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NRCan launching two initiatives for next phase of ESTMA implementation

July 21, 2022  By  Don Horne

NRCan will be launching two initiatives this fall as part of the next phase of ESTMA implementation: (1) a formal compliance program, and (2) a data portal.

  • The compliance program will include compliance verification and enforcement measures, including compliance reviews. These compliance activities will ensure that entities meet their reporting requirements and increase data quality assurance.
  • The data portal will allow users to search all payment information by entity, payee, and project, and will include summaries of key data points and heat maps to visualize the data. Data can also be downloaded in .csv for further analysis. The data portal will increase awareness of the revenues generated by natural resources and the contributions entities are making to governments in Canada and abroad.

To launch both initiatives, NRCan will hold stakeholder engagement sessions both remotely and in-person beginning in September. Officials from the Extractive Sector Transparency Office are available to meet with stakeholder representatives the following dates and locations:

  • Sept 13 – Saskatoon
  • Sept 14 – Calgary
  • Sept 15 – Vancouver (tentative)
  • Oct 23-24 – Fredericton, Exploration, Mining and Petroleum New Brunswick Conference
  • Nov 11 – St. Catharines, Brock University
  • Nov 14-15 – Winnipeg, Central Canada Mineral Exploration Convention
  • Nov 21-24 – Quebec City, Québec Mines + Énergie
  • Dec 6-10 – Washington, D.C., International Anti-Corruption Conference
  • Mar 5-8 – Toronto, PDAC 2023

A webinar is also tentatively being planned for early October.

Organizations that are interested in hosting, collaborating or participating in an information session, or would like to meet with NRCan representatives in-person or remotely, should contact Emily Nickerson at at your earliest convenience.


Further information about the ESTMA and the reporting process is available at

To speak to an NRCan official, please contact us by email at and we will be pleased to assist you.

Further engagement opportunities on Canada’s critical minerals strategy

The Critical Mineral Centre of Excellence is leading a consultation on Canada’s critical mineral strategy until September 15. Among other issues, this consultation is an opportunity to provide feedback on how to strengthen Canada’s global leadership as a responsible and sustainable producer of critical minerals.

For example, you could consider how to leverage existing requirements ESTMA reporting for ESG reporting purposes, and potential ways to further align ESTMA with ESG reporting requirements.

You can review the full discussion paper here.

Submit your ideas to the Critical Minerals Centre of Excellence at

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