The Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN) encourages the land, mineral and energy resource development projects that are welcomed by communities. On January 24, 2017, it unveiled five guidelines for social acceptability (summary). These guidelines are the outcome from an extensive workshop initiative launched in the fall of 2014 (in French only) which led to a diagnosis of the MERN’s practices and tools and the production of the Green Paper on Social Acceptability .
Social acceptability is the result of a collective judgment of a project. This judgment may change over time, and is influenced by a set of factors. The MERN, as part of its new advisory role in the area of social acceptability, encourages promoters to give more consideration to these factors.
The MERN now offers updated support services for promoters and local communities.
- Support and encourage promoters to use good practices, among other things by setting up a monitoring committee early in the project preparation process
- Inform the population about major projects, land uses and rights granted, the project authorization process and existing guides
- Review the public land use planning process to make it more transparent and participatory
- Encourage local actors to play an active role in project development (public consultations, monitoring committees)
- Produce a good practice guide to the creation and operation of a monitoring committee
For further details of the steps taken by the MERN, please see the social acceptability poster presented at Québec Mines 2017 (in French only).
- The documentation associated with the Green Paper (in French only)
- Public consultation on the guide of monitoring committees
Social Acceptability: A Core Element of Every Major Project
See the Major projects page for information on the progression of large-scale land, energy and mineral resource development projects monitored by the MERN.
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