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Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information

Natural Resources Canada

Table of Contents

General Information

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Additional Information

General Information

Introduction to Info Source

Info Source: Sources of Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.

The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.

Background

The Department of Natural Resources was created by the Department of Natural Resources Act on January 12, 1995. It combined the former departments of Energy, Mines and Resources, and Forestry. Some groups in the department, such as the Geological Survey of Canada, have been in existence for more than a century. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) reports to Parliament through the Minister of Natural Resources.

Read more on NRCan’s history.

Responsibilities

Under the Minister of Natural Resources, the department plays a pivotal role in helping shape the important contribution of the natural resources sectors to the Canadian economy, society and environment. These sectors, which comprise our forests, energy, minerals and metals, as well as related industries, including those dealing with earth sciences, are a cornerstone of Canadian prosperity and are helping build a 21st century economy.

Through partnership and innovation, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) works with Canadians to make wise use of our resources, strengthening the social foundation of Canadian life. NRCan conducts innovative scientific research to generate and transfer ideas, knowledge and technologies. It continues to promote Canada's international interests to meet our global commitments related to natural resources and ensure Canada's place in the world. The department is organized into five science-based sectors, a Corporate Management and Services Sector, Public Affairs and Portfolio Management Sector, Strategic Policy and Results Sector, Major Projects Management Office and one corporate branch: Audit.

Read more about NRCan’s mandate and NRCan’s strategic outcomes.

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

The program information in this section follows Natural Resources Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory of records for 2020-2021.

Core Responsibility 1: Natural Resources Science and Risk Mitigation

Lead foundational science and share expertise for managing Canada’s natural resources, reducing the impacts of climate change and mitigating risks from natural disasters and explosives.

Canadian Geodetics Survey: Spatially Enabling Canada

Description: The Canadian Geodetic Survey provides the fundamental reference frame and standards for the measurement of latitude, longitude, elevation and gravity anywhere in Canada and monitors motions of our continental landmass in support of geomatics and geoscience. This geospatial reference frame underpins all activities where positions matter, enabling mapping, land surveying, water management and engineering activities in Canada. A growing community of research scientists rely on the program’s precise positioning and gravity information to study changes in the Earth. The program is delivered by real-time analysis of global satellite data, supporting client services that enable Canadians to use global navigation satellite systems (e.g. GPS) for precise positioning, including heights above sea level. Related tools and services are delivered directly to Canadians through the internet.

Document Types: Agreements, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, consultant reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, guidelines, inventory, licensing, planning, presentation decks, procedures, provincial/territorial relations, research, scientific publications, standards, testing, training, minutes of meetings, agendas, statistical reports, surveys, statements of work.

Record Number: NRCan ESS 003

Canada Lands Survey System

Description: The Canada Lands Survey System provides the statutory framework, standards and information systems and the land survey ground infrastructure that legally identifies and protects the boundaries of property rights and enables land transactions on Canada Lands (Indigenous Reserves, National Parks, the Northern Territories and Canada’s Offshore region). This program underpins land governance and provides the boundary certainty required to protect and manage lands and resources and to support sustainable social and economic development for Canadians, Indigenous Peoples, industry and federal, provincial and territorial governments. It is a key contributor to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, both in its mandated role of delivering the system pursuant to the Canada Lands Survey Act and in its accompanying role of providing legal survey and boundary expertise to Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Indigenous Services and other government departments.

Document Types: advice, agreements, analysis, applications, briefing notes, budgeting, certifications, compliance tracking, consultations, contracts, correspondence, enforcement, enquiries, funding, inspections, legislation, monitoring, planning, policy, presentation decks, procedures, provincial/territorial relations, research, requests, standards, surveys, survey records, transfer payments.

Record Number: NRCan ESS 004

Geological Knowledge for Canada’s Onshore and Offshore Lands

Description: Through this program, NRCan produces geoscientific data and knowledge to map the regional geological context of Canada’s onshore and offshore lands. The department provides information on new mineral potential to support governments, landholders, communities and stakeholders with strategic resource assessments, methodologies and data to make evidence-based decisions. NRCan also increases the availability and use of geoscience data assets and knowledge products by developing value-added analyses and tailoring information to broader audiences. NRCan acquires and interprets geophysical data that will be the basis of a formal submission defining the outer limits of the extended continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans as part of Canada’s obligation to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. International recognition of this new offshore territory will give Canada sovereign rights over the natural resources on the seabed and subsoil.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, consultations, contracts, grants and contributions, transfer payment agreements, correspondence, enquiries, frameworks, funding, planning, presentation decks, program review, provincial/territorial relations and agreements, research, risk management, standards, studies, testing, training, treasury board submissions, executive summaries, submission to the United Nations.

Record Number: NRCan ESS 021

Core Geospatial Data

Description: Through activities in this Program, NRCan delivers and enables foundational or core geospatial data that is accurate, authoritative and accessible. The data is co-developed with other government departments, 13 provinces and territories and the non-governmental sector. NRCan operates the Government of Canada’s network of satellite ground stations, the backbone of the GC remote sensing space program. These stations track, control, and receive data from Canadian and foreign space missions for scientific, mapping, weather, surveillance and other purposes. Core geospatial data is used for evidence-based decision making and contributes to Canada’s innovation and productivity improvements. In addition to other government departments, provinces and territories, the Program works closely with stakeholders in economic segments in natural resources and geomatics, citizens, non-profit institutions and organizations including academia, and foreign entities. The delivery of national standards-based core geospatial data, collected and utilized throughout the federal government, supports many objectives such as economic growth, public safety, security, environmental management and social well-being.

Document Types: Agendas; briefing notes, budgeting, funding, communications plans, contracts, contribution agreements, consultant reports, correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, presentation decks, project plans, architecture documents, operational policies and procedures, project descriptions, project performance, project approval documents, project status reports, travel management, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions, grants and contributions, licensing agreements, requests for information, user needs assessments, status reports, liaison with other government departments, federal, provincial, territorial, private sector and academic coordination, partnership and collaboration, conferences, international relations, standards and specifications, geospatial metadata, user support, Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), CGDI information products, Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI) documents, geospatial standards and operational policies, Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Study; Federal Earth Observation Strategy; Canadian GeoSecretariat; Canadian Council on Geomatics (CCOG); Federal Committee on geomatics and Earth Observation (FCGEO); Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table (CGCRT).

Record Number: NRCan ESS 011

Canada-US International Boundary Treaty

Description: This program maintains the boundary between Canada and the United States and regulates the construction of works within three metres of the boundary. A clear boundary is essential for law enforcement, land administration, customs, immigration and the management of trans-boundary resources. Following a jointly developed plan, the U.S. and Canadian sections conduct routine inspections of the 8,891 km of boundary line, maintain about 8,000 monuments, clear 2,200 kilometres of boundary vistas through forested areas, enhance boundary demarcation by adding new monuments and update survey data describing the boundary line and the geodetic relationship between boundary monuments. This program also provides legal survey research, advice and consultation for international boundary issues. The program’s work is delivered by the International Boundary Commission and is based on joint decision-making and equal contribution of the Canadian and U.S. counterparts.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, analysis, applications, briefing notes, budgeting, certifications, compliance tracking, consultations, contracts, correspondence, enforcement, enquiries, funding, inspections, legislation, monitoring, planning, policy, presentation decks, procedures, provincial/territorial relations, research, requests, standards, surveys, survey records, transfer payments, information regarding owners of work done along the Canada-United States border.

