Funding to support the review of the Onshore Pipeline Regulations

About the Onshore Pipeline Regulations Review

The CER is conducting a review of the Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR), which are the main regulations we use to oversee pipelines in Canada. The CER’s objective for this review is to deliver a regulation that supports the highest level of safety, security and environmental protection, advances Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, addresses transparency and inclusive participation, provides for predictable and timely oversight and encourages innovation. The CER is committed to advancing Reconciliation, and is seeking input from Indigenous peoples based on their unique cultures, knowledge and histories.

How do you want to be involved?

The first step we are taking is to ask how you would like to be engaged throughout the OPR Review process. This early step is part of the CER’s commitment to Reconciliation, as the CER works toward enhancing the involvement of Indigenous peoples in how it implements its mandate recognizing their unique cultures, knowledge and histories.  Please let us know how you would like to be engaged by contacting us at

Funding to support participation

Funding is available to support the participation of Indigenous peoples in the OPR Review.  Below is a description of the phases, and how to apply for funding.

Phase 1: Discussion Paper

  • The Discussion Paper has been posted to identify possible areas of change and to focus early engagement activity.
  • The Discussion Paper outlines questions for your input, which will assist with future policy and regulation development.
  • Input may be submitted to the email, until 30 June 2022.

Phase 2: Regulatory Proposal

  • A second phase of engagement is anticipated on specific changes to the regulation.

About the Funding Opportunity for the OPR Review

With the help of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC), funding has been made available through the IAACs Policy Dialogue Program to assist the participation of Indigenous peoples in the review of the OPR.

Funding is conditional on the recipient providing input to the CER.

Who can Apply?

All Indigenous organizations, groups and communities are eligible.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants may request up to $24,000 to participate in the review of the OPR ($12,000 for each engagement phase). Funding is subject to review and availability; therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Please fill out the Application Form [PDF 280 KB], and email to by 28 January 2022.

Update – March 1, 2022 – Deadline has passed; please contact the CER about availability of funding prior to applying.


For more information about this funding opportunity, please contact us at

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