About oil sands

Alberta's oil sands are the third-largest proven crude oil reserve in the world, next to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Services and information

Oil sands or bitumen is found in nature but must be processed before it is transformed into fuels or other products.

Learn the oil sands process, from initial permit applications through to reclamation of the site.

These indicators highlight trends across economic, environmental and social topics in Alberta’s oil sands and are subject to change.

These acronyms are commonly used by the oil sands industry and can be found on this site.

These terms appear on this site and are commonly used by the oil sands industry.


Alberta Energy manages oil sands royalty and tenure regulations, as well as Crown and individual agreements. These ensure that royalties and rentals are calculated and collected for the benefit of the people of Alberta.

Find out more about oil sands in the overview.


Connect with Oil Sands, Coal and Mineral Operations:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Oil Sands Royalty Project Applications and Compliance osrapplications.energy@gov.ab.ca
Oil Sands Royalty Administration osreport@gov.ab.ca
Oil Sands Royalty Information Management osrim@gov.ab.ca
Oil Sands Tenure ostenure@gov.ab.ca

Mailing Address:
Alberta Energy
Oil Sands, Coal and Mineral Operations
6th floor, Petroleum Plaza, North Tower
9945 108 Street
Edmonton Alberta  T5K 2G6