Canada-Alberta oil sands environmental monitoring

Environment and Climate Change Canada is working with the province of Alberta, Indigenous peoples and their communities, stakeholders and environmental agencies to ensure the oil sands region is developed in a 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

Maps of oil sands monitoring region

Interactive display and access to monitoring site information and data.


2016-2017 work plans

Outlining monitoring activity, objectives, key outcomes and associated data and reporting products

2014-2015 technical results summary

Measuring changes on the ambient environment related to development activities

JOSM external expert peer review of scientific integrity – executive summary

Improving the scientific integrity of oil sands monitoring

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