A government report has recommended Canada not allow exploration of new liquified natural gas in the Arctic Ocean.
The report comes as the country is preparing to launch a major Arctic marine exploration program.
The new marine program is part of the country’s renewed investment strategy to help boost the economy.
In a statement, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc said that Canada is moving forward with a comprehensive marine and coastal development strategy.
LeBlanch said in his speech to the Fisheries and Aquaculture Council on Tuesday that Canada’s focus will be on protecting the ocean, the Arctic and its wildlife.
The report, published Tuesday, says Canada should not develop the gas deposits in the area.
Instead, Canada should be focusing on developing the resources and infrastructure needed to develop the area to support a new generation of energy technologies.
The study recommends that the country not permit new offshore oil and gas exploration.
Canada has long relied on gas and oil exploration in the region.
In 2015, the federal government invested $4.6 billion in the Canadian Arctic, a $5 billion project that is expected to generate around 7.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
The oil and natural gas will be exported to Asia.