Consultations and public engagement


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For more information on NRCan’s consultations and public engagement activities, e-mail Stakeholder Engagement Unit.

Generation Energy Dialogue

Purpose: The Minister of Natural Resources has launched an ongoing and open dialogue with Canadians to discuss and define Canada’s path to an affordable low-carbon energy future.

Target Audience: Canadians, industry, environmental organizations, interested stakeholders, experts, academics and underrepresented audiences including women in STEM field, youth and Indigenous organizations.

Intended Outcome: To build consensus around a new narrative and long-term energy vision for Canada. The final report will define a roadmap to a low-carbon energy future, and inform important policy decisions along the way.

Time Frame: April 21, 2017 – October 2017

For further information, visit: Generation Energy

National Energy Board (NEB) Modernization Review Expert Panel Report Comment Period

Purpose: The Minister of Natural Resources has established an Expert Panel to conduct a targeted review of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) structure, role and mandate under the National Energy Board Act. This is a key element of the Government of Canada’s review of environmental and regulatory processes.

Target Audience: Indigenous peoples, interested stakeholders, provinces and territories as well as the general public.

Intended Outcome: On May 15, 2017, the Expert Panel on the modernization of the National Energy Board completed its work after releasing a report with recommendations and advice.

The Government of Canada is accepting comments on the report for 30 days until June 14, 2017.

Time Frame: May 15–June 14, 2017

For further information, visit: NEB Modernization Expert Panel Report

Pipeline Financial Requirements Regulations

Purpose:  To strengthen Canada’s pipeline safety regime through new regulations that support the absolute liability (“no fault") regime for companies operating federally regulated pipelines.  The regulations are in support of the new Pipeline Safety Act.

Target Audience:  Pipeline operators regulated by the National Energy Board and other interested parties

Intended Outcome:  All comments received as part of the Canada Gazette, Part I, process will be considered in finalizing the regulatory proposal. This would be for final publication in in Canada Gazette Part II.

Time Frame:  Draft regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on October 8, 2016.  Final publication in Canada Gazette, Part II, is targeted for spring 2017, subject to Governor in Council approval.

Transitional Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations amendments

Purpose:  To amend select sections of the Transitional OHS Regulations to allow flexibility in requirements for all offshore workplaces.

Target Audience:  Key stakeholders from the offshore oil and gas industry, including labour groups and offshore workforce.

Intended Outcome:  Comments from key stakeholders are considered in finalizing the regulatory proposal for final publication in in Canada Gazette Part II.

Time Frame: Pre-publication in Canada Gazette Part I is targeted for fall 2016, subject to Treasury Board approval. Final publication in Canada Gazette Part II is targeted for winter 2017, subject to Treasury Board approval.

Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle Steering Committee (BSLB)

Purpose:  Stakeholder’s forum for investigating ways of slowing the spread of brown spruce longhorn beetle in Nova Scotia.

Target Audience:  Canadian Food Inspection Agency; New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources; Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources; Forestry Industry representatives, and woodlot owners.

Intended Outcome:  To minimize loss and damage from brown spruce longhorn beetle where it occurs.

Time Frame: Ongoing (Note: the BSLB Steering Committee will end in 2016/17 and will be replaced with a ‘critical pest’ working group).

Nuclear Liability and Compensation Regulations

Purpose:  1) To designate which nuclear facilities will be subject to the Nuclear Liability and Compensation Act; and 2) to establish classes or categories of nuclear installations and their respective liability amounts, which are to be commensurate with the risk they represent.

Target Audience:  Members of the public and operators of nuclear installations.

Intended Outcome:  Comments from the general public and nuclear installation operators, received following the pre-publication of the regulatory proposal in Canada Gazette Part I, were taken into consideration in the final publication of the regulations in Canada Gazette Part II.

Time Frame: The regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette Part I, on June 27, 2015, and final publication in Canada Gazette II occurred on May, 18, 2016. The regulations will come into force on January 1, 2017, the same day that the enabling legislation, the Nuclear Liability and Compensation Act, comes into force.

Atlantic Canada Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Innovation Hub

Purpose:  To deliver enhanced decision-making capacity for Atlantic Canada through the acquisition, processing and distribution of new data, tools and information to support forest sector innovation and transformation.

Target Audience:  Senior officials from the forest departments of the four Atlantic provinces, the forest industry, other provincial government departments and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Intended Outcome:  High intensity LiDAR is acquired across all four Atlantic provinces and an Innovation Hub is developed to house the data land information products to support a broad range of land resource management issues and applications.

Time Frame: Ongoing.

Advisory discussions with Canadian Exploration Industry Associations

Purpose: To develop a research delivery strategy in Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI) that targets the needs of the Canadian Exploration Industry.

Target Audience:  Stakeholders include industry associations’ representatives of exploration companies working in Canada and abroad including the Canadian Mining Innovation Council – Exploration Innovation Consortium (CMIC-EIC), the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

Intended Outcome:  University and government research capacity is maximized to enhance the effectiveness mineral exploration.

Time Frame: Annually and by invitation to association meetings (the program ends March 2020).

EnerGuide Rating System Standing Committee

Purpose: To ensure stakeholders from across Canada can provide views on the EnerGuide home rating system to meet their technical, business and policy requirements.

Target Audience: EnerGuide rating system stakeholders across Canada who base their codes, standards, bylaws and programs on the system or are users of the rating (e.g., provincial organizations, utilities, builders, energy professionals, manufacturers, consumer representatives, and other general interest groups).

Intended Outcome: An updated EnerGuide Rating System is established that reflects modern technology and meets needs of stakeholders.

Time Frame: April 1, 2015 and ongoing.

R-2000 and ENERGY STAR for New Homes Standing Committee

Purpose:  Ensure stakeholders from across Canada can provide views on the administration and technical requirements of the R-2000 and ENERGY STAR for New Homes standards resulting in effective program delivery.

Target Audience:  R-2000 and ENERGY STAR for New Homes stakeholders across Canada (e.g. service organizations, builders, energy advisory, utilities, manufacturers/suppliers, and provincial/territorial organizations).

Intended Outcome: Sstandards are updated to ensure the needs of stakeholders in the building industry are met.

Time Frame: April 1, 2015 and ongoing.

Spruce Budworm (SBW) Early Intervention Steering Committee

Purpose:  To provide a forum for stakeholder for implementing an early intervention strategy for spruce budworm.

Target Audience:  Officials from the Department of Natural Resources of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the New Brunswick Department of Environment, Forest Protection Limited, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the forest industry and academia.

Intended Outcome:  Close collaboration enhances opportunities to reduce the impact or/loss from a SBW outbreak in the Atlantic provinces and minimize the use of insecticides.  

Time Frame: Ongoing.

Vegetation Management Working Group

Purpose:  To provide a forum for stakeholders to develop communications products to address public concern around the use of herbicide products.

Target Audience:  Representatives from provincial government departments, the forest industry, woodlot owners, conservation groups, and the agriculture sector.

Intended Outcome:  Awareness is raised about the issue and the science done to address it.

Time Frame: Ongoing.