It’s our job to hold industry accountable. We make sure operators follow the rules and requirements established in the legislation.
We enforce the rules and requirements contained in legislation to ensure that the oil and gas resources in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area are developed responsibly while protecting what matters - the health and safety of offshore workers and the environment. To best set out and explain our expectations in complying with these rules and requirements, we develop and publish a number of supporting regulatory instruments such as guidelines, directives and notices. Additionally, our Chief Safety Officer may require operators to develop or follow Codes of Practice. These regulatory instruments help us ensure operators are aware of and meet their legislative obligations.
In order to ensure effective coordination and to avoid duplication of work and activities, we have entered into a number of Memoranda of Understanding and Agreements with other government departments and agencies. Among other things, this enables us to leverage the vast expertise that exists within the public sector to ensure that we make the best regulatory decisions.
Learn more about the legislation and different types of regulatory instruments we use below.