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Ministerial Arrangements Regulations

Enabling act(s)

Canadian Energy Regulator Act

Description

The Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CER Act) came into force on August 28, 2019. The Ministerial Arrangements Regulations are a feature of the CER Act that enable the Minister to enter into arrangements with Indigenous governing bodies for carrying out the purposes of the CER Act, and may authorize any Indigenous governing body to conduct activities under the CER Act as outlined in the arrangement.

An Indigenous governing body is defined in the CER Act as a council, government or other entity that is authorized to act on behalf of an Indigenous group, community or people that holds rights recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Regulations respecting the Minister’s power to enter into arrangements would include:

  1. How they are to be entered into;
  2. The circumstances under which they may be entered into;
  3. Their contents; and,
  4. The variances or exclusions of any provision or regulation made under the proposed Act.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

As part of their overall engagement efforts, departmental staff are consulting with provincial and federal regulators with similar delegation programs to learn best practices and help inform regulatory development and implementation plans.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed regulations are expected to clarify how Indigenous jurisdictions may be engaged in matters such as involvement in assessments, monitoring, compliance and enforcement, as part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Consultations

This regulatory initiative is in the early stages of development. Early engagement is currently anticipated to begin in Fall 2020, if appropriate given the circumstances relating to COVID-19.

Information on when consultation opportunities will occur will appear on Natural Resources Canada’s Public Consultation Opportunities webpage and the Canada Energy Regulator's Consultation and Engagement webpage.

Further information

Departmental contact information

Ian Fall, Director, CER Regulatory Policy
Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office
Natural Resources Canada
Telephone: (343) 543-7361
Email: ian.fall@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan
April 1, 2019

Consult Natural Resources Canada’s acts and regulations web page for:

  • a list of acts and regulations administered by Natural Resources Canada
  • further information on the Canada Energy Regulator's implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives

Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit:

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