Compliance and Enforcement

The CNSOPB has in place an effective monitoring program to evaluate operator compliance with health and safety legislated requirements while conducting authorized petroleum related work activities. Operators are required to submit reports detailing the status of their work programs on an ongoing basis, along with other documentation to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements. Operational status reports are provided on a daily basis for drilling and production activities, and on a weekly basis for other activities. Reports filed with the CNSOPB are reviewed by staff to identify health and safety compliance issues, and such issues are addressed accordingly. The Board also routinely reviews minutes from Workplace Committee meetings held offshore to ensure that health and safety matters raised through this forum are dealt with appropriately by the operator.

CNSOPB staff may also investigate health and safety incidents that occur at offshore worksites, depending on the nature and severity. This includes investigations into worker complaints and work refusals. An investigation is normally conducted using safety officer powers granted by the Accord Acts However, in cases where a safety officer has reasonable grounds to believe an offence has been committed, the investigation is conducted taking into account limitations imposed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The CNSOPB has an established compliance and enforcement policy to address situations of regulatory noncompliance. Enforcement actions may include:

  • Authorities/command structure
  • voluntary compliance;
  • issuance of orders, directives or notices;
  • Administrative Monetary Penalties
  • suspension or revocation of approvals and authorizations; and
  • prosecution in the court system.

The Board has a key accountability to take necessary enforcement actions so that non-compliances with regulatory requirements are corrected by operators.


Fiscal Year Details


April 1, 2019 - September 30 2019


April 1, 2018 -  March 31, 2019


April 1, 2017 -  March 31, 2018


April 1, 2016 -  March 31, 2017


April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016


April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015


April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014


April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013


Date of Notice

Regulatory Instrument



Penalty Amount 

July 12, 2019

Board Decision

ExxonMobil Canada Properties

Type B violation for contravention of Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Drilling and Production Regulations, Section 25(a)