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Indian Oil and Gas Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. I-7)

Act current to 2020-07-28 and last amended on 2019-08-01. Previous Versions

Regulations (continued)

Marginal note:Incorporation by reference

  •  (1) Regulations made under subsection 4.1(1) — other than regulations made under paragraphs 4.1(1)(a) to (d), (f) to (r), (v) and (w) — may incorporate by reference laws of a province as amended from time to time, with any adaptations that the Governor in Council considers appropriate.

  • Marginal note:Powers of provincial officials and bodies

    (2) Regulations incorporating laws of a province may confer any power or impose any duty that the Governor in Council considers necessary on any provincial official or body, to be exercised or performed on behalf of the federal government in the same circumstances and subject to the same conditions as those governing the exercise of that power or the performance of that duty under the laws of the province.

  • Marginal note:Agreement with province

    (3) The Minister may enter into an agreement with the government of a province, or with a public body established by the laws of a province, respecting the administration or enforcement on first nation lands of any laws of the province that are incorporated by the regulations, including the exchange of information related to administration and enforcement of those laws.

  • Marginal note:Inconsistency with regulations under other Acts

    (4) Regulations made under any other Act of Parliament prevail over laws of a province that are incorporated by the regulations made under this Act to the extent of any inconsistency, unless the incorporating regulations provide otherwise.

  • Marginal note:Review by provincial courts

    (5) Unless the regulations provide otherwise, where a power is conferred or a duty is imposed by laws of a province that are incorporated by the regulations, the exercise of that power or the performance of that duty is subject to review by, or appeal to, the courts of the province in the same manner and to the same extent as if the laws of the province applied of their own force.

  • Marginal note:Moneys

    (6) Unless otherwise provided by the regulations, moneys collected by a provincial official or body under laws of a province that are incorporated by the regulations are not Indian moneys for the purposes of the Indian Act or public money for the purposes of the Financial Administration Act.

  • Marginal note:Immunity — acts or omissions

    (7) In respect of an act or omission occurring in the exercise of a power or the performance of a duty by a provincial official or body under laws of a province that are incorporated by the regulations, the official or body exercising that power or performing that duty is entitled, unless the regulations provide otherwise, to the same limits on liability, defences and immunities as those that would apply under the laws of the province to an official or body exercising a like power or performing a like duty.

  • 2009, c. 7, s. 1

Marginal note:Inconsistency with first nation laws

 Regulations made under this Act prevail over any by-laws or other laws made by a first nation under another Act of Parliament to the extent of any inconsistency between them, unless otherwise provided by regulations made under this Act.

  • 2009, c. 7, s. 1

General

Marginal note:Powers of Minister

  •  (1) The Minister may

    • (a) order the suspension of exploration for or exploitation of oil or gas situated in first nation lands or order a contract holder or operator to take remedial action if, in the Minister’s opinion, the exploration or exploitation

      • (i) presents a danger to property, risks the wasting of oil or gas or risks disturbing or damaging an oil or gas reservoir, the surface of land or the environment, or

      • (ii) presents a risk of harm to a site of palaeontological, archaeological, ethnological or historical significance or to a site that is of cultural, spiritual or ceremonial importance to the first nation;

    • (b) authorize the resumption of any exploration or exploitation suspended under paragraph (a) if, in the Minister’s opinion, the danger or risk no longer exists and if any remedial action ordered has been taken to the Minister’s satisfaction;

    • (c) despite the regulations, where lands have been set apart as a reserve for purposes of the implementation of an agreement for the settlement of land claims arising under a treaty, grant a contract that includes terms and conditions similar to those that were in effect in respect of those lands immediately before they were set apart as a reserve;

    • (d) fix a later time for a person to do anything under this Act or under a contract, even though the original time for doing it has passed, if the Minister is satisfied that a delay is or was unavoidable and that an extension would not prejudice any other person; and

    • (e) prescribe any forms that are necessary for the purposes of this Act.

  • Marginal note:Conditions

    (2) In exercising a power under subsection (1), the Minister may impose any conditions that the Minister considers appropriate.

