Frontier and Offshore Regulatory Renewal Initiative (FORRI) Framework Regulation

Title or working title of the Regulatory Initiative:

Frontier and Offshore Regulatory Renewal Initiative (FORRI) Framework Regulation

Description of the objective:

Enabling Acts: 

Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act

Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act

Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act

The Frontier and Offshore Regulatory Renewal Initiative (FORRI) aims to modernize the regulations governing Canada's frontier and offshore oil and gas sector (  The following existing regulations will be modernized and amalgamated into one Framework Regulation (under each of the three acts):

  • Drilling and Production Regulations
  • Geophysical Operations Regulations
  • Certificate of Fitness Regulations
  • Operations Regulations, and
  • Installation Regulations

Indication of business impacts:

There are no expected business impacts.  Administrative burden is to be determined.

Public consultation opportunities:

Key stakeholders have been consulted on the first two phases of the policy intentions (spring 2017) and will be invited to participate in a consultation session on the third phase  in the summer of 2017. A follow up consultation session is expected to be held on the complete draft text of the proposed regulations in early 2018.

General consultation practices will be undertaken as follows:

Following those consultation sessions, draft regulations will be pre-published in Part I of the Canada Gazette for public comment. Final regulations will be published in Part II of the Canada Gazette prior to coming into force along with explanations of how public comments on draft versions of the regulations were addressed.

Departmental Contact:

Daniel Morin, Senior Policy Advisor, Offshore Petroleum Management Division
Petroleum Resources Branch, Energy Sector