Northern petroleum resources

Oil and gas exploration and development are key to Canada's economic well-being. One quarter of Canada's discovered resources of conventional petroleum are in the North and remain undeveloped, as about one third of the country's estimated potential.

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada works in partnership with Northern and Indigenous governments and peoples to:

Benefit plans define oil and gas operators' policies and activities to maximize employment and training prospects for Northerners. The plans also ensure that northern businesses have opportunities to supply goods and services on a competitive basis.

Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas

October 4, 2018: Learn about the Government of Canada’s approach for Arctic offshore oil and gas.

May 10, 2017: The Northern Oil and Gas Annual Report 2016 was tabled in parliament.

April 2017: Consultations with current oil and gas licence holders have begun.

December 20, 2016: Backgrounders on the select actions being taken under the United-States Canada Joint Arctic Leaders' Statement.

September 7, 2016: Review of the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, is now available online.

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