Canada Energy Regulator Review Process

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is the federal regulatory body responsible for ensuring pipelines are constructed and operated in a safe, secure and environmentally-protective manner. Their mandate is to promote safety, security, environmental protection, and enhance economic efficiency for the regulation of pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.

We undertook an extensive regulatory process with the CER (Formerly the National Energy Board), beginning in June, 2012, in order to proceed with expanding the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline. Information about the CER's process can be seen on the CER's website.

On June 18, 2019 the Government of Canada approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The Project is subject to 156 conditions enforced by the CER.

Additional Regulatory Reviews

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) issued an environmental assessment certificate for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The decision was made after considering the environmental assessment undertaken by the CER, as well various federal and provincial reports, submissions from Aboriginal groups and the recommendations of the BC Environmental Assessment Office’s Executive Director. 

In addition to the federal authorizations, Trans Mountain participated in Transport Canada’s voluntary Technical Review Process of Marine Terminal Systems and Transshipment Sites (TERMPOL) process to address the increase in marine traffic to offload product from the Project.