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Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act (S.C. 1988, c. 28)

Act current to 2022-11-16 and last amended on 2022-07-30. Previous Versions

PART IJoint Management (continued)

Administration (continued)

Marginal note:Budget

  •  (1) The Board shall, in respect of each fiscal year, prepare a budget sufficient to permit the Board to properly exercise its powers and perform its duties and functions.

  • Marginal note:Submission to governments

    (2) The budget shall be submitted to the Federal Minister and the Provincial Minister, at such time as may be specified by each Minister, for their consideration and approval.

  • Marginal note:Revised budget

    (3) Where it appears that the actual aggregate of the expenditures of the Board in respect of any fiscal year is likely to be substantially greater or less than that estimated in its budget in respect of that fiscal year, a revised budget in respect of that fiscal year, containing such particulars as may be requested by either Minister, shall be submitted to both Ministers for their consideration and approval.

  • Marginal note:Payment of operating costs

    (4) The Government of Canada shall pay one-half of the aggregate of the expenditures set out in the budget or revised budget, where applicable, submitted and approved pursuant to this section in respect of each fiscal year.

  • Marginal note:Appropriation

    (5) Subject to any other Act of Parliament that appropriates moneys for the payment required by subsection (4), the sums required for such payment shall be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund from time to time as required.

Marginal note:Access to books and accounts

 Subject to subsection 19(2), both the Federal Minister and the Provincial Minister are entitled to have access to the books and accounts of the Board.

Marginal note:Annual report

  •  (1) The Board shall, in respect of each fiscal year, prepare a report in both official languages of Canada and submit it to the Federal Minister and the Provincial Minister not later than ninety days after the expiration of that fiscal year.

  • Marginal note:Contents of report

    (2) The annual report submitted under subsection (1) shall contain an audited financial statement and a description of the activities of the Board, including those relating to occupational health and safety, during the fiscal year covered by the report.

  • Marginal note:Tabling of report

    (3) The Federal Minister shall cause the annual report referred to in this section to be laid before each House of Parliament on any of the first fifteen days on which that House is sitting after the day on which the report is submitted to the Federal Minister.

  • 1988, c. 28, s. 30
  • 2014, c. 13, s. 60

Cost Recovery

Marginal note:Regulations respecting fees, etc.

  •  (1) Subject to section 6, the Governor in Council may make regulations

    • (a) respecting the fees or charges, or the method of calculating the fees or charges, to be paid for the provision, by the Board, of a service or product under this Act;

    • (b) respecting the fees or charges, or the method of calculating the fees or charges, in respect of any of the Board’s activities under this Act or under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, that are to be paid by

      • (i) a person who makes an application for an authorization under paragraph 142(1)(b) or an application under subsection 143(2), or

      • (ii) the holder of an operating licence issued under paragraph 142(1)(a) or an authorization issued under paragraph 142(1)(b); and

    • (c) respecting the refund of all or part of any fee or charge referred to in paragraph (a) or (b), or the method of calculating that refund.

  • Marginal note:Amounts not to exceed cost

    (2) The amounts of the fees or charges referred to in paragraph (1)(a) shall not exceed the cost of providing the services or products.

  • Marginal note:Amounts not to exceed cost

    (3) The amounts of the fees or charges referred to in paragraph (1)(b) shall not exceed the cost of the Board’s activities under this Act or under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.

  • 2015, c. 4, s. 74

Marginal note:Non-application of Service Fees Act

 The Service Fees Act does not apply to any fees or charges payable in accordance with regulations made under section 30.1.

  • 2015, c. 4, s. 74
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 454

Marginal note:Remittance of fees and charges

 One half of the amounts of the fees and charges obtained in accordance with regulations made under section 30.1 shall be paid to the credit of the Receiver General and the other half shall be paid to the credit of Her Majesty in right of the Province, in the time and manner prescribed under those regulations.

  • 2015, c. 4, s. 74

Decisions in Relation to Offshore Management

Marginal note:Board’s decisions final

 Subject to this Act, the exercise of a power or the performance of a duty by the Board pursuant to this Act is final and not subject to the review or approval of either government or either Minister.

