While Canada is still coping with COVID-19, many Canadians are uncertain what an economic recovery is going to look like in the months and years ahead. But one thing we can count on during this time is our resilient natural resource industry which can prop up our economy for a stronger recovery now and after the pandemic.
Supporting more than 1.8 million Canadians and accounting for roughly 1/5th of our national economy, we cannot afford to leave this major wealth-generating and job-creating sector behind; Canada’s natural resource sector must be included in our country's recovery from COVID-19.
A Majority of Canadians Agree…
According to some recent polling by Ipsos and the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), a majority of Canadians agree with an inclusive approach to our nation’s economic recovery:
> In early September 2020, the MEI found that an overwhelming majority of Quebecers (71%) prefer to import their oil from Western Canada, versus just 8% who prefer American oil and 6% who want to source oil from another country.
> Conducted by Ipsos for the Business Council of Alberta, a second poll found that 75% of Canadians believe that recovery from COVID-19 should incorporate Canada’s natural resource industries while still protecting the environment.
> A few weeks later, a third poll conducted by Ipsos for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers found that 61% of Canadians agree that jobs in the domestic oil and natural gas industry are essential to Canada’s economy. The same poll also found that nearly two in three (64%) said they believe that a green recovery must include Canadian oil and natural gas.
What Are We Waiting For?
Canada is home to an incredible wealth of natural resources. We would be making a huge mistake if we didn’t reach for the opportunity to responsibly produce our natural resources in a world where there’s an increasing demand for all of the above.
If we are to rise to the challenge and put our full support behind this industry as part of a strong economic recovery plan, we’d be supporting countless families across our nation while continuing to invest in renewable energy, clean technology and environmental initiatives. Canada's oil and gas sector is a global leader on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investor criteria and spends the most of any sector in our country when it comes to clean tech + innovation and environmental protections.
It only makes sense for our country to try its best to obtain as much global market share for minerals + metals, wood and petroleum products as possible. What’s good for Canadian families and the economy is also good for the global environment!
Join the Movement
The writing is on the wall. A majority of Canadians agree that natural resources can be an integral part of our economy moving forward.
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