Consultations and public engagement


For more information on NRCan’s consultations and public engagement activities, e-mail Stakeholder Engagement Unit.

National Energy Board (NEB) Modernization review

Purpose: The Minister of Natural Resources has established an Expert Panel to conduct a targeted review of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) structure, role and mandate under the National Energy Board Act. This is a key element of the Government of Canada’s review of environmental and regulatory processes.

Target Audience: Indigenous peoples, interested stakeholders, provinces and territories as well as the general public.

Intended Outcome: The Expert Panel expects to deliver its report to the Minister on or before March 31, 2017. An executive summary will be made public at that time, followed by the full report soon thereafter.

Time Frame: November 8, 2016 – May 15, 2017

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Clean Technology in Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors

Purpose: Online, interactive engagement seeking feedback and ideas from Canadians on clean technology in Canada’s natural resource sectors, clean energy, and Canada’s Mission Innovation commitments.

Target Audience: Canadians.

Intended Outcome: Inform Government of Canada policy and program options supporting clean technology in the natural resource sectors and clean technology producers. Share Canada’s Mission Innovation commitments with Canadians and inform the Government of Canada’s approach.  

Time Frame: Summer– Fall 2016.

For more information on NRCan’s consultations and public engagement activities, e-mail Stakeholder Engagement Unit.

Pipeline Financial Requirements Regulations

Purpose:  To strengthen Canada’s pipeline safety regime through new regulations that support the absolute liability (“no fault") regime for companies operating federally regulated pipelines.  The regulations are in support of the new Pipeline Safety Act.

Target Audience:  Pipeline operators regulated by the National Energy Board and other interested parties

Intended Outcome:  All comments received as part of the Canada Gazette, Part I, process will be considered in finalizing the regulatory proposal. This would be for final publication in in Canada Gazette Part II.

Time Frame:  Draft regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on October 8, 2016.  Final publication in Canada Gazette, Part II, is targeted for spring 2017, subject to Governor in Council approval.

Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes

Purpose: The Government of Canada is undertaking a review of environmental and regulatory processes.

Target Audience: General public

Intended outcome:

  • Rebuilding trust in environmental assessment processes;
  • Modernizing the National Energy Board; and
  • Restoring lost protections and introducing modern safeguards to the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act.

Time Frame: June 20, 2016 to August 15, 2016


Engagement with Industry on compliance with the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA)

Purpose:  To facilitate awareness of, and compliance with, the ESTMA.

Target Audience:  Mining, oil and gas companies subject to the Act.

Intended Outcome:  That reporting entities subject to the Act are aware of their reporting obligations under the ESTMA.

Time Frame: February 2016 – September 2016.

Trends in Fuels and their Impact on Petroleum Refining

Purpose:  Initiate a high-level dialogue between the refining sector and federal/provincial government officials on the state of the fuels market and how current and potential environmental and other government policies might impact the refining industry. The event would be jointly hosted by Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Fuels Association.

Target Audience:  Canadian refiners, other federal government departments whose work touches on the refining industry, and provincial government departments of energy and the environment.

Intended Outcome:  Consult more broadly with stakeholders on the outcomes of a refining competitiveness study recently completed by our division. Provide a forum for refiners and government officials to exchange views on the current state and future of the refining sector.

Time Frame: Spring 2016.

Canadian Association of Chief Inspectors of Mines

Purpose: Annual Meeting.

Target Audience: Chief Inspectors for each province and territory.

Intended Outcome: Engagement with all provincial and territorial mining jurisdictions.

Time Frame: Early May 2016.

Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) Ultra-Deep Mining Network

Purpose: Meetings for collaboration on CanmetMINING’s R&D plan

Target Audience: Mine operators and especially in this economic context the suppliers of goods and services to the mining industry.

Intended Outcome: Engagement with other Research Organizations.

Time Frame: Monthly March-September 2016.

Saskatchewan Potash Consortium (Agrium Inc., Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, and Mosaic)

Purpose:  Meetings for collaboration on a joint project.

Target Audience:  The mine operators directly and organized labour and regulators indirectly.

Intended Outcome: Delivery of a joint project.

Time Frame: April - September 2016.

Green Mining Advisory Committee (GMIAC) Meeting

Purpose:  Update Meeting.

Target Audience:  GMIAC members.

Intended Outcome:  Engagement with all GMIAC members on next steps in the implementation of CanmetMININIG research plan.

Time Frame: Early May 2016.

Green Mining Initiative Inter-Governmental Working Group (GMI IGWG)

Purpose:  Update Meeting.

Target Audience:  Members of the GMI IGWG.

Intended Outcome:  Update and next steps on two studies that were proposed by the committee: Federal/Provincial/Territorial Mining Innovation Scan study of the current state of commercialization and uptake of green mining technologies.

