OTTAWA,- A clear message has emerged through our government’s extensive consultations with Canadians: the economy and the environment go hand in hand. That is why we are pricing carbon pollution, making the most significant investment ever to protect Canada’s oceans and coastlines, instituting world-leading safety standards for pipelines by passing the Pipeline Safety Act, and have signed the Vancouver Declaration with the provinces and territories on clean growth and climate change.
Our commitments to renewable energy, investments in clean energy and protecting our coasts and oceans will grow our economy while protecting the environment Canadians cherish. Today, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, and Canada’s Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced several important decisions that will create more good, middle-class jobs while protecting environmentally-sensitive areas.
In making its decision to approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and the Line 3 Replacement Project, the Government took into consideration a wide variety of information and data, including the NEB’s recommendation report, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions, the views of Canadians and enhanced consultations with Indigenous peoples. The report from the Ministerial Panel for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project was also considered. The outcomes of all of these processes are available to Canadians online.
The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous communities. To address specific interests identified by Indigenous groups and to build on existing partnerships some have with the proponent, the Government announced that it will co-develop advisory and monitoring committees with Indigenous communities to provide ongoing environmental monitoring for each of the two projects. The Government will also establish an Economic Pathways Partnership for each pipeline that will make it easier for Indigenous groups to access existing federal programs that help them participate in and benefit economically from this project.
In reaching its decision on the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project, the Government considered the Joint Review Panel Report, the views of Indigenous communities and those of other Canadians as represented to the Joint Review Panel, as well as the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal.
“Our duty is to permit infrastructure so Canada’s resources get to market in a more environmentally-responsible way, creating jobs and a thriving economy. Today’s announcements also demonstrate that when the Government determines projects are not in the public interest, we will act accordingly and make the tough decisions.”
Canada‘s Minister of Natural Resources
“Canadians expect the Government of Canada to help grow the economy while protecting the environment. This tanker moratorium is another example of how this can be achieved, and shows our commitment to establishing a world-leading marine safety system that meets the unique needs of Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”
Canada’s Minister of Transport