Changing Tides: Economic Development in Canada’s Northern Marine Waters

The Conference Board of Canada, 87 pages, October 28, 2013
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Is it possible to achieve equitable, sustainable marine-based economic development in Northern marine waters? This report looks at the potential risks and benefits for Canada’s North in the next decades.

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Document Highlights

Canada’s Northern marine waters are a challenging environment for the pursuit of economic development projects. Nevertheless, oil and gas development, fishing, tourism, and the shipping associated with these and other forms of economic activity are expected to increase over the decades to come. The pace of this increase will hinge on developments surrounding climate change, commodity prices, emergency response and search and rescue capacity, and the availability and quality of Northern infrastructure.

Changing Tides: Economic Development in Canada’s Northern Seas discusses the trends surrounding economic development in Northern marine waters as well as the associated risks and benefits for the stakeholders involved, including industry, public sector organizations, Northern communities, and the surrounding environment. The risks will need to be mitigated and the benefits enhanced if equitable, sustainable development is to be achieved. The report concludes with a series of recommendations that target this objective.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Résumé

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • Methodology

Chapter 2—Overarching Drivers and Influences on Economic Development in Northern Marine Waters

  • Climate Change
  • Infrastructure
  • Search and Rescue and Disaster Response Capacity
  • Commodity Prices
  • Stakeholder Views and Discussion

Chapter 3—Economic Development in Canada’s Northern Marine Waters: Types, Levels, and Associated Risks and Benefits

  • Oil and Gas
  • Shipping
  • Tourism
  • Fisheries
  • Stakeholder Views and Discussion

Chapter 4—Equitable and Sustainable Economic Development

  • Jurisdictional Complexity and Governance Issues
  • Maximizing an Equitable and Effective Distribution of Benefits
  • Sustainable Development and Risk Mitigation
  • Keeping Northerners and Their Communities Front and Centre
  • Governance: The Pursuit of Integrated, Collaborative Approaches
  • Stakeholder Views and Discussion

Chapter 5—Conclusion

  • Recommendations

Appendix A—Interview Guide

  • A Changing Tide for Economic Development in Canada’s Northern Marine Waters? A Discussion of Key Challenges and Opportunities

Appendix B—Bibliography

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