On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, the National Energy Board (NEB) became the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). For further information please visit our Implementing the Canadian Energy Regulator Act information page
National Energy Board – 2019–20 Departmental Plan
Appropriate minister: The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
Institutional head: C. Peter Watson, P.Eng., FCAE
Ministerial portfolio: Natural Resources
Enabling instrument[s]: National Energy Board Act
Year of incorporation / commencement: 1959
Vancouver, British Columbia
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do
The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. It regulates pipelines, energy development and trade on behalf of Canadians in a way that protects the public and the environment while supporting efficient markets. The Minister of Natural Resources is responsible for this organization.
Additional information can be found in the National Energy Board Departmental Plan.
Mandate and Role
The NEB is required to deliver the following results for each of its four core responsibility areas under its mandate:
- Energy Adjudication: Energy adjudication processes are fair, timely, transparent and accessible.
- Safety and Environmental Oversight: Harm to people and the environment, through the lifecycle of energy-related infrastructure, is prevented.
- Energy Information: Canadians have access to and use energy information for knowledge, research and decision making, access to community-specific NEB-regulated infrastructure information, and opportunities to collaborate and provide feedback on NEB information products.
- Engagement: Stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples share their perspectives and provide feedback regarding the NEB’s mandate and role, and NEB engagement activities with stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples are meaningful.
We work in a way that demonstrates our commitment to the Values and Ethics Code for the public sector, regulatory excellence, exemplary leadership, continuous improvement, and an emphasis on the prevention of harm to better serve the public interest. This means we:
- Act beyond reproach in a transparent, fair, unbiased and evidence-based manner;
- Demonstrate our technical expertise and system-wide oversight and influence;
- Engage and build meaningful relationships with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples; and
- Measure, report on and take action to improve our performance in an open and accessible way.
The NEB’s mandate is established by the National Energy Board (NEB) Act. In specified areasFootnote 1, the NEB has regulatory responsibilities for oil and gas exploration and production activities under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act (COGOA), the Canada Petroleum Resources Act (CPRA), and the Northwest Territories’ Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA) and Petroleum Resources Act (PRA). In addition, the Board also conducts environmental assessments as required by federal legislation, such as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act, and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement or the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement for certain projects. Certain Board inspectors are appointed Health and Safety Officers by the Minister of Labour to administer Part II of the Canada Labour Code as it applies to NEB-regulated facilities and activities. The NEB also monitors aspects of energy supply, demand, production, development and trade.
The NEB reports to Parliament through the Minister of Natural Resources.
For more general information about the department, see the “Additional information” section of this report. For more information on the department’s organizational mandate letter commitments, see the Minister’s mandate letter.
The NEB’s Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory of record for 2019–20 are shown below.
|Departmental Results Framework||Core Responsibility 1:
|Core Responsibility 2:
Safety and Environment Oversight
|Core Responsibility 3:
|Core Responsibility 4:
|Departmental Result: Energy Adjudication processes are fair.||Indicator: Percentage of adjudication decisions overturned on judicial appeal related to procedural fairness.||Departmental Result: Harm to people or the environment, throughout the lifecycle of energy-related activities, is prevented.||Indicator: Number of incidents related to National Energy Board-regulated infrastructure that harm people or the environment.||Departmental Result: Canadians access and use energy information for knowledge, research or decision-making.||Indicator: Number of times the energy information is accessed.||Departmental Result: Stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples share their perspectives and provide feedback regarding the National Energy Board mandate and role.||Indicator: Number of participants in National Energy Board engagement programs.|
|Departmental Result: Energy Adjudication processes are timely.||Indicator: Percentage of adjudication decisions and recommen- dations that are made within legislated time limits and service standards.||Indicator: Percentage change of specific incident types on National Energy Board-regulated infrastructure.||Indicator: Percentage of surveyed web users who agree that energy information is useful for knowledge, research or decision-making.||Departmental Result: National Energy Board engagement activities with stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples are meaningful.||Indicator: Percentage of surveyed stakeholders who engaged with the National Energy Board who indicate that the engagement was meaningful.|
|Departmental Result: Energy Adjudication processes are transparent.||Indicator: Percentage of surveyed participants who indicate that adjudication processes are transparent.||Indicator: Percentage change of near misses on National Energy Board-regulated infrastructure.||Departmental Result: Canadians have access to community-specific National Energy Board-regulated infrastructure information.||Indicator: Increased information specific to National Energy Board-regulated infrastructure in communities.||Indicator: Percentage of surveyed Indigenous Peoples who engaged with the National Energy Board who indicate that the gagement was meaningful.|
|Departmental Result: Energy Adjudication processes are accessible.||Indicator: Percentage of surveyed participant funding recipients who agree that participant funding enabled their participation in an adjudication process.||Departmental Result: Canadians have opportunities to collaborate and provide feedback on National Energy oard information products.||Indicator: Number of opportunities that Canadians have to collaborate and provide feedback on energy information products.|
|Program Inventory||Program: Infrastructure, Tolls and Export Applications||Program: Company Performance||Program: Energy System Information||Program: Stakeholder Engagement|
|Program: Participant Funding||Program: Management System and Industry Performance||Program: Pipeline Information||Program: Indigenous Engagement|
|Program: Emergency Management|
|Program: Regulatory Framework|
Supporting information on the Program Inventory
Supporting information on planned expenditures, human resources, and results related to the NEB’s Program Inventory is available in the GC InfoBase.
Supplementary information tables
The following supplementary information tables are available on the NEB’s website.
- Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
- Disclosure of transfer payment programs under $5 million
- Gender-based analysis plus
Federal tax expenditures
The tax system can be used to achieve public policy objectives through the application of special measures such as low tax rates, exemptions, deductions, deferrals and credits. The Department of Finance Canada publishes cost estimates and projections for these measures each year in the Report on Federal Tax Expenditures. This report also provides detailed background information on tax expenditures, including descriptions, objectives, historical information and references to related federal spending programs, as well as evaluations, research papers and gender-based analysis. The tax measures presented in this report are the responsibility of the Minister of Finance.
Organizational contact information
|Suite 210, 517 Tenth Avenue SW
Toll free: 1-800-899-1265
|505 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West,
Suite 230, Montréal Québec
|800 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
|5101 50th Avenue
Suite 115, P.O. Box 2213
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
|Website: National Energy Board Website|
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