Oil sands tenure

Oil sands tenure refers to the system through which Crown-owned mineral rights are leased and administered.

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This overview of oil sands tenure includes an introduction to oil sands regulatory processes.

This overview of oil sands tenure includes an introduction to the oil sands guidelines.

Important dates, statistics and resources for oil sands tenure.

Direct purchase is the acquisition of Crown-owned oil sands rights by individual sale.


The rights to the lands to develop oil sands are leased through Public Offerings, commonly referred to as Land Sales. The Public Offerings schedule is published 2 years in advance by Alberta Energy. This allows potential bidders to strategize accordingly.

Sales of oil sands rights are initiated by posting requests submitted through the Electronic Transfer System (ETS). If no rights have been requested, there is no need to hold a sale. Companies or individuals who wish to acquire undisposed oil sands rights request a posting for a specific sale date to the Crown through ETS.

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