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Frontier and Offshore Regulatory Renewal Initiative (FORRI) Framework Regulations

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

Enabling Acts


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

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The proposed regulations have been developed in collaboration with the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board and the Canada Energy Regulator.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

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


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

The next opportunity for public comment will be when the draft regulations are pre-published in Part I of the Canada Gazette, which is targeted for Winter 2022. Prior to coming into force, final regulations will be published in Part II of the Canada Gazette, along with explanations of how comments on draft versions of the regulations were addressed.

Further Information

For further information, please contact the FORRI website

Departmental Contact

Cheryl McNeil, Senior Policy Advisor, 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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