Imperial Oil

Imperial Oil in its pipeline approval (leave to construct) from the Ontario Energy Board


Imperial Oil




Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental

Date Closed

March 2020



Lead Office



On March 12, 2020, Imperial Oil Limited received approval from the Ontario Energy Board for leave to construct approximately 63 kilometers of pipeline and associated infrastructure to transport refined oil products from its facility in Hamilton, Ontario to its facility in the City of Toronto. The project is a proactive replacement of an important segment of Imperial’s Sarnia Products Pipeline (the “SPPL”). Operating safely for many decades, the SPPL is crucial infrastructure that provides refined fuel products (such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel) used by households and businesses across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. To support continued safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible transportation of these products, the Project will replace the transportation capabilities of an existing SPPL segment between rural Hamilton and North York.

Imperial Oil is one of Canada’s largest integrated oil companies specializing in refining raw hydrocarbons into petroleum products essential to consumers and businesses such as gasoline, diesel, heating oil, natural gas, lubricants, and chemicals used to make plastics. The Ontario Energy board is Ontario’s independent energy regulator, ensuring the sustainability of Ontario’s energy system.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP advised Imperial Oil as regulatory counsel with a team consisting of Richard King, Patrick Welsh, Isabelle Crew (Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental) and Paul Morassutti (Real Estate).