Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

June 17, 2008 10:58 ET

Government of Canada Modernizes Indian Oil and Gas Act

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, introduced amendments to the Indian Oil and Gas Act today in the House of Commons. The proposed amendments will modernize dated regulations, help to ensure environmental protection of First Nation lands, increase regulatory compliance, and facilitate the collection of royalties and other monetary compensation due.

"Canada's legislation that affects oil and gas exploration and production has not been significantly updated in over 30 years. Today our government is taking action to introduce changes that will modernize this bill," said Minister Strahl. "These amendments will update Canada's regulatory regime for the management of First Nations natural resources, ensure accountability measures and laws are enforced, foster economic development, and help to protect the environment."

Modernizing the Indian Oil and Gas Act and its associated regulations is intended to eliminate the existing regulatory gap. Levelling the playing field between off-reserve and on-reserve oil and gas activities will reduce barriers to economic development and will allow the federal government to better fulfill its obligation to manage oil and gas resources on First Nations lands.

The amendments will help to bring the Indian Oil and Gas Act in line with current provincial legislation, and create more clear, transparent and efficient regulations for the oil and gas industry.

Canada worked in co-operation with the Indian Resource Council, a First Nations organization that advocates on behalf of approximately 130 oil and gas producing - or potentially producing - First Nations, to develop the amendments to the Act.

The Indian Oil and Gas Act was passed in 1974 and has not substantially changed since that time. It is used to help the federal government manage oil and gas resources on First Nations reserve lands across Canada, generally south of the 60th parallel. Indian Oil and Gas Canada (http://www.pgic-iogc.gc.ca/) is the regulating body of the Indian Oil and Gas Act and is a special operating agency within Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

This release is also available on the Internet at www.inac.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Josee Bellemare
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    819-997-0002
    or
    Indian Oil and Gas Canada
    Kelsy Uhryn
    403-292-6369
    or
    Media Relations
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    819-953-1160