Overview

We’re gathering input from stakeholders and Indigenous communities and organizations to help inform our review of the Mine Financial Security Program and find long-term solutions for collecting funds from industry to cover oil sands and coal mine reclamation liabilities.

In 2020, worldwide pandemic lockdowns resulted in extremely low oil prices that skewed the calculation determining how much money oil sands companies would have been required to pay for reclamation security.

To protect Alberta jobs, we temporarily adjusted this calculation in May 2021 and committed to reviewing the Mine Financial Security Program. As part of this review, participants will have opportunities to share feedback on:

  • design changes to Mine Financial Security Program calculations
  • the timing of Mine Financial Security Program security contributions during mine life
  • improvements to Mine Financial Security Program asset and liability reporting that enables more effective monitoring of the program

Requirements for environmental oversight and protection will not be included in the review.

Timeline

  • Open

    Winter 2022 to Spring 2022

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Environment and Parks

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Stakeholder engagement

Key stakeholders were invited to participate in virtual discussions to help inform the Mine Financial Security Program Review.

Indigenous engagement

Indigenous communities and organizations in areas where oil sands and coal mines exist, or may exist in the future, were invited to participate in virtual discussions to help inform the Mine Financial Security Program Review.

Progress updates

January 13, 2022: Kick-off meeting

A kick-off meeting was held to provide information on the Mine Financial Security Program Review and offer stakeholders and Indigenous communities and organizations an opportunity to ask questions.

Learn more about the meeting by reviewing the information below.

Outcomes

Feedback from stakeholders and Indigenous communities and organizations may inform policy changes to the Mine Financial Security Program as we continue to protect the environment and Albertan’s livelihoods.

Contact

Questions and comments regarding the review can be emailed to:
[email protected]

Last updated: February 9, 2022