National Energy Board Modernization

The Minister of Natural Resources has been mandated by the Prime Minister to modernize the National Energy Board (NEB) and to ensure its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in such fields as environmental science, community development, and Indigenous traditional knowledge.

Natural Resources Canada has launched a review of the NEB’s structure, role, and mandate. This is an opportunity to strengthen the regulatory process and ensure that Canada continues to have a modern, efficient and effective regulator.

About National Energy Board Modernization Review

Modernization of the NEB will ensure it is able to continue to effectively regulate energy in a way that has the confidence of Canadians. Modernization of the NEB goes beyond its responsibility of conducting environmental assessments.

Specifically, the NEB Modernization review will focus on:

  • Governance and structure
  • Mandate and future opportunities
  • Decision-making roles, including for major projects
  • Compliance, enforcement, and ongoing monitoring
  • Engagement with Indigenous peoples
  • Public participation

A separate review of Canada's federal environmental assessment processes is being led by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

The Government of Canada understands the crucial role the NEB plays in making recommendations on major projects; however, its mandate is limited in some areas.

To address this limitation while this review is underway, the Government of Canada put in place, in January, a set of interim principles and measures for major resource projects, including pipelines currently under review. These principles include deeper consultations with Indigenous Peoples, further public engagement and the assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions associated with projects. Click here for more info.

Review Process and Engagement

The Government established an Expert Panel to engage Indigenous peoples, interested stakeholders, provinces and territories, as well as the public. The Expert Panel’s engagement will take place this fall and winter. The format of consultations includes in-person meetings and online submissions to the Expert Panel’s website. If you wish to submit an online comment, please do so here. The deadline for submitting comments is March 31, 2017.

This Government is committed to meaningfully engaging with Indigenous communities. Funding is being provided to Indigenous peoples to support their participation in the review process. The application period closed September 26, 2016. NEB Modernization is one element of an ongoing dialogue between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

The Expert Panel expects to deliver a report for the Minister of Natural Resources on or by May 15, 2017, with its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to modernize the NEB. This will include a summary of the input received from the public, Indigenous peoples, provinces and territories, and any other interested group or organization.

The Panel will be guided by the Terms of Reference, which set out its mandate. The Terms of Reference reflect comments received during the 30-day public comment period, which was held from June 20, 2016 to July 20, 2016.

Next Steps

Engagement plans, with specific dates and locations of engagement activities, will be made available on the Expert Panel’s website.


If you have questions, please email

Privacy Notice

Participation in this initiative is voluntary. Questions asked or comments received are for information gathering purposes only and will not be used to identify respondents. Any reporting of data and analysis based on submissions will be aggregated or anonymized. Raw data may be released online; however, any personal identifying information will be removed prior to disclosure. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is committed to protecting the privacy rights of individuals, including safeguarding the confidentiality of information provided by individuals and institutions.

Personal information collected by NRCan and the Government of Canada is protected from disclosure to unauthorized persons and/or agencies pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act. Individuals to whom the personal information pertains have the right to the protection of and access to their personal information under the Privacy Act, subject to certain exceptions and exemptions. The individual must draw a distinction between personal information held by NRCan and that held by other institutions or jurisdictions.

Submission of your personal information constitutes your consent to the collection, use, storage, and disclosure of your personal information by NRCan. This information is being collected and used under the department's legislative authority for the purpose of modernizing the National Energy Board. This information will be retained for a period of 10 years after last use in accordance with the department's retention and disposition schedule.

The personal information collected for the modernization of the National Energy Board under the Natural Resources Act, appears in Personal Information Bank (PSU 914) for which is described within InfoSource using the following link Outreach Activities (PSU 938).

For inquiries concerning the treatment of personal information in the custody of NRCan, individuals may contact Christopher Piercey, Team Lead of the National Energy Board Modernization Secretariat at NRCan, at Alternatively, individuals may also contact NRCan's Access to Information and Privacy Office at 580 Booth St, 11th Floor, Ottawa, ON K1A 0E8 or by email at for access to their personal information pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act and Access to Information Act.

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