Record Number: NRCan ESS 004

Geoscience for Sustainable Development of Natural Resources

Description: This program creates new geoscience knowledge that supports sustainable development of Canada’s land, mineral, energy and water resources. Geoscientific knowledge informs land decisions such as marine protected areas, pre-exploration geoscience so that companies can efficiently discover new mineral and low-carbon footprint energy resources, and environmental and groundwater studies so that resource sites can be developed and efficiently remediated post-production. Integrating the results of these studies will increase the efficiency of discovery, sustaining mining- and energy-dependent communities, while ensuring that these developments impact the environment and groundwater in the most minimal way. NRCan provides expert advice to government departments, regulatory bodies and industry to inform regulatory policies, industry practices and environmental assessments, which contributes to sustainable land-use decision-making and groundwater management. This ultimately serves to improve Canada’s global competitiveness and supports the sustainable development of natural resources.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, applications, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, certifications, communication plans, complaint management, compliance tracking, consultations, contracts, transfer payment agreements, correspondence, enforcement, enquiries, frameworks, funding, licensing, monitoring, planning, presentation decks, program review, provincial/territorial relations, research, risk management, standards, studies, surveillance, testing, training, Treasury Board submissions.

Record Number: NRCan LMS 012

Pest Risk Management

Description: This program delivers science-based solutions to address forest pest issues that have, or could have, significant negative impacts on Canadian forest values, resources, and trade of forest products across domestic and international borders. The program integrates research on native and invasive alien forest pest issues and focuses on the science and technology required for evidence-based forest pest management policies and practices in the federal government and for pest management organizations across Canada. Authoritative expertise and advice is provided and sustainable forest development and use of Canada’s forest is promoted. Pest outbreaks impact the wood fibre supply and could act differently under changing climate conditions. Similarly, the globalization in the movement of goods and people coupled with the limits in the efficacy of risk mitigation measures suggest that exotic forest pests will continue to be introduced in Canada and will have negative environmental, social and economic impacts. Key stakeholders include federal, provincial and territorial governments, organizations involved in pest management, including the forest products sector.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, applications, appeals, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, conference management, consultations, consultant reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, enquiries, frameworks, funding, inventory, legislation, media relations, monitoring, patents, planning, policy, presentation decks, program review, procedures, provincial/territorial relations, research, requisitions, risk management, screening standards, studies, testing, training, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions.

Record Number: NRCan CFS 006

Forest Climate Change

Description: This program delivers a significant response to climate change related to Canada’s forests. This program will increase the resilience of Canada’s forests and forest sector to climate change by developing and disseminating adaptation tools, indicators, and regional integrated assessments of forest ecosystems’ vulnerability to climate change. The Program will also deliver analyses and projections for how forest carbon accounting and mitigation actions by provinces, territories and stakeholders can make long-term contributions to meeting Canada’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and will ensure that forest-related greenhouse gas reporting requirements are met. In support of these objectives, the new 2 Billion Trees Program will plant two billion incremental trees through cost-shared partnerships over the next 10 years to increase carbon sequestration (the removal of carbon from the atmosphere), as well as to provide other co-benefits to communities and ecosystems such as contributing to restoration of habitat for wildlife and biodiversity, health & community benefits from cleaner air and water, storm surge management, increased well-being and increased resilience to a changing climate (resilience to wildland fire, to flooding).   The Forest Climate Change program supports forest sector competitiveness, optimizes the value of the forest, and advances environmental leadership by helping the sector understand the risks posed by changing climate conditions and by contributing to national climate change mitigation efforts. The program involves collaboration with provincial/territorial forest management agencies, Indigenous peoples, industry, other stakeholders and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, applications, briefing notes, communication plans, compliance tracking, conference management, consultations, consultant reports, contracts, correspondence, frameworks, inventory, media relations, monitoring, modelling, planning, policy, presentation decks, procedures, provincial/territorial relations, Indigenous relations, research, risk management, screening standards, studies, surveillance, testing, training.

Record Number: NRCan CFS 005

Climate Change Adaptation

Description: Through this program, NRCan advances climate adaptation in Canada by: Convening Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform, a national, multi-stakeholder forum that brings together representatives from federal, provincial and territorial governments; Indigenous organizations; industry; professional; and not-for-profit organizations; and researchers to collaborate on delivering adaptation actions and building resilience across Canada. Leading Canada in a Changing Climate, the national assessment of how Canada’s climate is changing, the impacts of these changes and how we are adapting to reduce risk. The resulting reports will serve as a resource for Canadians, raising awareness of the key issues facing our country and providing information to support sound adaptation decisions and actions. Managing a funding program that facilitates, through co-funded projects, the development, sharing and use of knowledge, tools and practices to enhance practical action on climate adaptation. Delivering the Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program, which works directly with the provinces to increase adaptation uptake and advance related activities by building capacity through training, internships and knowledge exchange activities.

Document Types: Agendas, briefing notes, budgeting, funding, communications plans, contracts, contribution agreements, consultant reports, correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, presentation decks, project plans, architecture documents, operational policies and procedures, project descriptions, project performance, project approval documents, project status reports, travel management, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions, grants and contributions, licensing agreements, requests for information, user needs assessments, status reports, liaison with other government departments, federal, provincial, territorial, private sector and academic coordination, partnership and collaboration, conferences, international relations, standards and specifications, geospatial metadata, user support, Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), CGDI information products, Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI) documents, geospatial standards and operational policies; Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Study; Federal Earth Observation Strategy; Canadian GeoSecretariat; Canadian Council on Geomatics (CCOG); Federal Committee on Geomatics and Earth Observation (FCGEO); Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table (CGCRT).

Record Number: NRCan LMS 011

Explosives Safety and Security

Description: The Explosives, Regulatory and Business Services Branch within Natural Resources Canada is the national regulator of explosives and the centre of expertise for commercial explosives testing and research. It contributes to the safety of the public and all workers involved in the explosives industry in Canada, as well as national security. Its Explosives Regulatory Division issues licences, permits and certificates for explosives, ammunition, and pyrotechnics to manufacturers, transporters, importers, exporters, sellers and users of explosives. The Explosives Regulatory Division also administers the program that restricts the acquisition and sale of certain explosives precursor chemicals and sets out the requirements for their sale and storage. The Canadian Explosives Research Laboratory is the only facility of its kind in Canada that conducts science and technology on commercial explosives and contributes to national security via expertise in blast effects and explosives precursor chemicals.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, applications, appeals, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, certifications, communication plans, complaint management, compliance tracking, conference management, consultations, consultant reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, enforcement, enquiries, explosives (high explosives, initiation systems, military and law enforcement, cartridges, propellants, fireworks, pyrotechnics, rocket motors, special purpose), frameworks, funding, importations, inspections, inventory, investigations, legislation, licensing,  manufacturing, media relations, monitoring, permits, planning, policy, presentation decks, program review, procedures, provincial/territorial relations, research, risk management, sale, screening, standards, storing studies, surveillance, testing, training, transfer payments, transportation, Treasury Board submissions.

Record Number: NRCan MMS 003

Geoscience to Keep Canada Safe

Description: This program undertakes the monitoring, research and effective planning against various natural and human-induced hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and impacts related to climate change, geomagnetic storms, radiological and nuclear incidents. Through the provision of hazard information, NRCan helps other levels of government, including international government bodies, as well as the private sector and professional organizations to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters. Similarly, geoscience information is used by these stakeholders to minimize the risk of climate change to communities and infrastructure in vulnerable areas.

