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From: Privy Council Office
Ottawa, Ontario, February 1, 2024 – Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour and Seniors, and Chair of the Ministerial Working Group on Regulatory Efficiency for Clean Growth Projects, issued the following statement:
“An efficient and effective review process for clean energy, critical minerals, transportation and other major projects is essential. It keeps our economy competitive and creates good, well-paying jobs. It creates more opportunities and builds up regional economies in rural and remote parts of the country. Other countries, including the United States, Japan, Australia, and those throughout the European Union are putting in place strategies to accelerate clean growth. Canada is already home to a world-class regulatory system, and we want to keep that competitive advantage to attract new clean growth projects. The Government of Canada committed to improving our regulatory and permitting processes without compromising environmental protections and Indigenous People’s rights. Project proponents and investors have told us that more clarity and certainty in terms of expectations, timelines and decision-making processes will provide them with added confidence to invest in Canada and get major projects built faster.
“The government is taking further action to improve federal regulatory and permitting processes to make them more efficient, transparent and predictable. This will advance other national priorities such as: accelerating Canada’s most promising sectors and opportunities for a net-zero economy; producing the abundant clean energy needed to power our net-zero future; advancing meaningful Indigenous engagement and participation; and ensuring the timely completion of environmental reviews without cutting corners.
“The Government of Canada will:
“This work will remain a priority for the Government of Canada. The Ministerial Working Group for Regulatory Efficiency of Clean Growth Projects will keep working to complete and put in place more changes throughout Spring 2024.
“The Government of Canada committed in Budget 2023 to improve the efficiency of the impact assessment and permitting processes for major projects, to clarify and reduce timelines, and to improve engagement and partnerships. That’s what we’re doing with by advancing these measures.
“Informed by what we heard from regulatory experts, these measures reflect the common interest the Government of Canada shares with the provinces and territories to attract investments and projects that advance a low-carbon economy. Federal-provincial-territorial collaboration is critical to the success of this approach.
“Canada has an ambitious and achievable plan to bolster investor confidence. That plan depends on improving regulatory timelines and certainty. That’s how we build our net-zero future faster to drive economic growth, create good, well-paying jobs, and ensure prosperity in every sector of the economy and every region of the country.”
Working Group Members:
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Office of the Minister of Labour and Seniors, Seamus O’Regan Jr.
Privy Council Office