A New Canadian Energy Regulator

Status: October 15 – November 28, 2018

The Government of Canada is committed to creating better rules for energy regulation that protect the environment, respect Indigenous rights and strengthen the economy.

To meet this commitment, the Government of Canada has tabled legislation which would replace the National Energy Board Act with the Canadian Energy Regulator Act and establish the Canadian Energy Regulator – a modern, world-class federal regulator with the required independence and accountability to oversee a strong, safe and sustainable Canadian energy sector.

How to participate

We are looking for your comments to help shape future regulations.

An initial set of regulations are targeted to be developed or updated under the proposed Canadian Energy Regulatory Act. The discussion papers below are the first round of engagement on these regulations.


(PDF, 1,749 KB) Accessible versions of the discussion papers will be available on October 17th.

This regulation will improve efficiency by making it possible for technical and administrative decisions to be made by designated officers within the Regulator.

Comment on the designated
officer regulation

(PDF, 1,914 KB) Accessible versions of the discussion papers will be available on October 17th.

Current regulations require updating under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act to continue to provide a framework for safely conducting activities near federally regulated power lines.

Comment on the damage prevention
framework for federally regulated power lines

What we've heard

These discussion papers continue the engagements that we have been conducting with Canadians to ensure a transparent process. If you would like to learn more about the work we've done so far, check out the Expert Panel's Report on the National Energy Board Modernization and the Environmental and Regulatory Reviews: Discussion Paper to see how this work aligns with broader objectives and activities.

Next steps

We will soon be seeking public comment on a time-management regulation. This regulation will enhance certainty and predictability by outlining when time periods in project reviews may be excluded from the calculation of legislated time.

There will be further opportunities to engage on regulations and policies in the future to ensure a smooth transition to the new Regulator.

Stay up to date on how the Government of Canada is creating better rules to protect Canada's environment and grow the economy.

Thank you for your continued interest and participation.

Contact us

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