Oil sands mining-related applications submitted to the AER under the Oil Sands Conservation Act are divided into five application types:
MOS new project / major expansion applications are for new or major expansion projects that may have federal involvement, may affect resource conservation, may affect mineral rights owners, may result in an adverse and material change to the environment, may have socioeconomic impacts, or may directly and adversely affect stakeholders.
MOS pilot/experiment applications are for pilot or experimental projects.
MOS cat 1 applications are category 1 amendments that are not expected to adversely and materially affect resource conservation or alter environmental, socioeconomic, or stakeholder impacts assessed in the original application or approved amendments.
MOS cat 2 applications are category 2 amendments that may affect resource conservation or involve significant modifications but that are not expected to affect rights of stakeholders or adversely and materially alter the environmental and socioeconomic impacts assessed in the original application or approved amendments.
MOS cat 3 applications are category 3 amendments that may affect resource conservation, may affect other mineral rights owners, may result in an adverse and material change to environmental or socioeconomic impacts assessed in the original application or approved amendments, or may directly and adversely affect stakeholders.
Further descriptions of MOS cat 1, 2, and 3 application types are outlined in section 10 of draft Directive 023: Oil Sands Project Applications.
Oil sands mining applications are submitted to the following inbox: OSMining.Applications@aer.ca
Applications are registered using the Integrated Application Registry (IAR) as nonconfidential and are assigned an application number. All documentation related to the application is saved in this system.
After the application is received, a coordinator is assigned, the application is registered in the IAR, and a technical review is conducted. The review includes the following: