Today the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines stood before the federal Senate Standing Committee on the Government of Canada's proposed Bill C-69, which overhauls the Federal Environmental Assessment Act and politicizes the approval process for resource development and energy projects.
Speaking on behalf of the workers affected by the Bill, Minister expressed concern that without significant adjustments, if passed, this legislation would hinder new natural resource and energy projects across Ontario, killing thousands of potential jobs.
Ontario's mineral sector employs over 76,000 direct and indirect jobs across the province and depends on regulatory certainty. Having a valuable resource in the ground and vast mineral exploration potential is only one part of the decision-making process that leads to new projects getting off the ground. Adding red tape and new regulatory hurdles kills investments in new projects and the jobs that go along with it.
- Nuclear power provides about 60 per cent of Ontario’s electricity supply and supports 60,000 jobs across the province.
- Ontario, as Canada’s number one mineral producer, is a leader in mineral exploration and production.
- Ontario’s mining industry creates more than 26,000 direct and 50,000 indirect jobs.