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.
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.
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.
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.
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.