Oil Sands Direct Purchases

Direct purchase is the acquisition of Crown-owned oil sands rights by individual sale rather than through the public offering process. This page contains direct purchase pricing information, as well as information related to the direct purchase process, except for direct purchases within Metis Settlements pursuant to the Co-Management Agreement.

The pricing structure identified in IL-2006-12 allows a requestor to calculate the cost of a parcel of land prior to submitting a direct purchase application.

Direct purchase applications can only be submitted using the department's ETS system.

Land Portions

A portion is an area of Crown land that constitutes less than 50% of the smallest applicable spacing unit. The Department's minimum acceptable sales price for portions remains $500 per hectare or $2,000, whichever is greater, and is non-negotiable. The Department reserves the right to adjust the minimum sales price periodically.

Applications for Complementing Rights

When the lessee of an existing Petroleum and Natural Gas Agreement requests a purchase of oil sands rights, the private sale price (i.e., bonus) will be calculated as follows:

Notes:
  • Average cost per hectare (Average $/ha) is calculated using bonus amounts received divided by total hectares leased excluding the bonus received and hectares leased on Metis Settlement lands (or distributed via permits) in the previous six months, as indicated in the Public Offering Statistics.
  • Direct Purchase Price is based on 125% of the Average $/ha.
  • * Indicates the figure has been revised

Year: 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

2017
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December
November $289.72 $362.15
October $283.36 $354.20
September $135.69 $169.61
August $133.21 $166.51
July $197.21 $246.51
June $172.80 $216.00
May $109.15 $136.44
April $102.92 $128.65
March $160.22 $200.28
February $106.30 $132.88
January $70.94 $88.68

2016
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $330.78 $413.48
November $283.02 $353.78
October $298.04 $372.55
September $279.79 $349.74
August $299.25 $374.06
July $305.57 $381.96
June $26.36 $32.95
May $61.11 $76.39
April $39.19 $48.99
March $66.62 $83.28
February $79.35 $99.19
January $102.20 $127.75

 

2015
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $95.21 $119.01
November $64.78 $80.98
October $43.11 $53.89
September $451.78 $564.73
August $453.43 $566.79
July $424.44 $530.55
June $393.83 $492.29
May $433.45 $541.81
April $613.59 $766.99
March $38.20 $47.75
February $38.62 $48.27
January $38.78 $48.47

 

2014
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $131.41 $164.27
November $124.63 $155.79
October $233.20 $291.51
September $233.11 $291.38
August $233.39 $291.74
July $215.45 $269.31
June $190.65 $238.31
May $184.56 $230.70
April $272.97 $341.21
March $276.34 $345.42
February $247.82 $309.77
January $223.08 $278.85

 

2013
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $188.68 $235.85
November $188.89 $236.11
October $140.48 $175.60
September $155.93 $194.91
August $171.23 $214.04
July  $81.16  $101.45
June $88.45 $110.57
May $102.32 $127.90
April $95.14 $118.92
March $79.36 $99.20
February $80.11 $100.14
January $349.65 $437.06

 

2012
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $364.56 $455.70
November $230.71 $288.39
October $273.95 $342.44
September $100.76 $125.95
August $103.80 $129.75
July $75.07 $93.84
June $667.98 $834.97
May $749.27 $936.58
April $470.47 $588.09
March $569.01 $711.27
February $1,722.52 $2,153.15
January $1,480.57 $1,850.72

 

2011
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $219.78 $274.72
November $186.71 $233.39
October $88.65 $110.81
September $108.38 $135.47
August $108.05 $135.07
July $104.52 $130.66
June $111.70 $139.63
May $111.83 $139.78
April $133.01 $166.26
March $124.33 $155.41
February $133.03 $166.28
January $178.93 $223.66

 

2010
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $142.30 $177.88
November $181.60 $227.00
October $200.07 $250.09
September $489.02 $611.28
August $553.13 $691.41
July $507.64 $634.56
June $283.62 $354.53
May $82.98 $103.73
April $89.92 $112.41
March $103.78 $129.73
February $104.08 $130.09
January $114.43 $143.04

 

2009
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $145.67 $182.09
November $234.94 $293.67
October $245.76 $307.19
September $256.77 $320.97
August $94.72 $118.40
July $78.56 $98.20
June $58.75 $73.44
May $58.87 $73.58
April $98.10 $122.63
March $107.63 $134.54
February $119.60 $149.50
January $132.50 $165.63

 

2008
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $148.25 $185.31
November $137.85 $172.32
October $171.82 $214.77
September $204.20 $255.25
August $202.50 $253.12
July $224.81 $281.01
June $269.27 $336.59
May $425.22 $531.53
April $441.38 $551.72
March *$529.60 *$662.00
February $580.58 $725.72
January $611.40 $764.25

 

2007
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $651.23 $814.04
November $564.17 $705.22
October $524.52 $655.65
September $562.76 *$673.39
August $533.36 *$611.38
July $540.61 $675.76
June $550.23 $687.79
May $684.21 $855.27
April $670.30 $837.88
March $1,029.02 $1,286.28
February $866.87 $1,083.59
January $874.62 $1,093.27

 

2006
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $836.67 $1,045.83
November $898.93 $1,123.67
October $945.75 $1,182.19
September $630.71 $788.39
August $1,688.25 $2,110.32
July $1,752.70 $2,190.87
June $1,885.28 $2,356.60
May $1,842.43 $2,303.04
April $1,744.62 $2,180.78
March $1,934.99 $2,418.74
February $1,356.47 $1,695.59
January $1,426.37 $1,782.97

 

2005
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $1,388.33 $1,735.41
November $1,068.17 $1,335.21
October $1,111.71 $1,389.64
September $620.35 $775.43
August $190.52 $238.15
July $210.32 $262.90
June $342.83 $428.54
May $404.12 $505.15
April $458.56 $573.21
March $489.77 $612.22
February $474.91 $593.63
January $445.30 $556.62

 

2004
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $445.05 $556.32
November $389.93 $487.41
October $104.81 $131.01
September $84.49 $105.61
August $88.25 $110.31
July $88.58 $110.72
June $88.31 $110.39
May +$89.37 *$111.71
April $121.21 $151.51
March $82.61 $103.26
February $152.71 $190.89
January $305.77 $382.22

 

2003
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $270.45 $338.06
November $274.46 $343.08
October $289.78 $362.22
September $257.64 $322.05
August $253.78 $317.23
July $283.05 $353.82
June $301.49 $376.86
May $309.67 $387.09
April $240.25 $300.31
March $282.49 $353.11
February $192.89 $241.11
January $192.66 $240.82

 

2002
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $167.58 $209.47
November $131.19 $163.99
October $130.10 $162.62
September $129.98 $162.48
August $145.90 $182.38
July $124.46 $155.58
June $133.21 $166.52
May $142.79 $178.48
April $275.11 $343.89
March $265.27 $331.58
February $267.49 $334.36
January $330.64 $413.30

 

2001
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $356.43 $445.54
November $347.03 $433.79
October $324.82 $406.02
September $358.81 $448.52
August $359.66 $449.57
July $401.48 $501.86
June $367.98 $459.98
May $525.58 $656.97
April $398.05 $497.57
March $369.09 $461.37
February $364.71 $455.89
January $271.36 $339.20

 

2000
Application Received Average $/ha Direct Purchase Price $/ha
December $240.26 $300.33
November $163.16 $203.95
October $185.11 $231.39