Oil Sands Royalty Guidelines


The complete guidelines to the Oil Sands Royalty Regulation, available in PDF format for ease of viewing.

The Principles, Procedures and Appendices (collectively referred to as the Guidelines) describe the relevant royalty legislation (statutes and regulations), and communicate policy with respect to the application of the legislation.

The application of the Oil Sands Royalty Regulation, 1997 (AR 185/97), Oil Sands Royalty Regulation, 2009 (AR 223/2008), Oil Sands Allowed Cost (Ministerial) Regulation (AR 231/2008) and Bitumen Valuation Methodology (Ministerial) Regulation (AR 232/2008) may vary in specific situations. Legislation and policy may be changed prior to any amendment to the Guidelines. Consult the relevant legislation,contact the Oil Sands or refer to section G of the AppendixPDF icon if you are not certain about any issue.

Oil Sands Royalty Guidelines - Dated June 2018 reflect all the amendments to the Regulations to date.

Effective January 1, 2009, Alberta Energy made significant changes to the Oil Sands Royalty program and implemented the new: 

  • Oil Sands Royalty Regulation, 2009 (AR 223/2008),
  • Oil Sands Allowed Cost (Ministerial) Regulation (AR 231/2008), and
  • Bitumen Valuation Methodology (Ministerial) Regulation (AR 232/2008).

The Guidelines reflect the Department’s policies and procedures as of June 2018.  The following Oil Sands Royalty Guidelines have been updated to reflect these changes.  They refer to the relevant legislation (statutes and regulations) as outlined in Information Bulletin 2018-04external link.

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Oil Sands Royalty Guidelines - effective prior to January 1, 2009

 Updates: IB-2006-01external linkand IB-2006-07external link
Many of the policies, practices and reporting remain the same under the Oil Sands Royalty Regulation, 1997 (AR 185/97) and the business rules and reporting requirements are still required under the following Royalty Guidelines.  (The following guidelines were in effect prior to December 31, 2008)

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