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August 17, 2020 | Task Force delivers solutions for the future of natural resources in Canada

Stewart Muir is founder and executive director of the Resource Works Society, a Vancouver-based group open to participation by British Columbians from all walks of life who are concerned about their future economic opportunities. He is an author, journalist and historian with experience on three continents including a financial editor of The Vancouver Sun responsible for mining and markets coverage. Since Resource Works was established in 2014, the group has gained international recognition for its practical approach to the public challenges of responsible natural resource development and use.

The Real Jobs, Real Recovery is a national project drawing on the input of organizations representing more than 3 million Canadian workers.

Resource Works was convenor for the Task Force for Real Jobs, Real Recovery, a Canada-wide 36-member coalition of industry, business, labour and Indigenous groups from mining, construction, forestry, labour, chemistry, transportation, oil & gas and Indigenous economic development, representing in all more than three million employees.

Release date is August 18, 2020. The report will be posted at project website A complete French-language translation will be supplied.

The report of the task force, which conducted its work over the summer, is titled Securing Canada’s Economic Future. It summarizes a series of extensive, wide-ranging recommendations to aid in the recovery of the national economy during and after the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Mobilize resource prosperity by encouraging capital investment, improving natural resource infrastructure and maximizing Indigenous economic participation.
  • Build meaningful employment by ensuring job creation, building employment resiliency, advancing Indigenous employment and enhancing skilled workforce mobility.
  • Set the foundation for a low-emissions future by aligning climate action and natural resource development, driving challenge-oriented innovation, updating federal support programs and tax incentives, advancing negative emissions technologies and plastics innovation, supporting sustainable forestry and mining and developing hydrogen and small modular nuclear reactor industries.

A number of detailed policy actions are described in the report.

By acting on these recommendations as part of Canada’s economic recovery policy, the federal government can ensure that nation-building resource assets aid long- term environmental goals and help secure our economic future.

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August 17th, 2020

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