  • R.S., 1985, c. I-7, s. 5
  • 1999, c. 31, s. 137(E)
  • 2009, c. 7, s. 1

Marginal note:Limitation period

  •  (1) Without limiting any other right or remedy available to the Minister, the Minister may commence an action to collect an amount owing to Her Majesty in right of Canada under this Act — and any interest owing on the amount — within 10 years after the end of the calendar year in which the amount became owing.

  • Marginal note:Exception — fraud, misrepresentation

    (2) Despite subsection (1), the Minister may commence an action at any time to collect an amount owing to Her Majesty in right of Canada under this Act that was unpaid by reason of fraud or because of a misrepresentation that is attributable to neglect, carelessness or wilful default, together with any interest owing on that amount.

  • 2009, c. 7, s. 1

Marginal note:Minister to consult

  •  (1) The Minister, in administering this Act, shall consult, on a continuing basis, persons representative of the Indian bands most directly affected thereby.

  • Marginal note:Approval or notice

    (1.1) The Governor in Council may, by regulation,

    • (a) require that a power of the Minister under this Act in relation to first nation lands be exercised only if prior approval of the council of the first nation is obtained, if the council is first consulted or if prior notice is given to the council, as the case may be;

    • (b) require that any such power of the Minister be exercised only if prior consent is given by any first nation member who is in lawful possession of the first nation lands; and

    • (c) require that notice be given to the council of the first nation after the Minister exercises any such power.

  • Marginal note:Rights not abrogated

    (2) Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to abrogate the rights of Indian people or preclude them from negotiating for oil and gas benefits in those areas in which land claims have not been settled.

  • R.S., 1985, c. I-7, s. 6
  • 2009, c. 7, s. 2

Marginal note:Canada Labour Code

 This Act does not affect the application of the Canada Labour Code.

  • 2009, c. 7, s. 3

Inspection, Audit and Examination

Marginal note:Designation of inspectors

  •  (1) The Minister may designate any person as an inspector for the purpose of verifying compliance with this Act and the regulations.

  • Marginal note:Certificate

    (2) The Minister shall provide every inspector with a certificate of designation, which the inspector shall, on request, show to the person appearing to be in charge of a place being inspected.

  • 2009, c. 7, s. 3

Marginal note:Inspection on first nation lands

  •  (1) An inspector and any person accompanying an inspector may, at any reasonable time, enter and inspect any place on first nation lands, other than a dwelling-place, if the inspector has reasonable grounds to believe that an activity to which this Act applies is being carried on, or has been carried on, in that place.

  • Marginal note:Outside first nation lands

    (2) An inspector and any person accompanying an inspector may at any reasonable time, for the purpose of verifying the quantity or quality of oil or gas recovered from first nation lands or the amount of any costs or allowances prescribed under subparagraph 4.1(1)(g)(ii), enter and inspect any place outside first nation lands where such oil or gas is handled, treated or processed or its volume measured.

  • Marginal note:Powers of inspectors

    (3) An inspector conducting an inspection of a place and any person accompanying the inspector may

    • (a) examine anything found in the place that is used in exploration for or exploitation of oil or gas, or observe any operation in the place that is related to such exploration or exploitation;

    • (b) take samples of anything relevant to the administration of this Act or the regulations and dispose of them afterwards;

    • (c) conduct any tests or take any measurements;

    • (d) examine any documents or information found in the place that the inspector has reasonable grounds to believe are relevant to the administration of this Act or the regulations and copy the documents or information, take extracts from them or require any person in the place to provide copies of them;

    • (e) use or cause to be used any copying equipment at the place to reproduce such documents and remove the copies for the purpose of examination;

    • (f) take photographs and make sketches or video recordings;

    • (g) use or cause to be used any computer system or data processing system at the place to search and examine any data contained in or available to the system;

    • (h) obtain, in the form of a printout or other output, a copy of any data referred to in paragraph (g) that the inspector has reasonable grounds to believe are relevant to the administration of this Act or the regulations, and remove it for the purpose of examination; and

    • (i) require any person present in the place to accompany the inspector during the inspection and require that person to answer all proper questions and to give the inspector all reasonable assistance.

  • 2009, c. 7, s. 3
 
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