Northern petroleum resources

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada works in partnership with Northern and Indigenous governments and peoples to govern the allocation of Crown lands to the private sector for oil and gas exploration, develop the regulatory environment, set and collect royalties and approve benefit plans before development takes place in a given area.


Artic offshore oil and gas

Learn about the Government of Canada's approach for offshore oil and gas in the Arctic, including the climate and marine science-based reviews and the Arctic offshore moratorium.

Annual reports

Read yearly reports on exploration and development of Canada's Northern oil and gas resources.

Maps and digital files

View and download Northern Oil and Gas disposition and Call maps and use Northern Oil and Gas' interactive map.

Acts and regulations

Learn about the acts and regulations related to Northern Oil and Gas.

Regional partnerships and research

Learn how Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada commits to protection of the Arctic environment and to sustainable and inclusive development of the Arctic region, informed by science and traditional knowledge, for the benefit of Northern residents and all Canadians.

Regulatory tools

Rights Management

Find out how CIRNAC manages oil and gas exploration and development on Crown lands in term of right issuance and management.

Northern oil and gas bulletins

Access Northern oil and gas bulletins from 1994 to 2013.

Royalty Administration

Learn how the royalty regime for oil and gas production in frontier lands is designed to be robust, competitive and profit-sensitive while insuring equitable revenues sharing between government and industry.

Benefits Plan Guidelines for the North

Discover what aspects should be considered when developing a Benefits Plan and how to report on them.

Guidance Notes on Claiming Allowable Expenditures

Learn how the Allowable Expenditure provisions of an Exploration Licence are an essential tool for claiming and approval of the cost of exploratory work.

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