Land Issuance

Active Sectors
NL05-EN2-Year Cycle
NL02-SEN4-Year Cycle
NL02-LS4-Year Cycle
NL01-NEN4-Year Cycle
NL01-SN4-Year Cycle
Active Calls for Nominations
RegionsClosing Date
Active Calls for Bids
RegionsClosing Date
NL16-CFB03 – Labrador SouthNovember 8, 2017


Year of Call for Bids Close – Cumulative Parcels (CP)
Jeanne d’Arc
Northern (Low Activity)
Labrador North
Labrador SouthCPCP
North Eastern

(High Activity)
Southern (Low Activity)

South Eastern
and Labrador

Scheduled Land Tenure - Exploration Licences

In 2013, the Board implemented a Scheduled Land Tenure System designed to provide increased timeframes for calls for bids in more frontier areas of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area. The Offshore Area has been divided into eight regions under this system, which have been individually categorized as either low activity, high activity, or mature, based on the level of oil and gas exploration and development activities.

In this system there are three rights issuance timing cycles, corresponding to the activity designations. Low activity – a four year cycle, high activity – a two year cycle, and mature – a one year cycle.

In the Scheduled Land Tenure System, the rights issuance cycle will commence with a call for nominations (Areas of Interest). The Board will consider all nominations received and assess the nominations to design a sector, which will be announced early in the process, providing the location of the future call for bids. Subsequent to the Sector Identification, a call for nominations (Parcels) will be made requesting nominations of parcels over the previously identified sector. Parcel nominations will be assessed by the C-NLOPB and used in the design of the call for bids.

Parcel nominations for all other regions not yet publically announced into the Scheduled Land Tenure System are welcome and will be assessed by the Board as received. These nominations would be considered in the one year, call for bids rights issuance cycle.

The identity of the nominee and information concerning any lands nominated is confidential.


Land Tenure:
Shannon Bulger
Land Tenure Coordinator

Corina Mitchell
Legal Administrative Assistant

Active Sectors

Sectors represent the geographic area for which a call for bids will take place in the scheduled land tenure system. Sectors will be identified at the beginning of the scheduled land tenure process, such that industry will have a known call for bids area with a long lead schedule, allowing additional time for exploration assessment. A sector will be posted via a Sector Identification announcement.

Sectors will be configured by the C-NLOPB, based upon the Area of Interest nominations received from industry and assessment of lands by the Exploration Department. The C-NLOPB has considered the appropriate size of potential sectors, given the goals and process of the scheduled land tenure system. The size of a sector will be approximately 2 million hectares (ha) or 20 000 km2 and therefore will accommodate roughly nine, 800 section exploration licences (ELs) (the maximum EL size offered by the
C-NLOPB). As such, sectors will be large relative to exploration prospects, existing fields and exploration licences. They will be designed to allow for multiple play and prospect types over an extensive geographical area. Sector boundaries will be considered “flexible” for the purpose of parcel design; such that parcels can extend beyond the edge of a sector to properly contain geological features in the subsurface.


Eastern Newfoundland Region: Sector NL05-EN

Eastern Newfoundland Region: Proposed Sector Location for NL05-EN

South Eastern Newfoundland: Sector NL02-SEN

Labrador South Region: Sector NL02-LS

North Eastern Newfoundland Region: Sector NL01-NEN

Southern Newfoundland Region: Sector NL01-SN


2020 Calls for Nominations - Parcels


NL20-CFN02 – South Eastern Newfoundland Region (Over Sector NL02-SEN)

NL20-CFN03 – Jeanne d’Arc Region

2020 Calls for Nominations – Area of Interest


NL20-CFN01 – Eastern Newfoundland Region

2019 Calls for Nominations – Parcels


NL19-CFN01 – Eastern Newfoundland Region (Over Sector NL04-EN)

NL19-CFN02 – Jeanne d’Arc Region

2018 Calls for Nominations – Parcels


NL18-CFN03 – Jeanne d’Arc Region – Amended

2018 Calls for Nominations – Area of Interest


NL18-CFN01 – Eastern Newfoundland Region

NL18-CFN02 – South Eastern Newfoundland Region

NL18-CFN03 – Jeanne d’Arc Region

2017 Calls for Nominations – Area of Interest


NL17-CFN01 – South Eastern Newfoundland Region


NL17-CFN02 – Eastern Newfoundland Region


NL17-CFN03 – Jeanne d’Arc Region

2016 Calls for Nominations – Area of Interest


NL16-CFN01 – North Eastern Newfoundland Region


NL16-CFN02 – Southern Newfoundland Region


NL16-CFN04 – Eastern Newfoundland Region

2016 Calls for Nominations – Parcels


NL16-CFN03 – Labrador South Region – Sector NL01-LS
NL16-CFN05 – Jeanne d’Arc Region

2015 Calls for Nominations – Parcels


NL15-01JDA (Parcels) – Jeanne d’Arc Region
NL15-01EN (Parcels) – Sector NL02-EN – Eastern Newfoundland Region

2015 Calls for Nominations – Areas of Interest


Related News Releases
NL15-01LS Labrador South Region
NL15-01SEN South Eastern Newfoundland Region

2014 Calls for Nominations – Areas of Interest

NL14-01EN Eastern Newfoundland Region

2014 Calls for Nominations – Parcels

NL14-01JDA (Parcels) – Jeanne d’Arc Region
NL14-01EN (Parcels) – Sector NL01-EN

2013 Calls for Nominations – Areas of Interest

NL 13-01EN (Eastern Newfoundland Region)
NL 13-01LS (Labrador South Region)

As a reminder to potential bidders, our address has been changed to the following:

The Tower Corporate Campus
240 Waterford Bridge Road
West Campus Hall
Suite 7100
St. John’s, NL
A1E 1E2

2016 Calls for Bids


NL16-CFB03 – Labrador South Region

Calls for Bids 2020


NL20-CFB01 – Eastern Newfoundland Region

Calls for Bids 2019

NL19-CFB01 –South Eastern Newfoundland Region

NL19-CFB02 – Jeanne d’Arc Region

Calls for Bids 2018

NL18-CFB01 – Eastern Newfoundland Region

NL18-CFB02 – Jeanne d’Arc Region

NL18-CFB03 – Jeanne d’Arc Region (Production Licence)

Calls for Bids 2017

NL17-CFB01 – Jeanne d’Arc Region

Calls for Bids 2016

NL16-CFB01 – Eastern Newfoundland Region

NL16-CFB02 – Jeanne d’Arc Region

Calls for Bids 2015

NL 15-01 (Eastern Newfoundland Region)

Calls for Bids 2014

NL 14-01 (Jeanne d’Arc Region)

Calls for Bids 2013

Related News Releases
Strategic Environmental Assessment
NL 13-03 (Area “B” – Western Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Region)