Management Plan 2018-2019
Message from the CEO
I am pleased to present IOGC's Management Plan for 2018-19.
This plan outlines our strategic and operational priorities for the fiscal year, and has been developed with input from First Nations clients and our stakeholders. The plan is anchored in our Strategic Framework, which sets out our four directional priorities:
- Excellence in Governance;
- Excellence in Oil and Gas Management;
- Workplace of Choice; and,
- Effective Relationships
The 2018-19 plan aligns with the objectives of the Lands and Economic Development (LED) Sector, the results framework for "Community and Regional Development", and the departmental result that "land and resources in Indigenous communities and the North are sustainably managed".
For 2018-19, IOGC will continue to focus on three priorities:
- Completing the gazetting and approvals processes for the Phase I or ‘core' regulations so both the Indian Oil and Gas Act, 2009 and the Phase I regulations will come into force, beginning on the day both become law. This includes collaborating with the Indian Resource Council (IRC) to support First Nation awareness of the changes and the impacts for future oil and gas operations;
- Continuing systems development for the Resource Information Management System 2 (RIMS2) project, which secured both project and expenditure approvals in May 2016; and,
- Continuing the development of the Phase II regulations in consultation with First Nations, industry and provinces.
Implementation of the Indian Oil and Gas Act, 2009 and its Phase I regulations will bring many changes to how IOGC does business and we will continue to address both the project and the people side of these changes, so we can optimize the benefits to First Nations of the new Act and regulations, modern business practices and informatics enhancements.
Given the economic challenges facing the oil and gas industry, and higher levels of oil and gas company insolvencies, IOGC will place increased emphasis on compliance and enforcement in 2018-19 to ensure the continued protection of the environment and human health and safety.
IOGC will also prioritize Co-Management Board joint work in support of First Nations assertion of jurisdiction over oil and gas resource development on First Nation lands.
The coming year will see many exciting changes and some challenges for IOGC and its staff as we adapt to both internally-driven and externally-driven changes. As in past years, IOGC will continue to work with the Indian Oil and Gas Canada Co-Management Board. We will also work with the Indian Resource Council and the Joint Technical Committee One (JTC-1). I look forward to IOGC's continued collaboration with our Board and these important advocates.
Executive Director and CEO
Indian Oil and Gas Canada (IOGC) is responsible for the management of oil and gas on First Nations reserve lands across Canada, primarily south of the 60th parallel. IOGC is a separate employer and a special operating agency within Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNA). IOGC operates pursuant to the Indian Oil and Gas Act, and aligns its plans and operations with relevant CIRNA Departmental Results Framework and Treasury Board Management Accountability Framework elements.Footnote 1
Each year, the IOGC integrated planning process results in two planning documents: the first is the IOGC Management Plan which outlines the organization's high level priorities; the second is the IOGC Implementation Plan which details the project, operational and functional work plans for the year.
IOGC's Management Plan for 2018-19 is focused on advancing IOGC's strategic direction; helping the organization realize its mandate and achieve its vision to be a ‘modern regulator' of First Nation oil and gas resources. The IOGC Management Plan is designed to strengthen the contribution IOGC makes to support "Community and Regional Development" and the departmental result that "land and resources in Indigenous communities and the North are sustainably managed".
IOGC's annual management planning cycle begins with an environmental scan, which analyses key trends in the economy; the oil and gas industry; and the legal, regulatory and environmental arenas that may affect the organization's activities in the year ahead. Insight is also gained through examination of new developments in First Nation clients and key stakeholder groups including other federal departments and agencies, oil and gas producing provinces and the energy industry.
Key trends in 2018-19 include: global economic growth; improving oil prices; lower gas prices; increasing numbers of Canadian oil and gas company insolvencies as the industry struggles with lower prices; competitiveness; pipeline capacity constraints; continuing environmental pressures; First Nation assertion of jurisdiction; and the transition to two new departments: Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNA), from the old Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).
In 2018-19, IOGC will focus on implementation of the Indian Oil and Gas Act (2009)Footnote 2
(IOGA, 2009) and Phase I regulations, RIMS2 systems development and will continue to work with First Nations on the development of the Phase II regulations. From an operations perspective, IOGC's focus will be on compliance and enforcement to address issues arising from the increasing number of oil and gas company insolvencies and the potential for orphaned wells on reserve lands. IOGC will also prioritize joint work in support of First Nations assertion of jurisdiction over oil and gas resource development on First Nation lands.