Time Frame: Early May 2016.

Frontier and Offshore Regulatory Renewal Initiative (FORRI)

Purpose:  To consult stakeholders on the modernization of five existing regulations governing Canada's frontier and offshore oil and gas sector.

Target Audience:  Key stakeholders for the Oil and gas industry.

Intended Outcome:  Effective regulatory consultations before drafting commences, so that the input of interested and affected stakeholders is considered early in the regulatory development process.

Time Frame: Phase 1: March 31, 2016 and Phase 2: June 2016

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Transitional Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations amendments

Purpose:  To amend select sections of the Transitional OHS Regulations to allow flexibility in requirements for all offshore workplaces.

Target Audience:  Key stakeholders from the offshore oil and gas industry, including labour groups and offshore workforce.

Intended Outcome:  Comments from key stakeholders are considered in finalizing the regulatory proposal for final publication in in Canada Gazette Part II.

Time Frame: Pre-publication in Canada Gazette Part I is targeted for fall 2016, subject to Treasury Board approval. Final publication in Canada Gazette Part II is targeted for winter 2017, subject to Treasury Board approval.

Atlantic Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Initiative

Purpose:  To consult stakeholders on the development of new OHS regulations for the Atlantic Accord offshore areas.

Target Audience:  Key stakeholders from the offshore oil and gas industry, including labour groups and offshore workforce.

Intended Outcome:  Effective regulatory consultations before drafting commences, so that the input of interested and affected stakeholders is considered early in the regulatory development process.

Time Frame: June 2016.

Reporting and Planning Workshops for Rare Earth Elements and Chromite

Purpose:  To report on Year 1 progress and develop the Year 2 research plan for the Rare Earth Elements and Chromite program

Target Audience:  Key stakeholders including industry, academia, research centres, regulators, etc.

Intended Outcome:  These two emerging industries have the technical capacity to reach production.

Time Frame: Annually and by invitation (the program ends March 2020). Next workshop April 2016.

Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) Program engagement with Northern institutions and organizations

Purpose:  To explore shared priorities, identify opportunities for collaboration, and facilitate the use of GEM knowledge for decision making.

Target Audience:  Aboriginal organizations and associations, northern colleges, other government programs.

Intended Outcome:  On-going dialogue to ensure research quality and accessibility while maximizing the program’s benefits for Northerners.

Time Frame: Meetings and workshops to be confirmed April - November 2016.

Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) Program Advisory Group of Northerners (AGN)

Purpose / Objet : The AGN  provides advice regarding the GEM program’s strategies to improve program impact, and highlight areas that would benefit from enhanced Northern collaboration.

Intended Outcome / Résultat attendu : GEM program outcomes provide maximized benefits for Northerners.

Target Audience / Public cible : AGN members represent stakeholders from the three territories and northern parts of the provinces, representing interests of large groups of Northerners (i.e. all levels of government, First Nations, communities, industry, educational institutions, etc.).

Time Frame / Calendrier : Ongoing with bi-annual meetings. Next meeting in May 2016.

Energy Geoscience and Geo-Engineering – Collaborative Open Innovation Network (EG-COIN) Advisory Committee

Purpose:  Committee members provide advice to the Geological Survey of Canada in shaping the initial strategic directions of the network.

Target Audience:  Stakeholders from industry, academia and government (provinces and federal).

Intended Outcome:  To discuss follow-up of the engagement processes conducted in 2015 with industry, academia and governments on barriers, needs and priorities of energy geoscience and geo-engineering related to shale oil and gas development, and launch of network.

Time Frame: Regular meeting; next one planned for spring 2016.

National Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Certification Advisory Committee

Purpose: To receive industry perspective and feedback on the activities and outcomes of the program.

Target Audience:  Industry stakeholders with NDT interests, regulators and other government departments.

Intended Outcome:  Comments, observations, and recommendations from committee members is compiled and discussed and information is used  for current and future implementation of NRCan’s national NDT certification program.

Time Frame: Recurring bi-annual meetings (spring, winter), until 2020.  Meeting held as planned in June and November 2015. Next meetings are planned for May and September 2016.

Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle Steering Committee (BSLB)

Purpose:  Stakeholder’s forum for investigating ways of slowing the spread of brown spruce longhorn beetle in Nova Scotia.

Target Audience:  Canadian Food Inspection Agency; New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources; Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources; Forestry Industry representatives, and woodlot owners.

Intended Outcome:  To minimize loss and damage from brown spruce longhorn beetle where it occurs.

Time Frame: Ongoing (Note: the BSLB Steering Committee will end in 2016/17 and will be replaced with a ‘critical pest’ working group).

Nuclear Liability and Compensation Regulations

Purpose:  1) To designate which nuclear facilities will be subject to the Nuclear Liability and Compensation Act; and 2) to establish classes or categories of nuclear installations and their respective liability amounts, which are to be commensurate with the risk they represent.

