israel and Canada

Israel and Canada seek to enhance their energy security, environment sustainability and economic development by advancing their energy sectors. Currently, both Israel and Canada undertake this in a number of common areas, including offshore oil and gas exploration and development, new sources of oil and gas supply and renewable energy. Based on this, Israel and Canada find it useful to seek opportunities to cooperate on energy issues. Furthermore, both countries encourage enhanced commercial cooperation between interested companies in the energy sector.

Consequently, the Ministers agree to the following priorities for energy cooperation between Israel and Canada.

 1. GENERAL     

  • Israel and Canada should seek to meet bilaterally — both at the political and officials level — to discuss energy cooperation by taking advantage of opportunities when both are present at major energy events and fora;
  • As an initial step, Ministers Oliver and Landau will engage in reciprocal visits to Canada and Israel to gather further information and build relationships in their energy and natural resources sectors.


While at different stages of development, Israel and Canada both have significant energy potential and face similar challenges and opportunities in offshore gas development. Both Israel and Canada express a common interest in engaging further in this area through:

  • Developing and supporting bilateral relations in the offshore sector on a mutually beneficial basis;
  • Facilitating the continuous exchange of information on issues related to regulatory oversight of offshore activities;
  • Contributing to the further development of industrial cooperation and implementation of offshore projects on a commercial basis.


Canada’s oil sands are well known, and its shale gas and tight oil are emerging as major new sources of energy. Large underground oil shale formations have been discovered in Israel, its vast potential is currently being explored, and grounds are being prepared for an expansion of activities. Given these common new sources of oil and gas supplies, Canada and Israel agree to the following:  

  • Explore opportunities for collaboration on technologies to extract and to reduce environmental impacts and improve practices for the responsible development and use of new sources of oil and gas supplies;
  • Seize opportunities to ensure that knowledge and lessons learned related to these news sources of supply are shared on a regular basis.


Both Israel and Canada are seeking to diversify their energy mix and to address energy security and environmental challenges by developing their renewable energy sectors. Both Israel and Canada will:

  • Develop cooperation in the renewable energy field on a mutually beneficial basis;
  • Seize opportunities to leverage current science and technology partnership activities to benefit from each other’s expertise in renewable energy.
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