Canada’s energy industry operates in one of the world’s strictest regulatory regimes. The rules that apply from federal, territorial and provincial bodies are ones that businesses must comply with, including regulations that govern the environment, Indigenous rights and land ownership. These rules are complicated and can be challenging to navigate.
The Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal and Land Group (REAL) at Osler is an integrated team operating across Canada with significant expertise advising on a range of issues that span the resource sector and specifically provide timely and practical strategic advice to the energy industry.
We’ve worked on countless matters, from environmental and Aboriginal law to land and market regulation with companies in the energy, natural resource and infrastructure spaces. We provide invaluable assistance on developing large-scale industrial projects, including pipelines and oil sands and electric generation facilities, and have helped many companies obtain all of their necessary regulatory approvals.
Navigating these areas of concern requires a team, which is why it’s important to work with a firm that understands the nuanced rules that apply to the energy industry.
Osler’s team of experts have drafted numerous agreements with Indigenous groups, have extensive experience advising clients on Aboriginal law, consultation, benefits agreements and related litigation. We have also advised on a variety of land-related issues, including ones related to the acquisition and disposition of lands and commercial developments, pipeline relocations, commercial and residential subdivisions and foreign ownership. We have also helped clients in environmental litigation, and can provide guidance on existing operations, risk management and mitigation and emergency response if an environmental incident arises.
As the energy industry continues to evolve, more environmental and land-use issues will arise, and it will be important to work effectively with all community stakeholders and stay on the right side of regulatory requirements. That is why you need to work with a firm that can help you overcome obstacles to help your project stay on track.