The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is responsible to regulate oil and gas pipelines and electrical powerlines that cross national, provincial or territorial boundaries. The CER has jurisdiction through the Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CER Act), which sets out clear separation between its operational and adjudicative functions. If you hear about a CER regulated project being proposed in your community, you might find this Land Matters Guide helpful.
Provincial Regulators and Ministries
The BC Oil and Gas Commission is the provincial single-window regulatory agency responsible for regulating oil and gas activities in B.C. Regulatory responsibility is delegated by the Province of British Columbia to the Commission through the Oil and Gas Activities Act and includes specified enactments under the Forest Act, Heritage Conservation Act, Land Act, Environmental Management Act, and Water Sustainability Act. This regulatory model is designed to provide a streamlined one-stop regulatory agency.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food is responsible for the production, marketing, processing and merchandising of agriculture and aquaculture products, food security, and supporting enhancement of wild fish populations.
The Ministry of Environment and Low Carbon Innovations is responsible for British Columbia’s electricity, alternative energy, mining and petroleum resource sectors, and supporting work to meet BC’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is responsible for the effective protection, management and conservation of B.C.’s water, land, air and living resources. It leads work on climate preparedness and adaptation and leads plans to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure plans and improves transportation networks, builds new infrastructure, provides transportation services, and implements transportation policies, to allow for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.
The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is the largest of 27 regional districts in all of B.C. It is 119,000 square kilometers in size and has a population of 66,477.
The Regional District includes four rural electoral areas B, C, D and E, along with seven municipalities:
- District of Chetwynd
- City of Dawson Creek
- City of Fort St. John
- District of Hudson’s Hope
- Village of Pouce Coupe
- District of Taylor
- District of Tumbler Ridge