Language selection


Frontier and Offshore Regulatory Renewal Initiative (FORRI) Framework Regulations

This regulatory initiative is part of the 2024-2026 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 the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act:

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

The review and revision date of these regulations has yet to be determined, but will ensure harmonization with the corresponding regulations under the Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act.

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 will be developed in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, and the Canada Energy Regulator.


The FORRI webpage contains additional information, as well as contact information, where interested parties can provide feedback.

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:

Page details

Date modified: