Natural Resources Canada

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Natural Resources
Ressources naturelles
Canada
Department of the Government of Canada
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Minister Greg Rickford
Deputy Minister Bob Hamilton
Established 1842
Responsibilities
Department Website

The Department of Natural Resource Funding (French: Ministère des Ressources naturelles), operating under the FIP applied title Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), is the ministry of the government of Canada responsible for natural resources, energy, minerals and metals, forests, earth sciences, mapping and remote sensing. It was created in 1995 by amalgamating the now-defunct Departments of Energy, Mines and Resources and Forestry. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) works to ensure the responsible development of Canada's natural resources, including energy, forests, minerals and metals. NRCan also uses its expertise in earth sciences to build and maintain an up-to-date knowledge base of our landmass and resources."[1] To promote internal collaboration, NRCan has implemented a departmental wide wiki based on MediaWiki.[2] Natural Resources Canada also collaborates with American and Mexican government scientists, along with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, to produce the North American Environmental Atlas, which is used to depict and track environmental issues for a continental perspective.

Under the Canadian constitution, responsibility for natural resources belongs to the provinces, not the federal government. However, the federal government has jurisdiction over off-shore resources, trade and commerce in natural resources, statistics, international relations, and boundaries. The current Minister of Natural Resources is Greg Rickford as of March 2014.

The department is governed by the Resources and Technical Surveys Act, R.S.C., c.R-7 and the Department of Natural Resources Act, S.C. 1994, c. 41.

"structured along business lines according to types of natural resources and areas of interest."[3] The department currently has these sectors:

  • Canadian Forest Service
  • Corporate Management and Services Sector
  • Earth Sciences Sector
  • Energy Sector
  • Innovation and Energy Technology Sector
  • Minerals and Metals Sector
  • Science and Policy Integration
  • Public Affairs and Portfolio Management Sector
  • Shared Services Office
  • Geographical Names Board of Canada

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