Frequently Asked Questions
1) Why is the Government modernizing the NEB?
The NEB’s structure, role, and mandate have remained relatively unchanged since the National Energy Board Act was introduced in 1959. The current legislative framework sets out the Board’s structure and responsibilities; however, this framework needs to be updated to enable the NEB to better respond to the changing policy context and public expectations of a modern, efficient, and effective energy regulator. A targeted review is required to ensure that the NEB will continue to serve the needs of Canadians into the future.
2) How is the NEB Modernization review different from NEB-led reviews of projects?
The NEB Modernization review is being led by an Expert Panel appointed by the Minister of Natural Resources and supported by officials at Natural Resources Canada. The review focuses on the NEB’s structure role, and mandate, pursuant to the National Energy Board Act and is not related to any specific projects.
3) How can I get involved?
Engagement is at the core of this review. In fall and winter 2016/17, the Expert Panel will engage Indigenous peoples, interested stakeholders, provinces and territories, as well as the public. Additional information on how you can provide input during the review process is available here.
4) Is funding available to support participation in the review?
Funding is being provided to support the participation of Indigenous peoples in the NEB Modernization process. The application period closed on September 26, 2016. Additional information is available here.
In addition, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is offering funding to support public travel to participate in engagement sessions as well as funding to support public input through the development of research, studies, or position papers.
5) What will the Expert Panel do with the information it receives?
The Expert Panel will prepare a report for the Minister of Natural Resources with its findings, conclusions and recommendations to modernize the NEB. This will include a summary of the input received from the public, Indigenous peoples, provinces and territories, and any other interested group or organization.
The Expert Panel expects to deliver its report to the Minister on or before May 15, 2017. An executive summary will be made public at that time, followed by the full report soon thereafter.
6) What happens after the Expert Panel completes its review?
Once the Expert Panel has completed its work in spring 2017, the Minister of Natural Resources will consider its recommendations and identify next steps to modernize the NEB.
7) How is the Expert Panel being supported?
A Secretariat has been established within NRCan to provide administrative, technical, and procedural support to the Panel.
8) What will guide the Expert Panel in terms of Values and Ethics?
The members of the Expert Panel will be guided by the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector. It is expected that they will:
- Carry out their mandate in accordance with legislation, policies and directives in a non-partisan and impartial manner;
- Be open, candid and impartial;
- Act at all times with integrity, and in a manner that will bear the closest public scrutiny;
- Never use their official roles to inappropriately obtain an advantage for themselves or to advantage or disadvantage others; and,
- Take all possible steps to prevent and resolve any real, apparent or potential conflicts of interest between their mandate and their private affairs in favour of the public interest.
9) Why did the Expert Panel hold these meetings?
The NEB Modernization Expert Panel would like to hear from Canadians across the country. They are seeking views from provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous peoples, industry, non-governmental organizations and the public on strengthening the organization to better respond to future needs.
10) How were meeting locations chosen?
The Panel selected locations based on proximity to major Canadian centres to make it easier for participants to travel to sessions, as well as location of NEB-regulated infrastructure to help identify areas where individuals may have a greater interest in the NEB. The input from National Indigenous Organizations was also considered when selecting locations.
11) If people wanted to comment on the project, do they have to come to a meeting?
12) What is the format for the engagement sessions?
The format of the sessions is described here.
13) Do I have to register for the sessions?
Yes, registration is required. Information on how to register is available here.
14) Once I register what should I do next?
If you have registered to observe or participate in the dialogue session, you can prepare by reading the Discussion Papers that will help to explain the issues the Panel is considering in this engagement. If you have registered to give a presentation, you can prepare a PowerPoint presentation to show to the Panel at the session. You should aim to get the main points across in approximately 5 minutes, and you can file any additional information to the Panel on the NEB Modernization website. The secretariat will also send you a detailed email a few days before each session with any final instructions.
15) How can I find out what my community and others told the Panel?
The Panel will publish summaries of their engagement sessions on the website.