Partnership Agreement (Canada)


Partnership Agreements are often negotiated in the context of resource development in Canada. The Resource Partnerships Program (RPP) funds activities leading to the creation of joint working agreements. These partnership agreements reflect the parties’ commitment to increased Aboriginal participation in resource development.

Extended Definition

The partnership agreements may identify relevant issues, opportunities and priorities, and establish planning processes, cost-sharing and review arrangements. Their objective is to obtain economic benefits from major regional resource development projects for Aboriginal communities. Development projects may include mining, forestry, energy development, resource-based tourism, fisheries or agriculture. Agreements may be negotiated between Aboriginal governments or representative organisations, and the relevant provincial or territorial government. Applications for federal funding of such agreements may extend to such activities as:
- the conceptualisation of partnerships;
- project feasibility studies;
- technical analyses;
- human resources and training needs analysis and planning;
- business plans; and
- negotiations.
Partnership agreements are legally binding.