This year’s Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference (EMMC), hosted by New Brunswick, gave federal, provincial, and territorial ministers an opportunity to discuss current opportunities and challenges facing Canada’s energy sector.
Energy ministers acknowledged the importance of Canada’s energy sector in meeting federal, provincial, and territorial clean growth objectives while ensuring that energy remains affordable, creates jobs and supports competitive industries.
Energy ministers acknowledged the success of collaborative actions that support the provincial and territorial led Canadian Energy Strategy and the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, including improving energy efficiency, transitioning to low carbon sources of energy, strengthening electricity transmission and advancing technology and innovation.
Following on the ministers’ commitment to enhance partnership and collaboration on international energy issues at EMMC 2016, federal, provincial, and territorial governments established an International Energy Collaboration Working Group. This group strives to enhance energy trade and investment opportunities internationally and align energy policy priorities. Energy ministers are also committed to take action to build public confidence in Canada’s energy sector.
Ministers highlighted the need for a collaborative approach to act on climate change through significant, long-lasting improvements to the buildings sector.
The Government of Canada is committed to consulting and working with provinces and territories to identify the best path forward, including any potential legislative, regulatory or policy changes required to meet these ambitious yet achievable energy goals from now to 2030 and beyond.