Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Ministers Discuss Driving the Green Economy at EMMC 2023
Federal, provincial, and territorial ministers met in Quebec City, Quebec, from August 30 to September 1 at the annual Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference (EMMC). The meeting was co-chaired by the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Maïté Blanchette Vézina, Quebec’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forests, and Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec’s Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy.
The theme of the conference was “Driving the Green Economy Through Innovation, Technology and Diversification in the Energy and Resource Sectors.” Ministers discussed a wide range of issues related to the energy and mining sectors, including:
- Achieving reliable, affordable, and cleaner energy systems
- Energy security
- Sector-based strategies for a lower-carbon future
- Strengthening the mining sector through sustainable development
- Leveraging critical minerals deposits across the country
- Investing in cleaner technologies
- Labour recruitment and retention
- Ensuring energy security in Indigenous communities
Ministers also heard from Indigenous community leaders about energy and mining projects currently underway in their communities. They discussed how cleaner technologies can help to ensure energy security in Indigenous communities.
The conference concluded with a commitment from federal, provincial, and territorial ministers to work with Indigenous partners and stakeholders to promote the economic opportunities presented by Canada’s vast natural resources, and to build a lower-carbon future across the country.
The next EMMC will be co-chaired by the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta in July 2024, and hosted in Calgary, Alberta.
“I thank all provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners for the productive discussions at this year’s meeting of energy and mines Ministers. I will continue to work with partners to ensure that the economic opportunities associated with the shift to a low-carbon economy benefit every region of Canada. This includes by developing our critical minerals responsibly and by modernizing our energy systems to deliver clean, affordable and reliable power everywhere. With hard work and strong collaboration, Canada can succeed in the global race to net zero. This will continue to be my focus going forward.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
“Quebec’s subsoil contains critical and strategic minerals that are essential to transportation electrification and the decarbonization of the economy. The Quebec government is firmly committed to ensuring the harmonious development of mining to address the growing demand for specific minerals while maximizing the positive impacts for society. I was delighted to be able to discuss these issues with my fellow ministers.”
Maïté Blanchette Vézina
Quebec’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forests and Minister Responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie−Îles-de-la-Madeleine Regions
“Québec’s leadership in renewable energy and in the energy transition is a source of great pride. Québec is on the way to becoming the first carbon-neutral state in North America, and it is our green energy sector that will stimulate our economy while decarbonizing it.”
Quebec’s Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy, Minister Responsible for Regional Economic
Development and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montreal Region
The Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference (EMMC) is an annual meeting of federal, provincial, and territorial ministers responsible for energy and mining. Participants discuss their respective priorities and opportunities for collaboration in energy and mining development across the country.