Consultations and public engagement - Archives

International engagement to promote Canada’s record of responsible shale/tight gas development and (LNG) export potential

Purpose:  To position Canada as a leader in responsible development of shale/tight gas and as a reliable future LNG supplier to Asia and Europe.

Target Audience:  Attendees of the 3rd International Energy Agency (IEA) Unconventional Gas Forum, which included stakeholders from IEA member states and partner countries seeking to increase natural gas imports via LNG (e.g. China).

Intended Outcome:  International partners are made aware Canada has a large and growing natural gas resource base; a number of provinces actively developing shale/tight gas, and numerous proposed projects  on the west and east coasts to serve global markets.

Time Frame: 10 April, 2015.

Outcome: International governments, industry, and other stakeholders become aware Canada’s record of responsible shale/tight gas development and (LNG) export potential, and this awareness contributes to industry and project successes in Canada.


Public consultation on implementation tools to support compliance with the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA)

Purpose:  To provide opportunity for public comment on the draft implementation tools.

Target Audience:  The general public via Canada Gazette, Part I.

Intended Outcome:  Views received from the public on the implementation tools are considered before final publication.

Time Frame: July 2015 – September 2015.

Outcome: Consultation completed. The public consultation on the ESTMA implementation tools resulted in the development of a guidance document and technical reporting specifications that will assist industry compliance with the Act. Both documents were publically released with the ESTMA website on March 1, 2016, at


Green Mining Initiative Advisory Committee

Purpose:  Committee members provide expert advice and review activities carried-out under NRCan’s Green Mining Initiative (GMI).

Target Audience: Mining stakeholders, including industry, academia, provinces and territories, and NGOs.

Intended Outcome:  Relevance of GMI activities is strengthened and duplication of work is avoided by identifying potential partners.

Time Frame: October 1, 2014 and ongoing (meetings planned three to four times a year, and a GMIAC workshop is planned on November 27, 2014).

GMIAC workshop of November 27, 2014.

Outcome: Two key priority areas emerged during the breakout sessions at the workshop, namely, energy recovery and water management. To this end, CanmetMINING committed to allocate resources to conduct research and development in these areas and to bring together key stakeholders along the mining innovation value chain to collaborate on these projects.

CanmetMINING is working closely with the Canada Mining Innovation Council to develop the R&D project to address the issue of energy efficiency and with the Mining Association of Canada to address water management, in collaboration with other stakeholders.


GHGenius Stakeholder Consultation

Purpose: To engage stakeholders in a dialogue on what their requirements and expectations are from the GHGenius model and to build consensus for a new GHGenius governance structure that will be more inclusive of stakeholders.

Target Audience: Other government departments, provincial ministries, industry stakeholders, academia, non-government organizations.

Intended Outcome: Stakeholders input is considered for a new governance structure for the GHGenius model that is inclusive of stakeholders.

Time Frame / Calendrier : Underway, with completion expected by summer 2015.


Transportation Working Group on Energy Efficiency’s Alternative Energy Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Purchasing Guide

Purpose: To provide guidance to NRCan in developing a purchasing guide to help fleet owners choose alternative fuels.

Target Audience:  Industry stakeholders from the national trucking associations, vehicle manufacturing associations and fleets that are using the technologies.

Intended Outcome:  The resulting Purchasing Guide is technically and financially relevant.

Time Frame:  October 2014 to May 2015.


Materials Innovation Advisory Council

Purpose:  Committee members provide advice to the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Minerals and Metals Sector (MMS) and the DG, CanmetMATERIALS on strategic directions of CanmetMATERIALS laboratory’s research.

Target Audience:  Stakeholders from industry, academia and government (provinces and federal).

Intended Outcome:  CanmetMATERIALS develops programs that increase the pace of commercialization of research innovations, support an innovation cluster in metals and materials research and assist industry to be more competitive.

Time Frame: 8:30 - 4:30 pm meeting held in Hamilton at CanmetMATERIALS on Thursday February 26, 2016.


Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy

Purpose: To collectively develop a vision and strategy for the Canadian geomatics and Earth observations community which will provide an overarching frame and rallying point for collaboration and alignment of geomatics and Earth observations initiatives across Canada's geomatics and Earth observation sector.

Target Audience: Members of the Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table (FPT, industry, academia, NGOs, professional associations) and other traditional and non-traditional geomatics and Earth Observations stakeholders.

Intended Outcome: A multi-stakeholder declaration underscoring commitment by stakeholders to shared principles and actions defined within a community strategy.

Time Frame: Consultation will take place over the next 12-18 months, with periodic face to face meetings.

Outcome: Consultations completed. Please visit to view the documents.


Net-Zero Energy Metric for New Building Designs

Purpose: To discuss how to measure energy performance in the building industry to promote leading-edge design.

Target Audience: Building experts including engineers, architect, designers, modellers, and building owners, as well as key sector associations.

Intended Outcome: A common and useful way to define the relative performance of building designs is established.

Time Frame: Postponed - no new date set.


National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency (the Council)

Purpose: The Council provides Natural Resources Canada, through the Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE), with independent expert stakeholder advice of strategic value on energy efficiency and alternative fuels issues. The advice allows the OEE to align its efforts to the ever-changing marketplace and energy use-behaviours of Canadians.

Target Audience: The Council is comprised of energy efficiency experts and leaders from utilities, government, industry, academia, and non-government organizations.

Intended Outcome: Face-to-face meetings are used to solicit independent and impartial advice on new program design, measurement and reporting, business planning, policy studies and program management and delivery issues. Meetings also provide validation/refinement of program management and strategic direction.

Time Frame: Postponed – no new date set.


National Energy Innovation Roundtable

Purpose: Minister Rickford will co-chair this roundtable with Jim Balsillie, Chair, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, to seek perspectives from key leaders and strategic thinkers on solutions and opportunities to improve Canada’s energy innovation potential and competitiveness. This will conclude the five thematic roundtables that NRCan held across Canada from November 2013 to January 2014.

Target Audience: Senior decision-makers and leaders across Canada from industry, academia, governments, associations, financial and venture capital organizations and non-governmental organizations (approximately 15-20 people for each roundtable).

Intended Outcome: Make more efficient use of existing resources through stronger alignment, coordination and strategic partnerships in Canada as well as internationally.

Time Frame: Summer 2014.

Outcome: Consultations completed. Please visit to view the documents.


Exploring Cost Reduction Opportunities in Canada’s Oil Sands

Purpose:  A one day event is being proposed to share perspectives on issues and challenges impacting oil sands productivity and discuss innovative solutions to improve the sector’s competitiveness (co-lead by NRCan and Alberta Energy).

Target Audience: Senior level industry, government and academia representatives (approximately 50 participants).

Intended Outcome:  Identify issues and challenges impacting oil sands productivity as well as discuss innovative solutions to improve the sector’s competitiveness.

Time Frame: June 2nd, 2014.

Outcome: There was general consensus at the event that there is a need to explore promising cost savings domains.  NRCan and Alberta Energy are facilitating further discussions with industry and other key stakeholders to identify significant cost reductions opportunities and collaborate on the development of transformative technologies and processes to improve the overall competitiveness of Canada’s oil sands. 


Guidelines Document for Explosives Regulations, 2013

Purpose:  To inform and obtain feedback on the regulatory requirements guidelines document for the new explosives regulations.

Target Audience:  The Canadian Explosives Association (CEAEC), the Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC), the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) and the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE).

Intended Outcome:  Clarification of regulatory intent and enhancement of industry awareness of safety and security practices.

Time Frame:  From December 2003 to December 2013.

Outcome: Consultations completed. Please visit to view the documents.


Targeted Ocean Mapping Strategy for Canada

Purpose: To seek stakeholders’ input on the areas for priority focus, as well as the specifications of program outputs and the preferred mechanisms for their delivery.

Target Audience: Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction, utilities and transportation sectors, as well as hydrographers, offshore boards, P/T ocean regulators and other ocean users.

