Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

October 01, 2007 16:00 ET

Canada's New Government Launches Major Projects Management Office

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2007) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $150-million initiative to improve Canada's regulatory system that will protect the environment and improve the competitiveness of Canada's resource industries.

The goal of the Major Projects Management Office (MPMO) is to improve coordination within Canada's regulatory system by providing industry with a single, efficient point of entry into the federal process.

"Our government is taking action and reducing red tape to give Canada's natural resources industry greater certainty, improved predictability, increased transparency, and ultimately, more timely regulatory reviews," said Minister Lunn. "Environmental protection is absolutely key for Canada's New Government, and the additional capacity within the federal system will ensure we have resources dedicated to properly assess these major projects in a timely fashion."

One of the services the MPMO will provide is the integration of Crown consultation requirements with Aboriginal groups at the beginning of the process - further demonstrating the government's commitment to consulting with and listening to Canadians, particularly those who would be most directly affected by resource development projects.

"The Major Projects Management Office will improve the competitiveness of Canada's resource industries while providing the scientific and technical capacity needed to uphold Canada's world class environmental standards," concluded Minister Lunn.

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The Government of Canada is creating a Major Projects Management Office (MPMO) to overcome delays and a lack of coordination in Canada's regulatory system. Overall, this initiative will also protect the environment and improve the competitiveness of Canada's resource industries.

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Visit the MPMO web site at: www.mpmo-bggp.gc.ca

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