These are the mining sector’s suggestions to the Canadian government – by Valentina Ruiz Leotaud ( – August 14, 2017)

The Mining Association of Canada together with the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada issued a press release Monday highlighting the topics the industry would like government officials to address during the Energy and Mines Ministers’ annual conference.

The conference, which is taking place in St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, between August 14th and 15th, is a formal meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for energy and mining portfolios.

Taking into account that this year’s overarching theme is “clean growth,” MAC and PDAC, in the name of a national coalition of mining associations gathered under the umbrella of the Canadian Mineral Industry Federation, detailed specific actions in six policy areas that, they believe, “should help unlock billions of economic activity across the country, address climate change, bolster reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples, and secure Canada as the world’s top supplier of sustainably-sourced minerals and metals.”

In summary, they ask regulatory agencies, politicians, and policymakers for better coordination when it comes to issuing pre and post-environmental assessment permitting, with meaningful consultation; larger investments in health, education, skills training, and revenue-sharing mechanisms in Indigenous communities; a carefully designed climate change policy that is compatible across provinces and that “ensures the competitiveness of emissions-intensive and trade-exposed sectors;” a careful consideration of land use and withdrawals that takes into account mineral potential; the creation of the Canada Infrastructure Bank to support infrastructure building in remote and northern regions in order to “benefit both industry and local and Indigenous communities;” and increased support to industry’s innovation investments related to sustainably-sourced minerals and metals.

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