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.
The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) issued Call for Bids NS21-1, which includes two nominated parcels, on May 3, 2021.
The CNSOPB administers the Call for Bids process on behalf of the federal and provincial governments in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area. This includes reviewing nominations, 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 operators 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, but no activity can take place without authorization.
An opportunity to submit written comments on the areas included in Call for Bids NS21-1 will be available from May 3, 2021 until July 5, 2021.