Document Types: Agendas, briefing notes, budgeting, funding, communications plans, contracts, contribution agreements, consultant reports, correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, presentation decks, project plans, architecture documents, operational policies and procedures, project descriptions, project performance, project approval documents, project status reports, travel management, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions; grants and contributions, licensing agreements, requests for information, user needs assessments, status reports, liaison with other government departments, federal, provincial, territorial, private sector and academic coordination, partnership and collaboration, conferences, international relations, standards and specifications, geospatial metadata, user support, Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), CGDI information products, Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI) documents, geospatial standards and operational policies; Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Study; Federal Earth Observation Strategy; Canadian GeoSecretariat; Canadian Council on Geomatics (CCOG); Federal Committee on geomatics and Earth Observation (FCGEO); Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table (CGCRT).

Record Number: NRCan LMS 011

Wildfire Risk Management

Description: This program provides fundamental and applied science to help governments, industries, communities and citizens adapt and live with wildfire impacts. Although wildfire is a key process in a healthy forest ecosystem, it has threatened more people, property and natural resource values in the past decade than ever before. Despite advances in fire management wildfires are larger and more severe during longer fire seasons which is expected to continue under a changing climate. As the Government of Canada, Provinces and Territories all have responsibilities related to wildfire management, a strong partnership across government is required to minimize the risks and impacts of wildfires. The CFS will provide national leadership, particularly on wildfire science, by actively cultivating new partnerships and seeking to mobilize action, being flexible in delivery models to achieve results faster, and making visible and significant contributions to the Canadian Wildland Fire Strategy.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, applications, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, compliance tracking, conference management, consultations, consultant reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, enquiries, frameworks, funding, inspections, inventory, legislation, media relations, monitoring, planning, policy, presentation decks, program review, procedures, provincial/territorial relations, research, requisitions, risk management, screening standards, studies, testing, training, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions.

Record Number: NRCan CFS 006

Polar Continental Shelf program

Description: The Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) coordinates logistics for Canadian government agencies, provincial, territorial and northern organizations, universities and independent groups conducting research, particularly in Canada's North. PCSP logistics support include charter air transportation to and from remote field camps throughout the Canadian Arctic, loan of field equipment and vehicles across Canada, and fuel for aircraft, equipment and camps. They also include meals, accommodations and working space (including a multi-purpose laboratory) at the PCSP facility in Resolute, Nunavut, and a communications network that links the PCSP with science teams in field camps dispersed throughout the Canadian Arctic.

Document Types: Agreements, applications, briefing notes, budgeting, documents, contracts, correspondence, enquiries, inventory documents, waivers, presentation decks, procedures documents, project screening results, meeting summaries, project management documents, and procurement documents.

Record Number: NRCan ESS 010

Core Responsibility 2: Innovative Solutions and Sustainable Natural Resource Development

Lead the transformation to a low-carbon economy by improving the environmental performance of Canada’s natural resource sectors through innovation and sustainable development and use.

Energy Innovation and Clean Technology

Description: This program helps lead Canada’s transformation to a low-carbon economy by accelerating innovation and the development of new clean technologies and solutions needed to reduce emissions and promote sustainable growth from the production and use of energy and other natural resources.  EICT spurs advances in energy innovation, clean technologies and solutions through supporting scientific research, development and demonstration (up to first commercial installation) (RD&D) projects and initiatives.  With strategic investments, collaborations and partnerships, EICT supports the delivery of key federal policy initiatives to address climate change, energy transformation and clean growth. 

Document Types: Advice, agreements, analysis, applications, audits, briefing notes, budget, certifications, communication plans, conference management, consultations, contract, contribution agreements, correspondence, development, evaluation, funding, inventory, international relations, licensing, press releases, Memoranda of Understanding, Memoranda to Cabinet, monitoring, planning, program development, provincial/territorial relations, presentation decks, program review, publications, regulations, reports, research, risk management, screening, standards, studies, testing, training, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions, workshops. 

Green Mining Innovation

Description: This strategic research and development program is delivered by NRCan’s CanmetMINING laboratories. The program has two key objectives: to reduce the environmental impacts of mining; and to improve Canada’s competitiveness. Strong environmental performance is closely linked to the long-term economic growth of the mining industry and is essential for maintaining public trust in Canada’s development of its mineral resources and Critical Mineral and Green Energy Strategies. In undertaking this work, NRCan is focussed on five priority areas: energy efficiency, enhanced productivity, waste management, water management and climate change. Several specialized services such as the production of certified reference materials and diesel engine certification are also delivered by the program.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, analysis, applications, appeals, assessments, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, certifications, communication plans, complaint management, compliance tracking, conference management, consultations, consultant reports, contracts, contribution agreements, coordinating, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), correspondence, enforcement, enquiries, frameworks, funding, inspections, international relations, inventory, investigations, legislation, licensing, media relations, monitoring, permits, planning, policy, presentation decks, program review, procedures, provincial/territorial relations decks and presentations, regulation, research, reporting, risk management, screening, standards, studies, surveillance, sustainable development, testing, training, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions.

Record Number: NRCan MMS 010

Fibre Solutions

Description: This program responds directly to end-user needs by developing and deploying sustainable fibre-based solutions that support the forest sector’s transition to a low-carbon economy, contributing to mitigation and adaptation activities in response to a changing climate. It develops the knowledge, tools and techniques to evaluate trees in order to better understand, locate and produce the desirable fibre attributes for both traditional and emerging members of the diversifying forest-based sector. The products developed are those required by forest managers and fibre end-users to put forward innovative wood processes and products. This program advances these ends in close collaboration with both Canadian Forest Service and FPInnovations research activities, creating a continuum between foundational, medium- and short-term, applied and market-driven research activities. This program supports the forest-based sector’s uptake and use of the resulting knowledge, tools and techniques through dedicated technology transfer resources and activities. It further extends a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach to advancing the forest sector’s understanding, location and production of desirable fibre through the leverage of aligned contribution funding and the unique resource of the Petawawa Research Forest, a 10-square-kilometre forest.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, applications, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, certifications, communication plans, compliance tracking, consultations, consultant reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, enquiries, frameworks, funding, legislation, licensing, market strategies and handbook and procedures for applicants, media relations, monitoring, planning, policy, presentation decks, program review, procedures, provincial/territorial relations, research, risk management, studies, testing, training, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions.

Record Number: NRCan CFS 007

Sustainable Forest Management

Description: This program supports and carries out forest research that fills priority knowledge gaps about the dynamics of forest ecosystems, and identifies suitable indicators used to monitor and understand the impacts of natural and human disturbances, specifically with respect to sustainable forest management. Increasingly, international markets require evidence that Canadian forest products are coming from sustainably managed forests, and this evidence needs to be developed, gathered and provided to the key actors involved with international markets in a clear and understandable format. This program will provide the knowledge and data needed to track the progress toward sustainable forest management; ensure timely and accurate information-sharing both at the national and regional levels; and inform the development, implementation and continuous improvement of forest management practices. The target groups for this program include the forest industry, provinces and territories, other federal government departments, foreign governments and international organizations/alliances.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, applications, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, certifications, communication plans, compliance tracking, consultations, consultant reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, enquiries, frameworks, funding, legislation, licensing, market strategies and handbook and procedures for applicants, media relations, monitoring, planning, policy, presentation decks, program review, procedures, provincial/territorial relations, research, risk management, studies, testing, training, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions.

