About Royalties

On behalf of Albertans, the Government of Alberta is the owner of 81% of the mineral rights in the province, which includes oil and gas. When companies develop the resources, they must pay the province - that's called a royalty. As resource owner, the Alberta government sets the terms and conditions for development and the royalty rates. Albertans can access more information on the new royalty systemexternal link iconon the Alberta government’s website. This will help Albertans understand the value received from royalties for crude oil, natural gas and oil sands.

Alberta’s Modernized Royalty Framework

This framework came into effect January 1, 2017. The framework was developed based on recommendations from the Alberta Royalty Review Advisory Panel which submitted its Alberta at a Crossroadsexternal link icon report on Alberta’s royalties to government after a six-month review process. Formulas were finalized on April 21, 2016and on July 11, 2016, the government announced  two new royalty programs.

Strategic Programs under Alberta’s Modernized Royalty Framework

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Industry Information Sessions

Royalty Formulas, Charts, Tables and Curves for wells spud* up to and including December 31, 2016

          Royalty Calculators

Royalty related information bulletins

Additional Information:

Historical Royalty Data 

Historical Royalty Data

The royalty revenue data is the financial data as reported in the department’s corporate documents.  It is reported on a fiscal year basis (April 1 to March 31). The Revenue collected summaries begin with the 1970/71 fiscal year.

2009- 2011 Royalty Information is available in Alberta's Energy history.

Revenue Forecasting Processexternal link icon (August, 2015)

Fact sheet for understanding prices, production and costs to forecast revenue.

Bitumen Royalty in Kind (BRIK)

The Bitumen Royalty-in-kind (BRIK) program gives the Alberta government the option of taking bitumen royalties in kind rather than in cash (agreements & schedules are included in this section).

Oil Sands Royalty
Chart of Oil Sands Royalty Rates PDF icon