Canada’s future is UNBUILT.

Future Unbuilt: Transforming Canada’s Regulatory Systems to Achieve Environmental, Economic, and Indigenous Partnership Goals

While organizations across Canada have and will continue to do individual work in this area, the Business Council of Alberta has developed a report outlining the key challenges and recommendations to improve Canada's regulatory system over the short term and create a model system that becomes our competitive advantage long term. Download the final report or executive summary (available in English and French) below.

Additional Resources

Infographic: Understanding Canada’s Review and Permitting Processes

This infographic outlines the critical challenges with Canada’s regulatory system that are preventing the major project development necessary to reach environmental and economic targets and highlights early solutions to these challenges.

Video: A Model Regulatory System

This video outlines the challenge but also the opportunity for Canada to create a model regulatory system that enables the responsible and sustainable major project development that will help reduce emissions and attract opportunity.

The following open letter was provided to the people and Government of Canada. Download the open letter here.

The federal government has set ambitious targets for emissions reduction by 2030 and a goal to be net zero by 2050.

The reality is that to meet these targets, we need to invest in technology and infrastructure at a scale and pace never before seen in Canadian history.
This will require record levels of investment in many areas including critical minerals; power generation and transmission; hydrogen manufacturing and export capacity; low carbon energy; and small modular reactors.

With our current regulatory systems, Canada will not be able to approve, let alone build, the projects we need to achieve our targets.

Canadians support responsible and sustainable development. This includes working with Indigenous communities to co-develop economic opportunities and ensure their participation throughout a project’s lifecycle. We must ensure that review and permitting processes for major projects achieve these outcomes.

However, Canada’s existing regulatory review and permitting systems are not up to the challenge of meeting our climate targets. They are time- consuming, unpredictable, and complex. They don’t always fully enable the necessary engagement and participation of Indigenous communities.

Consequently, Canada is not seen as a place that can get projects built—and that has a big cost. If we cannot improve the process, our country will likely lose out on important low or zero carbon initiatives, strategic investments, and tens of thousands of jobs across the country.

In Budget 2023, the Federal Government noted that it should not take 12 years to build a critical minerals mine.

We agree. We cannot accept the status quo. It is time to make projects happen faster in Canada.

A growth strategy for Canada that enables major development to support both our environmental and economic goals must have efficient, practical, and responsible regulatory structures at its foundation.

We are encouraged by the initial steps the federal government has committed to taking to improve Canada’s regulatory framework, streamline approval timelines, and create efficiencies within regulatory bodies.

And we are committed to working with the federal government to help improve the participation, predictability, and process of major project approvals, and to ensure major projects get built with the rigour, safety, and inclusive approach Canadians demand.

We believe that Canada can create a world- class regulatory system that safeguards the Indigenous, health, safety, cultural, and environmental imperatives of responsible development.

We believe that we can create a system that not only enables Canada to meet its climate objectives but can be a competitive advantage to attract investment and seize economic opportunities that will improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

Building this will take a whole of government effort. We are a coalition of business, Indigenous, labour, environmental, and policy groups. Each of us is committed to advancing regulatory excellence. While we come from diverse perspectives, we collectively agree that Canada’s regulatory system needs improvement and stand ready to work with government to do it.

Let’s ensure our future is built. Together.

Signatories

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<p>Aboriginal Skilled Workers Association

Aboriginal Skilled Workers Association
Errol Eashappie, President

Business Council of Manitoba

Business Council of Manitoba
Bram Strain, President & CEO

International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 955

International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 955
Chris Flett, Business Manager

Alberta Chamber of Commerce

Alberta Chambers of Commerce
Shauna Feth, President & CEO

CanWest

Canada West Foundation
Gary Mar, President & CEO

National Coalition of Chiefs
Dale Swampy, CEO

Building Trades of Alberta
Terry Parker, Executive Director

Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business
Tabatha Bull, President & CEO

Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council
Jaclyn Sullivan, Executive Director

Business Council of Alberta
Adam Legge, President

Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Perrin Beatty, President & CEO

Ontario Chamber

Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Rocco Rossi, President & CEO

Business Council of British Columbia
Laura Jones, President & CEO

Clean Prosperity

Clean Prosperity
Michael Bernstein, Executive Director

Resource Works
Stewart Muir, Founder & CEO

Business Council of Canada
Goldy Hyder, President & CEO

First Nations LNG Alliance
Karen Ogen, CEO

Smart Prosperity Institute
Mike Wilson, Executive Director

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