Cost Recovery

Pursuant to the Energy Safety and Security Act (2016) and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Cost Recovery Regulations, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) is responsible for recovering the costs associated with regulating offshore oil and gas activity from applicants and operators on behalf of both governments.  

The CNSOPB and the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) have jointly developed Cost Recovery Guidelines, which can be found here. As described in these Guidelines, on an annual basis, the CNSOPB is required to post a schedule of fees.  The schedules of fees are found below and will be updated annually upon confirmation of the CNSOPB’s budget for the fiscal year by both governments.   The CNSOPB’s fiscal year runs from April 1st-March 31st.

Effective July 4, 2019, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board Cost Recovery Fees Schedule for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year are as follows:

All fees are in Canadian dollars.  

Effective Rate ($/day)


Geodata Centre Daily Rate ($/day)
Please note that CNSOPB’s Geodata Centre is the Geoscience Research Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. 



Table 1 -  Rights Activities Formula Fees

Table 2 -  Geological and Geophysical Activities Formula Fees (includes Sampling Programs)

Table 3 -  Geological and Geophysical Activities Formula Fees (with variable units of time)