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Jonathan Brun

Between January 1st, 2022 and December 1st, 2022, 225 significant changes were made to regulatory documents that affect the Oil & Gas industry in Canada. There were other changes that are not covered in this report, to obtain a more exhaustive list of regulatory changes that may affect the oil & gas industry in Canada, please contact us at info@nimonik.com


Nova Scotia broadened the definition of “Gas” and implemented changes related to their Greenhouse Gas programs.

Quebec made a variety of changes, including banning oil & gas exploration and restrictions on storing natural gas in certain sensitive areas.

Ontario changed some restrictions around contaminated soil, quarries and aggregate sites. Ontario put additional restrictions on reporting sulphur emissions from Oil & Gas refineries and processors in Ontario.

Saskatchewan added some additional sectors to its performance certificate system and lowered thresholds on some voluntary greenhouse gas emission reporting.

Alberta made significant changes to its Tier I and Tier II soil remediation programs. It also made changes to its CO2 recovery and sequestration program. Alberta also added geothermal exploration as a regulated activity to many of its directives and regulations.

British Columbia has created a new regulator for the Oil & Gas Industry that also has a mandate to regulate other energy sources such as renewable.

The Federal government made changes to its greenhouse gas program. It also updated references to the new Canada Energy Regulator. Changes were made to fish habitat restrictions as it relates to pipelines. The federal government imposed additional restrictions on diesel powered equipment and heavy duty trucks.

These 225 changes are in addition to the hundreds of regulatory changes for environment, health and safety that affect all business and organizations in Canada. To see a full list of all of these changes, please download the file below.