Federal Natural Resources minister says Sask well-placed for economic growth

The Minister of Natural Resources Canada says Saskatchewan is in a good position as the world transitions to Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Jonathan Wilkinson says Saskatchewan is already a world leader in uranium and potash and now there is an increased need for these resources.

Wilkinson adds the agriculture sector will be important in feeding the world.

He listed other opportunities including biofuels which have the opportunity to go up the value chain in the context of some agricultural products being produced, natural gas to produce hydrogen, and there are enormous reserves of critical minerals in the province.

Wilkinson spoke at a luncheon hosted by both the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Chambers of Commerce.

During his speech, he also announced that the federal government is investing 414 thousand dollars to Metis Nation-Saskatchewan for an MN-S EnerGuide Capacity Initiative.

The funding will help MN-S to train energy advisors, who will then go to homes in Metis communities to assess energy efficiency, and advise on how it could be improved, reducing overall heating costs.

Wilkinson gave the examples of heat pumps, energy efficient windows and more insulation.

Then, the homeowners can apply for federal support, creating employment and improving energy efficiency.

(with files from cjww)

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