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Natural resources include petroleum and natural gas, hydroelectric power, metals and minerals. Canada is the world’s second largest uranium producer, 3rd largest producer of primary aluminium and has the world’s third largest oil reserves. In 2009 the natural resources sector contributed 11% to GDP and made up 47% of total exports. Canada is not only richly endowed in natural resources but plays a large role in the international extractive industry. Canada is home to almost 60% of the world’s publicly traded mining companies and a third of the world’s oil and gas companies. In the mining sector, over 70% of Canadian assets are located abroad with 150 billion dollars invested in over 100 countries. Canada is also home to some of the world’s most important mining companies such as Barrick Gold, Teck Resources, Talisman, IAMGOLD, Goldcorp, Kinross, and First Quantum Minerals. Sources: Mining Nerds, Natural Resources Canada, US State Department, World Nuclear Association Visit PWYP Canada’s website

Claire Woodside
613-565-0689
Languages spoken by contact: French and English

About the campaign

PWYP Canada was launched in March 2008. The coalition has grown to include 12 Canadian organizations and continues to be hosted by Partnership Africa Canada. Given the important role that Canadian extractive companies play at home and around the world, PWYP-Canada has focused efforts on obtaining mandatory payment disclosure standards for companies registered and/or publicly traded in Canada.

In 2012, PWYP-Canada formed the Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group, which brought together industry and NGOs to negotiate a framework for mandatory payment reporting in Canada. In June of 2013 the Working Group released draft recommendations. At the same time, preceding the Lough Erne G8 Summit, the Government of Canada announced its intention to develop mandatory reporting standards for Canadian extractive companies. PWYP-Canada is currently focused on ensuring Canada develops robust reporting standards. In addition to mandatory reporting, PWYP-Canada continues to support the implementation of the EITI in Canada and maintains close contact with Canada's representative to the EITI board.

While PWYP-Canada's advocacy focuses on mandatory reporting, PWYP-Canada also recognizes a growing need to build the capacity of CSOs to locate, use and disseminate information about extractive companies, particularly with new legislation/regulation increasing the information extractive companies must divulge. Over the past four years, PWYP-Canada has developed guides, conducted workshops, and created company portfolios to build the capacity of CSOs to access and use publicly available information about Canadian companies. Visit Canada's financial transparency page for more information about the coalition's funding.

Recent activities

16 January 2014 – The Resource Revenue Transparency Group, made up of PWYP-Canada, the Revenue Watch Institute, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC)and PDAC, released recommendations for the development of a payment transparency standard for all publicly-traded mining companies in Canada. You can find out more about the campaign here and read the group’s joint press release here.

18 November 2013PWYP-Canada and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) launched the TRACE Campaign, for TRansparent and ACcountable Extractives. During this campaign, Canadians from coast to coast will be calling on their provincial governments to take the lead in making the mining, oil, and gas sectors more responsible.

14 June 2013 – Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group has released its draft recommendations on implementing mandatory reporting standards for Canadian mining companies, for comment. You can read the group’s release here

12 June 2013 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada will implement mandatory reporting requirements. You can read PWYP Canada’s press release in response to this here

28 February 2013PWYP Canada welcomed tabled legislation that would require Canadian extractive companies to disclose all taxes, royalties and other types of payments they make to foreign governments on an annual basis. You can read PWYP Canada’s press release here

8 February 2013 – A group of Canadian Investors – representing over C$ 362 billion in assets under management – has come out in support for Canada’s Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group. You can view their statement here.

23 October 2012PWYP-Canada released the latest issue of their newsletter, Aperio. Available in English and in French.

6 September 2012 PWYP-Canada, along with the Revenue Watch, Mining Association of Canada, and Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, announced the launch of the Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group.

15 May 2012PWYP-Canada launched its publication An Eye on Disclosure: The PWYP-Canada Guide to Accessing Information on Canadian Companies. The publication provides examples of the type of information that can be found in the securities disclosure documents of Canadian mining companies, as well as instructions on how these documents can be accessed. While the available information is not yet adequate for PWYP standards, it does provide some useful information that PWYP coalition members can incorporate into their advocacy, research and outreach activities. You can access the manual in French (PDF) and in English (PDF). Please email kseguin@pwyp.ca if you have any comments or questions about the manual.

7 September 2011 – In an effort to promote greater awareness of the importance of EITI, as well as to discuss Canadian engagement, Publish What You Pay Canada co-organized a roundtable event on September 7th featuring Chair of the EITI International Board Rt. Hon. Clare Short. The event was entitled EITI: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward, and featured discussants from the Canadian government, the private sector, civil society and academia.

The event hosted over 70 participants from various stakeholder groups, who engaged in a discussion that addressed a variety of issues related to the EITI, with particular emphasis on the Canadian context. The discussion clearly demonstrated that Canadian stakeholders are very interested in the EITI, as well as broader transparency issues related to the extractive sector, and that continued engagement on this issue is necessary to foster meaningful debate and dialogue. This is especially important in terms of continuing to advocate for the implementation of the EITI by the Government of Canada. The possibility of having some provinces, Quebec in particular, implement the EITI was also discussed.

January 2011 PWYP-Canada co-hosted a roundtable event with Revenue Watch Institute and the International Human Rights Programme at the University of Toronto, on Canadian securities regulations. The event was entitled Harmonizing Canada-US Disclosure Requirements in the Extractive Industries, and brought together the Canadian private sector, regulators, civil society and academics to discuss the potential impact of the US legislation on the Canadian regulatory regime and Canadian companies.

PWYP-Canada also announced the establishment of its capacity building project with the goal of creating greater awareness on how to access and use public information on Canadian companies. The project has two main activities. The first is the creation of portfolios containing public information disclosed by some of the largest Canadian mining companies operating in Africa. This information is drawn from SEDAR, CSR reports, etc., and will be compiled in an easy to read and accessible format. The companies are selected based on demand from PWYP and civil society partners, as well as on the information available. The portfolios will serve as a starting point for PWYP international coalitions in their research, advocacy and monitoring of Canadian mining companies operating in their countries, as well as improve the PWYP Canada coalition’s technical capacity in research and in interpreting publicly available information on Canadian mining companies. In addition, the project will increase awareness and knowledge of avenues for obtaining publicly available information on Canadian companies, for PWYP-coalition members, other relevant CSOs and PWYP international coalition members.

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