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, 829.2 kb)
Version 2, Last published on July 2018
The Technical Reporting Specifications provide the required form and manner of 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 updated specifications will come into effect as of November 1, 2018, and must be followed by extractive businesses that publish and submit reports under the Act after that time. Please send an email to the NRCAN ESTMA e-mail address if you have any questions about the changes to the Technical Reporting Specifications.
Guidance (PDF, 331 kb)
Version 2.1, Last published on July 2018
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.
Info Sheet – Payments to Indigenous Payees in Canada (PDF, 183 kb)
Version 1 – Last published on July 2018
This information sheet provides a more in-depth definition of the term “Indigenous Payee”, and examples of reportable and non-reportable payments to Indigenous Payees in Canada.
Version 1.1, Last published on May 2017
This recorded webinar provides an overview of the Act and the reporting process.
Reporting Template (XLSX, 60 kb)
Version 2, Last published on April 2018
All ESTMA reports must be based on the reporting template provided. Directions on how to use the reporting template 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, 192 kb)
Version 2.1, Last published on July 2018
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.
ESTMA - NRCan eServices Portal User Guide (PDF, 1. 64 Mb)
Version 1, Last published on October 2018
NRCan has developed a new tool to facilitate the reporting process for extractive businesses under the Act by providing a secure web environment to enrol Entities, submit ESTMA reports and update Entities’ contact information.
The use of NRCan’s eServices Portal is mandatory as of November 1, 2018 and reflects the required form and manner of reporting under the ESTMA as prescribed in the revised Technical Reporting Specifications. This User Guide has been prepared to help users navigate through the NRCan eServices Portal.
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.
- Learn about the ESTMA and its key reporting obligations
- Learn how to enrol with Natural Resources Canada
- Learn about how Natural Resources Canada determines acceptable substitutes for those under the ESTMA and view current substitution determinations
- View all ESTMA reports published within the last 5 years
- Contact ESTMA
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