Regulatory Enhancement Task Force

The integration of regulatory responsibilities presents an opportunity to enhance energy sector regulation based on the principles of effectiveness, efficiency, adaptability, predictability, fairness and transparency. Please note that the report is not a representation of Government of Alberta policy and no decisions have been made with respect to the subject matter.    

Regulatory Enhancement Task Force

The Regulatory Enhancement Task Force was established in March 2010 to do a comprehensive upstream oil and gas regulatory review and recommend system level reforms to ensure Alberta has a modern, efficient, outcomes-based and competitive regulatory system that continues to maintain Alberta’s strong commitment to environmental management, public safety, and resource conservation. The task force has delivered the following reports to government;

A goal of the Alberta Competitiveness Actexternal link icon is to create effective regulatory systems that deliver the results Albertans want and that provide clarity, predictability, certainty and efficiency.

In response to a competitiveness review, the task force was established to oversee regulatory improvement efforts by the Alberta government. The task force was instructed to make recommendations in the following areas:

  • Policy Integration Framework – Recommendations to resolve any gaps, overlaps, inconsistencies and duplications in Alberta’s strategic provincial policies around the oil, gas and oil sands sectors, and potentially other resource sectors.
  • Policy Assurance System – Recommendations for an enhanced policy assurance (regulatory delivery) system with performance measures and benchmarks.
  • Implementation Strategies – Recommendations on the critical issues relating to implementation of an enhanced system.

First Nations, Stakeholder and Online Engagement

Regulatory Enhancement Project (REP) implementation information sessions were held in September and October 2012. At each session, participants were provided with a REP update and feedback was gathered to inform further implementation work.

The Enhancing Assurance: Developing an integrated energy resource regulator discussion document was shared with First Nations and stakeholders from June - August 2011. A twelve question online survey was part of the feedback.  

The oil and gas regulatory review included extensive engagement of First Nations, the oil and gas industry, and individuals from landowner, municipal, and environmental groups. Between March 31 and October 1, 2010 the task force hosted three rounds of engagement through a series of briefings, meetings, workshops and a forum.

  • 2010 What We HeardPDF icon (5 Sierra Systems reports in one, Issues and Opportunities, System options, First Nations engagement, forum report and stakeholder and First Nations engagement summary).