Geological surveys are among the oldest organizations of Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments. Initially established to encourage and regulate the development of mineral and energy resources, the geological surveys of the 21st century deliver public geoscience programs that contribute to a broad spectrum of economic, health and safety, environmental, and other public policy issues.
The National Geological Surveys Committee (NGSC) provides a forum for senior executives from Canada’s geological surveys to coordinate and integrate public geoscience activities across Canada. The NGSC members identify emerging geoscience issues, consult on best practices, seek out opportunities to cooperate and collaborate, prepare and provide reports and recommendations to Ministers responsible for geological surveys, and promote the value of public geoscience among Canadians. The NGSC reports annually to the Intergovernmental Working Group-Mines.