Canadians Invited to Engage in Conversation About Clean Technology in the Natural Resource Sectors

OTTAWA, Aug. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Cleaner technology will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, diversify our economy, open access to new markets and create jobs that will grow the middle class.

The Government of Canada wants to hear from people across the country about what clean technology in our natural resource sectors means to them.

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, along with the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Canada's Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, today officially launched the Let's Talk Clean Resources interactive Web site (www.letstalkcleanresources.ca).

Through the site, Canadians will be able to ask questions, offer ideas and engage in the ongoing conversation about how the development and use of clean technologies in the natural resource sectors can help shape Canada's future. The Government also wants to hear ideas on how Canada can meet its commitments under Mission Innovation, a global effort to accelerate innovation aimed at making clean energy widely affordable.

Feedback and ideas received through the Let's Talk Clean Resources site will be used to help create policies and initiatives to support clean technology and innovation in Canada's natural resource sectors. Canadians have until October 2016 to provide their input. A report summarizing comments received will be prepared and made available to the public.

The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy and protecting the environment and is proud to support measures that will help Canada take advantage of new global opportunities in clean technology, now and for the future. Budget 2016 committed to invest over $1 billion over four years, starting in 2017–18, to support clean technology, including in the forestry, fisheries, mining, energy and agriculture sectors.

Quotes

"Clean technologies will play a key role as Canada transitions to a low-carbon economy over time. We want to hear from Canadians across the country about their ideas on how to use clean technology to create a greener and cleaner future for our natural resource sectors."

The Honourable Jim Carr
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

"Working collaboratively to encourage discussion and ideas to support clean technology will be a great benefit to Canada's resource sectors and the environment. These discussions will help us set priorities to address environmental challenges and advance clean technology opportunities for Canada's agriculture sector."

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

"Funding clean technologies to protect our oceans and fisheries is a concrete example of how Canada can protect the environment while growing its economy. I am very pleased that Canadians will have the opportunity to provide creative ideas on how we can promote fisheries that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable."

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Canada's Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Related Links
www.letstalkcleanresources.ca
nrcan.gc.ca/mission-innovation

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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada

For further information: Alexandre Deslongchamps, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister, Natural Resources Canada, 343-292-6837; Media Relations, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, 343-292-6100

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