However, Fisheries and Oceans Canada maintains authorities that directly influence energy exploration and development in all geographic areas. Key responsibilities include:
On Canada’s east coast, as part of the Atlantic Accords made with Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, the authorities responsible for regulating offshore oil and gas activities and resources on behalf of the federal and provincial governments are:
In non-Accord areas:
Some oil and gas exploration has occurred on Canada’s west coast in the past. However, further activity is on hold subject to the federal moratorium on oil and gas activities offshore British Columbia.
Natural Resources Canada, in collaboration with other federal departments, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Province of British Columbia have worked hard to understand the implications of lifting the federal moratorium.
Both governments have been involved in thorough, independent scientific reviews and consultations with First Nations and the general public. The bulk of this work is now complete. However, federal authorities continue to assess resource potential and look to resolve some of the scientific issues identified in the review process.
For more information on recent activities related to rights issuance, exploration and development, go to: