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Community Partnerships

Long-term, respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities and partners is a priority for CAPP members and critical to the success of Canada’s oil and natural gas industry.

Oil and natural gas companies and service companies such as road construction and drilling crews, are committed to being good neighbours through regular engagement and communication with local landowners and affected communities. These communities are not only where these companies operate, but often where their families live and work. By working together, the industry can have a positive and lasting impact including in support of economic reconciliation.

Supporting Indigenous Communities

Shared economic opportunities are only part of industry’s engagement with Indigenous peoples. Collaboration on environmental protection, monitoring and restoration also form an important part of engagement. Industry acknowledges the strong role that Indigenous knowledge can play to inform environmental management.

Canada’s oil and natural gas industry is a leader in developing a broad range of principles and initiatives to enhance Indigenous participation in all parts of the sector. There is also considerable mutual value in initiatives such as education, scholarships, training programs and other activities that best fit the local priorities identified by Indigenous communities and oil and natural gas companies.

OIL SANDS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE

For example, the Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA) was formed in 2013 to pursue innovative solutions and build thriving communities and enable responsible growth of Canada’s oil sands.

PETROLEUM SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

Similarly, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) has developed a Community Partners program that sets out guiding principles to address local concerns related to oil and natural gas development

INVESTING IN COMMUNITIES

Canada’s oil and natural gas industry supports local programs that help build strong, vibrant and healthy communities.

Oil and natural gas companies actively participate in the communities where they live and work in many ways, such as: training and employment; contributing to the local tax base; and by providing funding and volunteer support to local charitable and community-based organizations.

In addition to providing economic contributions to communities through employment and supporting local businesses, the industry also provides funding to support local programs and development initiatives that help build strong, vibrant and healthy communities. Each company has its own community investment strategy and may focus funding that supports projects in areas such as the arts, environment, education, and health.

Industry in Action

Investing in community programs and charities strengthens relationships in areas where CAPP members operate.

WORKING WITH THE FISHING INDUSTRY

Canada’s offshore oil industry works to develop positive, collaborative relationships with the fishing industry through effective communication and engagement. Our industry conducts its operations in Atlantic Canada with a goal of minimizing its operational impact on the environment and other ocean users.

The fishing industry is consulted as part of the environmental assessment process and communication is built into project planning to ensure fishers are aware of ongoing offshore activity.