Intended Outcome: A robust business case for a program that would enable the accelerated, responsible development of Canada’s subsea resources.

Time Frame: Postponed – no new date set.


Revision to the Bulk Guideline for Commercial Explosives

Purpose: To inform and consult on the proposed changes to the Bulk Guideline for Commercial Explosives.

Target Audience: Canadian Explosives Association (CEAEC).

Intended Outcome: Guideline document for the issuance of manufacturer licenses.

Time Frame: May 1, 2012 – December 31, 2013.

Outcome: Consultations completed.


New Automobile Fuel Consumption Labels

Purpose: To obtain stakeholder comments on proposal to update the Canadian fuel consumption label.

Target Audience: Automobile manufacturers, dealers and associations, consumer advocacy groups, non-governmental environmental organizations, other government departments and levels of government, and the public.

Intended Outcome: Stakeholder input to guide label development.

Time Frame: March 2013.

Outcome: Consultations completed and results pending. No further consultations are planned for the new automobile fuel consumption labels. For more information, please visit:


Port Hope Area Initiative - Property Value Protection Program – Assessing the Past, Providing for the Future

Purpose: To create opportunity for municipalities and public/stakeholders to provide views and experience on the Property Value Protection program which is designed to compensate home-owners of real estate in Port Hope and Clarington for financial losses as a result of the removal of low-level radioactive waste during the Port Hope Area Initiative.

Target Audience: Elected officials and administration of the municipalities of Port Hope and Clarington and the public/stakeholders within these municipalities.

Intended Outcome: To build relationships, demonstrate transparency, improve decision-making and better understanding of how to move forward with the Property Value Protection program as the Port Hope Area Initiative begins the removal of radioactive waste in the affected areas.

Time Frame: Fiscal year 2012-2013.

Outcome: Consultations are completed.


Building Energy Retrofit Guideline

Purpose: To receive stakeholder feedback on proposed strategy and framework for an energy retrofit guideline to be developed.

Target Audience: Building stakeholders: building owners and operators, service providers, building associations, utilities, municipal/provincial/territorial organizations.

Intended Outcome: Stakeholder input is to provide direction on the future development of the energy retrofit guide. The intended outcome of the energy retrofit guide is to encourage and assist the building community to engage in a greater number of energy retrofit projects, and consider opportunities to expand the scope of any renovation project to include energy efficiency.

Time Frame: March 2013 to May 2013.

For further information, please contact Mark Newman at:

Outcome:  Consultations completed.  Outcomes included a call for a retrofit guideline that focuses on best practices, case studies and a roadmap for building energy retrofits.


Webinar consultation on barriers to the adoption of green mining technologies

Purpose: To receive feedback on a proposed path forward to address barriers to the adoption of new mining technologies.

Target Audience: Mining stakeholders (regulators, Government, industry, academia, research organizations, NGOs, Aboriginal groups).

Intended Outcome: Develop a plan for the next steps, and recommendations for Energy and Mines Ministers Conference.

Time Frame: Early April 2013.

Outcome: Consultation completed (a webinar was recorded). If you would like a copy of the final report, please contact


Strategic Framework for Geospatial Standards

Purpose: To facilitate the development of a strategy and roadmap for geospatial standards in support of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure, including background analysis and guidance for the GeoConnections program.

Target Audience: An advisory committee will be established including stakeholders representing federal and provincial governments, industry, and organizations involved in standards for geospatial interoperability as well as users and developers involved in the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure.

Intended Outcome: To ensure a strategic framework based on sound requirements analysis and stakeholder input.

Time Frame: December 2012 - June 2013.

Outcome: Consultations completed and results pending. Please contact: for more information.


Energy Efficient Tire Recognition Initiative

Purpose: Development of a recognition system for energy efficient tires to guide consumers in making informed choices about fuel-efficient tires.

Target Audience: Consumers and consumer organizations (automotive and consumer products).

Intended Outcome: Preliminary identification of issues, concerns and information requirements by consumers and consumer organizations.

Time Frame:  December 2011 – December 2012.

