Strong, respectful relationships with communities, residents and other industries are critical to the success of the oil and natural gas industry.
Natural gas companies and service companies such as road construction and drilling crews, are committed to being good neighbours through regular consultation and communication with local landowners and affected communities. These communities are not only where these companies operate, but also where their families live and work.
It’s important to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with all key stakeholders, including Indigenous communities. CAPP members are committed to developing relationships based on transparency, mutual respect and trust. By working together, industry can have a positive and lasting impact.
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.
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.
Canada’s oil and natural gas industry works with Indigenous groups to seek ways to mitigate impacts and to share the benefits of resource development.
The oil and natural gas industry acknowledges the importance of Indigenous reconciliation in Canada, and considers natural resource development to be linked to the broader Canadian reconciliation process.
Members 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.