Supporting Responsible Resource Development
Encouraging investment in Canada’s North
ACEC is also raising the importance of supporting northern and remote infrastructure to improve access to Canada’s natural resources and allow their transport to market. This will not only strengthen Canada’s economy, but it will also allow Canada’s resource sector to create skilled jobs and develop expertise while making public infrastructure for northern communities more affordable and effective. Further, sufficient investment in the North would create the critical mass needed to make public infrastructure for northern communities more financially viable and logistically effective. It also supports other pillars of the federal government’s Northern Strategy, including promoting social and economic development, and strengthening Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic. With more permanent infrastructure in place, private investment becomes more feasible.
ACEC is supporting an initiative by the Mining Association of Canada, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada and NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines to study the challenges of doing business in the North and identify strategies to encourage more public and private investment. ACEC and its partners look forward to sharing their study with the government and working with stakeholders to encourage investment in Canada’s North.
Supporting energy infrastructure
Both traditional and renewable energy sources will continue to be important to Canada’s future. Canadian consulting engineering firms have the experience and expertise to deliver energy projects in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible manner. That’s why ACEC has been supporting the approval of resource projects and associated infrastructure based on good science and sound engineering. ACEC has spoken out publicly on the need for strategic projects like Northern Gateway, Keystone XL and Energy East alongside continued development of renewable energy.