Written Comments

As the regulator of the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area, we recognize that in carrying out our regulatory processes, it is important to engage with Indigenous communities and the public.

Call for Bids NS22-1

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) issued Call for Bids NS22-1, which includes eight nominated parcels, on September 29, 2022

The CNSOPB administers the Call for Bids process on behalf of the federal and provincial governments for the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area. This includes reviewing nominations, selecting Call for Bids parcels, receiving and reviewing bids, and awarding Exploration Licences (ELs). The issuance of a Call for Bids and the award of ELs are both subject to a federal and provincial Ministerial review and approval process as set out in legislation.

The annual Call for Bids process gives oil and gas companies the opportunity to bid on parcels of Crown land, and, if successful, be awarded an EL. EL holders may apply to the CNSOPB to explore for oil and gas, but no activity can take place without authorization.

Written Comments

An opportunity to submit written comments specific to the areas included in Call for Bids NS22-1 was provided between September 29, 2022 to November 28, 2022. In January 2023 the CNSOPB will publish a report of the submitted written comments on this web page.