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Oil and Gas Rights Management

Rights Administration

The management of onshore oil and gas in the Northwest Territories (NWT) includes the administration of interests.


Under the Petroleum Resources Act (PRA), the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) establishes and maintains a registration system that allows for the registration and retrieval of information respecting "interests" as defined by the PRA.

The registry consists of a depository for the interests registered and the title abstract that reflects the history of the title with all registered transactions identified. Registry activities can be viewed in the registry activity reports. A number of other related documents are noted on the abstract, both required under the legislation such as appointment of representatives as well as corporate name changes and amalgamations.

To assist in ensuring that the registry accurately reflects the dispositions of oil and gas rights, documents required to be submitted to effect changes are available under Registration Documentation.


The full text of Exploration Licences, Significant Discovery Licences and Production Licences is publicly available under the provisions of the PRA.  Information on title or ownership of real property can be requested by letter, fax, or e-mail and certified true copies are available by mail.


Additionally all information that is required to be provided to the Minister or Regulator under the PRA or the OGOA will be made available to the public in accordance with the confidentiality provisions, unless:

  • the recipient of the information – either the Minister or the Regulator - determines that the information meets the criteria for confidentiality outlined in the confidentiality provisions; or
  • subsection (9) of the applicable confidentiality provision provides special rules about when certain types of information must be made available to the public.

Click here to read more about requesting confidentiality

More information on the amendments found in Bill 36 and Bill 37, including the aforementioned transparency-related provisions, is available here.


Find all rights administration forms for Oil and Gas in the documents below.