Annual reports

Annual reports highlighting the accomplishments, activities, and governance of the Oil Sands Monitoring Program (OSMP). The program funds and undertakes ambient environmental monitoring within the oil sands area of Alberta to enhance the understanding of the effects of oil sands development and core outcomes.

Work plans

Ambient environment monitoring plans are created yearly to identify projects being completed for that year.

  • Glossary

    Core Monitoring: Describes long term monitoring activities under the OSM Program.

    Long-term Monitoring: Refers to the routine monitoring of status and trends of physical/chemical/biological parameters related to oil sands development activities to detect and evaluate changes in the environment over a period of time, typically more than 5 years.

    Focused Study (FS): A class of purposeful, requested projects with definite start and end dates (typically 3 years), according to the characteristics described below.

    Community Based Monitoring (CBM): Refers to collaboration between concerned citizens, government agencies, industry, academia, community groups, and local institutions to monitor issues of common concern.

  • Acronyms

    ECCC – Environment and Climate Change Canada

    AEP – Alberta Environment and Parks

    WBEA – Wood Buffalo Environmental Association

    LICA – Lakeland Industry & Community Association

    PRAMP – Peace River Area Monitoring Program

    U of A – University of Alberta

    U of C – University of Calgary

    ABMI – Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

  • Previous plans

2022-23 Ambient environment monitoring plan

The projects approved under the 2022-23 Ambient Environment Monitoring Plan for Oil Sands Development are listed below and in PDF format at 2022-23 Ambient Environment Monitoring Plan.

Activity Name Amounts approved March 4, 2022
Atmospheric Pollutant Active Monitoring Network (PDF, 3.5 MB) $13,606,788
Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Monitoring (PDF, 3.3 MB) $5,823,552
Air and Deposition Monitoring Total $19,430,340
Surface Water Quantity Monitoring – Water Levels and Flows (PDF, 2.6 MB) $1,804,211
Surface Water Quality (PDF, 1.1 MB) $4,003,803
Core Biodiversity Monitoring – Benthic Macroinvertebrates (PDF, 2.8 MB) $2,169,483
Core Long-Term Fish Monitoring (PDF, 2.7 MB) $1,693,000
Enhanced monitoring of the Lower Athabasca (PDF, 2.4 MB) $245,000
Indigenous community-based monitoring, evaluation, and reporting in surface waters (PDF, 2.5 MB) $426,450
Water Monitoring Total $10,341,947
Integrated Terrestrial Biological Monitoring (PDF, 3.3 MB) $6,639,604
Biodiversity Monitoring Total $6,639,604
New Wetland Ecosystem Monitoring (PDF, 3.1 MB) $2,196,103
Wetlands Monitoring Total $2,196,103
Groundwater Monitoring (PDF, 3.2 MB) $2,538,564
Groundwater Monitoring Total $2,538,564
Air Quality Monitoring in the Peace Athabasca Delta (PDF, 2.5 MB) $249,278
Fort McKay Métis Community-Based Wetland Monitoring (PDF, 2.8 MB) $291,500
2022-23 Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Program (CBEMP): Groundwater (PDF, 2.3 MB) $50,000
2022-23 Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Program (CBEMP): Surface Water (PDF, 2.3 MB) $197,010
2022-23 Community Based Oil sands Monitoring Program-Surface Water and Near Surface Ground Water (PDF, 2.3 MB) $50,000
Athabasca Aquatic Monitoring Program – Documenting Local Environmental Change (PDF, 2.5 MB) $50,000
ICBM Facilitation Centre (PDF, 2.5 MB) $1,300,000
Lakeland Métis Community Moose Camera Tracking Project (PDF, 2.2 MB) $150,000
Ni ho ghe di – Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Community Based Monitoring (PDF, 2.5 MB) $400,000
Métis Fish Health Assessment: Exploring Fish Health Indicators through a Métis Lens (PDF, 2.8 MB) $143,692
CLFN integrated Community Based Monitoring Program (PDF, 2.4 MB) $492,960
Community Led Berry Contamination Study – Conklin (PDF, 2.5 MB) $45,078
Community Led Berry Contamination Study – Fort McKay First Nation (PDF, 2.5 MB) $48,278
Community Led Berry Contamination Study – Fort McKay Métis (PDF, 2.5 MB) $48,278
Community Led Berry Contamination Study – Fort McMurray 468 First Nation (PDF, 2.5 MB) $45,078
Community Led Berry Contamination Study – McMurray Métis 1935 (PDF, 2.5 MB) $45,078
Mikisew Cree First Nation – Community Based Monitoring (PDF, 2.5 MB) $432,560
Mikisew Cree First Nation – Community Based Wetlands Monitoring (PDF, 2.6 MB) $133,020
Terrestrial Biological Integrated Indigenous Community Based Monitoring (PDF, 2.4 MB) $150,000
Willow Lake Métis Aquatics Monitoring (PDF, 2.1 MB) $181,528
Christina Lake Monitoring Program (PDF, 2.4 MB) $50,000
Conklin Wetland Project (PDF, 2.4 MB) $279,896
Fort McKay Community Odour Monitoring (PDF, 2.3 MB) $300,689
Fort McKay Community Dust Monitoring (PDF, 2.4 MB) $119,725
CPDFN Community Based Monitoring Program (PDF, 2.2 MB) $270,940
Smith Landing First Nation Fish CBM (Year 3) (PDF, 2.3 MB) $151,195
BLCN Community Based Monitoring Program (PDF, 2.4 KB) $153,280
Camera Monitoring of Wildlife (PDF, 2.2 MB) $100,000
2022-23 Terrestrial Biological Monitoring (PDF, 992 KB) $50,000
Community Based Monitoring (PDF, 1.2 MB) $50,000
Peavine Hydrology (PDF, 2.2 MB) $50,000
Community Based Monitoring Total $6,079,063
OSM Data Services (PDF, 2.6 MB) $2,367,000
Cross Cutting Items (Geospatial) (PDF, 348 KB) $2,000,000
OSM monitoring framework (PDF, 2.0 MB) $268,000
Cross Cutting Projects Total $4,635,000
Oil Sands Monitoring Program Administration (PDF, 2.1 MB) $2,459,953
Indigenous Capacity and ICBMAC (PDF, 2.4 MB) $3,874,600
Program Administration Total $6,334,553
Pie chart of amounts approved percentages per monitoring project.

Contact the Oil Sands Monitoring Program
Email: [email protected]

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