Tools for Extractive Businesses

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has developed implementation tools in consultation with key stakeholders, including industry and civil society organizations. Below you will find tools to help extractive businesses report under the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (the Act).

Extractive businesses must enrol with Natural Resources Canada to receive a unique ESTMA Identification Number prior to submitting a report and receive notifications when new information is published on this page. For additional information on the Act, visit the Information on the ESTMA section of this website.

Technical Reporting Specifications (PDF, 1.08 Mb)

Version 1.1, Last published on March 2016

The Technical Reporting Specifications provide the required form and manner specifications for the reporting process, including how to enrol with NRCan, how to complete the reporting template, project-level disclosure, and other aspects of the form and manner of reporting under the Act.

These specifications must be followed by extractive businesses that prepare reports under the Act.

Guidance (PDF, 1.23 Mb)

Version 1.1, Last published on March 2016

The Guidance has been developed to help businesses in the extractive sector understand the requirements of the Act. It may also be useful to the general public to understand the type of information that is required to be reported under the Act. It is not intended to be prescriptive, but rather practical and illustrative.

The Guidance provides general information on areas such as:

  • the scope of commercial development of oil, gas and minerals;
  • what entities are subject to the Act;
  • what entities must report payments under the Act;
  • what types of payments should be reported under the Act.

Recorded Webinar

Version 1.1, Last published on May 2017

This recorded webinar provides an overview of the Act and reporting process.

Reporting Templates (XLSX, 13 kb)

Version 1.1, Last published on March 2016

Reporting Entities are encouraged to use the Excel version of the Reporting Templates.

PDF version – (PDF, 1 MB)

All ESTMA reports must be based on one of the two reporting templates provided. Directions on how to use the reporting templates are included in the Technical Reporting Specifications available on this page.

Contact Form (PDF, 1.29 Mb)

Version 1.1, Last published on March 2016

A Contact Form must be completed and submitted by Reporting Entities to NRCan as part of the ESTMA enrolment process in order to receive a unique ESTMA ID Number and receive notifications when new information is published on this website.  For more information on enrolment, visit Enrol with Natural Resources Canada as an ESTMA Reporting Entity.

In the event of changes to information in the Contact Form, an updated Contact Form must be provided to NRCan. Instructions on how to complete the Contact Form are available in the Technical Reporting Specifications available on this page.

Once completed, the Contact Form must be sent to the NRCAN ESTMA Reports e-mail address. The Contact Form is for NRCan internal administrative use only and will not be published on the ESTMA website.

Report Validation Checklist (PDF, 786 kb)

Version 1.1, Last published on August 2017

All incoming reports will be reviewed based on the validation checklist that aligns with sections 9 and 12 of the Act, as well as with the Technical Reporting Specifications. If a report does not meet the requirements of the checklist, NRCan will request corrections prior to linking it to the ESTMA website.

Submit a Report

To submit an ESTMA report following enrolment with Natural Resources Canada, send the report and the link to the report on a publicly accessible website with your ESTMA ID Number to the NRCAN ESTMA Reports e-mail address.

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