Enhancing Assurance, Final Report

Report and Recommendations of the Regulatory Enhancement Task Force to the Minister of Energy

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Enhancing Alberta’s Competitiveness
Building a New System that Meets our Current and Future Needs
The Regulatory Enhancement Project
Developing an Enhanced System with Albertans
Gathering Input to Inform System Design
What We Heard About Improving the System
An Enhanced Policy Development and Policy Assurance System
Where We Are Today
Envisioning an Enhanced System
Recommendations for an Enhanced System
Moving Forward
An Enhanced System in Action
Implementation Considerations
Looking Ahead to an Enhanced System


Enhancing Assurance envisions a renewed Policy Development and Policy Assurance System for our province, and sets out an enhanced approach to the way government develops and assures policies around upstream oil and gas.  The enhanced system will encourage innovation, have clear and predictable processes, enhance our province’s competitiveness and, most importantly, achieve the results Albertans want.

The benefits Albertans derive from our province’s oil and gas resources flow through countless aspects our society: employment and income, health care, education, technology, infrastructure, community organizations and more.  They wish to realize the full benefits of our province’s oil and gas resources, without compromising health, safety and environmental management.

Albertans place high expectations on industry and on the Government of Alberta in regards to upstream oil and gas development.  They expect development to occur in ways that minimize impacts on the environment, protect public safety and conserve the resource base.

Moreover, Albertans expect companies to continuously improve their environmental performance, as a way of doing business, through greater innovation and the use of best practices.  Industry must also guard against risks in the way they work and, in the event something goes wrong, take responsibility and make it right again.

The enhanced system proposed in this report will help ensure industry and the Government of Alberta meet these expectations, while keeping our province competitive.

This is not about cutting corners.  It is about cutting clutter so that the Government of Alberta delivers assurance for Albertans more efficiently and effectively, and with greater transparency and accountability.  High environmental standards will be maintained and Albertan’s ability to participate in the regulatory process will be preserved.

The recommendations in this report reflect input gathered through a broad engagement process.  This went well beyond industry.  It included environmental organizations, landowners, municipalities and First Nations.

Collectively, they helped identify opportunities for the Government of Alberta to step up its game: to enhance policy integration, to improve regulatory processes, to enable and encourage more innovation, and to better engage the public in developing policy. 

Most of all, they called for a system that will maintain and build public trust and confidence in how upstream oil and gas development occurs in our province.

Enhanced Assurance lays out a path towards that system.