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Pipeline Claims Tribunal Regulations

This regulatory initiative is part of the 2023-2025 Forward Regulatory Plan.

Enabling Acts


The proposed regulations would support the potential establishment of a pipeline claims tribunal to settle claims arising from a major pipeline spill incident where a pipeline operator was unwilling or unable to respond. The proposed regulations would establish parameters for a potential tribunal including:

  • Terms and conditions for the appointment of tribunal members;
  • Conflict of interest provisions;
  • Chairperson’s powers, duties and functions;
  • Absence or incapacity of the Chairperson or a member;
  • Replacing a member of the Tribunal;
  • Hiring; and, terms and conditions of employment for tribunal staff; and
  • General provisions to enable the tribunal to function.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

As part of their overall engagement efforts, departmental staff are consulting with provincial and federal regulators with similar delegation programs to learn best practices and help inform regulatory development and implementation plans.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There are no expected business impacts.


As these regulations pertain to the potential establishment of a tribunal (in an exceptional scenario), timing for development of these regulations is to be confirmed. Stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples will be informed of engagement opportunities.
Per established process, the proposed regulations would be pre-published in Part I of the Canada Gazette for public comment. Final regulations would be published in Part II of the Canada Gazette prior to coming into force.

Departmental Contact

Carolyn Pharand, Senior Director
Fuels Sector
Natural Resources Canada
Telephone: 613-608-5183

Date First included in Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2016

Consult NRCan’s acts and regulations web page for:

  • a list of acts and regulations administered by NRCan
  • further information on NRCan’s implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives

Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit:

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