Marginal note:Notice to Ministers of fundamental decisions

  •  (1) Forthwith after making a fundamental decision, the Board shall give written notice of the decision to the Federal Minister and the Provincial Minister.

  • Marginal note:Public notice of fundamental decisions

    (2) The Board shall cause a fundamental decision to be published

    • (a) thirty days after receipt by both Ministers of a notice of the fundamental decision pursuant to subsection (1), or

    • (b) when the fundamental decision is implemented,

    whichever occurs earlier.

Marginal note:Suspension of implementation of fundamental decision

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), a fundamental decision shall not be implemented

    • (a) before the expiration of 30 days after receipt by both Ministers of a notice of the fundamental decision under subsection 32(1) and any further period during which the implementation of the decision is suspended under section 34 or during which, under section 35, the decision may be set aside, the setting aside may be overruled or a determination may be made by the Commission of the Canadian Energy Regulator; or

    • (b) if the decision has been conclusively set aside.

  • Marginal note:Exception where approval of both Ministers

    (2) A fundamental decision may be implemented before the expiration of the periods referred to in paragraph (1)(a) where the Board is advised, in writing, that both the Federal Minister and the Provincial Minister approve that decision.

  • Marginal note:Decision to be implemented on expiration of delays

    (3) Where, on the expiration of the periods referred to in paragraph (1)(a), a fundamental decision of the Board has not been conclusively set aside, that decision shall be implemented forthwith by the Board.

Marginal note:Suspension rights

 The Federal Minister or the Provincial Minister may, on giving written notice to the other Minister and the Board within thirty days after receipt of a notice of a fundamental decision pursuant to subsection 32(1), suspend the implementation of the decision during a period not exceeding sixty days after receipt of the notice of the decision pursuant to subsection 32(1).

Marginal note:Veto

  •  (1) Within thirty days after receipt of a notice of a fundamental decision pursuant to subsection 32(1) and any further period during which the implementation of the decision is suspended pursuant to section 34, the decision may be set aside

    • (a) by both the Federal Minister and the Provincial Minister; or

    • (b) by the Provincial Minister, in the case of

      • (i) a fundamental decision of the Board referred to in paragraph 143(4)(a), or

      • (ii) a fundamental decision with respect to a call for bids pursuant to Part II in relation to, or interests in relation to, a portion of the offshore area that is situated wholly within the Bay of Fundy or Sable Island.

  • Marginal note:Federal Minister’s veto

    (2) The Federal Minister may

    • (a) set aside a fundamental decision of the Board within thirty days after receipt of a notice of the decision pursuant to subsection 32(1) or any further period during which the implementation of the decision is suspended pursuant to section 34, or

    • (b) overrule the setting aside of a fundamental decision by the Provincial Minister within thirty days after receipt of a notice to that effect pursuant to subsection (3),

    if, in the opinion of the Federal Minister, the decision, in the case of paragraph (a), or the setting aside of the decision, in the case of paragraph (b), would unreasonably delay the attainment of security of supply.

  • Marginal note:Notice

    (3) Where a Minister sets aside a fundamental decision of the Board pursuant to subsection (1) or (2) or the Federal Minister overrules the setting aside of a fundamental decision pursuant to subsection (2), that Minister shall give a written notice to that effect to the other Minister and the Board.

  • Marginal note:Commission of the Canadian Energy Regulator

    (4) Despite subsection (2), if the Provincial Minister disagrees with the setting aside or overruling by the Federal Minister in respect of a fundamental decision under subsection (2), the Commission of the Canadian Energy Regulator must, on application made by the Provincial Minister within the time and in the manner that may be prescribed,

    • (a) determine whether the fundamental decision of the Board or the setting aside of that decision would unreasonably delay the attainment of security of supply; and

    • (b) thereby confirm or vacate the setting aside or overruling by the Federal Minister in respect of the fundamental decision.

  • Marginal note:Procedures for determination

    (5) A determination of the Commission of the Canadian Energy Regulator made under subsection (4),

    • (a) despite the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, must be made within the time and in the manner that may be prescribed;

    • (b) is final and binding and is not subject to appeal to, or review or setting aside by, any Minister, government, court or other body; and

    • (c) must be published without delay by the Regulator.

