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Frontier and Offshore Regulatory Renewal Initiative (FORRI) Framework Regulations

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

Enabling Acts


The Frontier and Offshore Regulatory Renewal Initiative (FORRI) aims to modernize the regulations governing Canada's frontier and offshore oil and gas sector. The following existing regulations will be modernized and amalgamated into one Framework Regulation (under each of the three acts):

  • Drilling and Production Regulations
  • Geophysical Operations Regulations
  • Certificate of Fitness Regulations
  • Operations Regulations, and
  • Installation Regulations

This review is proceeding with the Accord Acts regulations at this time, regulations under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act will be revised at a later date.

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

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There are no expected negative business impacts.  Administrative burden is to be determined.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The proposed regulations have been developed in collaboration with the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board and the Canada Energy Regulator.


The FORRI webpage contains links to the policy intent documents, as well as contact information, where interested parties can provide feedback.

The draft regulations were pre-published in Part I of the Canada Gazette in Spring 2022.

Further Information

For further information, please contact the FORRI website

Departmental Contact

Cheryl McNeil
Deputy Director
Offshore Management Division
Analysis and Operations Branch

Date First included in Forward Regulatory Plan


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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