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12 Ways the NEB Leads on Open Government

What is open government?

Open government, according to the Government of Canada, is to “create greater transparency, accountability, increase citizen engagement, and drive innovation and economic opportunities through open data, open information, and open dialogue.”

What open government means to us

  • To provide Canadians access to all NEB documents and enable transparency;

  • To improve accessibility and understanding of government data;

  • To showcase what we do and how we perform; and

  • To engage and interact with Canadians – receive their feedback and search for ways to implement it, when applicable.

Here are 12 ways we lead on Open Government at the federal level.


#1 Online inspections report

Get a glimpse at the work of NEB inspectors by checking their reports online.

When a company does not meet requirements, our inspectors can issue an order requiring actions be taken, notices of violations and monetary penalties. Enforcement actions are also posted online under the same section.


#2 Publicly-available emergency manuals

In 2016, the NEB was the first North American regulator to require pipeline companies to publish their emergency procedures manuals online.

The NEB made this information publicly available after receiving wide-ranging support through an extensive consultation process carried out in 2015.


#3 Compliance conditions tracking tool

Monitor the progress of pipeline companies in meeting approval conditions with this NEB tracking tool launched in 2016.

This tool offers an alternative source for Canadians to receive and understand compliance and approval information. It also addresses the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development’s (picture) recommendation to improve public access to information about company compliance with approval conditions.


#4 Interactive pipeline map

Discover NEB-regulated pipelines using the interactive pipeline map. Users have the chance to zoom into their community and learn about pipelines located around them.

This tool can be customized to explore pipeline incidents that have occurred since 2008. It can also be filtered by incident type, year and geographical area.


#5 Safety performance dashboard

Access pipeline safety performance data through our online dashboard, and monitor industry trends.

Downloadable datasets on pipeline ruptures and pipeline performance are also available.


#6 Making data open

Open data means data are:

Digital and machine readable
Free of restrictions on use or redistribution

The NEB produces data sets for the public, which are displayed on the Government of Canada website. Currently, there are 29 data sets with more to come throughout 2018.

This enables Canadians to have unrestricted access to NEB related information.


#7 Energy data visualization

Data visualization goes beyond open data: it provides a way for users to analyze information and draw their own conclusions.

Use our visualization tools to explore Canada’s energy future or incidents at NEB-regulated pipelines and facilities.


#8 Oil & gas in Canada’s North

Access key geophysical, sampling and well history reports about oil and gas in Canada’s North through our dedicated information service.

Download datasets on significant and commercial discoveries and well production data from operating companies in the Northwest Territories.


#9 Public record index

View over 200,000 documents submitted by companies, the NEB or hearing participants by browsing our online index.

Watch or listen to live and past webcast of Board hearings that are archived on our website.


#10 Participant Funding Program

Apply to our Participant Funding Program (PFP) if you’re directly impacted by a pipeline project or you have technical expertise to contribute.

Since the PFP was introduced in 2010, the NEB has announced more than $11.5 million for participation in 19 eligible public hearings.


#11 Expanded in-person engagement

In-person interaction is just as important as digital communication – every year, the NEB conducts over 100 meetings across communities in Canada to bring awareness to energy initiatives and understand community concerns.

In 2015, we established two regional offices in Montréal and Vancouver, in addition to our office in Yellowknife, to increase our community-based and regional focus.


#12 Additional online engagement

Visit our new NEB Roundtable website where we provide a deeper insight into what we do and an alternative form of online engagement.

This platform enables us to better collaborate and socialize with Canadians and continue a conversation about NEB initiatives. We welcome your feedback as your opinions matter and foster understanding and insight for all of us at the NEB.

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