Discontinuation of Consultation Timeline Extensions

Alberta is taking steps to safely return to normal and shifting to a balanced approach where we live with COVID-19. Therefore, in line with Alberta’s current situation with respect to COVID-19, Alberta will be discontinuing all consultation timeline extensions as of March 28, 2022. Applications received on or after this date will be assessed in accordance with the timelines indicated in Alberta’s consultation Policies and Guidelines.

Please continue to visit this webpage for any future notices regarding consultation pause or extension notices.

Changes due to COVID-19

Indigenous communities experiencing challenges due to COVID-19 can apply for a consultation timeline extension. The Aboriginal Consultation Office can grant consultation timeline extensions while Alberta’s public health order remains in effect. To apply, contact your assigned consultation advisor at the Aboriginal Consultation Office (PDF, 77 KB).

Industry proponents are encouraged to discuss and provide support to Indigenous communities with technology solutions while away from their offices, if possible.

If a consultation timeline extension request is approved, it will be applied as follows:

Table 1. Consultation extensions

All timeline days are Alberta government working days.
Level of Consultation Current timeline Total timeline with extension
Level 1
Respond to Project Notification
15 days 20 days
Level 1
Record of Consultation review
5 days 10 days
Level 2
Respond to Project Notification
15 days 20 days
Level 2
Record of Consultation review
5 days 10 days
Level 3
Respond to Project Notification
20 days 30 days
Level 3
Record of Consultation review
10 days 15 days

When a consultation timeline extension is granted and consultation has already been initiated, all procedural aspects of consultation must be complete, including the ROC review period, in order for standard timelines to apply. If the procedural aspects of consultation are not complete, proponents are required to follow the modified timeline extension as described in Table 1. Consultation extensions.

Table 2. First Nations

First Nations Timeline Extension Initiated Reinstatement of Consultation Timeline Following Extension
Kapawe'no First Nation October 21, 2021 March 28, 2022
O'Chiese First Nation October 4, 2021 March 28, 2022

For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Indigenous contacts

First Nations and Metis Settlements consultation contacts:

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