Is an Equitable and Inclusive Resource Sector Possible? Only if the Government Changes Course

Canada’s government has a poor history of balancing national interests with inclusivity, but the next chapter for Canada’s resource sector could be managed differently.
By Debra Jenkins

This past April, the University of Ottawa and Nanos Research released their latest survey on equity and inclusiveness in the resource sector. Polled Canadians gave the government embarrassingly low marks for historical behaviour and showed extreme skepticism that the future would be better. Yet despite the sizeable challenges and current poor marks, Canada’s natural resource sector is moving in new directions.

Leading the charge is an unlikely champion for change. Canada’s national government groups, who have typically played the part of the steamrolling villain in resource development projects, are coming to the table with a fresh playbook of policies and procedures. Their goal? Leverage critical policy, jurisdictional, and operational “hot buttons” to shift th...

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