CER Regulatory Framework

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) promotes safety and security, environmental protection and efficient energy infrastructure and markets in the Canadian public interest.

The CER implements its mandate through its regulatory framework, which includes applicable Acts, regulations, guidance materials, documents, as well as certificates, orders and other regulatory instruments used to regulate the industry.  The CER focuses on continual improvement of its regulatory framework through the Departmental Results Framework.

CER Regulatory Framework

CER Regulatory Framework

Enabling legislation
(CER’s mandate)

  • CER Act,

    (Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act,) etc.
  • Regulations
    Examples include:
    Onshore Pipeline Regulations
    CSA Z662 – Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems
    Canada Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Regulations


  • Regulatory Documents
    Examples include:
    Company Commitments, Certificate Conditions, CER Orders,
    CER Directives, Operating License and Authorization Conditions


  • Guidance and Public Information
    Examples include:
    Filing Manual, Guidance Notes, Management System and Protection Program Audit Protocol, and Online Event Reporting System

For a full list of legislation and regulations in the CER Regulatory Framework, see: CER Home / About Us / Acts and Regulations

The Canada Energy Regulator welcomes feedback on the Regulatory Framework, including all regulatory instruments, at any time, by sending an email to Regulatory.Framework@cer-rec.gc.ca

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