The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board is a world class regulator and is recognized as such.

Core Values

Our values serve to guide our actions and describe our behavior in the work environment. They include:

  • Accountability: We are responsible for our actions.
  • Competence: We have the knowledge and training to fulfill our mandate.
  • Fairness: We are free from bias or judgment and consistent in execution of our mandate.
  • Integrity: We uphold ethical standards.


To interpret and apply the provisions of the Atlantic Accord and the Atlantic Accord Implementation Acts to all activities of operators in the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area and, to oversee operator compliance with those statutory provisions.


The role of the C-NLOPB is to facilitate the exploration for and development of petroleum resources in the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area in a manner that is consistent with the
C-NLOPB’s mandate including:

  • health and safety of workers
  • environmental protection;
  • effective management of land tenure;
  • maximum hydrocarbon recovery and value; and,
  • Canada/Newfoundland and Labrador benefits.

Worker health and safety and environmental protection will be paramount in all Board decisions.

Lines of Business

  • To verify that operators have a prudent regime for achieving worker health and safety and the protection of the environment.
  • To verify that all statutory and regulatory requirements are fulfilled prior to the issuance of an approval or authorization.
  • To process applications for approvals and authorizations in a consistent and timely manner.
  • To verify, through audits and compliance verification, that operators follow plans described in applications.
  • To verify that if deviations from an approval or authorization are found, that these matters are corrected in a consistent and timely manner.
  • To provide effective and efficient administration of land tenure.
  • To oversee operators’ production activities to ensure that they are consistent with the goal of maximizing recovery, good oilfield practices, production accounting and approved plans.
  • To oversee operators’ exploration activities including geophysical, geological, environmental and geotechnical programs.
  • To oversee operators’ exploration, delineation and production drilling activity and to apply special oversight measures to deep-water drilling programs.
  • To oversee and monitor the work of Certifying Authorities in respect of approved scopes of work for installations.
  • To build an inventory of petroleum resource information for the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area through the acquisition and curation of such information from exploration and production activity.
  • To verify that each operator has an approved Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Benefits Plan that addresses its statutory obligations.
  • To monitor and evaluate the compliance of operators with the contracting, employment, diversity and R&D obligations and commitments under Section 45 of the Act and approved benefits plans.

The C-NLOPB Does Not

  • Guarantee the health and safety of workers or the protection of the environment; the operators are responsible for the health and safety of workers and protection of the environment.
  • Manage reservoirs or production; that is the role of the operator within the context of an approved Development Plan.
  • Guarantee the participation of Canadian or Newfoundland and Labrador workers and businesses.
  • Have any role, beyond the provision of required data and information to government, in the establishment or administration of the fiscal regime (royalties/taxes) for any offshore activity.
  • Approve or comment on benefits agreements between operators and royalty owners.
  • Promote the industry.