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Continued, albeit protracted, global economic recovery from the 2009 recession, growth in energy-intensive manufacturing industries, development and demand from emerging markets like China, India and Brazil and geopolitical instability in some energy producing countries have led to increased interest in Canadian oil and gas resources []. Canada has also taken an active role to encourage investment within its borders. As part of the 2012 Budget, the Government of Canada put in place a new regime that is intended to streamline regulatory review for major projects. The subsequent legislative amendments aim to increase investment in extractive industries by encouraging certainty as well as reducing regulatory duplication and delay.

In providing a brief overview of the applicable regulatory regimes, it is helpful to discuss matters in the context of the primary regions of oil and gas activity being: 

i. Northern Canada;
ii. Offshore the west and east coasts of Canada; 
iii. Conventional and unconventional onshore in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Quebec; and 
iv. The oil sands in northern Alberta.

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