Outcome: Consultation with stakeholders representing manufacturers, retailers and related associations met on November 14, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario.  The results of the consultation will be used to feed into the development of NRCan’s Fuel-efficient tire information system. 


Portfolio Manager Benchmarking Program Engagement Strategy

Purpose: To consult/engage key building sector opinion leaders and stakeholders regarding the roll-out of the Canadian adapted version of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Building Benchmarking tool (Portfolio Manager) in 2013.

Target Audience: Key building sector opinion leaders and stakeholders, and utilities.

Intended Outcome**: Enhanced support and endorsement by key sector stakeholders of the tool, increased communication channels, etc.

Time Frame: Jan 2012 until roll-out of the tool in 2013.

Outcome: Consultation completed and results pending.


Implementation of Amendment 11 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations

Purpose: To inform, consult and collaborate on the implementation of Amendment 11 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations.

Target Audience: Dealers and importers of products subject to the Energy Efficiency Regulation.

Intended Outcome: Dealers will have more accurate understanding of their obligations under the Regulations and NRCan will have an opportunity to communicate its compliance approach.

Time Frame: 2012.


Conduct of scientific studies aimed at mapping 60% of the North to modern geological standards

Purpose: To engage Northerners on the conduct of scientific studies aimed at mapping 60% of the North to modern geological standards, including the potential environmental and economic impacts of the work and strategies to maximize the value of the work for the benefit of Northern communities. The proposed scientific activities will be presented to communities which will have opportunity to provide feedback to inform project planning. To consider opportunities for projects to incorporate activities that will add value for Northerners.

Target Audience: Northern communities, Inuit associations, and a technical advisory committee of Northern Stakeholders.

Intended Outcome: Economic and social benefits accrue to Northern communities as the scientific activities of the GEM program guide land use and investment decisions without disrupting traditional Northern ways of life.

Time Frame: May to September 2012.


Public awareness session on upcoming groundwater geoscience field activities in the Nanaimo Regional District

Purpose: To inform on upcoming drilling activities for groundwater geoscience purposes in Nanaimo Regional District (British Columbia).

Target Audience: Citizens of Nanaimo Regional District, British Columbia.

Intended Outcome: Citizens of the Nanaimo Regional District are aware of groundwater field activities performed in their neighbourhood.

Time Frame: Project postponed - no new date identified.


Explosives Regulatory Modernization, Explosives Regulations 2012

Purpose: To inform, consult and collaborate with industry and OGDs on the proposed changes to the Explosives Regulations that are slated for pre-publication in the Canada Gazette 1 in March, 2012.

Target Audience: Throughout this timeframe, a number of industry consultations will be held in addition to the consolidation of feedback/response from industry/general public when the proposed regulations are pre-published in Canada Gazette 1.

Intended Outcome: The Explosives Regulations, 2012 package introduces new requirements that reflect existing industry practices and standards. This initiative will clarify regulatory intent through better structure and clearer, simpler language, use modern regulatory concepts and reflect evolving technologies and business practices.

Time Frame: Canadian Explosives Industry Association (CEAEC) – Two-day Annual Meeting early December.

Pre-Publication of proposed regulations is scheduled for late March 2012. The package will be posted for a 75-day consultation period.


Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Mine Tailings Management

Purpose: To discuss science-policy issues on mine tailings management in Canada and to identify gaps and linkages with stakeholders.

Target Audience: Other government departments, academia, civil society groups, Aboriginal groups.

Intended Outcome: Clearer overall understanding of science-policy gaps in tailings management and areas where NRCan can be positively involved in the next 5 to 10 years.

Time Frame: Postponed – no new date set.


Precursor Outreach Awareness Initiative

Purpose:  To engage/promote awareness and education on the illicit use of explosive precursors through an integrated balance of regulatory and non-regulatory security outreach activities.

Target Audience:  Throughout this timeframe, a number of industry and law enforcement consultations will take place.  Industry consultations include the Chemical Association of Canada, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada and Canadian Fertilizer Institute.

