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Organizational Information

The Board is structured into five business units, reflecting major areas of responsibility: Applications; Commodities; Operations; Planning, Policy and Coordination; and Integrated Solutions.  In addition, the Executive Office includes the specialized services of Legal Services[5] and Regulatory Services.  The reporting structure to the Chairman and CEO is as follows:

 NEB Organizational Structure

 NEB Organizational Structure


Table 1: Departmental Planned Spending and Full Time Equivalents

(million $) Forecast Spending 2004-2005 Planned Spending 2005-2006 Planned Spending 2006-2007 Planned Spending 2007-2008
Energy Regulation and Advice 38.3 37.9 38.2 38.2
Budgetary Main Estimates (gross) 38.3 37.9 38.2 38.2
Total Main Estimates 38.3 37.9 38.2 38.2
Supplementary Estimates:        
Operating budget carry forward 0.8      
TB Vote 15 0.4      
Employee Benefit Plan (EBP) 0.1      
Total Adjustments 1.3      
Total Planned Spending 39.6 37.9 38.2 38.2
Total Planned Spending 39.6 39.4 38.2 38.2
Less: Non-Respendable revenue 40.5 39.4 39.9 39.9
Plus: Cost of services received without charge 5.9 5.9 5.8 5.8
Net cost of Program 5.0 4.4 4.1 4.1
Full Time Equivalents 305.6 305.1 307.6 307.6

Table 2: Program by Activity




Program Activity Program Gross Total Main Estimates Total Planned Spending
Energy Regulation and advice 38.2 38.2 38.2 38.2
Total 38.2 38.2 38.2 38.2

Table 3: Voted and Statutory Items listed in Main Estimates


Vote or Statutory Item   Current Main Estimates Previous Main Estimates
30 Program expenditures 33.3 33.3
(S) Contributions to employee benefit plans 4.9 5.0
  Total Department or Agency 38.2 38.3

Table 4: Net Cost of Department for the Estimates Year

(million $) Energy Regulation and Advice Total
Total Planned Spending 38.2 38.2
Plus: Services Received without Charge    
Accommodation provided by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) 3.8 3.8
Contributions covering employers' share of employees’ insurance premiums and expenditures paid by TBS (excluding revolving funds) 1.9 1.9
Worker’s compensation, cost recovery audit costs and miscellaneous costs provided by other departments 0.1 0.1
  5.8 5.8
Less: Non-respendable Revenue 39.7 39.7
2005-2006 Net cost of Department 4.3 4.3

Table 5: Sources of Respendable and Non-Respendable Revenue

Non-Respendable Revenue

(million $) Forecast Revenue
Planned Revenue
Planned Revenue
Planned Revenue
Energy Regulation and Advice 40.5 39.7 39.9 39.9
Total Non-Respendable Revenue 40.5 39.7 39.9 39.9

Table 6: Major Regulatory Initiatives

Regulations Expected Results
Canada Offshore Oil and Gas Installation Manager Regulations; Newfoundland Offshore Oil and Gas Installation Manager Regulations; and Nova Scotia Offshore Oil and Gas Installation Manager Regulations Presently evaluating if the NEB needs to develop these regulations.
Canada Oil and Gas Diving Regulations; Newfoundland Offshore Area Petroleum Diving Regulations; and Nova Scotia Offshore Area Petroleum Diving Regulations Less prescriptive, more goal-oriented regulations for activities in support of oil and gas programs in frontier lands.
Canada Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Regulations; Newfoundland Offshore Area Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Regulations; and Nova Scotia Offshore Area Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Regulations Amalgamation of Canada Oil and Gas Production and Conservation Regulations and Canada Oil and Gas Drilling Regulations.

Rewrite to a goal-oriented style.

Updated and streamlined administration.

National Energy Board Cost Recovery Regulations Modifications to the existing regulations arising from a request from the electricity industry.
National Energy Board Damage Prevention Regulations Less prescriptive, more goal-oriented regulations for NEB-regulated facilities, to more effectively address safety in the proximity of pipelines.

Will replace the National Energy Board Pipeline Crossings Regulations, Parts I and II.

National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 Review and modify the existing regulations and guidance notes based on experience gained regarding the effectiveness of the NEB's move towards goal based regulation.

Incorporate new provisions pertaining to security, decommissioning, incident reporting and operations and maintenance.

Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations Updated regulations to conform to the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations under the Canada Labour Code.
National Energy Board Submerged Pipeline Regulations New regulations to cover pipelines under the NEB’s jurisdiction in offshore areas.

[1] The public interest is inclusive of all Canadians and refers to a balance of economic, environmental, and social interests that changes as society’s values and preferences evolve over time. As a regulator, the Board must estimate the overall public good a project may create and its potential negative aspects, weigh its various impacts, and make a decision.

[2]      Under the CEA Act, the Minister of Environment can substitute a hearing by the NEB for a CEA Act review panel or joint review panel process.  Substitution was endorsed by the External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation as a viable means to provide the substitute authority greater control over the design and the broader regulatory approval process.  Substitution could make the review processes more efficient and timely without reducing the quality of the environmental assessment or compromising the public’s ability to participate. 

[3]      Major releases are defined as >100 m3 of liquid hydrocarbon.

[4]      Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a tool that can be used to resolve differences outside of  hearings and court proceedings.  Various approaches can be used including negotiation, mediation and workshops, leading to increased understanding of interests and perspectives, and an increased likelihood of a “win - win” outcome.

[5]      Legal Services is accountable to the Chairman and Board Members for the provision of legal advice.  It is accountable to the Chief Operating Officer for its operations and administrative matters.