Natural Resources

— Jul 24, 2018
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Permit Times for Mining Exploration in 2017

Permit Times for Mining Exploration in 2017 finds that investors are losing confidence in the mineral exploration permit process in many Canadian provinces—including British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec—which has grown longer over the past 10 years and less transparent.

— May 8, 2018
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The Cost of Pipeline Constraints in Canada

The Cost of Pipeline Constraints in Canada finds that this year, the Canadian energy sector will lose $15.8 billion in foregone revenues as a result of a shortage of pipeline capacity in Canada, which drives down the price of Canadian oil because of an overdependence on the U.S. market and an increased reliance on oil-by-rail—a more costly (and less safe) mode of transport.

— Apr 12, 2018
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Understanding the Changes in Ontario's Electricity Markets and Their Effects

Understanding Changes in Ontario’s Electricity Markets and Their Effects finds that poor energy policy choices—including Ontario’s Green Energy Act—has increased electricity prices for residents, cost tens of thousands of manufacturing workers their jobs and produced only minimal health and environmental benefits.

— Apr 10, 2018
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Understanding the significance of the Kinder Morgan decision to suspend the Trans Mountain pipeline

The decision by Kinder Morgan to suspend all non-essential spending on its Trans Mountain pipeline despite regulatory approval is yet another sign of the significant problems in Canada’s energy sector and indeed our broader economy. Fraser Institute analysts have weighed in on a host of different aspects of this decision and its implications for Canada’s investment and business climate. For more information see the links below.

— Feb 22, 2018
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2017

The Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2017, rates 91 jurisdictions around the world based on their geologic attractiveness for minerals and metals and the extent to which government policies encourage or deter exploration and investment. This year, Finland ranks as the most attractive jurisdiction in the world for mining investment, followed by Saskatchewan. Quebec and Ontario are rank in the top ten globally.

— Nov 28, 2017
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Global Petroleum Survey 2017

The 2017 Global Petroleum Survey finds that British Columbia now ranks as the least-attractive Canadian province for oil and gas investment—followed by Alberta. In this year’s global survey, which was conducted after the provincial election, B.C. ranks 76th out of the 97 jurisdictions and earned low marks for political stability and a high cost of regulatory compliance. Alberta ranks 33rd. Newfoundland and Labrador was the most attractive Canadian province for oil and gas investment, and ranks 4th worldwide. Texas is the most attractive jurisdiction globally for oil and gas investment, followed by Oklahoma.

— Oct 17, 2017
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Rising Electricity Costs and Declining Employment in Ontario’s Manufacturing Sector

Rising Electricity Costs and Declining Employment in Ontario’s Manufacturing Sector finds that Ontario’s rising electricity prices—now the highest in Canada—have cost the province an estimated 74,881 manufacturing jobs since the 2008 recession.

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