Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring: chapter 1


The purpose of the joint implementation plan is to describe how the Governments of Alberta and Canada will put in place a world class monitoring program for the oil sands to provide assurance of environmentally responsible development of the resource.

The Plan has a number of objectives:

  • Support sound decision-making by governments as well as stakeholders;
  • Ensure transparency through accessible, comparable and quality-assured data;
  • Enhance science-based monitoring for improved characterization of the state of the environment and collect the information necessary to understand cumulative effects;
  • Improve analysis of existing monitoring data to develop a better understanding of historical baselines and changes, and;
  • Reflect the trans-boundary nature of the issue and promote collaboration with the Governments of Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.
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