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Oil and Gas in the Canadian Federation


  • Plourde, André

    () (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)


This paper provides an overview of key governance issues of relevance to the upstream oil and gas industry in Canada. The focus is on implications of Canada’s constitutional organization as a federation of ten provinces and three territories. Regulatory structures and provisions are described, as are revenue-sharing arrangements. Challenges for the environmental regulation of activities relating to oil and gas exploration, development, and production are highlighted. Implications of the evolving understanding of the rights of Canada’s aboriginal peoples are discussed. Special attention is paid to issues of importance to the federation as a whole and to the potential for the emergence of inter-governmental tensions and conflicts.

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  • Plourde, André, 2010. "Oil and Gas in the Canadian Federation," Working Papers 2010-1, University of Alberta, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:albaec:2010_001

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    Canadian oil and gas policy; federalism; energy revenue-sharing;

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    • H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General
    • L78 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Government Policy
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy

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