Royalty reporting requirements

Under the Mines and Minerals Act, the Coal Royalty Regulation regulation specifies the requirements to report and pay royalties on coal produced from the location of a coal lease.

Information Letters provide further interpretation under the Mines and Minerals Act and the Coal Royalty Regulation

Royalty information

In 2021, the Alberta government collected $7.3 million in royalties from coal (this does not include freehold production of coal).

Royalties vary annually depending on the coal price. In the last five years, royalties have ranged between $7 million and $23 million per year.

Coal royalties are set under the Coal Royalty Regulation, under this regulation, there are two royalty regimes:

The royalty rate for Crown-owned Subbituminous (Plains) coal, used mainly to generate electricity, is:

  • $0.55/tonne

The royalty rate for Crown-owned Bituminous (Mountain/Foothills) coal, which is based on a revenue minus costs royalty regime, is:

  • Before mine payout: 1% of mine mouth revenue
  • After mine payout: 1% of mine mouth revenue plus 13% of net revenue

See Mineral royalty forms submission in online learning for more information.


Connect with the Coal and Mineral Development Unit:

Hours: 8:15 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7707
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]


Alberta Energy and Minerals
Coal and Mineral Development Unit
North Petroleum Plaza
9945 108 Street *
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2G6

* Couriers, please report to the 2nd floor.

Calgary (drop-off location only)

Alberta Energy and Minerals
300, 801 6 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3W2

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