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Order Prohibiting Certain Activities in Arctic Offshore Waters, 2022 (SOR/2022-274)

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Order Prohibiting Certain Activities in Arctic Offshore Waters, 2022

SOR/2022-274

CANADA PETROLEUM RESOURCES ACT

Registration 2022-12-15

Order Prohibiting Certain Activities in Arctic Offshore Waters, 2022

P.C. 2022-1317 2022-12-15

Whereas His Majesty in right of Canada as represented by the Minister of Northern Affairs (the Minister) has, relating to frontier lands in respect of which the Minister has administrative responsibility for natural resources, the right to dispose of or to exploit those natural resources;

Whereas Canada, as part of the United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement announced December 20, 2016, has designated all Canadian Arctic waters as indefinitely off limits to future offshore Arctic oil and gas licensing (the moratorium), and that the designation is to be reviewed every five years through a climate and marine science-based life-cycle assessment of Canadian Arctic waters, Indigenous knowledge and the socio-economic effects of developing or further prohibiting the development of Arctic offshore resources;

Whereas Canada, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated and the governments of Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have jointly developed the assessments to be considered under the review and are engaging with rights holders, affected Northerners and other affected stakeholders with respect to the assessments;

And whereas the Governor in Council considers that it is in the national interest of Canada to prohibit any person, including an interest owner of a licence set out in the schedule to this Order, from commencing or continuing any work or activity authorized under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations ActFootnote a on the frontier lands that are situated in Canadian Arctic offshore waters and in respect of which the Minister has administrative responsibility for natural resources, until such time as the moratorium is rescinded;

Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Northern Affairs, makes the annexed Order Prohibiting Certain Activities in Arctic Offshore Waters, 2022 under subsection 12(1)Footnote b of the Canada Petroleum Resources ActFootnote c.

Prohibition

Marginal note:Prohibition

 It is prohibited for any person, including an interest owner of a licence set out in the schedule, to commence or continue any work or activity authorized under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act on the frontier lands that are situated in Canadian Arctic offshore waters and in respect of which the Minister of Northern Affairs has administrative responsibility for natural resources.

Repeal of this Order

 This Order is repealed on December 31, 2028.

Repeal

 The Order Prohibiting Certain Activities in Arctic Offshore WatersFootnote 1 is repealed.

Coming into force

Marginal note:Registration

 This Order comes into force on the day on which it is registered.

SCHEDULE(Section 1)

Column 1
ItemLicence Number
1EL476
2EL477
3EL478
4EL479
5EL481
6EL483
7EL485
8EL488
9EL489
10EL491
11EL496
12SDL005
13SDL014-CAN
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15SDL026-CAN
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17SDL037
18SDL038
19SDL039
20SDL040
21SDL041
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23SDL044
24SDL045
25SDL046
26SDL047
27SDL048
28SDL049
29SDL050-CAN
30SDL051
31SDL053
32SDL054
33SDL055
34SDL058
35SDL061
36SDL065
37SDL066
38SDL067
39SDL068
40SDL069
41SDL070
42SDL071
43SDL072
44SDL073
45SDL074
46SDL075
47SDL076
48SDL077
49SDL078
50SDL079-CAN
51SDL080
52SDL081
53SDL083
54SDL084
55SDL085
56SDL086
57SDL087
58SDL088
59SDL089
60SDL091
61SDL092-CAN
62SDL095
63SDL096
64SDL097
65SDL110
66SDL111
67SDL112
68SDL113
69SDL114
70SDL115
71SDL116
72SDL117
73SDL126
74SDL130
75SDL132-CAN
76SDL133-CAN
77SDL134-CAN
78SDL135
79SDL136-CAN
80SDL146-CAN9

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