Oil Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1058)

Regulations are current to 2017-11-20

Oil Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations

C.R.C., c. 1058


Regulations Respecting the Uniform System of Accounts of Oil Pipeline Companies

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the Oil Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations.


 In these Regulations,


Board means the National Energy Board; (Office)

book cost

book cost means, in respect of plant, the amount that is recorded in a plant account without any deduction for accumulated depreciation or amortization or for any other purpose; (valeur comptable)

contingent assets

contingent assets means assets without known value to the company until fulfilment of conditions regarded as uncertain; (actif éventuel)

contingent liabilities

contingent liabilities means liabilities that may, under certain conditions, become obligations of the company but are not direct or assumed obligations on the date of the balance sheet; (passif éventuel)

fiscal year

fiscal year means, in relation to the accounts of a company, the calendar year or the fiscal year approved by the Board for the accounts of the company; (exercice financier)

minor item of plant

minor item of plant means an associated part or item included within a plant unit; (article d’installation accessoire)

net salvage value

net salvage value means salvage value minus any removal costs; (valeur nette de récupération)


operator means a company authorized by the Board to construct or operate an oil pipeline that is owned in undivided interest; (exploitant)

other plant

other plant means any installation or property that is entirely distinct from and is not operated in connection with the transportation plant of the company; (autre installation)


plant means, in respect of an oil pipeline company, any installation or property the cost of which is to be recorded in the Plant Accounts listed in Schedule II; (installation)

plant retired

plant retired means

  • (a) a unit of plant, whether it is replaced or not, or

  • (b) plant classified as a minor item of plant that is not replaced,

that is sold, abandoned, demolished, dismantled or otherwise withdrawn from transportation service; (installation réformée)

plant unit

plant unit means a complete structure, apparatus or item of equipment that constitutes a component of any installation or property that could properly be included in the plant accounts listed in Schedule II and includes a part of any structure or apparatus where such part is a physically distinct part of such structure or apparatus and the value of such part is material; (unité d’installation)

salvage value

salvage value means the amount received for plant retired, including insurance proceeds, and includes any amount received for material salvaged from plant retired where the material is sold; (valeur de récupération)

transportation plant

transportation plant means plant used for any aspect of pipeline operations or plant held for use under a definite plan for future oil pipeline operations; (installation de transport)

undivided interest

undivided interest means a beneficial ownership in common of the assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses of an oil pipeline by two or more companies or persons. (copropriété indivise)

 A company may submit any question of doubtful interpretation of these Regulations to the Board for consideration and guidance.


 These Regulations apply only to a company authorized by the Board to construct or operate an oil pipeline.

  •  (1) Every Group 1 company shall

    • (a) keep separate books of account in Canada in a manner consistent with generally accepted accounting principles;

    • (b) unless otherwise authorized or instructed by the Board, keep accounts in the manner set out in these Regulations; and

    • (c) keep a system of accounts as prescribed in these Regulations.

  • (2) Every Group 2 company

    • (a) shall keep separate books of account in Canada in a manner consistent with generally accepted accounting principles until the expiration of one year after such time as the Board grants leave to abandon the operation of the pipeline;

    • (b) shall file a set of audited financial statements with the Board within one hundred and twenty (120) days after the end of each fiscal year of the company;

    • (c) shall comply with subsections 6(1), (7), (8) and (9); and

    • (d) is exempt from complying with these Regulations except as prescribed in paragraphs (a) to (c).

  • (3) In this section,

    Group 1 company

    Group 1 company means a company listed in Schedule VII; and (compagnies du groupe 1)

    Group 2 company

    Group 2 company means any company, other than a Group 1 company, that constructs or operates an oil pipeline. (compagnies du groupe 2)

  • SOR/86-999, s. 1.


  •  (1) A company’s accounting records shall provide sufficient particulars to show fully the facts pertaining to all entries made in the accounts.

  • (2) A company shall maintain the applicable accounts listed in Schedules I to VI and may, in addition, keep subsidiary accounts for its own purposes.

  • (3) The account numbers listed in Schedules I to VI shall be set out in the descriptive headings of the applicable ledger accounts, computer print-outs or other accounting records.

  • (4) All transactions applicable to a month shall be recorded in the accounts for that month and, at the end of that month, trial balances of the accounts shall be prepared.

  • (5) A company shall close its accounts at the end of each fiscal year.

  • (6) Final accounting entries for each month shall be made not later than 30 days after the last day of the month, except that the final entries for the last month of each fiscal year may be made within a period not exceeding 90 days from the end of that last month.

  • (7) The books, accounts and records referred to herein include not only accounting records in a limited technical sense, but all records such as minute books, stock books, reports, correspondence, memoranda, computer print-outs, tapes and card decks that may be useful in determining the history of or facts pertaining to any transaction.

  • (8) The books, accounts and records shall be readily accessible for examination by representatives of the Board.

  • (9) Where an oil pipeline is owned in undivided interest, the operator shall maintain all books, accounts and records in a manner that permits ready identification to the books, accounts and records of the beneficial owners of the pipeline.

  • (10) All accounts required to be maintained pursuant to subsection (2) shall be retained until the expiration of one year after leave to abandon the operation of the pipeline has been granted by the Board.

  • SOR/83-250, s. 1;
  • SOR/86-999, s. 2.

Account Grouping

Balance Sheet Accounts

  •  (1) Balance sheet accounts, set out in Schedule I as account series 1 to 93, shall, in respect of a company, disclose the company’s financial position at the balance sheet date.

  • (2) The balance sheet accounts referred to in subsection (1) shall record assets, liabilities, capital stock, and retained earnings or deficit, as the case may be.

Plant Accounts

  •  (1) Plant accounts, set out in Schedule II as account series 100, are subsidiary to balance sheet accounts 30 (Transportation Plant) and 38 (Transportation Plant Leased to Others), and shall be used to classify a company’s transportation plant.

  • (2) Plant accounts shall be supported by subsidiary accounts that record the costs, by location, of

    • (a) each major facility including each pumping station, main pipeline, receiving, storage and delivery facility; and

    • (b) any other facility that is separately located.

  • (3) Any installation or property not used in pipeline operations shall be recorded in balance sheet account 34 (Other Plant).

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