Security is considered to be an in integral component of safety as it pertains to offshore oil and gas exploration and production operations. In accordance with the Government of Canada's National Critical Infrastructure Assurance Program initiative, the CNSOPB assures that measures for protecting the security of installations and vessels involved in the Nova Scotia offshore oil and gas industry are appropriately implemented.
CNSOPB representatives attend semi-annual classified briefings held in Ottawa by the Energy Infrastructure Protection Division (EIPD) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in collaboration with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). These briefings are attended by energy sector stakeholdersand are provided to facilitate the exchange of security related information between the public and private sectors.
The EIPD also holds semi-annual meetings with senior representatives of NRCan's Portfolio Agencies, including the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, National Energy Board and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. These meetings allow portfolio agencies to be kept up-to-date on the Government of Canada's policies and initiatives regarding security of critical energy infrastructure, and to share information on issues of mutual interest and best practices.