Statement: Memorandum of Understanding signals further cooperation between Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador on offshore wind development

Last week, the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) enabling NL to lead the regulation of offshore wind projects within its inland bays.

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and the Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador signed an agreement that delineates the boundaries between provincial waters and jointly managed waters. In addition to the Accord Act amendments that were tabled in May, this agreement marks another step towards realizing the potential of offshore wind in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“With decades of experience in the maritime and offshore oil and gas sectors, Newfoundland and Labrador has a strong foundation for its emerging offshore wind sector” said Elisa Obermann, Executive Director of Marine Renewables Canada (MRC). “Many companies throughout the local supply chain and within MRC’s membership have been working to support international offshore wind markets and can help grow our emerging offshore wind sector in Canada. This MOU signals the ongoing cooperation between federal and provincial governments to make this industry happen – a critical factor in ensuring successful and sustainable development.”

MRC looks forward to working with both provincial and federal governments as well as its members throughout the supply chain to advance the offshore wind industry and contribute to Canada’s important net-zero electricity goals.

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News Release: Government of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Offshore Wind Power and Good Jobs

Bill C-49

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