About tenure

The tenure system facilitates the leasing of rights that enable companies to develop petroleum and natural gas from Alberta's resources.

Services and information

This section outlines the tasks of the tenure system, which facilitates the leasing of rights for petroleum and natural gas development.

The following terms or definitions are represented here as they are defined in the act or regulation unless otherwise noted.

Alberta Justice settled a claim for the Soldiers Settlement Board minerals and revenues earned by Canada on those minerals since 1930.

These statistics reflect the amount of activity in Alberta. The leasing and licensing of mineral rights enable companies to explore and produce petroleum and natural gas.

Introduction

In Alberta, the Crown owns 81% of the province's mineral rights (approximately 53.7 million hectares of land). The remaining 19% are 'freehold' mineral rights owned by the federal government on behalf of First Nations or in National Parks, and by individuals and companies. The tenure system facilitates the leasing of rights that enable companies to explore for and develop petroleum and natural gas (PNG) from Alberta's resources, for the benefit of Albertans. About every two weeks a competitive bid auction is held to issue the rights owned by Alberta to successful bidders, see PNG offerings and sales results.

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