Working towards a world where natural resources become a blessing rather than a curse
Publish What You Pay Canada is part of a global network civil society organisations united in their call for oil, gas and mining revenues to form the basis for development and improve the lives of citizens in resource-rich countries.
Some of the world’s poorest citizens live in countries that are rich in natural resources, but a lack of transparency around how their natural resources are managed has facilitated corruption, conflict and mismanagement. Too often natural resource wealth has benefited the few rather than the many, and for short-term gains rather than on long-term investments.
Greater transparency can help provide citizens with the valuable information they need to hold their governments to account for how their natural resource wealth is managed, and ensure that it is used sustainably and equitably.
Canada plays a particularly important role in this issue, not only being a resource-rich country itself but also being one of the biggest extractive players in the world. The country is home to 60% of the world’s mining companies and has interests in more than 8,000 exploration and mining properties in over 100 countries. In short, Canadian extractive companies affect the lives of millions. In 2008 PWYP-Canada, a coalition of Canadian civil society organizations, was launched in order to fight for a greater transparency in the extractive sector. Canada is a key arena in order for Publish What You Pay to realise its global vision of a world where natural resources benefit all citizens.
PWYP-Canada today numbers 15 members and realises its work through advocacy, research and public outreach to promote and achieve enhanced disclosure of information about extractive industry operations, with an emphasis on revenues and contracts.
PWYP-Canada's core objective is to increase transparency in the extractives sector, both domestically and internationally, in order to enable citizens to hold their governments to account for how natural resource wealth is managed. Specifically, PWYP-Canada advocates for:
- Extractive companies based in Canada to publish the payments they make to governments in the countries where they operate, on a disaggregated and project-by-project level;
- Canada to implement the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI);
- Disclosure of all contracts, licenses and lease agreements in the oil, gas, and mining sectors.
In addition to this advocacy platform, PWYP-Canada also strives to build the capacity of its coalition members to access information on Canadian companies and to use this information in an effective manner in their advocacy, research and outreach efforts.