About Royalty Industry Guides

Find out more about Alberta’s royalty frameworks.

Services and information

  • The following technical information is required by the oil and natural gas industry to determine their resource development royalties.
  • The Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery Program (EHRP) promotes incremental production and generates additional royalties.
  • The Emerging Resources Program (ERP) encourages industry to open oil and gas resources in areas that may involve higher risk or higher cost.
  • The royalty revenue data below is on a fiscal year basis (April 1 to March 31) as reported in the department’s corporate documents.
  • Under the Mines and Minerals Act, the government has the option to take its royalty share either in cash or in kind.

On behalf of Albertans, the Government of Alberta is the owner of 81% of the mineral rights in the province, which includes oil and gas. When companies develop the resources, they must pay the province - that's called a royalty. As resource owner, the Alberta government sets the terms and conditions for development and the royalty rates.

Contact

To contact the technical team supporting industry for Alberta Oil and Natural Gas royalties:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Email: oil.gas.royalty@gov.ab.ca