Canada Energy Regulator's Departmental Results Framework

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Energy Adjudication

Making decisions or recommendations to the Governor in Council on applications, which include impact assessments, using processes that are fair, transparent, timely and accessible. These applications pertain to pipelines and related facilities, international power lines, offshore renewable energy, tolls and tariffs, compensation disputes resolution, energy exports and imports, and oil and gas exploration and drilling in certain northern and offshore areas of Canada.

Energy Adjudication Departmental Results
Departmental Result Result Indicator(s)
Energy adjudication processes are fair. Percentage of adjudication decisions overturned on judicial appeal related to procedural fairness.
Energy adjudication processes are timely. Percentage of adjudication decisions and recommendations that are made within legislated time limits and service standards.
Energy adjudication processes are transparent. Percentage of surveyed participants who indicate that adjudication processes are transparent.
Energy adjudication processes are accessible. Percentage of surveyed participant funding recipients who agree that participant funding enabled their participation in an adjudication process.
Program Inventory

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.

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Safety and Environment Oversight

Setting and enforcing regulatory expectations for regulated companies over the full lifecycle – construction, operation and abandonment – of energy-related activities. These activities pertain to pipelines and related facilities, international power lines, offshore renewable energy, tolls and tariffs, energy exports and imports, and oil and gas exploration and drilling in certain northern and offshore areas of Canada.

Safety and Environment Oversight Departmental Results
Departmental Result Result Indicator(s)
Harm to people or the environment, throughout the lifecycle of energy-related activities, is prevented.

Number of serious injuries and fatalities related to regulated infrastructure.

Number of incidents related to regulated infrastructure that harm the environment.

Percentage of unauthorized activities on regulated infrastructure that involve repeat violators.

Program Inventory

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 provides the structure around which all of its regulatory activities take place. It includes the system of laws, regulatory documents and guidance it uses to regulate. It also includes the regulatory approaches that evolve over time and guide its work. The CER adopts a continual improvement approach and updates elements of its framework based on policy shifts, best practices, and input from stakeholders.

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Energy Information

Collecting, monitoring, analyzing and publishing information on energy markets and supply, sources of energy, and the safety and security of pipelines and international power lines.

Energy Information Departmental Results
Departmental Result Result Indicator(s)
Canadians access and use energy information for knowledge, research or decision-making.

Evidence that Canadians access and use CER energy Information products and specialized expertise, including community-specific information, for knowledge, research or decision-making.

Canadians have opportunities to collaborate and provide feedback on Canada Energy Regulator information products. Number of opportunities that Canadians have to collaborate and provide feedback on energy information products.
Program Inventory

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.

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Engaging nationally and regionally with Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders through open dialogue, asking questions, sharing perspectives, and collaboration. These activities pertain to all decisions and actions related to the Canada Energy Regulator's legislated mandate.

Engagement Departmental Results
Departmental Result Result Indicator(s)
Input provided by Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders influences the Canada Energy Regulator's decisions and work. Evidence that input from Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders influences the Canada Energy Regulator's decisions and work.
Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders provide feedback that engagement with the Canada Energy Regulator is meaningful. Percentage of participants in engagement activities who indicate that the engagement was meaningful.
Program Inventory

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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Internal Services

Internal Services are those groups of related activities and resources that the federal government considers to be services in support of programs and/or required to meet corporate obligations of an organization. Internal Services refers to the activities and resources of the 10 distinct service categories that support Program delivery in the organization, regardless of the Internal Services delivery model in a department.

The 10 service categories are:

  1. Management and Oversight Services
  2. Communications Services
  3. Legal Services
  4. Human Resources Management Services
  5. Financial Management Services
  6. Information Management Services
  7. Information Technology Services
  8. Real Property Services
  9. Materiel Services
  10. Acquisition Services.
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