Intended Outcome:  An information and training outreach effort that promotes a heightened degree of vigilance and assists point-of-sale staff in the recognition of suspicious attempts to purchase such chemicals.

Time Frame: December 2011 – March 2012.


R-2000 Standard Renewal

Purpose:  Development of a new requirement for the R-2000 Standard by a committee of technical experts from across Canada.

Target Audience: R-2000 Standard stakeholders across Canada, builders, energy professionals, service organizations, utilities, manufacturers/suppliers, renewable representatives, consumer representatives, and the public.

Intended Outcome: An updated R-2000 technical standard ready for adoption across Canada.

Outcome: The public review of the R-2000 documents ended October 2011. Comments received in the public review process will be considered by an advisory committee late winter 2012 for inclusion in the 2014 Standard. The 2012 R-2000 Standard will be published in January 2012.

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Development of Next Generation Energy Efficiency Housing Standards

Development of the Next Generation R-2000 Standard

Time Frame: December 2009 – October 2011.


Marine Renewable Energy Technology Roadmap (MRE-TRM)

Purpose: To consult with stakeholders to identify the key issues to deploying marine renewable energy technologies in Canada.

Target Audience: Marine Energy Technology Developers, Ocean Renewable Energy Group Association, academia, utilities, other industries related to marine energy, federal, provincial/territorial, municipal and regional governments.

Intended Outcome: A long-term strategy for the marine renewable energy sector. The document will identify a vision, and the technological issues and challenges that need to be addressed to meet the vision.

Outcome:  Marine Renewables Canada

Time Frame: September 2010 – March 2011.


Roundtable on the Use of Natural Gas in Canada’s Transportation Sector

Purpose: Development of a roadmap for natural gas use in the transportation sector. The roadmap work will address knowledge gaps, inform public and private decision making, and define government and industry roles moving forward. It will investigate the transportation applications that would be optimal for the use of natural gas, assist in determining long-term investment requirements by stakeholders and outline key steps for implementation. It will investigate the transportation applications that would be optimal for the use of natural gas; and assist in determining long-term investment requirements by stakeholders.

Target Audience: Industry, associations, provinces, port authorities, academia, NGOs

Intended Outcome: Determine priorities and confirm the workplan for a joint initiative to develop a roadmap for increased use of natural gas in Canada’s transportation sector. 

Date :

March - September 2010
March 12, 2010
June 22, 2010
September 27, 2010

Outcome: The Natural Gas Use in the Canadian Transportation Sector Deployment Roadmap.


Proposed Amendments to the Export and Import of Rough Diamonds Act (EIRDA)

Purpose: To seek stakeholders’ views and gather their input on the proposed amendments to the Export and Import of Rough Diamonds Act (EIRDA).  The proposed amendments to EIRDA are meant to strengthen the implementation of the Kimberley Process in Canada.

Target Audience:  This consultation includes representatives of the following groups:

  • Civil society
  • The diamond industry, including retailers
  • Extracting facilities
  • Academia and research centers
  • Trading houses
  • Transportation and security companies  

Intended Outcome: Stakeholders’ comments will contribute to the development of policy options.

Time Frame: Postponed.


Amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations

Purpose:  To gauge stakeholder reaction to proposed minimum energy performance standards and labelling requirements per Canada-US alignment and Canada’s published forward plan.

Target Audience:  Manufacturers, distributors, retailers of energy using products, provincial/territorial governments, utilities, non-governmental organizations and the general public.

Intended Outcome:  NRCan is fully aware of stakeholder views in order to ensure stakeholders deliver net benefits with no unintended consequences.

Time Frame:  Postponed – no new date set.

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Frontier and Offshore Regulatory Renewal Initiative (FORRI).

Purpose: To consult stakeholders on the development of new regulations related to the new Energy Safety and Security Act.

Target Audience: Oil and gas industry stakeholders.

Intended Outcome: Comments from interested stakeholders are considered in the regulatory development process.

Time Frame: April and May 2015.

Outcome:  Interested and affected stakeholders provided input for consideration and integration into the regulatory development process.