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Oil sands royalty guidelines

These guidelines describe statutes and regulations, and communicate legislative policy governing oil sands royalties.


Principles, procedures and appendices are collectively referred to as the guidelines. They describe the relevant royalty legislation (statutes and regulations). They also communicate policy with respect to the application of the legislation.

The complete guidelines to the Oil Sands Royalty Regulations are available in PDF format for ease of viewing.

June 2018 guidelines

The oil sands royalty guidelines dated June 2018 reflect all the amendments to the regulations to date. The guidelines also reflect the department’s policies and procedures as of June 2018.

2009 changes

Effective January 1, 2009, Alberta Energy made significant changes to the Oil Sands Royalty Program and implemented the new:

  • Oil Sands Royalty Regulation, 2009 (AR 223/2008)
  • Oil Sands Allowed Cost (Ministerial) Regulation (AR 231/2008)
  • Bitumen Valuation Methodology (Ministerial) Regulation (AR 232/2008)

The Oil Sands Royalty Guidelines and Appendix have been updated to reflect these changes. They refer to the relevant legislation (statutes and regulations) as outlined in Information Bulletin 2018-04.

Earlier guidelines

These oil sands royalty guidelines were effective prior to January 1, 2009. See:

Many of the policies, practices and reporting remain the same under the Oil Sands Royalty Regulation, 1997 (AR 185/97).

The business rules and reporting requirements are still required under the Royalty Guidelines and Appendix, which were in effect prior to December 31, 2008.

More information

The application of the following may vary in specific situations:

  • Oil Sands Royalty Regulation, 1997 (AR 185/97)
  • Oil Sands Royalty Regulation, 2009 (AR 223/2008)
  • Oil Sands Allowed Cost (Ministerial) Regulation (AR 231/2008)
  • and Bitumen Valuation Methodology (Ministerial) Regulation (AR 232/2008)

Legislation and policy may be changed prior to any amendment to the guidelines.

Consult the relevant legislation or contact Oil Sands Operations (see Contact information below). You can also refer to section G of the June 2018 Appendix if you are not certain about any issue.


Connect with Oil Sands, Coal and Mineral Operations:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Oil Sands Royalty Project Applications and Compliance [email protected]
Oil Sands Royalty Administration [email protected]
Oil Sands Royalty Information Management [email protected]
Oil Sands Tenure [email protected]

Mailing Address:
Alberta Energy and Minerals
Oil Sands, Coal and Mineral Operations
6th floor, Petroleum Plaza, North Tower
9945 108 Street
Edmonton Alberta  T5K 2G6

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