Laws and Regulations

Public lands in the Northwest Territories (NWT) are managed pursuant to the Territorial Lands Act and its related regulations. In the NWT, onshore oil and gas management and regulation is managed by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI).

ITI has adopted and mirrored the Petroleum Resources Act and the Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA), including its current Benefits Plan, from the federal legislation managed by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

The Office of the Oil and Gas Regulator, will manage public health, safety and conservation regulatory responsibilities pursuant to OGOA for onshore oil and gas activities, outside of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). The National Energy Board will remain the Regulator in the offshore, under federal legislation, and in the ISR under territorial legislation.

Please contact us for any further questions you may have about laws and regulations surrounding oil & gas.