Canada is a global mining powerhouse. It is both a home and host country for the mining industry, and it is a hub for mining finance. As such, Canada can lead in the implementation of processes that are transparent, and that allow for full accountability.
Transparency International Canada is part of Transparency International’s global network championing accountability in the mining sector.
In its latest report, TI Canada has analysed the environmental assessment (EA) processes in Ontario, British Colombia and the Yukon Territory. If the EA is not conducted transparently and accountably, the true impacts of a mining project can remain hidden, and the public may not fully understand the trade-offs. This report has uncovered 38 corruption risks that may undermine the EA process.
Two risks found in all three studied jurisdictions relate to consultations with affected communities and how the dual roles of government departments in both promoting and regulating mining can lead to conflicts of interest.