The list below provides the principle Acts which govern the oil and gas industry in Canada. For more information and further inquiries regarding these acts please visit the Department of Justice website.
Canada Petroleum Resources Act An Act to regulate interests in petroleum in relation to frontier lands, to amend the Oil and Gas Production and Conservation Act and to repeal theCanada Oil and Gas Act
Canada-Newfoundland Atlantic Accord Implementation Act An Act to implement an agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on offshore petroleum resource management and revenue sharing and to make related and consequential amendments
Safety/Tips - October 15, 2014 This latest Advisory produced by Alberta Municipal Affairs, was developed to inform owners, designers, engineers, vendors, builders, installers, contractors, and equipment rental and leasing companies of the minimum requirements to ensure safe installation of gas appliances in Alberta. Helpful list for determing if the scope of your work required permit, field approval, registration and if Gas Variance is applicable. ISBN 978-1-4601-2023-1
Gas Safety Informatin Bulletin G-02-14. October 17, 2014 This latest Standata Bulleting produced by Alberta Municipal Affairs, applies to site specific uncertified gas-fired process equipment in the Alberta Oil and Gas Industry installed prior to July 2013.
Electrical Safety Inspection Bulletin LEG-SCA-59 [rev-2]. Purpose is to remind industry stakeholders that all electrical incidents are required to be reported to the Chief Electrical Administrator for the Province of Alberta, per rthe provisions of Section 59 of the Safety Codes Act.
Canadian electrical Code Regulation Rule 2-024 requires that electrical equipment be approved. It states, in part, "(2) No person shall manufacture, install, sell or offer for sale any equipment related to electrical systems for us in Alberta unless the equipment has been(b) inspected by a inspection body in accordance with the inspection body’s terms of accreditation with Standards Council of Canada." Alberta Municipal Affairs Electrical Safety Information Bulletin LEG-ECR-2 [rev 23], December 2013.
New Electrical Codes are adopted by the Electrical Code Amendment Regulation (Alberta Regulation 176/2013) and came into force on October 1, 2013 under the Safety Codes Act. For further information on these Codes follow this link.
Engineered Designs For Site Specific Gas-Fired Process Equipment, G-02-13, July 2013. This bulletin has been developed to inform owners, designers, engineers, vendors, builders, installers, contractors, equipment rental and leasing companies of the minimum requirements to ensure safe installation of gas appliances in Alberta. Under the Safety Codes Act and Regulations it is the responsiblity of the above parties to ensure that the design, installation and operation of equipment comply.
ALBERTA REQUIRES IB, May 2013, -02-02a-IB [rev5].In Alberta, under the Safety Codes Act, the inspection and approval of uncertified gas appliances and equipment is to be conducted by nationally recognized Certification Bodies and Inspection Bodies accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.
Alberta Gas Safety Variance VAR-GAS-01-13, July 1, 2013, File No. 16570-G01 This variance applies to Alberta Oil and Gas Industry for Gas-Fired Equipment used for Process Applications in Petroleum Refineries, Petrochemical Plants and Upstream Oil and Gas sites This variance is issued to cover Engineered Designs of uncertified Site Specific equipment, components, accessories where gas is to be used for fuel purposes for non-certified process gas-fired equipment of all heat inputs for which there is no approved standard.
Gas Safety Information Bulletin, G-02-01a-IB (rev5), May 2013. Uncertified Appliances and Equipment Requires Special Inspection and Approval. In Alberta, under the Safety Codes Act, the inspection and approval of uncertified gas appliances and equipment is to be conducted by nationally recognized Certification Bodies and Inspection Bodies accredited by the Standards Council of Canada. A special inspection is not intended to be used as a means to accept appliances and equipment when certified products of similar type are available. When certified products are not available, a special inspection and approval must be conducted by one of the following Certification/Inspection Bodies currently operating in Alberta.
Oil and Gas PowerPoint presentation, Alberta Municipal Affairs, Mr. Sidney Manning, Chief Inspector/Administrator Plumbing & Gas, March 7, 2012. Covers Legislation/SCA, Standata & Variances, New Codes and Concerns.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between The Oil and Gas Commission of British Columbia (OGC) and The British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA), Respecting Unfired Pressure Vessels and Other Equipment with Shared Jurisdiction in Oil and Gas Installations, September 14, 2009. Schedule A of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Oil and Gas Commission and BCSA, clarification of MOU Responsibilities.
Information Bulletins located on the British Columbia Safety Authority web site provide helpful information and clarify issues that affect people in the gas sector. Visit www.safetyauthority.ca for more information.
"Having received no opposing communications from industry, SaskPower Gas Inspections is proceeding with the issuance of this bulletin. As of January 1, 2015, all appliance and equipment utilizing gas as a fuel in the oil and gas industry shall be certified or approved as required by Section 26 of The Gas Inspection Act 1993."
In Saskatchewan, every natural gas, propane or manufactured gas fueled appliance that is offered for sale, sold, rented bought or installed must be approved under the provincial Gas Inspection Act, 1993. Logo's which indicate certification for Canada can be found on the SaskPower website under Gas Permits and Inspections / Gas certification marks.
Recognized Field Evaluation Labels for Saskatchewan is available on their web site under Electrical Permits and Inspections.
"It has come to our attention that engine replacements (engine swaps) on well head sites andcatalytic heater installations are being completed without the proper gas installation permits beingsubmitted. All installations where gas is burned requires an installation permit for the gas-firedequipment and assorted piping. This includes stationery engine set-up and catalytic heaterinstallation/replacement. These requirements are set out in Section 12 of The Gas Inspection Act,1993."
Requirements For Natural Gas / Propane Consuming Installations At Oil Producing Sites Within Saskatchewan & Alberta - September 2003.
These requirements are presented as a reasonable approach to enhancing the safety of gas burning installations at oil production sites.Alberta and Saskatchewan have experienced issues with gas installations at oil field sites where the safety of operators and workers have been compromised. Investigation has revealed that current practice for installations has fallen far short of minimum requirements of the CSA B149 Gas Codes. The CSA B149 gas codes are developed for use across Canada for all installations of appliances, equipment, components, and accessories where gas is used for fuel purposes. As such, these codes are widely used in all industries and provide a reasonable level of safety for property and people. These codes when applied to the oil production industry should provide a reasonable level of safety for oil field personnel and property. This document has minimum legal and code requirements for gas installations at oil production sites. Excerpts are taken from the BI49.1, BI49.2, B149.3 Gas Codes.
Saskatchewan Gas Industry Guideline For Responding To Unsatisfactory Conditions At Consumer Locations.
Pressure Relief Device Inlet and Discharge Piping Guide for ONTARIO Boilers and Pressure Vessels, REGULATION O/REG.220/01 ANDONTARIO OPERATING ENGINEERS REGULATION O.REG. 219/01, TSSA SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN: SB12-01, issued May 24, 2012. This is a general guide intended to assist Designers, Installers and Inspectors in determining when pressure relief device discharge piping must terminate inside or outside a building, or alternatively may require discharge to a suitable collection system. This document is not a substitute for, and should be used in conjunction with, the Regulations, Codes and Standards applicable to a particular installation.
Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) summarized the gas safety regulations under the Safety Codes Act in The Pressure News, June 2013. To view the entire newsletter please visit www.absa.ca/newsletter/2013-V18-Iss2.pdf.
More information on Boilers and Pressure Vessels can be found at www.tssa.org.