Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada
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Departments of the Government of Canada

Natural Resources
Ressources Naturelles
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Minister Joe Oliver (politician)
Deputy Minister Serge Dupont
Established 1842
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The Department of Natural Resources (French: Ministère des Ressources naturelles), operating under the FIP applied title Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), is the ministry of the government of Canada responsible for natural resources, energy, minerals and metals, forests, earth sciences, mapping and remote sensing. It was created in 1995 by amalgamating the now-defunct Departments of Energy, Mines and Resources and Forestry. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) works to ensure the responsible development of Canada's natural resources, including energy, forests, minerals and metals. NRCan also uses its expertise in earth sciences to build and maintain an up-to-date knowledge base of our landmass and resources."[1] To promote internal collaboration, NRCan has implemented a departmental wide wiki based on MediaWiki.[2] Natural Resources Canada also collaborates with American and Mexican government scientists, along with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, to produce the North American Environmental Atlas, which is used to depict and track environmental issues for a continental perspective.

Under the Canadian constitution, responsibility for natural resources belongs to the provinces, not the federal government. However, the federal government has jurisdiction over off-shore resources, trade and commerce in natural resources, statistics, international relations, and boundaries. The current Minister of Natural Resources is Joe Oliver as of May 18, 2011.

The department is governed by the Resources and Technical Surveys Act, R.S.C., c.R-7 and the Department of Natural Resources Act, S.C. 1994, c. 41.

"structured along business lines according to types of natural resources and areas of interest."[3] The department currently has these sectors:

  • Canadian Forest Service
  • Corporate Management and Services Sector
  • Earth Sciences Sector
  • Energy Sector
  • Innovation and Energy Technology Sector
  • Minerals and Metals Sector
  • Science and Policy Integration
  • Public Affairs and Portfolio Management Sector
  • Shared Services Office
  • Geographical Names Board of Canada

Related legislation

Acts for which Natural Resources Canada has Responsibility[1]

  • Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act
  • Canada Foundation for Sustainable Development Technology Act
  • Canada Labour Code
  • Canada Lands Surveyors Act
  • Canada Lands Surveys Act
  • Canada-Newfoundland Atlantic Accord Implementation Act
  • Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act
  • Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act
  • Canada Petroleum Resources Act
  • Canadian Ownership and Control Determination Act
  • Cape Breton Development Corporation Act
  • Cape Breton Development Corporation Divestiture Authorization and Dissolution Act
  • Cooperative Energy Act
  • Department of Natural Resources Act
  • Energy Administration Act
  • Energy Efficiency Act
  • Energy Supplies Emergency Act
  • Explosives Act
  • Export and Import of Rough Diamonds Act
  • Forestry Act
  • Hibernia Development Project Act
  • International Boundary Commission Act
  • National Energy Board Act
  • Northern Pipeline Act
  • Nuclear Energy Act
  • Nuclear Fuel Waste Act
  • Nuclear Liability Act
  • Nuclear Safety and Control Act
  • Oil Substitution and Conservation Act
  • Resources and Technical Surveys Act

Not in force

  • Greenhouse Gas Technology Investment Fund Act

See also


External links

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