Active operating licences

Companies need to apply for an operating licence from us before they can do any oil or gas exploration and production related work or activity in an area of the north or offshore where the CER has regulatory responsibilities.

  • geophysical operations
  • drilling a well or changing the condition of a well
  • building and operating facilities
  • production
  • abandonment
List of operators (2020 to 2021)
Companies holding an operating license for 2020–21
Operator Licence (COGOA) Company
1201 Explor Geophysical Ltd
1208 Imperial Oil Resources Limited
1210 Imperial Oil Resources N.W.T. Limited
1211 ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp.
1212 ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.
1216 Chevron Canada Limited
1220 Shell Canada Limited
1222 Canadian Natural Resources Limited
1224 Utility Group Facilities Inc.
1239 SHIHA Energy Transmission Ltd

Duration of a licence

  • Licences are issued to a company for a maximum of one year.
  • They are valid from their commencement date (typically April 1 or a date after April 1 if they applied later in the year) until March 31 of the following (next) year.

Related documents

See our section on the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act for a full list of related regulations and guidance.

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