Soldier Settlement Board

The Soldier Settlement Board (SSB) came into being in 1917 with the mandate to provide land for returning WW1 veterans. The veteran would acquire title to the surface, but the minerals were reserved in the SSB name and administered by the Government of Canada. In 2001, Alberta Justice filed a Statement of Claim on behalf of Alberta Energy for the SSB minerals and revenues earned by Canada on those minerals since October 1, 1930, the effective date of the Natural Resources Transfer Act (NRTA). Alberta believed the SSB minerals should have passed to the province pursuant to section 1 of the NRTA.

Alberta and Natural Resources Canada have negotiated the Settlement Agreement for the transfer of minerals and associated mineral leases from Canada to Alberta on April 1, 2010. The Settlement Agreement provides to Alberta:

  • the transfer and control of 265 other federally-owned mineral titles and 7 associated mineral leases;
  • the transfer and control of 212 SSB mineral titles and 89 associated mineral leases; and
  • a cash settlement of approximately $31.5 million.

Information Bulletin 2010-01external link icon

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HMQC lands are non-SSB mineral rights owned and administered by Canada.

Title Description
 Excel icon   Gas Remittance Form This form must be completed for gas royalties, it must be accompanied by payment must be submitted before the 25th day of the month following the production month to which it applies. Email the Gas SSG number.
 Excel icon   Oil Remittance Form  Oil royalties and payment are required to be completed and remitted no later than the 25th day of the month following the production month to which it applies.
Oil SSO number, call Dennis Autur 780-638-1349
Please clearly identify the amount applicable to oil vs. gas if payment is made on one cheque. All Soldier Settlement Board payments for gas and oil wells should include the appropriate account number (SSG or SSO and Client ID) referenced on the remittance/invoice. The completion and submission of this form in conjunction with any payment(s) due to the Government of Alberta ensures that your SSB lease account is current, accurate, complete and congruent with the terms and conditions prescribed within each lease agreement.  A payment without the above completed form will be returned to the company/individual.
 Word icon PDF icon Transfer Form Transfers of registered interest in a Federal SSB lease cannot be submitted electronically using the Electronic Transfer System (ETS). This transfer form is used to process the manual submission of a transfer for a Federal SSB lease.
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Transfer Transmittal Letter  This letter accompanies the transfer form for a Federal SSB lease when a transfer is manually submitted. 

   Frequently Asked Questions


What happens if I have an existing petroleum and natural gas (P&NG) lease with Canada?
Can I replace my existing federal lease with a standard Alberta lease?
How do I pay the rent for my existing NRCan lease?
When were the SSB and HMQC lands not subject to a federal disposition made available for the public offering process?
Is there opportunity to apply for SSB or HMQC lands by a direct purchase?
How do I renew my expiring SSB lease and do I submit the fee with my application?
What happens if there are SSB or HMQC lands in the same spacing unit as an existing Alberta Crown P&NG lease?
Can I acquire any complementing undisposed Crown Petroleum or Natural Gas rights?
I wish to convert my Federal SSB leases. Do I have to re-acquire the rights by public sale? Do I have to suspend my producing well?
Is the administration of Federal SSB leases and Alberta P & NG Agreements different?
Can I transfer a registered interest in an SSB lease through ETS?


If I choose an Alberta Lease, how will the oil royalties be calculated?
If I choose to continue with the federal lease, how will the oil or gas royalties be calculated?
If I choose an Alberta Lease, will my royalties be less than under the federal Lease?