Frontier Information Office Services

Notice: On 1 April 2014, the Government of the Northwest Territories assumed responsibility for the regulation of onshore oil and gas exploration and production work or activities in the Northwest Territory outside of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and the Norman Wells Proven Area and other miscellaneous federal lands. More information can be found on our website under North / Offshore > CER Regulatory Oversight in NWT Post-Devolution.

The Frontier Information Office (FIO) provides services to the public and the oil and gas industry. Companies or individuals seeking technical information about oil and gas exploration and production work or activities on CER-regulated frontier lands can contact the CER Library (by phone 403-292-4800 or 1-800-899-1265 toll-free, or by e-mail: to make an appointment to view and copy information. The room is only available to one party at a time in order to protect the confidentiality of the users.

This map [PDF 1237 KB] shows the CER-regulated area.

Services available through the FIO include:

  • referrals to appropriate organizations for authorizations related to oil and gas operations and activities on frontier lands;
  • access to well and geophysical data;
  • a private viewing room available by appointment for researching reports;
  • self-serve printing of paper copies from microfilm; and
  • information packages for oil and gas land rights issuance (Call for Nominations and Call for Bids) from Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) – Northern Petroleum Resources, when offered

The FIO is open to the public (by appointment) Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is located at:

2nd Floor, 517 Tenth Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta

A variety of geophysical, sampling and well history reports are available for viewing and copying at the Frontier Information Office.

Information on wells and geophysical programs in the Northwest Territories, outside federal areas and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, is managed by the Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations (OROGO) and may be available for download. Please contact OROGO at to request information. Area regulated by the OROGO is depicted in this map.

For information on wells in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore area, please contact the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board or 709-778-1400. Offshore area regulated by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board is depicted in this map.

For information on wells in the Nova Scotia offshore area, please contact the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board or at 902-422-5588. Offshore area regulated by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board is depicted in this map.

Description of Reports

At this time, all reports are only available only on microfiche at the CER. Printed copies of the data can be made in the FIO.

Geophysical reports generally include a discussion of the operation, interpretation of results and seismic processing parameters.

Sampling reports cover a variety of subject fields such as geological, paleontological and geochemical sampling reports. Specific analysis of core and cutting samples may also be available.

Well history reports include operational information, logs, tour sheets, test results and geological descriptions of samples.

Northern cores, cuttings and fluid samples are stored on behalf of the CER at the Geological Survey of Canada in Calgary, Alberta while East Coast materials are at the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board Core Storage and Laboratory in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

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