Energy - Regulatory

Stikeman Elliott lawyers have a proven reputation in energy regulatory matters throughout Canada, advising on many of the most complex undertakings in the sector in recent years. These initiatives include the construction and development of major projects to ongoing operations; supporting the regulatory elements of major acquisitions, divestments and development projects; and acting as counsel in complex regulatory proceedings, including appeal and judicial review proceedings.

Members of the team frequently appear in proceedings relating to the approval, development and operation of oil and gas wells, pipelines, storage facilities, petrochemical plants and oil sands developments, as well as power plants, generation facilities and transmission lines. These matters often involve the application and interpretation of environmental legislation, including licensing requirements, enforcement issues, carbon emissions regulation, and the remediation of contaminated sites. We also represent electric and gas utilities in rate regulation and tariff matters, and have considerable experience in land rights acquisition and expropriation matters. In addition, we have substantial experience in dispute resolution.

Stikeman Elliott has represented energy market participants in proceedings before essentially all federal and provincial regulators in the sector, including the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) (formerly the National Energy Board), the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Ontario Energy Board, the British Columbia Utilities Commission, the Manitoba Public Utilities Board, the Surface Rights Board, the Land Compensation Board, the Northwest Territories Public Utilities Board, the Yukon Utilities Board, and the Yukon Water Board; as well as appeal and review proceedings before provincial appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Our Expertise

  • Carbon emissions regulation
  • Contamination and remediation
  • Compliance and enforcement proceedings
  • Deregulation and market design
  • Dispute resolution and appeals
  • Environmental licensing
  • Facility approvals
  • Hearings and public meetings
  • Land rights acquisition and expropriation
  • Land use approvals
  • Project development
  • Rate regulation
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Tariff matters
  • Deal of the Year and Energy & Industrials Deal of the Year – The Deal Awards 2020
  • Natural Resources Law Firm of the Year - Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for Energy: Power
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for Energy: Oil & Gas
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for Energy: Provincial Regulatory & Litigation in Alberta
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