Information Letter - Representation to Minister

February 2021

Introduction

This Information Letter describes the process whereby a recipient of a Notice of Violation (Notice) has the right under the Indian Oil and Gas Act (Act) Section 23 (2) to make representations to the Minister disputing the issuance of the Notice. This process also includes the recipient's right of further appeal to the Federal Court, under Section 24 (1), if they are in disagreement with the Ministerial decision.

Background and process

Section 22 of the Act provides that Indian Oil and Gas Canada (IOGC) may issue a Notice. Under Section 21 (4), the decision to proceed by Notice is made at the IOGC Enforcement Operations Committee only after all information submitted by the IOGC Business Units is presented, examined, and discussed. The Chair of the IOGC Enforcement Operations Committee is the Manager, Compliance and Enforcement.

Section 24 (2) of the Interpretation Act enables a Minister to delegate their authority to "a person appointed to serve, in the department or ministry of state over which the minister presides…" The Minister of Indigenous Services Canada has therefore delegated their authority to review IOGC Enforcement Operation Committee decisions to the IOGC Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The IOGC Executive Director and CEO is not a member of, and does not attend, the IOGC Enforcement Operations Committee.

Contract holder roles and responsibilities

Every contract holder is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Act and Indian Oil and Gas Regulations (SOR/2019-196) (Regulations). A Notice is issued when the IOGC Enforcement Operations Committee decides that a contract holder has failed to comply with a designated provision of the Act or Regulations. The penalty for each violation is described in Schedule 6 of the Regulations.

Within 30 days after the day on which the Notice is served, a contract holder may accept that the violation has occurred and pay the penalty or make a Representation to the Minister disputing the Notice, under Section 22 (2) (b) of the Act.

To make a Representation to the Minister, the contract holder is provided an opportunity to present their position, in writing, to IOGC's Executive Director and CEO, as per Section 23 (2) of the Act.

Interest will be assessed as per the Financial Administration Act for any unpaid penalties.

IOGC Executive Director and CEO roles and responsibilities

Executive Director and CEO will review:

The IOGC Executive Director and CEO will then make a decision based on a balance of probabilities, per Section 23 (3) of the Act, as to whether or not a violation has taken place.

The IOGC Executive Director and CEO can either uphold or overturn the IOGC Enforcement Operations Committee decision:

The Federal Court can either uphold or overturn an IOGC decision:

IOGC will notify the respective First Nation when there is a Notice issued on First Nation lands.

Further information

Compliance and Enforcement at IOGC

Online forms are currently unavailable. Email the Compliance and Enforcement Unit to obtain the required form(s) at aadnc.iogccompliance.aandc@canada.ca

For further information on the Representation to Minister process, please contact:

Indian Oil and Gas Canada
c/o Compliance and Enforcement Unit
100 – 9911 Chiila Blvd.
Tsuut'ina AB T3T 0E1
Phone: (403) 292-5625
Fax (403) 292-5618
Email: aadnc.iogccompliance.aandc@canada.ca (subject line: Representation to Minister)

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