Record Number: NRCan CFS 007

Cumulative Effects

Description: This program focuses on the issue of increasing overlap in renewable and non-renewable natural resource development in Canada’s forested ecosystems. This is done by understanding the impacts and risks to forest ecosystems as well as to social and economic values resulting from multiple resource development activities, in addition to natural disturbances and climate change, thus distinguishing it from the sustainable forest management program. This program aims to improve the environmental performance of Canada’s resource sectors by creating and mobilizing the knowledge, tools and techniques needed to assess, prevent, minimize and mitigate cumulative effects. Addressing these cumulative effects will minimize unintended impacts to economic, environmental and social values, and result in more efficient, transparent and consistent decision-making in natural resource development.

Addressing cumulative effects in the context of natural resource development will consist of three interrelated components: 1) understanding and assessing the risk and scale of cumulative effects; 2) understanding the impact on, and trends of, ecosystem values; and 3) management actions to minimize the impacts on values.

The program will work with industrial natural resource sectors, other government departments, provincial and territorial agencies, academia and non-governmental organizations.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, applications, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, compliance tracking, conference management, consultations, consultant reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, enquiries, frameworks, funding, inventory, media relations, monitoring, planning, policy, presentation decks, procedures, program reviews, provincial/territorial relations, research, risk management, screening standards, studies, strategies, surveillance, testing, training, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions.

Record Number: NRCan CFS 005

Lower Carbon Transportation

Description: In line with Canada’s objectives to address climate change, the Lower Carbon Transportation program’s objective is to increase energy efficiency in the transportation sector and to transition transportation to lower carbon options.

The program provides accurate, relevant and factual information on fuel efficiency and lower carbon modes of on-road transportation to raise awareness on fuel efficiency and inform purchasing decisions on lower carbon transportation products and services. Effective fleet management practices to reduce greenhouse gasses are also shared with industry, P/T and other Federal Departments. Partnerships with external organizations to share information, best practices and benchmark, also incite behavioural change for those operating vehicles and those providing or using commercial freight and passenger services. Development of codes and standards, and alignment of codes and standards across North America supports those who supply vehicles, fuels, and develop infrastructure by enabling the compatibility between components of lower carbon vehicles and refueling infrastructure. Direct financial support to the private sector strengthens their investment in the installation of lower carbon fuels recharging and refueling infrastructure. This is built upon strong collaboration with provinces and territories.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, applications, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, certifications, communication plans, complaint management; conference management; consultations; reports; contracts; contribution agreements; payments; correspondence; environmental assessment; inquiries; frameworks; funding; letter of conditional approval; media relations; monitoring; planning; presentation decks; program review; procedures; research; risk management; standards; studies; training; evaluation; workshops.

Record Number: NRCan ES 323
Notes: This class of records was formerly called Energy Future Fuels

Electricity Resources

Description: The Electricity Resources Branch leads on supporting clean electricity infrastructure projects, the deployment of smart grid infrastructure, and the deployment of emerging non-greenhouse gas emitting technologies. It develops federal policy and programs in the areas of renewable, electrical and nuclear energy, uranium and radioactive waste. It provides advice and recommendations on domestic and international issues regarding electricity, the nuclear supply chain and the nuclear fuel cycle. It supports the Minister in his legislative responsibilities re: the Nuclear Energy Act, Nuclear Fuel Waste Act, Nuclear Safety and Control Act, Nuclear Liability and Compensation Act, etc. It supports the Minister regarding his responsibilities for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

Document Types: Legislation, advice, policies, procedures, studies, regulations, applications, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, complaint management, consultations, reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, funding, media relations, meeting reports, monitoring, presentation decks, research, risk management, standards, evaluations, planning, protocols and agreements.

Record Number: NRCan ES 400

Energy Efficiency

Description: Energy efficiency is a component of long-term decarbonisation of the economy, a short-term means of reducing emissions and improving economic competitiveness. Canada has the most energy-intensive economy per capita among International Energy Agency member countries. Therefore, the objective of the Energy Efficiency Program is to encourage and enable the implementation of cleaner and more energy efficient technologies, products and practices through activities (e.g. collaboration; provide standards, certifications, product specifications, building codes, tools and Gs&Cs), and outputs targeting energy consumers, industry, the housing and building sectors, and equipment manufacturers. The Program directly benefits energy consumers in Canada by reducing energy consumption, which lowers energy costs, and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, including from federal government operations.

The Program will improve energy efficiency through increasing awareness of energy efficient solutions, engaging target groups in improving energy efficiency and building capacity (knowledge, skills and ability) to implement energy efficient technologies, products and practices. The program is built upon strong collaboration with provinces, territories, and other stakeholders, and alignment with North American governments.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, analyses, applications, assessments, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgets, communications, complaints, compliance tracking, consultations, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, evaluations, exchanges of letters, inquiries, frameworks, funding, legislation, letters of agreement, licensing, marketing, media relations, memos, Memoranda of Understanding, monitoring, minutes, participant arrangements, planning, policy, presentation decks, program review, projects, procedures, reports, risk management, screening, standards, studies, surveys, training, Treasury Board submissions, evaluations, workshop information.

Record Number: NRCan ES 450

Energy and Climate Change Policy

Description: The Energy and Climate Change Policy Program provides policy advice to the Minister of Natural Resources, senior government officials, and other stakeholders to inform decision-making on matters related to energy and climate change. Central to this program is collaboration with other federal departments, domestic stakeholders such as provinces and territories, industry groups, associations and academia, along with international governments and organizations. Activities under this program include engaging with relevant stakeholders to develop and influence agenda-setting, informing government priorities, promoting and coordinating knowledge exchange through networks and partnerships, developing and advancing policy options and driving the sector towards a competitive and net-zero energy future. Underlying these activities are core functions such as conducting analysis, providing strategic advice across energy sub-sectors, undertaking economic research and forecasting to influence policy-making, and leading the federal government’s participation in domestic and international energy and environmental initiatives. The program’s ultimate goal is to serve as the government’s central clean energy policy hub in the transition to a low-carbon future, and ensure that all Canadians have access to a sustainable, inclusive and competitive resource economy.

Document Types: Legislation, advice, policies, procedures, studies, regulations, applications, audits, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, consultations, reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, funding, media relations, meeting summaries, presentation decks, research, risk management, planning, protocols memos, statements of work, agendas, workshops and agreements.

Record Number: NRCan ES 400

Innovative Geospatial Solutions

Description: NRCan delivers geospatial data innovation and experimentation through research and development into new technologies, interoperability, technology transfer, methods, standardization and product (new forms of evidence) delivery of ways to observe the Earth. The program and its stakeholders create new science, data and tools to collect, supply, use and share information to support critical and emerging GoC priorities. Geospatial innovation supports downstream research and critical operations, leading to better decision making for the environment, society and the economy. To deliver its innovative geospatial solutions, the program works closely with stakeholders internal to government, provinces, territories and communities, economic segments in natural resources, geomatics and Earth Observation, citizens, non-profit institutions and organizations including academia, and foreign entities.

