Participate

There are three ways to participate:

  1. Register for a Session in Your Region/City
  2. Read and Provide Input on up to 12 Discussion Papers
  3. Provide General Comments

This review is an opportunity to strengthen the regulatory process and ensure that Canada continues to have a modern, efficient and effective regulator.

Specifically, this review will focus on:

  1. Governance and structure
  2. Mandate and future opportunities
  3. Decision-making roles, including on major projects
  4. Compliance, enforcement, and ongoing monitoring
  5. Engagement with Indigenous peoples
  6. Public participation

Background information on these issues will be posted to this website throughout the review process.

Provide Comments

The Panel is interested in your thoughts and opinions on modernizing the NEB. We encourage you to provide your comments in the space below or by attaching a file. The deadline for submitting comments is March 31, 2017.


There are three ways to participate:

  1. Register for a Session in Your Region/City
  2. Read and Provide Input on up to 12 Discussion Papers
  3. Provide General Comments

This review is an opportunity to strengthen the regulatory process and ensure that Canada continues to have a modern, efficient and effective regulator.

Specifically, this review will focus on:

  1. Governance and structure
  2. Mandate and future opportunities
  3. Decision-making roles, including on major projects
  4. Compliance, enforcement, and ongoing monitoring
  5. Engagement with Indigenous peoples
  6. Public participation

Background information on these issues will be posted to this website throughout the review process.

Provide Comments

The Panel is interested in your thoughts and opinions on modernizing the NEB. We encourage you to provide your comments in the space below or by attaching a file. The deadline for submitting comments is March 31, 2017.


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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    This is the 1st of 12 discussion papers. For the full list, click here.

    This discussion paper talks about the National Energy Board’s (NEB) governance structure.

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 1: National Energy Board Governance

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What are appropriate requirements for Board Members (particularly regarding composition, expertise, regional representation, and Indigenous representation)?
    2. Where should NEB Board Members be located and why?
    3. Where should the...

    This is the 1st of 12 discussion papers. For the full list, click here.

    This discussion paper talks about the National Energy Board’s (NEB) governance structure.

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 1: National Energy Board Governance

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What are appropriate requirements for Board Members (particularly regarding composition, expertise, regional representation, and Indigenous representation)?
    2. Where should NEB Board Members be located and why?
    3. Where should the NEB be located and why?
    4. What are your views with respect to the Chair of the Board also being the NEB’s CEO?
    5. How should the Government of Canada provide the NEB with policy direction? What should be the role of the NEB in implementing Government policies and priorities?
    6. What NEB decisions, recommendations or functions should be delegated to Board Members? To NEB staff?
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    This discussion paper talks about the mandate of the National Energy Board (NEB), and the regulatory framework within which the Board operates.

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 2: Mandate and Regulatory Framework

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What are your views on the NEB’s existing mandate?
    2. Are there any areas over which the NEB’s mandate should be changed?
    3. ...

    This is the 2nd of 12 discussion papers. For the full list, click here.

    This discussion paper talks about the mandate of the National Energy Board (NEB), and the regulatory framework within which the Board operates.

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 2: Mandate and Regulatory Framework

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What are your views on the NEB’s existing mandate?
    2. Are there any areas over which the NEB’s mandate should be changed?
    3. Are there emerging areas for which the NEB’s mandate should be expanded? If so, what are they?
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    This discussion paper talks about energy information collected and published by the National Energy Board (NEB).

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 3: Energy Information, Reports, and Advice

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What energy information are you most interested in? Is there additional information that you would like to see collected and/or made publicly available by the...

    This is the 3rd of 12 discussion papers. For the full list, click here.

    This discussion paper talks about energy information collected and published by the National Energy Board (NEB).

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 3: Energy Information, Reports, and Advice

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What energy information are you most interested in? Is there additional information that you would like to see collected and/or made publicly available by the NEB? How should the NEB engage the public to help determine priorities related to energy information and dissemination?
    2. What format would be most useful to you in accessing and using energy information (e.g., raw statistics, graphs and infographics, short and frequent reports, longer detailed reports)?
    3. What are the other major data sources you rely on to meet your energy information data needs?
    4. Does Canada need energy information to be coordinated by one entity? If so, what entity would best serve in this role?
    5. Should the NEB have a role in GHG data collection given ECCC’s existing mandate to do this? If so, what should the NEB’s role be?
    6. What GHG data and analysis should the NEB publish regardless of who collects the data?

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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    This discussion paper talks about the roles and responsibilities for making decisions under the National Energy Board Act (NEB Act).

