Interprovincial Regulatory Barriers to Procurement in Western Canada's Oil and Gas Sector: Potential Standardization-Based Solutions

Report submitted to the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Provincial-Territorial Advisory Committee (PTAC) The study was commissioned by the SCC and PTAC with the following goals:
In summary, the study indicates that the standards regimes pertaining to the Oil & Gas industry in western Canada are functioning effectively in most cases. Apparently, most of the Oil & Gas firms and their suppliers, both in the producing regions and elsewhere in Canada, have developed reasonably effective ways of dealing with the regulatory discrepancies that currently exist, such that they consider them to be more of irritants than obstacles to trade.
The study also identifies three main areas for which the development of standards could bring significant value:
  • shipment platform standards for prefabricated modules, which would help to circumvent many of the highway codes and permit restrictions arising from actual road limitations,
  • correspondence tables between Federal, Provincial and Territorial regulations for specific products and services would be a valuable tool for companies that need to negotiate the regulatory conformance system across Canada
  • service standards for technical and inspection activities of importance to the Oil & Gas industry would facilitate and support programs aiming at promoting increased mobility of skilled workers.

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Classification:Energy
AuthorsThe Centre for Innovative Studies (THECIS)
Other bibliographical information:The Centre for Innovative Studies (THECIS), Canada