  • Marginal note:Transitional

    (6) Where an application is made by the Provincial Minister to the Canadian Energy Regulator prior to the coming into force of the first regulation made for the purposes of subsection (4) or paragraph (5)(a), the application and the determination of the Canadian Energy Regulator shall be made in accordance with the procedures and within the periods established by the Canadian Energy Regulator.

  • Marginal note:Conclusively set aside

    (7) For the purposes of section 33, a fundamental decision shall be deemed to have been conclusively set aside if

    • (a) it is set aside by both Ministers pursuant to subsection (1);

    • (b) it is set aside by the Provincial Minister pursuant to subsection (1) and the setting aside has not been overruled pursuant to paragraph (2)(b) or, if it has been so overruled, that overruling is vacated pursuant to subsection (4); or

    • (c) it is set aside by the Federal Minister pursuant to subsection (2) and the setting aside has not been vacated pursuant to subsection (4).

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (8) Subject to section 6, the Governor in Council may make regulations prescribing anything that, by this section, is to be prescribed.

  • Marginal note:Definitions

    (9) In this section and sections 36 and 37,

    security of supply

    security of supply, in respect of any period, means the anticipation of self-sufficiency during each of the five calendar years in that period, taking into account the aggregate during each such year of anticipated additions to producing capacity and anticipated adjustments to refining capacity; (sécurité des approvisionnements)

    self-sufficiency

    self-sufficiency means a volume of suitable crude oil and equivalent substances available from Canadian hydrocarbon producing capacity that is adequate to supply the total feedstock requirements of Canadian refineries necessary to satisfy the total domestic refined product requirements of Canada, excluding those feedstock requirements necessary to produce specialty refined products; (autosuffisance)

    suitable crude oil and equivalent substances

    suitable crude oil and equivalent substances means those substances that are appropriate for processing in Canadian refineries and that are potentially deliverable to Canadian refineries. (pétrole brut et substances assimilées acceptables)

Marginal note:Determination binding

  •  (1) For all purposes of this Act, including section 35, where a determination whether security of supply exists is made by both Ministers or by a panel pursuant to section 37 or is deemed to have been made pursuant to subsection (2), it is final and binding for the duration of the period in respect of which it is made.

  • Marginal note:Initial period

    (2) In respect of the period commencing on January 1, 1986 and terminating on December 31, 1990, a determination shall be deemed to have been made, for all purposes of this Act, including section 35, that security of supply does not exist.

  • Marginal note:Subsequent periods

    (3) Each period following the period referred to in subsection (2) shall commence on the expiration of the period immediately preceding that period and shall be for a duration of five successive calendar years.

Marginal note:Where no agreement on determination re security of supply

  •  (1) Where the two Ministers fail to agree on a determination whether security of supply exists in respect of any period, the determination shall be made by a panel, constituted in accordance with section 47, within sixty days after the appointment of the chairperson of the panel unless, at any time prior to the determination by the panel, the two Ministers agree on the determination.

  • Marginal note:Determination not subject to review

    (2) Where a determination referred to in subsection (1) is made by a panel pursuant to that subsection, that determination is final and binding and is not subject to appeal to, or review or setting aside by, any Minister, government, court or other body.

  • 1988, c. 28, s. 37
  • 2014, c. 13, s. 91(E)

Marginal note:Supply shortfall

  •  (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, nothing in this Act limits the powers of the Government of Canada in the event of a sudden domestic or import supply shortfall of suitable crude oil and equivalent substances or with respect to any other energy emergency.

  • Marginal note:Canada’s obligations under IEA

    (2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, where the Government of Canada has obligations with respect to the allocation of petroleum pursuant to the Agreement On An International Energy Program dated November 18, 1974, the Board shall, where authorized to do so by the Federal Minister and during the period that those obligations continue, take such measures as are necessary to comply with those obligations and as are fair and equitable in relation to other hydrocarbon producing regions of Canada.

 
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