Document Types: Agendas, briefing notes, budgeting, funding, communications plans, contracts, contribution agreements, consultant reports, correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, presentation decks, project plans, architecture documents, operational policies and procedures, project descriptions, project performance, project approval documents, project status reports, travel management, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions, grants and contributions, licensing agreements, requests for information, user needs assessments, status reports, liaison with other government departments, federal, provincial, territorial, private sector and academic coordination, partnership and collaboration; conferences; international relations; standards and specifications; geospatial metadata, user support; Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI); CGDI information products; Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI) documents; geospatial standards and operational policies; Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Study; Federal Earth Observation Strategy; Canadian GeoSecretariat; Canadian Council on Geomatics (CCOG); Federal Committee on geomatics and Earth Observation (FCGEO); Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table (CGCRT).

Record Number: NRCan ESS 011

Core Responsibility 3: Global Competitive Natural Resource Sectors

Advance and promote market access, inclusiveness and competitiveness for Canada’s natural resource sectors, in support of jobs and economic growth. Also includes statutory payments for offshore petroleum.

Forest Sector Competitiveness

Description: This Program improves the competitiveness of the forest sector by diversifying markets, products and processes, in response to cyclical and structural challenges (including trade irritants) and in order to grow the circular bio economy.  Additionally, the program supports each step of the business cycle and advances reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. These outcomes are essential to the health of Canada’s forest sector, and the communities and workers that depend on it.

This Program addresses forest sector challenges/needs through initiatives that advance Canada’s circular bio economy and create/maintain market opportunities. The Program also pioneers the implementation of diversity and inclusion measures to identify representation gaps by addressing lack of data, track workforce diversity trends, and address workforce diversity gaps across the forest sector.  Program success is also supported by work that advances favourable international forest policies, and increased Indigenous-led economic participation in natural resource development. Initiatives include the delivery of transfer payment programs, the development of strategies, advocacy/advice, and international policy work that together advance Canada’s priorities on trade, jobs, the economy, climate change and other environmental issues. Target groups include: the forest sector; Indigenous groups; buyers of Canadian wood products; construction practitioners, e.g., building engineers, architects and builders; federal government departments, e.g. Global Affairs Canada; foreign governments; and provinces/territories.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, applications, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, compliance tracking, consultations, consultants reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, enquiries, frameworks, funding, legislation, licensing, market strategies and handbook and procedures for applicants, media relations, monitoring, planning, policy presentation decks, program review, procedures, provincial/territorial relations, research, risk management, studies, testing, training, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions.

Records Number: NRCan CFS 009

Provision of Federal Leadership in the Minerals and Metals Sector

Description: This program provides federal leadership in the minerals and metals sector through integrated, evidence-based policy advice to support informed decision-making within industry, provincial and territorial governments, other federal government departments and internationally; trade and investment promotion; and regulatory development and compliance. These program elements support the promotion of corporate social responsibility and increasing transparency in mineral development through enforcement of the Export and Import of Rough Diamonds Act (Kimberly Process) and the Extractive Sectors Transparency Measures Act. The evidence-based policy advice at the centre of this program is informed by NRCan’s collection, analysis and dissemination of mineral exploration, development and production data, in addition to engagement and collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous groups, industry and academia.

Document Types: Advice, agreements, analysis, applications, appeals, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, business development, certifications, commodities, communication plans, complaint management, compliance tracking, conference management, consultations, consultant reports, contracts, contribution agreements, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), correspondence, enquiries, exploration, frameworks, funding, inspections, international relations, inventory, investigations, legislation, licensing, media relations press releases, monitoring, permits, planning, policy, presentation decks, program review, procedures, provincial/territorial decks and presentations, recycling, research, risk management, screening, statistics, standards, studies, surveillance, surveys, sustainable development, taxation, testing, training, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions.

Record Number: NRCan MMS 007

Energy Safety and Security, and Petroleum Resources

Description: The Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office delivers the Energy Safety and Security, and Petroleum Resources program. The program provides advice to support decision-making in relation to the administration of offshore oil and gas resources and federally regulated pipelines, and policy advice in relation to onshore oil and gas resources and cybersecurity of energy infrastructure. The objective is to ensure informed decision-making that promotes the safe, secure and sustainable production and transportation of petroleum resources.

Key activities include co-management of offshore petroleum resources in the Atlantic region; providing advice on the legislative and regulatory frameworks for federally regulated pipelines and offshore petroleum resources; and developing market, technical, and environmental intelligence and on Canadian and international oil and gas supply, demand, prices and trade.

The program also manages the time‐sensitive Ministerial and Governor‐in‐Council decision‐making requirements under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, the Impact Assessment Act and the two Offshore Accord Acts.

Document Types: Legislation, advice, policies, procedures, studies, regulations, applications, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, complaint management, consultations, reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, funding, media relations, meeting summaries, monitoring, presentation decks, research, risk management, standards, evaluations, planning, protocols and agreements.

Record Number: NRCan ES 400

International Energy Engagement

Description: NRCan leads the Federal Government’s international engagement on energy matters and the energy-environment relationship. This Program positions Canada as a reliable energy partner and a global leader in sustainable energy, supporting Canada’s trade, investment and geopolitical agendas. It enables informed decision-making and engagement with Canada’s partners and delivers advice, advocacy, strategies, and international initiatives and agreements that support Canada’s priorities on energy and the environment. More specifically, it develops and maintains agreements and initiatives involving foreign governments, regulators, businesses and laboratories that promote trade, investment and commercial opportunities. Further, it advances support for measures to enhance global energy security, energy system transformation to facilitate the global low carbon economy, climate change mitigation and clean energy technology development and deployment. Activities under this Program advance Canada’s energy interests bilaterally with the key partners in the Americas, Asia, Europe and others. This Program also advances Canadian interests through multilateral fora such as G7, G20, IEA, IEF, IRENA, APEC, UNFCCC, CEM and the NACCEEP.

Document Type: Policies, advice, agreements, applications, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, enquiries, frameworks, funding, legislation, media relations, monitoring, planning, presentation decks, program review, procedures, research, risk management, studies, testing, training, Treasury Board submissions, evaluation, workshops.

Record Number: NRCan ES 160

Statutory Offshore Payments

Description: The Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office delivers the Statutory Offshore Payments Program that monitors and facilitates payment disbursal agreements and transfer payments under the Atlantic Offshore Accord Acts. This program ensures that the provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador receive the statutory payments in relation to the offshore oil and gas development in their joint management area.

Document Type: Advice, agreements, applications, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, complaint management, consultations, reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, enquiries, funding, inspections, inventory, legislation, media relations, monitoring, planning, policy, presentation decks, program review, procedures, research, risk management, standards, testing, training, regulations, evaluations.

Record Number: NRCan ES 195

Natural Resources Canada’s Indigenous Partnerships Office – West

Description: The Indigenous Partnerships Office – West (IPO-West) delivers the Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships (INRP) contribution program and houses the Secretariat for the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committees (IAMCs). The INRP program supports Indigenous participation in energy infrastructure development in British Columbia and Alberta. The IAMCs are leading federal efforts to meaningfully involve Indigenous peoples in the Line 3 Replacement and Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline projects by providing advice to regulators, and participating in the monitoring and oversight of these projects over the full lifecycles.

Document Type: Legislation, advice, policies, procedures, studies, regulations, applications, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, communication plans, complaint management, consultations, reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, funding, media relations, meeting summaries, monitoring, presentation decks, research, risk management, standards, evaluations, planning, protocols and agreements.

