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Integrated Resource Management System

A fully functional integrated resource management system will:

  • integrate and align natural resource and environmental policies;
  • provide clear environmental, economic, and social outcomes to guide all parties operating on the landscape;
  • assure the outcomes, policies, and plans advance the public interest;
  • create a robust program to measure, evaluate and report environmental, economic, and social conditions and outcomes;
  • build strong relationships with partners and stakeholders through meaningful engagement;
  • provide open and transparent environmental, economic, and social data to assist natural resource management decision-making; and
  • use Alberta’s experience and innovation, as well as the expertise and experiences of others, to continually improve the system.

Current priorities

Priority initiatives to advance IRMS development include:

  • comprehensive environmental monitoring;
  • regional land-use plans;
  • integrated energy policy and regulatory system; and
  • strong relationships with partners and stakeholders.

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Alberta energy regulator

  • Alberta has a single regulator for coal, oil sands, upstream oil and gas development.
  • The Alberta Energy Regulator is responsible for development approvals and enforcing operating and reclamation requirements.
  • The new regulator maintains Alberta’s strong commitment to environmental management, public safety, and conservation.
  • The regulator provides an efficient, convenient one-stop shop for industry and landowners for all aspects of energy development.

Alberta environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting agency

Alberta’s Integrated Resource Management System has a science-based, environmental monitoring system as its foundation. The Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency began operating in 2014 and is responsible for monitoring in the province.

Alberta’s effective and comprehensive environmental monitoring system is:
  • integrated across air, water, land and biodiversity;
  • accessible and transparent; and
  • under scientific oversight.
Significant strides already taken include:
  • the agency's information portal provides access to all current monitoring data; and
  • a joint monitoring program in the oil sands region with the federal government has added new water quality sites on the Athabasca and Muskeg river systems:
    • increasing ambient air monitoring by adding more sampling sites; and
    • improving biodiversity monitoring to include all oil sands-producing areas.

    Regional land-use plans:

    Alberta is developing seven long-term land-use plans based on the province’s major watersheds.

    • Land-use plans promote economic growth that brings good jobs, vibrant communities, and a clean and healthy environment.
    • Alberta’s first regional land-use plan is in the oil sands area. It sets strong environmental limits, conserves sensitive lands, provides certainty to industry, diversifies the economy, and offers numerous recreational opportunities in northeast Alberta.
    • By setting firm limits for air, land and water, we can protect our environment and allow sustainable growth.

    South saskatchewan regional plan

    • Came into effect September 2014.
    • The plan includes strategies for responsible energy development, sustainable farming and ranching, forest management and nature-based tourism.

    North saskatchewan regional plan

    • Extensive consultations are taking place with Albertans to see what their priorities are and what they would like to see in the region.

    Aboriginal consultation office

    • The Aboriginal Consultation Office was established in November 2013.
      The office is responsible for upholding the provincial government’s duty to consult with First Nations and Métis governments on energy-related developments affecting their traditional lands.

    Related information

    Alberta Energy Regulator

    Alberta environmental, monitoring, evaluation and reporting information service