Canada has an opportunity lead in natural resource development AND solving climate change through innovation. Yet, we’re getting in our own way.
We are at a crossroads. Our natural resource economy supports Canadian families from coast to coast, providing millions of direct and indirect jobs and contributing taxes and royalties to provincial and federal governments. At the same time, climate change is the issue of our time, underpinning nearly all the major challenges we currently face as businesses and a society.
For our province and our country to thrive, we must be able to lead in both natural resource development AND solving climate change through innovation.
With a focused, market-based approach we can be a leader in energy innovation, production and distribution. This includes making calculated policy decisions that set up the entire industry for success. Moving policies forward with this focus will increase competition that will lead to further innovation within our borders while allowing Canada the opportunity to simultaneously grow our economy, invest in infrastructure and social programs, and fight climate change.
Tackling climate change is crucially important and cannot employ an “either or” mentality. This is especially true when our national economy depends so strongly on the development of our natural resources — from oil and gas to agriculture, to nuclear, to renewable energy.
We need a future national vision for Canada’s natural resources. Government, civil society and business all have vital roles to play. Now more than ever, we must come together and set the future course for our economy and the environment.
The Chamber advocates for moving forward with vision and decisive action to ensure Canada is competitive, relevant, and nationally and globally responsible.
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Major themes and takeaways
On January 16, 2020, over 550 industry leaders and policy makers gathered for an important conversation about how Canada can nourish the world ‘AND’ have sustainable agricultural practices, while remaining competitive on the global stage.
Through consistency and collaboration, new climate targets can create economic opportunities
Today’s announcement that Canada’s emission reduction targets will be increased to between 40 and 45 per cent of 2005 emissions levels by 2030 is an important step in the global fight against climate change.
Carbon tax ruling requires Canada to tackle climate change through collaboration across federation, with business community
Climate change is a critical and complex national issue that must be addressed, while ensuring certainty and stability for business. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada provides clarity for businesses, but will require close collaboration with businesses to ensure competitiveness going forward.