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Designated Officers Regulations

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

Enabling Acts


The Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CER Act) came into force on August 28, 2019. The CER Act replaced the National Energy Board with the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

The Designated Officer Regulations would allow officers, designated by the CER’s Chief Executive Officer, to perform certain powers, duties, and functions of the Commission that are technical or administrative in nature and would set out the circumstances and processes for doing so.

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.


Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the National Energy Board released a Discussion Paper on the regulatory proposal on October 15, 2018, and an opportunity to provide input and comments was provided until November 28, 2018. The comments received are available online.

There would be further opportunity to comment on the proposed regulations once pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, which is targeted for 2023. Information on this future consultation opportunity will appear on NRCan’s Public Consultation Opportunities webpage.

Departmental Contact

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

Canada Energy Regulator
Alexander McGrath, Market Analyst, Regulatory Policy
Integrated Energy Information and Analysis
Canada Energy Regulator
Telephone: 403-390-9798

Date First included in Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2019

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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