Natural Resources Canada

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Natural Resources Canada
Ressources naturelles Canada
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Department overview
Type Department responsible for natural resources, energy, minerals and metals, forests, earth sciences, mapping and remote sensing
Jurisdiction Government of Canada
Employees4,325 (2020–2021) [1]
Annual budget CA$1.4 billion (2020–21)
Minister responsible
Department executive
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Natural ResourcesCanada (NRCan; French : Ressources naturelles Canada; RNCan) [NB 1] is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for natural resources, energy, minerals and metals, forests, earth sciences, mapping, and remote sensing. It was formed in 1994 by amalgamating the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources with the Department of Forestry.


Under the Constitution Act, 1867 , primary responsibility for natural resources falls to provincial governments, however, the federal government has jurisdiction over off-shore resources, trade and commerce in natural resources, statistics, international relations, and boundaries. The department administers federal legislation relating to natural resources, including energy, forests, minerals and metals. The department also collaborates with American and Mexican government scientists, along with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, to produce the North American Environmental Atlas, which is used to depict and track environmental issues for a continental perspective.

The current minister of natural resources is Jonathan Wilkinson. The department is governed by the Resources and Technical Surveys Act and the Department of Natural Resources Act.


The department currently has these sectors:

The following sub-agencies are attached to the department:

Acts for which Natural Resources Canada has responsibility

Not in force

See also


  1. Natural Resources Canada is the applied title under the Federal Identity Program; the legal title is Department of Natural Resources (French : Ministère des Ressources naturelles).

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