A new Canadian Energy Regulator

A new Canadian Energy Regulator

Modernizing the National Energy Board

For nearly 60 years, the National Energy Board (NEB) has been responsible for regulating approximately 73,000 kilometres of international and interprovincial pipelines 1,400 kilometres of international power lines and imports and exports of energy in Canada.

As Canadians made clear during 14 months of extensive public consultations, our federal energy regulations must continue to evolve and adapt to changing times. Canadians had diverse recommendations on reforms, but all agreed these efforts are central to integrating Canada’s energy, economic and climate goals, as well as renewing Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. A modern regulator is also critical to ensuring Canadians continue to have access to a safe, affordable and reliable supply of energy.

A world-class energy regulator

The Government of Canada is proposing to create the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER), a new, modern and world-class federal energy regulator with the required independence and the proper accountability to oversee a strong, safe and sustainable Canadian energy sector in the 21st century.

About the Canadian Energy Regulator

Located in Calgary, the CER would replace the NEB. It would help restore investor confidence, build public trust and advance Indigenous reconciliation — all while ensuring good projects go ahead and our energy resources get to markets responsibly.


The new CER would mean:

  • Modern and effective governance
  • Enhanced certainty and timelier decisions
  • Strengthened safety and environmental protection;
  • More inclusive engagement processes
  • Greater Indigenous participation

Explore the elements of the new Modern Energy Regulator

Next Steps

The Government of Canada’s proposed legislation, if adopted, will put in place better rules to:

  • Protect the environment;
  • Regain public trust;
  • Strengthen our economy; and
  • Support reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Visit Canada.ca/envrionmentalreviews for more information.


If you have questions, please email NRCan.NEBModernization-ModernisationONE.RNCan@Canada.ca

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