Natural Resources

Natural Resources

In Canada, great ideas come naturally.

Canada’s abundant natural resources and secure investment climate have made it a global destination for natural resource business activity.

The Canadian natural resources industry seeks to harness the potential of Canada’s natural resources. The industry spans exploration, development and production.

Canada’s leading natural resources companies include Domtar in the forestry sector, Suncor in the energy sector, and Barrick Gold in the mining sector.


The Brains

Canadian universities offer specialized and highly regarded programs in forestry, energy, and mining.

Many Canadian universities conduct research in natural resources and often collaborate closely with companies and the government to facilitate industry development.


The Bottom Line

Canada has 10 percent of the world’s forest cover, abundant minerals and metals and the third largest proven reserves of oil. It is the third largest producer of natural gas and is the largest producer of potash in the world.

In 2011, the forest industry contributed $23.7 billion to the Canadian economy, mining contributed $63 billion to Canada's nominal GDP, and Canadian exports of energy products totaled $106.9 billion.

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The natural resources industries are spread across Canada. Most production in the Canadian forest industry occurs in Quebec, Ontario, and BC. The mining industry in concentrated in BC, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The oil industry in Canada is found primarily in the western and Atlantic provinces.

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