Geoscience in Canada
Canada’s size, geological make up and endowment of naturally occurring Earth materials – metals, minerals, oil and gas and water – make it an important global resource-based economy. In addition to the importance of resources, Canada’s climate, topography, natural heritage and the needs of its communities – large and small, urban, rural and remote – all pose geoscientific challenges. The regulation of the profession is critical to protecting the interest of Canada and its citizens and in safeguarding Canada’s natural environment.
The evolution and sophistication of Canada’s capabilities in resources geoscience today has established the country as a global centre for the financing, management, servicing and independent technical due diligence for Earth resources exploration and development activity all around the world. The Canadian Federation of Earth Science estimates there are 20,000 geoscientists in Canada, working in academia, as educators and researchers; in Government and public agencies; in consulting – as independent consultants or employees of consulting firms; and in corporate environments – as employees and officers in resources companies.