National Energy Board – 2017–18 Departmental Plan

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Subsequent to the tabling in Parliament and online publication of the National Energy Board’s 2017–18 Departmental Plan, it was determined that the document of record contained some omissions. Corrections have been made to both the PDF and HTML versions of the document posted online to ensure complete and transparent information. Corrections include:

Section: Planned Spending

In the table titled “Budgetary planning summary for Core Responsibilities and Internal Services (dollars)”

  • The numbers for 2014-15 Expenditures, 2015-16 Expenditures, and 2016–17 Forecast  spending for each Core Responsibility have been added to the table.
  • A table note clarifying that Engagement Expenditures prior to 2017-18 were tracked as a part of other NEB programs was added.

Section: Planned Human Resources

In the table titled “Human resources planning summary for Core Responsibilities and Internal Services (full-time equivalents)”

  • The numbers of 2014-15 Full-time equivalents, 2015-16 Full-time equivalents, and 2016–17 Forecast full-time equivalents for each Core Responsibility have been added to the table.
  • A table note clarifying that Engagement FTEs prior to 2017-18 were tracked as a part of other NEB programs was added

National Energy Board


Departmental Plan






The original version was signed by

C. Peter Watson, P.Eng., FCAE
Chair and CEO
National Energy Board

The original version was signed by

The Honourable Jim Carr, P.C., M.P.
Natural Resources

Table of Contents

Message from the Chair and CEO

Peter Watson - Chair and CEOOur 2017–18 Departmental Plan provides parliamentarians and Canadians with information on what we do and the results we are trying to achieve during the upcoming year. To improve reporting to Canadians, we are introducing a new, simplified report to replace the Report on Plans and Priorities.

The title of the report has been changed to reflect its purpose: to communicate our annual performance goals and the financial and human  resources forecast to deliver those results. The report has also been restructured to tell a clearer, more straightforward and balanced story of the actual results we are trying to achieve, while continuing to provide transparency on how tax payers’ dollars will be spent. We describe our programs and services for Canadians, our priorities for 2017–18, and how our work will fulfill our departmental mandate commitments and the government’s priorities.

The National Energy Board (NEB) is proud to be one of the early adopters of the Departmental Results Framework (DRF) under the Policy on Results, which will change the way we assess our performance. We have embraced this opportunity to strengthen our regulatory processes and perhaps even more importantly, ensure that Canadians have the information they need to properly assess and understand our performance.

The NEB has aligned its resources and structure to focus on and clearly define the outcomes we wish to achieve, as the Board delivers its regulatory mandate. The attributes of regulatory excellence – stellar competence, utmost integrity, and empathic engagement – are the foundation for everything we do. To support this and guide management excellence, we have established a Board Member Operating Model and an NEB Management System that will provide the structured governance and an emphasis on assessment and improvement of our performance. This forms a foundation that, along with our emphasis on Public Service values and ethics, will shape the approach we take to our work as a regulator.

Over the next year, the NEB will apply this approach to the programs that support our Core Responsibilities. This includes the delivery of the public review processes before the Board, including those for TransCanada Energy East and Eastern Mainline projects. They will directly support enhanced regional, community and Indigenous engagement in decision-making processes, as per the policy set out in the Interim Principles for the Review of Pipeline Projects, the Minister of Natural Resources Mandate letter, and the Government’s relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

Enhanced engagement will extend into our regulatory lifecycle oversight activities, creating means through which our stakeholders can be informed and active in the processes that impact local land and communities.

The NEB will drive proactive improvement of safety and environmental performance across regulated pipeline companies by improving the quality and scope of performance data we collect and analyze. Connecting our regulatory actions to objective performance data, trends and analysis, will provide an information base from which the NEB can influence systemic changes and improvements in company performance. This in turn will strengthen the Safety Culture and Management System Approach within industry.

Our increased focus on data collection and analysis will feed into the NEB’s energy information programs. We will continue to monitor and publish energy system statistics for the benefit of Canadians; moving forward, we will also focus on the collection and collation of pipeline-related information, including regulatory compliance and enforcement data tracked through our Safety and Oversight programs.

All of the initiatives highlighted above will inform and support active and effective engagement with Canadians and Indigenous Peoples. The NEB is building a stakeholder engagement program and an Indigenous engagement program that will build awareness and enhance confidence in our regulatory processes.  Our goal is to facilitate diverse, meaningful engagement opportunities with all stakeholders.

The upcoming year will bring change and transformation to many of the NEB’s existing business processes. Supported by our expert, dedicated staff, we will continue to diligently examine our own performance and strive to be even better at what we do, while providing open, transparent, public information about our performance and that of Canada’s energy industry.

C. Peter Watson, P.Eng., FCAE
Chair and CEO
National Energy Board

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