Record Number: NRCan ES 400

Resource Partnerships Sector

Description: Through the Resource Partnership Sector, NRCan seeks to strengthen the consideration of natural resource projects, by working horizontally to develop & identify solutions to challenges faced by resource projects, that balance economic, environmental and reconciliation factors, while leveraging opportunities to further government priorities (e.g. reducing emissions, advancing reconciliation).  

Document Type: Advice, agreements, briefing notes, business plans, , consultations, correspondence, , evaluations, legislation, Memoranda of Understanding, Memoranda to Cabinet, permits, plans, policies, procedures, project descriptions, proposals, provincial/territorial negotiations, regulatory reviews, research, timelines, Treasury Board submissions, service standards, workplans.

Record Number: NRCan RPS 001

Science and Technology Internship Program

Description: Since 1997, NRCan has contributed to the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) through the Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP), which provides funding to support work experience and training opportunities for youth between the ages of 15-30 in the natural resources sectors, including energy, forestry, mining and earth sciences. Using third party delivery organizations, the Program provides wage subsidies to employers across Canada in all natural resources while they build a diverse and qualified labour pool in science, technology, engineering math (STEM) and other related fields. The delivery organizations take responsibility for delivering the funding to employers. This program supports the Minister's commitment to assist in the development and promotion of Canadian scientific and technological capabilities, and to address labour shortages in STEM fields. The program also promotes diversity and inclusion by targeting 50% participation by employment equity groups, including women, Indigenous youth, visible minorities, and youth with disabilities. There is also a particular emphasis on recruiting youth from northern, rural and remote communities.  

Document Type: Advice, agreements, workshops, conference management, policies, procedures, studies, regulations, applications, audits, authorizations, briefing notes, budgeting, transfer payments, Treasury Board submissions, Memoranda to Cabinet, Memoranda of Understanding, communication plans, complaint management, consultations, reports, contracts, contribution agreements, correspondence, funding, media relations, monitoring, presentation decks, research, risk management, standards, regulations, evaluations, planning, publications, program review, provincial and territorial relations.

Record Number: NRCan OCS 001

NRCan’s Institution Specific PIBs

PIB PPU 090: EnerGuide for Houses and EnerGuide for Houses Retrofit Incentive Programs

Description: Records related to the information described in this bank contain personal information (name, address, city, province, postal code, telephone number and tax roll number) related to the applicants for this incentive program. Personal information may also be collected through the provision of government-issued ID such as drivers’ licenses. Personal information about the work history of Service Delivery Agents and Energy Advisors may also be held in this database.

Class of individuals: Canadians who had an EnerGuide for Houses evaluation, or provided their personal information while applying for a program that uses EnerGuide Rating System; Service Delivery Agents acting on behalf of Natural Resources Canada to employ Energy advisors and complete housing assessments.

Purpose: The information is required for the application process of this program and to verify and substantiate applications, including home ownership and primary residence, to determine the eligible amounts, if any, and to issue grant cheques to successful applicants.

Consistent use: The information will be used for statistical analysis and quality assurance checks relative to the programs, energy use and energy efficiency improvements in Canada, as well as validation of program eligibility.

PIB PPU 010: Board of Examiners for Canada Lands Surveyors

Description: This bank describes information that is related to applications for issuing of commissions to Dominion Land Surveyors, Dominion Topographical Surveyors and Canada Land Surveyors. The personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth, place of birth and biographical information.

Notes: Applicants for commissions to Canada Land Surveyors, from 1999 and onwards, are to refer to the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS).

Class of individuals: Individuals who applied, prior to 1999, to qualify as a Dominion Lands Surveyor, Dominion Topographical Surveyor or Canada Land Surveyor.

Purpose: The personal information is used to evaluate candidates for an examiner role with the various Surveyor programs.

Consistent use: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: statistical analysis, audit and to report to senior management.

PIB PPU 055: Canada's Energy Efficiency Awards

Description: This bank describes information that is used in the administration of natural resources Canada (NRCan) Canada's energy efficiency awards (CEEA). The personal information may include name, contact information, biographical information, educational information, signature and opinions or views of, or about, individuals.

Class of individuals: Program applicants for the Canada's energy efficiency awards.

Purpose: The personal information is used to administer, determine eligibility to and disburse funds in respect of the Canada's energy efficiency awards program. Personal information is collected pursuant to section 21 of the Energy Efficiency Act.

Consistent use: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: reporting to senior management and to create a mailing list to send potential applicants information about related grants and awards programs at NRCan. Information is included with regular program mailings.

PIB PPU 015: Certification in Non Destructive Testing

Description: This bank describes information that is related to the certification process for non-destructive testing personnel. The personal information may include name, contact information, biographical information, education information, medical information, biometric information, photography, date of birth, signature, registration number, credit information.

Class of individuals: Applicants to the Canadian Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Personnel Certification Program, medically recognized personnel, company officials and supervisor of non-destructive testing personnel, NDT training course instructors, sponsors, individuals used as reference or witness.

Purpose: The personal information is used to administer the Canadian Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Personnel Certification Program. Personal information is collected pursuant to section 5 of the Natural Resources Act.

Consistent use: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: Enforcement, Audit, Program Evaluation, Reporting to Senior Management Statistical Analysis, inventory of certified non-destructive testing personnel published on the Internet, regular program mailings (Notice of Renewal), publication of violations to the Code of Conduct for Testing Personnel. Information may be shared with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (Exposure Device Operator CNS PPU 060). Information may be shared with the employer and or the payee of the examination fees of the candidate to certification. Information may also be shared with employers, unions and regulatory authorities.

PIB PPU 070: Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) Volunteers Initiative

Description: This bank describes information that is related to Volunteers in the Geological Survey of Canada, Lands and Minerals Sector. The personal information may include: name, contact information (including emergency contact), biographical information, educational information, language and objectives of the volunteer.

Class of individuals: General public, including foreign nationals, who are 18 years of age or older who apply to volunteer their time or services in the earth sciences sector.

Purpose: The personal information is used to assess the skills and objectives of individuals who apply to volunteer in the earth sciences sector. Personal information will be provided to division representatives and project managers to identify volunteers suitable for particular projects.

Consistent use: The personal information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: Statistical analysis and reporting to senior management.

PIB PPU 141: ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes Program

Description: This bank describes information that relates to ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes Program delivered by NRCan for individuals who are property owners. Personal information about applicants may include name, contact information, language preference, financial information, other identification numbers, signed consent for sharing of personal information, and information about energy usage at the individual's property. Personal information about service delivery agents may include name of individual and company, contact information, language spoken, biographical information and financial information.

Class of individuals: Applicants for incentive payments under the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes Program; Energy Advisors employed by approved Service Delivery Agents acting on behalf of Natural Resources Canada to complete energy efficiency assessments of residential dwellings.

Purpose: Personal information is required to verify and substantiate applications, to determine eligible rebates and to issue cheques to successful applicants. Personal information about Energy Advisors is used to assess their qualifications to provide advice about reducing energy consumption or emissions.

Consistent use: Some personal information may be used for program evaluation, statistical analysis, budget forecasting, research and advising applicants of other incentive programs or potential rebates. Some personal information may be supplied to a new service organization for the post-retrofit evaluation in the event that the initial service organization who conducted the pre-retrofit evaluation is no longer in business With consent, personal information may be shared with other federal government departments, provinces, municipalities and utility companies offering similar incentive programs.

PIB PPU 120: Energy Ambassador Award

Description: This bank describes information related to individuals who seek an Energy Ambassador Award or nominate an individual for such an award. Personal information may include: name, contact information, university/college name, instructor's name and their contact information.

