ARCHIVED - Update on the Modernization of the Act, Regulations, and Systems (MARS) - Volume 2, Issue 3

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IOGC Quarterly Newsletter

Reporting Period – October 1st to December 31st, 2012

Since our last newsletter, IOGC has reached a significant milestone in the MARS project. By the end of December 2012, regulatory drafting instructions were completed for the Sub-surface Tenure, Environment, and Enforcement modules. In doing so, IOGC met its commitment to both departmental and external stakeholders to complete seven of nine modules before the end of calendar year 2012.  Drafting instructions were previously completed for the following modules:

The remaining modules (Royalties Management Module, Monies Management Module) remain on target to be completed by the end of March 2013.

Though the completion of these drafting instructions represents a major step toward the overall goal of modernizing the legislative/regulatory regime, much work lies ahead as priority begins to shift from developing drafting instructions to participating in the formal regulatory drafting process that will turn drafting instructions into draft regulations. As IOGC moves forward with draft regulations, consultation with First Nations will be on-going via the Joint Technical Committee (JTC-1) and the Indian Resource Council (IRC).

Now that a complete picture of the new regulatory regime is near-ready, outreach to industry and the provinces will form an important part of the work, as well as developing a detailed implementation plan. The ultimate objective is to have the regulations completed soon after both the Indian Oil and Gas Act, 2009, and its associated regulations, come into force and begin to be administered by IOGC. This is projected to occur as early as in 2014.

The Business Process Modeling of the "Design State" has been deferred in order for IOGC to focus on regulatory development. "Design State" process mapping is now projected to be completed by March 2014.

Informatics enhancements continue to move forward mostly on schedule. In early October, it became apparent that, with the current economic climate and with the government's focus on deficit reduction, IOGC would not be able to access all the financial resources required to provide a full suite of tools to administer the new on-reserve oil and gas regime. A new plan was developed to prioritize the most critical tools and which would also facilitate the addition of the remaining tool set if or when funding becomes available in the future.  Documents seeking Treasury Board spending authority for the implementation of this revised plan should be ready for Treasury Board Ministers' consideration early in FY2013-14.

IOGC has been conducting a study on the benefits of joining the PETRINEX. The membership of this authoritative data source currently includes Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Statistics Canada. The first part of the expected two-part study continues to be projected to be completed by April 2013.

To facilitate the administration of the new on-reserve oil and gas regime, IOGC is in the process of making the most significant organizational changes since its establishment more than 25 years ago. Further details will be provided as they become better-defined.

Along with managing business and technical changes, effectively dealing with the expected re-organization and the "human" side of change, are both priorities for IOGC. Efforts continue to be underway to contract for long-term organizational change management services throughout the expected life cycle of the MARS Project.


For further information, please contact IOGC at:

Indian Oil and Gas Canada
100 - 9911 Chiila Blvd.
Tsuu T'ina AB T2W 6H6
Phone: (403) 292-5625
Fax: (403) 292-5618

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