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 4: Decision-Making Roles on Projects

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What principles should determine who should make the final decisions for the following projects and...

    This is the 4th of 12 discussion papers. For the full list, click here.

    This discussion paper talks about the roles and responsibilities for making decisions under the National Energy Board Act (NEB Act).

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 4: Decision-Making Roles on Projects

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What principles should determine who should make the final decisions for the following projects and why:
      1. Major international and interprovincial pipeline projects (i.e., greater than 40 km in length)?
      2. Smaller international and interprovincial pipeline projects (i.e., 40 km in length or less)?
      3. International and designated interprovincial power line projects?
      4. Import and export licences?
    2. What is the role of government policy in guiding NEB oversight and decision making?
      1. As the lead Minister of the Crown, is there a role for the Minister of Natural Resources to clarify policy outcomes that are expected?
      2. How should the NEB incorporate and reflect “whole of government” policy direction, such as the new Federal Sustainable Development Strategy for Canada and Canada’s Mid-Century Long-Term Low-Greenhouse Gas Development Strategy, when setting out hearing orders, lists of issues, and ultimately, recommended decisions and conditions?
    3. What are your views with respect to the role(s) of other parties in the final decision-making process, such as Indigenous groups, provinces/territories or municipalities?
      1. Do you see an enhanced role for some or all of these parties? If so, please describe what these roles should be for each, with a short rationale for why.
    4. What are your views with respect to the current three options available to the GIC when making its decision for pipelines greater than 40 km in length? What can be improved?
    5. What are your views with regard to the legislated timelines for project reviews (i.e., 15 months for NEB recommendation and 3 months for a GIC decision)?
    6. What are your views with respect to NEB’s discretion to hold hearings for export licences?
    7. In determining whether an export licence should be issued, what are your views with respect to NEB’s obligation to only consider whether the exports would be a surplus to Canadian requirements (see footnote 7)?
    8. What are your views with regard to the land acquisition process and dispute resolution? What are your views with respect to the responsibility of the pipeline company to negotiate with landowners regarding the amount of compensation?
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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    This discussion paper talks about what factors should be considered when determining whether a pipeline or power line project is in the Canadian ‘public interest’.

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 5: Determining the Canadian Public Interest

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What does the 'Canadian public interest' mean to you?
    2. What factors should be taken into account...

    This is the 5th of 12 discussion papers. For the full list, click here.

    This discussion paper talks about what factors should be considered when determining whether a pipeline or power line project is in the Canadian ‘public interest’.

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 5: Determining the Canadian Public Interest

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What does the 'Canadian public interest' mean to you?
    2. What factors should be taken into account when determining whether a pipeline or power line project is in the 'public interest'?
    3. For factors that fall within the jurisdiction of provinces and territories, such as land use planning, should the federal government and agencies take these into account in their public interest determination? If so, how?
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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    This is the 6th of 12 discussion papers. For the full list, click here.

    This discussion paper talks about the safety and environmental oversight of facilities regulated by the National Energy Board (NEB).

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 6: Safety and Environmental Protection

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What are your views with respect to the existing compliance and enforcement tools available to the NEB for...

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    This discussion paper talks about the safety and environmental oversight of facilities regulated by the National Energy Board (NEB).

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 6: Safety and Environmental Protection

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What are your views with respect to the existing compliance and enforcement tools available to the NEB for safety and environmental protection?
      1. What are your views as to adherence to these tools?
      2. What are your views as to the current use of these tools to advance risk management and any barriers or remedies that would enhance safety?
      3. What are your views as to the safety and environmental performance reporting that is currently done and areas for improvement?
      4. Can the process by which the NEB evaluates compliance and adherence to conditions be made more efficient? If so, how?
    2. Are there additional initiatives the NEB could undertake to help promote a positive culture for safety and environmental protection?
    3. What are your views on monitoring committees?
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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    This discussion paper talks about a key part of safety and environmental protection: emergency prevention, preparedness and response for pipelines regulated by the National Energy Board (NEB).

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 7: Emergency Prevention, Preparedness And Response: Tools and Requirements

    Discussion Questions:

    1. In your opinion, are the existing...

    This is the 7th of 12 discussion papers. For the full list, click here.

    This discussion paper talks about a key part of safety and environmental protection: emergency prevention, preparedness and response for pipelines regulated by the National Energy Board (NEB).

