Canada Energy Regulator 2020–21 Departmental Results Framework – Program Inventory

Table of Contents by Program

Infrastructure, Tolls and Export Applications

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) makes decisions and recommendations, which include impact assessments, on applications to construct, operate, decommission, and abandon pipelines, offshore renewable energy, and international and designated interprovincial power lines. The CER also makes decisions on applications for pipeline tolls and tariffs so that they are just and reasonable, applications for compensation disputes resolution, applications related to oil and gas exploration and drilling activities and infrastructure in certain northern and offshore areas of Canada, and applications for the export of oil, natural gas liquids, electricity and the export and import of natural gas. Participants in program processes include the applicant, interveners and commenters, or in the case of formal complaints received by the CER, all parties to the complaint.

Participant Funding

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) Participant Funding Program provides funding to facilitate the participation of interveners  — and, in particular, the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and Indigenous organizations — in eligible public hearings and any steps leading to those hearings.

Company Performance

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) holds its regulated companies accountable for meeting regulatory requirements and project-specific conditions to prevent incidents and provide for the safety of Canadians and the protection of the environment during the construction, operation and abandonment phases of a project lifecycle. This includes requirements for companies to have adequate funds for abandonment. The CER undertakes risk-based Compliance Verification Activities to determine company compliance with regulatory requirements in the technical areas of security, environmental protection, pipeline integrity, safety management, damage prevention, rights and interests, and financial regulation.

Management System and Industry Performance

The performance of the regulated industry results in energy infrastructure that is systematically reliable and safe for people, the environment, and property. The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) requires companies to continually evaluate and improve the effectiveness of their management system and to implement corrective actions to prevent incidents. Where required, the CER investigates and enforces regulatory requirements to prevent harm and acts to compel learnings for further system improvements. The CER requires companies to promote a positive safety culture to effectively manage threats to worker health and safety, and process safety. Information acquired from this work is used by the CER to continually improve its regulations and practices.

Emergency Management

Through its Emergency Management program, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) holds its regulated companies responsible for anticipating, preventing, managing and mitigating conditions during an emergency and for cleaning up and remediating contamination to CER requirements and expectations. This also includes requirements for companies to have financial resources to pay for spill costs and damages. The CER promotes the effectiveness of the broader response through mutual agreements and information sharing with all levels of government, including municipalities and First Responders.

Regulatory Framework

The Canada Energy Regulator's (CER) regulatory framework applies to all core responsibilities and is comprised of applicable Acts, regulations, guidance materials, documents, as well as certificates, orders and other regulatory instruments used to regulate the industry. The CER develops and communicates regulations, guidance materials, and related processes to regulated companies and the public. The CER adopts a continual improvement approach and updates elements of its framework based on policy shifts, best practices, and input from stakeholders.

Energy System Information

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) studies energy systems to inform its regulatory decisions and share energy market information with the public. The scope of CER energy market reporting is diverse and includes traditional oil, gas and electricity information, as well as renewable energy, the role of emerging technologies, and the links between energy, economic, social, and environmental issues.

Pipeline Information

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) provides Canadians with information on pipelines including safety and environment issues in which the public is interested.

Stakeholder Engagement

Canada Energy Regulator (CER) engages with landowners, municipalities and other orders of government, industry, non-governmental organizations, and others to inform our decisions and improve our work.

Indigenous Engagement

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) uses a cooperative and respectful approach, based on the recognition of the right to self-determination, to engage with Indigenous Peoples in all aspects of its regulatory oversight.

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