Class of individuals: Students applying for an Energy Ambassador Award and their college or university instructors and other references.

Purpose: Personal information is used to assess the candidates for an Energy Ambassador Award and to contact winning applicants.

Consistent use: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: Publishing the winners on NRCan's website, contacting winning candidates to make travel arrangements to NRCan sponsored events and Outreach Groups within NRCan.

PIB PPU 005: Explosives, Precursors Licences, Certificates, Permits, Enrolments, Other Regulatory Documents

Description: This bank describes information that is related to the Explosives Program (including explosives precursor chemicals). The personal information may include: name, contact information, biographical information, organization of employment, signature, and regulatory document number.

Class of individuals: Individuals, including foreign nationals, who have applied for or are involved in the application for a regulatory document under the Explosives Act and Explosives Regulations, 2013.

Purpose: The personal information is used as a part of the application review process as well as to inform regulatory decisions.

Consistent use: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: Enforcement, Audit, Reporting to Senior Management, Program Evaluation, Safety and Security. Information may be communicated with investigative bodies in the event of an incident.

PIB PPU 125: Fireworks Operator Certificates

Description: This bank describes information that is related to the Fireworks Operator Certification program. The personal information may include: name, contact information, date of birth, organization of employment, educational information & work experience (in relation to pyrotechnics and fireworks only), signature, visual image of the applicant, and certificate number.

Class of individuals: Individuals, including foreign nationals, who have applied for a Fireworks Operator Certificate and the individuals acting as reference for the applicant.

Purpose: The personal information is used as a part of the application review process.

Consistent use: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: Enforcement, Audit, Reporting to Senior Management, Program Evaluation, Safety and Security. Information may be communicated with investigative bodies in the event of an incident involving fireworks or pyrotechnics.

PIB PPU 100: Kimberley Process Certification

Description: This bank describes information that is related to the process of applying to rough diamonds from Canada and to the implementation of controls on imports into Canada in compliance to the International Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The personal information collected includes name, signature, contact information and certificate number.

Class of individuals: Individuals and their importers / exporters involved in the import or export of rough diamonds in Canada.

Purpose: Individuals and their importers / exporters involved in the import or export of rough diamonds in Canada.

Consistent use: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: Reporting to senior management, enforcement; aggregate information may be released to international diamond monitoring organizations; aggregate information is published. Personal information may be shared; internationally with the United Nations and international enforcement authorities and with federal government departments CBSA (PIB under development), RCMP referencing CMP PPU 005 - Operational case records and Justice Jus PPU 015 - Prosecution and Related Criminal Matter for enforcement purposes.

PIB PPU 085: Loan of Technology

Description: This bank describes information that is about individuals to whom departmentally-owned technology is loaned. The personal information may include name, employee identification number (PRI), contact information and biographical information linked to the technology assets under the control of the employee.

Class of individuals: Full- and part-time employees, students and consultants.

Purpose: The personal information is used to document and track the use of electronic assets such as computers, cell phones, blackberries and other equipment in the custody of employees.

Consistent use: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: Enforcement, Reporting to Senior Management, Inventory and Budgeting.

PIB PPU 060: Natural Gas Vehicle Program (CLOSED)

Description: This bank describes information that is related to applications from individual private vehicle owners and fleet operators, for a contribution of up to $2,000 for each vehicle converted to a natural gas fuel system, or for a new factory-equipped vehicle purchased by the applicant. The personal information may include vehicle ownerships, invoices, purchase orders and work orders, used to substantiate the application for each vehicle.

Class of individuals: Private-use vehicle owners and corporations and businesses operating vehicles eligible under the program.

Purpose: The personal information was used to substantiate applications, the cost of conversions, to determine the amount to be paid to applicants and for statistical and audit purposes relative to the program when in existence.

Consistent use: Natural gas utilities in the provinces, accept and process applications on behalf of the department under a Contribution Agreement.

PIB PPU 065: Owners of works along the Canada – United States Border

Description: This bank describes information about individuals who own works along the Canada - United States border. Personal information may include: name and contact information, description of the works.

Class of individuals: Individuals owning works along the Canada - United States Border.

Purpose: Personal information is used to communicate to land owners when field activities are planned on an individual's property or adjoining property, issue authorizations for works within 10 feet of the Canada - United States border, to recover costs following removal of unauthorized works. Personal information is collected pursuant to the International Boundary Commission Act.

Consistent use: Personal information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: with representatives of the International Boundary Commission including US representatives, and for reporting to senior management.

PIB PPU 122: Pacific Forestry Centre Graduate Student Award (CLOSED)

Description: This bank describes information that is related to individuals who seek funding under the Pacific Forestry Centre Graduate Student Award. The personal information may include: name, contact information, educational information, citizenship status, other identification numbers, equity information (gender, disability, designated groups, visible minority), signature, and opinions or views of, or about, individuals.

Class of individuals: Students applying for the Pacific Forestry Centre Graduate Student Award, their college or university instructor(s) and Pacific Forestry Centre instructor.

Purpose: The personal information is used to determine eligibility to and disburse funds in respect of the Pacific Forestry Centre Graduate Student Award. Personal information is collected pursuant to Section 3(1) of the Forestry Act.

Consistent use: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: reporting to senior management, evaluation and publishing the winners on NRCan's website, contacting winning candidates, to make travel arrangements to NRCan sponsored events and Outreach Group within NRCan. It may be used for human resources planning and statistical purposes. Personal information may be shared with the university or college to distribute funds awarded to successful applicants.

Information is published on the Internet / Intranet.

PIB PPU 080: Polar Continental Shelf Program

Description: This bank describes information that is related to logistic operations for research conducted in the Canadian Arctic. Personal information may include: name, contact information, emergency contact information, citizenship, gender, educational information and password.

Class of individuals: Researchers who apply for permission to conduct research in the Canadian Arctic and foreign partners of Canadian scientists doing research in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as any emergency contacts identified by the researchers.

Purpose: Personal information is used to support the delivery of logistics including air charters, field equipment, and accommodations as well as to track individuals actively working in the Arctic, primarily to ensure their safety. In some cases,  information about education and research goals may be used to assess the project's qualification for eligibility funding. Data matching occurs for the purpose of granting access to the Polar Continental Shelf Program Logistics web site.

Consistent use: Personal information may also be used or disclosed for the following purposes: to provide statistical information on projects to senior management and to create an inventory of qualified arctic researchers. Information may be shared within Natural Resources Canada with the Polar Continental Shelf Program Project Review Committee to assess scientific merit and validity of the project; the Environmental Assessment - Science and Policy Integration Team and the Science Management Section. Information may be shared with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and with the following territorial institutions: Aurora Research Institute for projects occurring in the Western Arctic (North West Territories); and Nunavut Research Institute for projects occurring in the Eastern Arctic (Nunavut Territory). Information may be shared with Polar Knowledge Canada in regards to shared project applicants. Some information is published on the Internet / Intranet.

PIB PPU 040: Private Forestlands Rehabilitation Program (CLOSED)

Description: This bank describes information that is related to advice and funding that may be provided to owners of significant non-industrial forest lands. The personal information may include: name, contact information, signature and Certificate of Land Title.

Class of individuals: Non-industrial, private landowners, including their representatives and project managers, who request financial assistance to rehabilitate their forests in response to the Mountain Pine Beetle.

