Canada-Alberta oil sands environmental monitoring

The governments of Canada and Alberta are working with Indigenous peoples and their communities, stakeholders and environmental agencies to ensure the oil sands region is developed in an environmentally responsible way. Together they are working to provide comprehensive environmental monitoring data and information to improve understanding of the long-term cumulative effects of oil sands development.

Services and information

Air data

Air-monitoring activities to measure types and levels of emissions in the air and on the landscape.

Water data

Monitoring program designed to quantify and assess oil sands contaminants in the Athabasca River system.

Wildlife contaminants data

Assessing the levels and potential impacts of contaminants on wildlife species.

Biodiversity and disturbance data

Monitoring terrestrial biodiversity and habitat disturbance to identify cause-effect relationships.

Documents and reports

Oil sands monitoring annual work plans and technical reports.

Scientific papers and presentations

Oil sands monitoring peer-reviewed scientific papers and presentations

Indigenous fund for community-based environmental monitoring

This new funding opportunity will build capacity and provide an opportunity for community leadership in environmental monitoring design and implementation.

Video series: Wildlife science in the oil sands

The scientific expertise of Environment and Climate Change Canada is combined with traitional Indigenous knowledge in a video series highlighting the work of wildlife biologist Phil Thomas in Alberta's oil sands region.

Commitment to monitoring in oil sands 

The governments of Canada and Alberta have renewed their commitment to continue providing clear and scientifically rigorous information on the environmental impacts of oil sands development in northeastern Alberta.

2022 to 2023 work plans 

Outlining monitoring activity, objectives, key outcomes and associate data and reporting products. 

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