Target Audience:  Members of the public and operators of nuclear installations.

Intended Outcome:  Comments from the general public and nuclear installation operators, received following the pre-publication of the regulatory proposal in Canada Gazette Part I, were taken into consideration in the final publication of the regulations in Canada Gazette Part II.

Time Frame: The regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette Part I, on June 27, 2015, and final publication in Canada Gazette II occurred on May, 18, 2016. The regulations will come into force on January 1, 2017, the same day that the enabling legislation, the Nuclear Liability and Compensation Act, comes into force.

Atlantic Canada Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Innovation Hub

Purpose:  To deliver enhanced decision-making capacity for Atlantic Canada through the acquisition, processing and distribution of new data, tools and information to support forest sector innovation and transformation.

Target Audience:  Senior officials from the forest departments of the four Atlantic provinces, the forest industry, other provincial government departments and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Intended Outcome:  High intensity LiDAR is acquired across all four Atlantic provinces and an Innovation Hub is developed to house the data land information products to support a broad range of land resource management issues and applications.

Time Frame: Ongoing.

Advisory discussions with Canadian Exploration Industry Associations

Purpose: To develop a research delivery strategy in Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI) that targets the needs of the Canadian Exploration Industry.

Target Audience:  Stakeholders include industry associations’ representatives of exploration companies working in Canada and abroad including the Canadian Mining Innovation Council – Exploration Innovation Consortium (CMIC-EIC), the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

Intended Outcome:  University and government research capacity is maximized to enhance the effectiveness mineral exploration.

Time Frame: Annually and by invitation to association meetings (the program ends March 2020).

Natural Gas Roadmap Implementation Committee

Purpose: To facilitate the implementation of recommendations contained in the Natural Gas Use in the Canadian Transportation Sector Deployment Roadmap, including the education and outreach activities and the work on codes and standards.

Target Audience: Members of the Implementation Committee include stakeholders from other federal and provincial governments, industry representing the natural gas vehicle value chain, and industry associations.

Intended Outcome: Implementation of the recommendations is successful.

Time Frame: 2015/2016 – Q1 and Q3/Q4 – the Implementation Committee meets bi-annually or as needed.

EnerGuide Rating System Standing Committee

Purpose: To ensure stakeholders from across Canada can provide views on the EnerGuide home rating system to meet their technical, business and policy requirements.

Target Audience: EnerGuide rating system stakeholders across Canada who base their codes, standards, bylaws and programs on the system or are users of the rating (e.g., provincial organizations, utilities, builders, energy professionals, manufacturers, consumer representatives, and other general interest groups).

Intended Outcome: An updated EnerGuide Rating System is established that reflects modern technology and meets needs of stakeholders.

Time Frame: April 1, 2015 and ongoing.

R-2000 and ENERGY STAR for New Homes Standing Committee

Purpose:  Ensure stakeholders from across Canada can provide views on the administration and technical requirements of the R-2000 and ENERGY STAR for New Homes standards resulting in effective program delivery.

Target Audience:  R-2000 and ENERGY STAR for New Homes stakeholders across Canada (e.g. service organizations, builders, energy advisory, utilities, manufacturers/suppliers, and provincial/territorial organizations).

Intended Outcome: Sstandards are updated to ensure the needs of stakeholders in the building industry are met.

Time Frame: April 1, 2015 and ongoing.

Single Window Initiative (SWI)

Purpose: To inform, provide guidance and obtain stakeholder feedback from the explosives community on the new and streamlined approach for the electronic collection and dissemination of import related commercial trade data between the Government of Canada and the trade community.

Target Audience:  Canadian Explosives Association (CEAEC), the Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC), the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) and the Canadian Pyrotechnics Council (CPC).

Intended Outcome:  The way trade and participating government departments and agencies interact and do business at the border is more efficient.

Time Frame: Ongoing consultative activities for 2015-2016.

Spruce Budworm (SBW) Early Intervention Steering Committee

Purpose:  To provide a forum for stakeholder for implementing an early intervention strategy for spruce budworm.

Target Audience:  Officials from the Department of Natural Resources of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the New Brunswick Department of Environment, Forest Protection Limited, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the forest industry and academia.

Intended Outcome:  Close collaboration enhances opportunities to reduce the impact or/loss from a SBW outbreak in the Atlantic provinces and minimize the use of insecticides.  

Time Frame: Ongoing.

Vegetation Management Working Group

Purpose:  To provide a forum for stakeholders to develop communications products to address public concern around the use of herbicide products.

Target Audience:  Representatives from provincial government departments, the forest industry, woodlot owners, conservation groups, and the agriculture sector.

Intended Outcome:  Awareness is raised about the issue and the science done to address it.

Time Frame: Ongoing.