Veterans returning from World War one were awarded surface title land rights under the Soldier Settlement Board (SSB) in 1917. Mineral rights for SSB lands were administered by the Government of Canada. In 2001, Alberta Justice filed a Statement of Claim on behalf of Alberta Energy for the SSB minerals and revenues earned by Canada on those minerals since October 1, 1930, the effective date of the Natural Resources Transfer Act (NRTA). The agreement between Alberta and Natural Resources Canada was settled on April 1, 2010, the Settlement Agreement provides to Alberta:
- the transfer and control of 265 other federally-owned mineral titles and 7 associated mineral leases;
- the transfer and control of 212 SSB mineral titles and 89 associated mineral leases; and
- a cash settlement of approximately $31.5 million.
In 2010 and 2011 disposition holders were sent a letter from Natural Resources Canada advising them of the change in ownership. The letter contained details about the transfer and provided contact information at Alberta Department of Energy so that disposition holders could replace their federal (NRCan) lease with a standard Alberta Petroleum and Natural Gas (P&NG) lease agreement. The department will be responsible for administering the current federal disposition. The SSB and HMQC lands that were not subject to a federal disposition were posted through the public offering process on June 2, 2010, requests were made for the September 29, 2010 public offering.
- Pay Renewal and Transfer fees ($25 transfer fee for each lease)
- Cannot do business via the
Electronic Transfer System (ETS)
- No severance of mineral rights
- Maintain two types of agreements (Federal vs AB P& NG Agreements)
- No Reinstatement provision upon cancellation of agreements
- SSB leases, identified by Agreement type 041, rentals are included on the monthly statement process
- If you have questions about the administration of your federal lease, you can call Kerry-Lynne Kryvenchuk Tenure Branch 780-644-4817.
| AB P&NG Agreement|
- Consistency in administration
- No Fee for Continuation and Transfer
- Rental is lower amount of $3.50p/ha
- Can do business via the
Electronic Transfer System (ETS)
- Severance of shallow and deeper mineral rights will apply upon agreement expiry
- Reinstatement provisions apply with payment of $5000.00 where applicable
Information Bulletin 2010-01
Map - SSB and HMQC mineral parcelsSSB mineral titlesMonarchy of Canada mineral titles
HMQC lands are non-SSB mineral rights owned and administered by Canada.
Lease holders have the option to choose to continue with the federal lease or move to an Alberta lease. The Alberta lease is subject to the current oil royalty formulae and will be payable in kind. The federal lease calculation will be made according to the lease agreement until the lease expires but royalties will be paid in cash to the Government of Alberta. It is the responsibility of the lease holder to determine which lease to select.
Note: Once an Alberta lease is issued, it is not possible to switch back to a federal Lease.
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Gas Remittance Form|
This form must be completed for gas royalties, it must be accompanied by payment must be submitted before the 25th day of the month following the production month to which it applies.
Email the Gas SSG number.
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Oil Remittance Form |
Oil royalties and payment are required to be completed and remitted no later than the 25th day of the month following the production month to which it applies.
Oil SSO number, call Dennis Autur 780-638-1349
Please clearly identify the amount applicable to oil vs. gas if payment is made on one cheque. All Soldier Settlement Board payments for gas and oil wells should include the appropriate account number (SSG or SSO and Client ID) referenced on the remittance/invoice. The completion and submission of this form in conjunction with any payment(s) due to the Government of Alberta ensures that your SSB lease account is current, accurate, complete and congruent with the terms and conditions prescribed within each lease agreement. A payment without the above completed form will be returned to the company/individual.
Transfers of registered interest in a Federal SSB lease cannot be submitted electronically using the Electronic Transfer System (ETS). This transfer form is used to process the manual submission of a transfer for a Federal SSB lease.
Transfer Transmittal Letter |
This letter accompanies the transfer form for a Federal SSB lease when a transfer is manually submitted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there opportunity to apply for SSB or HMQC lands by a direct purchase?
Can I consolidate SSB or HMQC lands into an existing Alberta Crown P&NG lease?
Can I acquire any complementing rights?
How do I renew my expiring SSB lease and do I submit the fee with my application?
I wish to convert my Federal SSB leases. Do I have to re-acquire the rights by public sale? Do I have to suspend my producing well?