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Sustainable Development Strategy 2007- 2009
As Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, my goal is to ensure the responsible use of our country’s natural resources, allowing all Canadians to benefit from the potential that they offer. After all, our country’s abundant natural resources create many economic and social benefits, including good jobs, training, business opportunities and investment. In many ways, our natural resources secure our future.
In partnership with our stakeholders, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) plays a critical role in mapping out our country’s path towards sustainability. NRCan will continue to strengthen collaboration across Canada, through our relationships with industry, researchers and communities, including provincial and territorial governments. And, we will promote the responsible and sustainable use of natural resources around the globe, supporting a culture of innovation that allows our country’s cutting-edge expertise to be shared internationally.
Our natural resources also put us on the international stage in our economic capacity, representing one of the strongest engines of Canada’s economy, and making a significant contribution to our trade surplus year after year. We need to continue to use our ingenuity and diligence to discover new resources, while developing existing resources in an efficient and environmentally sound manner to meet world demand. NRCan has a role in maintaining an attractive investment market, helping to strengthen Canada’s competitiveness through improved productivity.
But with our country’s substantial natural resource wealth comes great responsibility. Resource development has many challenges, which are not only environmental, but also infrastructure- and labour-based. We must promote efficiency and conservation when determining how we will use and regulate the use of our natural resources. We need to make certain that we proceed in a socially and environmentally acceptable manner, while providing economic returns that ensure Canada’s prosperity. Canada’s New Government is taking action in this regard, by pursuing an integrated approach to tackle air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Achieving Results illustrates NRCan’s commitment to ensuring that the development of our country’s natural resources continues to become more sustainable. As in the past, we are relying on the Department’s core areas of expertise to advance sustainability within the natural resource sectors. The emphasis on continuous improvement also applies to the responsible operation of the Department, and to our Sustainable Development Strategy. Achieving Results is the outcome of a concerted effort to focus on the key areas where we can achieve concrete results, demonstrating real progress on the path to sustainability.
The Honourable Gary Lunn
Minister, Natural Resources Canada