Canada's natural resources sector contributes significantly to our country's prosperity, seen in the 1.9 million person workforce, $21.4 billion in annual revenues to governments, and $264 billion in exports each year. But natural resources do much more than just provide Canadians with incredible wealth and prosperity -- they also are essential to make thousands of everyday items, like those in the classrooms of our children and peers!
Canadian forestry, mining, oil, natural gas, renewables and agriculture are integrated into nearly every aspect of our daily lives. From the paper we use to write notes to the metals required for our labtops, we sometimes take for granted just how essential these resources are to make our modern-day lives possible.
One arena that almost every Canadian has participated in is the classroom. Whether our memories are from second grade or university, our classrooms are filled with items made possible from the resource sectors.
Check out the lists below to see just some of the products you'll find in the classroom made possible by natural resources. By no means is this an exhaustive list! Also see:
Natural Resources in the Classroom
Almost everything in the modern day classroom is made using some type of natural resource product from the oil and gas, mining and/or forestry sectors.
Classroom products made or derived from oil & gas:
|Radios||Umbrellas||Linoleum flooring||Toilet seats|
|Smartphones||Laminated teaching materials||Plastic toys||Beakers|
Classroom products made or derived from forestry:
|Doors||Baseball bats||Hockey sticks||Guitars|
|Coat racks||Craft materials||Paper||Building structure|
|Sleds||Pencils||Whiteboards||Railing & stairways|
Classroom products made or derived from mining:
|Electrical cords||Paint||Pencils||HD Televisions|
It is essential to recognize Canadian resources' role in building safe and reliable infrastructure and products for our classrooms. If you have a child, make sure to check out our resources for kids booklet!
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