Regulation of Petroleum Resources in the Northwest Territories

Petroleum Regulations

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) manages all onshore oil and gas activities for public lands including the Inuvialuit region in the Northwest Territories.  The current Regulator is the Honorable David Ramsay.  ITI is responsible for:

  • Petroleum resources policy
  • Petroleum resources exploration and development
  • Intra-territorial pipeline regulation
  • Benefit Plans
  • Royalties
  • Securities




The ITI offices responsible for the petroleum regulatory oversight of the territory include the Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations (OROGO) and the Petroleum Resource Division (PRD). OROGO supports the role of the Regulator under legislation and regulations. PRD is responsible for petroleum and natural gas rights issuance, management and administration of Exploration Licences, Significant Discovery Licences and Production Licences for the onshore of the NWT. These rights are issued pursuant to the Petroleum Resources Act. The Petroleum Regulatory Geologist works within the Petroleum Geosciences Group of the Northwest Territories Geological Survey and provides technical support in the evaluation of technical submissions to the ITI petroleum regulatory offices.