May 27, 2020
On behalf of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and our member companies, we would like to thank the government for the actions it has taken to date during this health and economic crisis. Over the past three months our industry and the Government of Canada have worked together to ensure that essential services provided by our industry are available to Canadians and that adequate regulatory enforcement flexibility supports measures to protect the health and safety of the oil and natural gas workforce and the public. We also continue to collaborate on the development and roll out of critical liquidity tools, important to Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry and to the recovery of Canada’s economy.
April 1, 2020
Last week, CAPP sent a letter to federal Ministers Freeland and O’Regan (attached) to ask that the Government of Canada designate the energy sector as “critical infrastructure” or an “essential service” and help advance discussions with the provinces on this key issue. The most important thing both levels of government can do to assist the offshore industry right now is to support our ongoing operations. Designating the oil and gas sector as “critical infrastructure” or an “essential service”, as appropriate within jurisdictional frameworks, would ensure that policies which are announced with the intent of restricting the spread of the virus do not have unintended impacts on our workforce, operations, and supply chains. Companies are taking appropriate measures to ensure workers remain safe in the context of COVID-19 offshore. Ensuring our industry can continue to operate is a top priority. We request this be taken into consideration for any emergency measures orders to enable the appropriate level of operations necessary to maintain energy supply, safe operations of facilities and mitigate adverse economic impacts for the province.
April 3, 2020
We would like to acknowledge the hard work and difficult choices that governments across Canada are taking to protect the health and safety of Canadians, including the Government of Nova Scotia. The depth of the impacts of COVID-19 are profound. Thank you for your continued commitment to protecting the health and safety of Nova Scotians and for your support as our industry works to navigate the changing health, social and economic environment during this crisis.
We are writing today to request the Government of Nova Scotia’s support on two key issues related to COVID-19 and its impact on the oil and gas sector: deeming the energy sector to be “critical infrastructure” or an “essential service” and fiscal relief/economic recovery support
May 13, 2020
In recent weeks we have been having discussions with your Department staff, representatives of the department of Finance and the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, along with representatives from the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, related to the current unprecedented challenges facing Canada’s offshore oil and gas industry. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis and resulting drop in global demand for oil/oil price collapse has placed tremendous pressure on our members operating in the offshore. These challenges have resulted in stalled developments, such as the Bay du Nord and West White Rose projects, delays in Terra Nova’s Asset Life Extension project, and cancellation of some exploration programs and subsea tie-back projects. Federal support measures that have been announced for industry to date, while vitally important, do not address the unique needs of Canada’s offshore industry. Timely action to address this gap is critical, in particular to the many thousands of women and men who depend of the offshore industry for