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Atlantic Offshore Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

This regulatory initiative is part of the 2021-2023 Forward Regulatory Plan.

Enabling Acts


The proposed regulations support the occupational health and safety regime, including the safety of petroleum diving activities, under Part III.1 of the Acts.

This regulatory initiative is associated with Natural Resources Canada’s Regulatory Stock Review Plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The proposed regulations have been developed in collaboration with the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, Transport Canada and the Labour Program within Employment and Social Development Canada, and the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

This initiative is expected to result in a net positive impact on Canadians and businesses by aligning, to the extent possible, with international requirements and minimizing the administration burden that exists under the transitional regulations.


The OHS webpage contains links to the policy intent documents, as well as contact information, where interested parties can provide feedback.

Stakeholder consultations on draft policy intent were held between 2016-2018.

Draft regulations will be pre-published in Part I of the Canada Gazette for public comment in Summer 2021. 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.

Further Information

OHS webpage

Departmental Contact

Kim Phillips
Senior Regulatory Officer, Offshore Petroleum Management Division, Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office

Date First included in Forward Regulatory Plan


Consult NRCan’s acts and regulations web page for:

  • a list of acts and regulations administered by NRCan
  • further information on NRCan’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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