Purpose: Personal information is used to administer the Forest Lands Rehabilitation program under the Mountain Pine Beetle Initiative.

Consistent use: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: Statistical Analysis; Reporting to Senior Management; and Program Evaluation.

INTERNAL SERVICES

Internal Services are those groups of related activities and resources that the Federal Government considers to be services in support of programs and/or required to meet corporate obligations of an organization. Internal Services refer to the activities and resources of ten distinct services that support program delivery in the organization, regardless of the Internal Services delivery model in a department. These services are: Acquisition Management Services, Communications Services, Financial Management Services, Human Resources Management Services, Information Management Services, Information Technology Services, Legal Services, Materiel Management Services, Management and Oversight Services, Real Property Management Services.

ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT SERVICES - DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Acquisition management services involve activities undertaken to support the acquisition of goods, services or construction services identified as necessary for a department to fulfill its ongoing mandate and purpose. These activities include processing, monitoring and reporting, developing and implementing departmental policies and procedures, and activities that support the sound management of procurement contracts.

COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Communications services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. These activities ensure that the public receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives. This Internal Services category refers to communications that are corporate in nature, affecting the entire department whether through internal communications to all employees or external communications on

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Financial management services involve activities undertaken in the department to ensure the prudent use and stewardship of financial resources in an effective, efficient and economic manner. Activities include planning, budgeting, accounting, costing, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SERVICES – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Human resources management services include activities related to supporting human resources (HR) planning and reporting; reviewing, assessing and developing organizational design; reviewing and assessing job descriptions and classifications; supporting staffing processes; collecting and processing employee information related to compensation, leave and transfers; identifying and coordinating organization-wide training and learning requirements; promoting values, ethics and employment equity; managing employee recognition and awards programs; addressing workplace management and labour relations; and developing and maintaining HR information systems within the organization.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SERVICES – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Information management services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision making; facilitate accountability, transparency and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations. Information management (IM) is the discipline that directs and supports effective and efficient management of information in an organization, from planning and systems development to disposal or long-term preservation.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Information technology services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology (IT) to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity and enhance services to the public. IT management activities includes planning, developing (or procuring), and operating IT computing, telecommunications, infrastructure and applications.

LEGAL SERVICES – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Legal services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework. Activities include the provision of the following services: legal advisory, litigation and legislative services.

MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT SERVICES – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Management and oversight services involve activities undertaken to ensure that federal government service operations and programs comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies and plans. Activities include providing strategic direction, governance and corporate planning; allocating resources and taking investment decisions; and analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures.

MATERIEL MANAGEMENT SERVICES – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Materiel management services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs. Treasury Board’s Policy on Management of Materiel defines materiel as “all movable assets, excluding money or records, acquired by Her Majesty in right of Canada.” Movable assets are tangible and include a broad range of goods such as equipment (e.g., office, information technology, telecommunications, scientific), furniture and furnishings, and larger goods (e.g., vehicles and ships). Most materiel expenditures are specific program expenditures. However, as an Internal Services category, materiel management services include the expenditures from policy and administrative support for those who manage and dispose of materiel throughout the department.

REAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Real property management services involve activities undertaken to ensure that real property (e.g., land, bridges, and buildings) is managed in a sustainable and financially responsible manner throughout its life cycle to support the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs. Most federal real property services are captured under specific program expenditures. As an Internal Services category, real property management services are limited to those expenditures associated with office accommodations that are not funded by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), as well as to expenditures for real property services. Also included in this category are the expenditures of any FTEs that provide real property policy advice to real property practitioners throughout the department.

TRAVEL AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

Travel and other administrative services include Government of Canada travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories.

Classes of Personal Information

Classes of Personal Information describe personal information that is not used for administrative purposes or is not retrievable by personal identifiers; for example, unsolicited opinions, complaints, or correspondence.

Personal Information in Natural Resources Canada Surveys

This class describes personal information used in support of Natural Resources Canada surveys that are intended for industrial and service sectors of the economy. The personal information collected and used relates to contact persons for the organizations, language, views and opinions of individuals, and, in the case of unincorporated businesses, financial and operational information. The personal information collected is not used for any administrative purposes that affect these individuals and is not organized or intended to be retrieved by name or other personal identifier. Retention of this personal information is one year after its last operational use and then it is destroyed.

Manuals

  • A Field Manual of Tree Diseases in the Maritimes Region
  • A visual guide to detecting emerald ash borer changes – produced by CFS and OMNR
  • Aerial Application of Pesticides - Safety Manual
  • Canadian Forest Inventory Methods
  • Digital Cartographic Standards
  • Energy Sector Crude Oil Allocation Manual
  • Energy Sector Gasoline Rationing Manual
  • Energy Sector Petroleum Emergency Allocation System Manual
  • Energy Sector Petroleum Products Allocation Manual
  • Field Guide of West-central Alberta
  • Field Guide to the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior prediction (FBP) system
  • Forest Tree Seed Inspectors' Manual
  • Ganfeld User Guide: A Map-Based Field Data Capture System for Geologists GSC OF 5912
  • Geological Survey Cartographic Design Specifications
  • Geological Survey of Canada, 2004: Sedimentology Laboratory Manual
  • Geomatics Canada General Instructions for the Survey of Canada Lands, e-Edition
  • Guidelines for Rearing Containerized Conifer Seedlings in the Prairie Provinces
  • Major Projects Management Office Early Aboriginal Engagement: A Guide for Proponents of Major Resource Projects
  • Major Projects Management Office Guide to Preparing a Project Description for a Major Resource Project
  • Major Projects Management Office Identifying a Major Resource Project
  • Manual for Greenhouse Grafting of Conifers in the Maritimes
  • Manual of Forest Inventory Guidelines for Federal and Indian Lands
  • Manual of Forest Management Plan Guidelines for Federal and Indian Lands
  • Methods Manual: Chemical and Physical Analysis Laboratory
  • Minerals and Metals Sector Agreement "Cooperation Agreement on Mineral Development"
  • Minerals and Metals Sector Canadian Exploration Incentives Program (CEIP) Manuals Procedures
  • Polar Continental Shelf Program Standard Operating Procedures
  • Procedures for Estimating Newfoundland's Biomass Reserves
  • Silvicultural Treatment Eligibility and Assessment Guide
  • Successful Forestry: a Guide to Private Forest Management
  • Sugarbush Management: a Guide to Maintaining Tree Health

Additional Information

The Government of Canada encourages the informal release of information. In this regard, you may wish to consult the summaries of Natural Resources Canada's completed Access to Information (ATI) requests. To submit an informal request for information that has been previously released, please contact the Department's Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Office.

Departmental information is also available through proactive disclosure, as open data as well as through the posting of reports and other publications.

Please see the Introduction to Info Source for information on formal access procedures under the provisions of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. You can submit your Access to Information or Privacy request online or by mail. To make a formal request, please refer to Access to Information and Privacy Division’s website, which includes links to request forms and contact information.

The Department conducts Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) to ensure that privacy implications will be appropriately identified, assessed and resolved before a new or substantially modified program or activity involving personal information is implemented. The Department does not currently have any PIAs to report.

For additional information about the programs and activities of Natural Resources Canada, please visit our website at: www.nrcan.gc.ca.

Reading Room

In accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, the applicant may wish to review material in person. The address is:

ATIP Secretariat
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 343-292-8987
Email: NRCAN.ATIP-AIPRP.RNCan@canada.ca

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