About Us

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) is the independent joint agency of the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia responsible for the regulation of petroleum activities in the Nova Scotia Offshore Area. It was established in 1990 pursuant to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Accord Implementation Acts (Accord Acts).

Our Mission

The efficient, fair and competent regulation of exploration and production activities enabling safe and responsible development of Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum resources.

Our Vision

The CNSOPB is respected both locally and internationally for its proficient regulation of offshore petroleum activities providing high benchmarks for others to emulate.

Our Mandate

To apply the provisions of federal=provincial Accord Act legislation governing offshore oil and gas activities, including:

  • Health and safety of workers;
  • Protection of the environment;
  • Management and conservation of petroleum resources;
  • Canada-Nova Scotia employment and industrial benefits;
  • Issuance of licences for exploration and development; and;
  • Resource evaluation, data collection, curation and distribution.

Organizational decision making is structured in a manner that recognizes safety as paramount and environmental protection as second only to safety.