The Surface Rights Board is a tribunal that assists landowners/occupants and operators resolve disputes about surface access and compensation when operators requires access to private land or occupied crown land to develop subsurface resources such as oil, gas, and coal or to build and operate pipelines and power transmission lines.
The Board has authority to grant rights of entry and to assist landowners and operators resolve disputes about: rights of entry and related compensation, compensation review, damages, recovery of rentals, and review of its past decisions. It reports to the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, but it operates independently and can generally set its own procedural rules.
The mission of the Surface Rights Board is to provide accessible processes, delivering timely and fair dispute resolution processes within our legislated mandate.
In carrying out its mission, the Surface Rights Board is guided by the following values:
The Surface Rights Board will be known for:
- Providing independent, community-based, accessible, fair, timely, and ethical processes.
- Supporting Board Members in the provision of high-quality adjudication services.
- Ensuring a high level of awareness and knowledge of the Board’s mandate and purposes.
- Creating a healthy work environment that supports staff to provide quality service and to continually learn and develop knowledge, skills, and expertise.