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 7: Emergency Prevention, Preparedness And Response: Tools and Requirements

    Discussion Questions:

    1. In your opinion, are the existing emergency preparedness and response tools and requirements sufficient? If not, what additional tools or requirements are needed?
    2. What are your views with respect to the absolute liability limits that should apply regardless of whether a pipeline release was the company’s fault (particularly $1 billion for major oil pipeline companies)?
    3. In addition to information the NEB currently makes public about compliance and enforcement, is there additional information that should be made available over the lifecycle of a regulated project? If so, what?
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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    This discussion paper talks about Indigenous engagement and consultation.

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Download Discussion Paper 8: Indigenous Engagement and Consultation

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What are your views on the approach the Government of Canada has taken in recent years to engage and consult Indigenous groups on projects regulated by the NEB? Specifically:
        ...

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    This discussion paper talks about Indigenous engagement and consultation.

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Download Discussion Paper 8: Indigenous Engagement and Consultation

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What are your views on the approach the Government of Canada has taken in recent years to engage and consult Indigenous groups on projects regulated by the NEB? Specifically:
      1. Early engagement of Indigenous groups prior to a formal environmental assessment and regulatory review process by the NEB;
      2. Consultations with Indigenous groups on matters that fall both within and outside the NEB’s mandate;
      3. Adequacy of participant funding to support Indigenous groups’ participation in the overall engagement and consultation process;
      4. The roles of the NEB and the Crown in considering and addressing potential impacts to Aboriginal or treaty rights on NEB-regulated projects, and how these respective roles are carried out; and
      5. Ongoing consultation and engagement of Indigenous groups during the construction,operations, and abandonment phases of projects that are approved.
    2. How can Indigenous traditional knowledge (including Traditional Ecological Knowledge) and information be further integrated into the NEB application and hearing process? What are the potential benefits and constraints to this integration?
    3. How can Canada enhance its approach to Indigenous engagement and consultation to inform decision-making on NEB-regulated projects?
      1. What should be the role of the NEB? The Government of Canada? Project proponents?Indigenous peoples (e.g., specific groups or communities?)
    4. How should the Government of Canada’s approach to engaging and consulting Indigenous groups on NEB regulated projects support the Government of Canada’s goal of renewing the nation-to nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples and moving towards reconciliation?
    5. How can the Government of Canada best consider and address the principles outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples when undertaking efforts to modernize the NEB and when making decisions on whether NEB-regulated projects are in the public interest?
    6. What could be done to enhance the involvement of Indigenous peoples in the full life cycle of NEB-regulated projects (e.g., ongoing monitoring of the operation of existing projects, economic development opportunities/participation, or other roles)?
    7. What are your views regarding how federal departments and agencies can and should balance and respect the interests and rights of Indigenous peoples with varied societal interests to inform decision-making on NEB-regulated projects?
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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    This discussion paper talks about the National Energy Board's (NEB) Participant Funding Program.

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 9: The National Energy Board's Participant Funding Program

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What are your views on the NEB’s Participant Funding Program?
    2. How could the participant funding process, administered by the NEB, be more efficient and effective in enabling...

    This is the 9th of 12 discussion papers. For the full list, click here.

    This discussion paper talks about the National Energy Board's (NEB) Participant Funding Program.

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 9: The National Energy Board's Participant Funding Program

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What are your views on the NEB’s Participant Funding Program?
    2. How could the participant funding process, administered by the NEB, be more efficient and effective in enabling public participation and Indigenous engagement in the hearing process?
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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    This discussion paper talks about public participation and the National Energy Board (NEB).

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 10: Public Participation

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What works well regarding public participation:
    2. a. Prior to the hearing process;
      b. In NEB hearings (including the criteria outlined in section 55.2 of the NEB Act);

    This is the 10th of 12 discussion papers. For the full list, click here.

    This discussion paper talks about public participation and the National Energy Board (NEB).

    We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

    Download Discussion Paper 10: Public Participation

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What works well regarding public participation:
    2. a. Prior to the hearing process;
      b. In NEB hearings (including the criteria outlined in section 55.2 of the NEB Act);
      c. In the development of emergency response manuals/ plans and their transparency;
      d. Outside the hearing process, including opportunities related to:
           i. The project life cycle;
           ii. Specific issues; and
           iii. Development of regulations.
    3. What could be improved regarding public participation:
    4. a. Prior to the hearing process;
      b. In NEB hearings (including the criteria outlined in section 55.2 of the NEB Act);
      c. In the development of emergency response manuals/plans;
      d. Outside the hearing process, including opportunities related to:
           i. The project life cycle;
           ii. Specific issues; and
           iii. Development of regulations.
    5. What additional opportunities could be provided for the public and Indigenous peoples to provide input over the course of the entire lifecycle of NEB regulated facilities (i.e., from application to abandonment)?
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