Canada Energy Regulator – 2022–23 Departmental Results Report

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Tracy Sletto, Chief Executive Officer, Canada Energy Regulator

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The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, P.C., M.P., Minister of Energy and Natural Resources

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Message from the Chairperson

George Vegh, Chairperson of the Board of DirectorsThe Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is Canada’s federal energy regulator. The CER plays a critical role in keeping energy moving safely across the country and sharing relevant and timely energy information. The foundation of this work is rooted in the Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CER Act) and the CER advances its mandate with the support of the deep technical experience and expertise of its decision-makers and staff.

This Departmental Results Report for 2022–23 shows the actual results achieved by the CER in the last fiscal year, compared against our plans, priorities and expected results that were set out in our Departmental Plan. These reports help inform parliamentarians and Canadians of the results achieved by government organizations.

The CER’s Board of Directors is responsible for governance – setting the strategic direction of the Regulator with a keen focus on results and outcomes. In 2022–23 the CER continued to deliver on its mandate, with safety at the core, and made significant progress towards advancing its Strategic Plan. This includes work on its strategic priorities: Trust and Confidence; Competitiveness; Data and Digital Innovation; and Reconciliation. In each of these areas, the organization has delivered results that demonstrate the value of the strategic direction set by the Board.

Throughout the year the Board and the CER Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) worked together to advance our shared interests. Key among this is the co-development of a Statement of Reconciliation. This publicly states the CER’s commitments, guiding principles and values as we continue our journey towards implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. This work would not be possible without the Board and IAC coming together in partnership with a shared desire to lead an agenda of change to advance Reconciliation.

In February 2023, Minister Wilkinson provided the Government’s key priorities to the CER, confirming that the CER’s strategic priorities are well aligned with those of the Government of Canada.Footnote 1 The Board and organization also welcomed Minister Wilkinson’s direction to “…undertake scenario analysis consistent with Canada achieving net-zero emissions by 2050…”. This is a natural progression to the in-depth and objective analysis work included in the CER’s flagship Energy Futures Reports. The CER released the latest iteration of the Report that responds to this request from the Minister in June 2023.

The CER’s greatest strength is its people. During my time as a Vice-Chair and now Chair of the CER, I have always been impressed by the caliber, professionalism and agility of the Regulator’s staff. From their creativity in addressing challenges and the commitment they demonstrate in supporting both the mandate of the organization and each other, they bring their best to work every day on behalf of Canadians. My Board colleagues and I would like to sincerely thank the entire CER staff for their hard work over the last year.

On August 22, 2023, I became Chair of the Board and Director Melanie Debassige moved into the role of Vice-Chair, as appointed by the Governor in Council. I am pleased that Cassie Doyle, the previous Chair of the CER Board, will be staying on in a Director role and will continue to provide governance continuity. I would like to thank Cassie for her work as the founding Chair of the CER and her contributions to our strategic achievements over the past four years.

George Vegh,

Chairperson
Board of Directors of the Canada Energy Regulator

Message from the Chief Executive Officer

Tracy Sletto, Chief Executive OfficerI am proud to present the 2022–23 Departmental Results Report for the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). This report summarizes the tangible results the CER has realized as Canada’s federal energy regulator.

As an organization, we continue to adapt to meet the changing needs of those we serve, and to regulate Canada’s evolving energy landscape. In this transition to a net-zero future, our commitment to safety remains unwavering. Protecting people and the environment is at the heart of who we are and what we do – always.

The mission of the CER is to regulate infrastructure to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of energy to Canada and the world, to protect the environment, to recognize and respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and to provide timely and relevant energy information and analysis. We accomplish this through work in each of our core responsibilities: Safety and Environment Oversight, Energy Adjudication, Energy Information and Engagement.

In the last year, we held regulated companies accountable for the safe construction, operation, and abandonment of energy infrastructure that Canadians rely on by enforcing some of the strictest safety standards in the world. Our staff carried out more than 200 compliance verification activities in 2022–23, to ensure that CER-regulated facilities do not harm people or the environment. We also shared what we learned with industry, other regulators and damage prevention associations and worked to improve safety culture awareness and understanding, both for safety and environmental protection.

In the field, CER Inspectors worked in partnership with Indigenous Monitors to expand our understanding of matters of importance to Indigenous communities, including places of spiritual significance and other valued resources. This collaborative approach is helping us learn how to better incorporate Indigenous perspectives in how we assess risk, promote safety and verify compliance.

We have also been focused on gathering input from Canadians as part of updating the CER’s regulatory framework. We completed the first phase of early engagement in our comprehensive review of the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, our primary “rulebook” for onshore pipelines. We heard from Indigenous Peoples, regulated companies, and stakeholders about which topics they would like to focus on and how they would like to be involved in our review. This review supports the highest level of safety, security and environmental protection and encourages the innovation that we know will be required in Canada’s energy transition to net-zero.

We delivered timely and reliable data and analysis that contributed to the energy conversation in Canada. We expanded our pipeline information products to include new interactive maps and dashboards and published a report that visualizes pipeline throughput and capacity data across different regions. In June 2023, the CER released its highly anticipated long-term energy supply and demand report - Canada’s Energy Future 2023: Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2050.

Furthering our commitment to building a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples, we began important conversations with Indigenous community leaders as a first step towards co-developing a system-wide collaborative oversight mechanism for the NOVA Gas Transmission Line (NGTL) System. The CER also signed a jointly developed Memorandum of Understanding with the Saskatchewan First Nations Natural Resource Centre of Excellence to share energy information relevant to Indigenous Peoples.

We had important conversations with landowners, community members and those impacted by or interested in our work to better understand concerns and gather valuable input into our decisions and how we approach our work. Ongoing engagement with stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of projects remains critical to our ability to build awareness, confidence and responsiveness in our regulatory processes.

Last year, as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic stabilized, the organization returned to more in-person compliance, oversight, hearing, and engagement activities, while continuing to leverage the benefits of virtual work. The CER launched the next phase of its hybrid workplace initiative, with flexible workplace arrangements that both benefit employees and our work as a regulator.

Our work is only possible because of our dedicated employees. I want to thank the CER’s staff from coast-to-coast-to-coast whose talents and expertise allow us to deliver on our mandate. We are committed to building a workplace where everyone thrives. We continue to implement the recommendations of our Diversity and Belonging Roadmap to empower and engage our workforce and ensure we have an inclusive work environment – something to which I remain deeply committed as CEO.

Finally, I would like to thank Gitane De Silva, who resigned as the CER’s CEO earlier this year. Ms. De Silva successfully steered the CER through the organization’s early days as a new regulator and deliver on our mandate during a global pandemic. I speak for all staff when I say it has been a genuine privilege to work with her and she will be missed.

Looking ahead, the CER will continue to build on our accomplishments from the past fiscal year as we prepare to meet the challenges ahead. Canadians can count on us to do so.

Tracy Sletto,

Chief Executive Officer,
Canada Energy Regulator

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