Mandate and Governance
The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) is an arms-length agency of the Government of Alberta. It was established in 1991 under the Natural Resources Conservation Board Act (NRCBA) to review proposed non-energy natural resource projects. In 2002 it was given additional responsibility for regulating Alberta’s confined feeding operations under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA).
The board reports to the Minister of Environment and Parks and works closely with municipal, provincial and federal regulators. It also consults regularly with the Policy Advisory Group, a multi-stakeholder advisory body for policy issues related to confined feeding operations
Memorandums of understanding with Alberta Environment and Parks and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry address board responsibilities under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act, the management of surface water issues at confined feeding operations and responsibilities for the disposal of dead animals.
The Board of the Natural Resources Conservation Board is responsible for quasi-judicial reviews under the Natural Resources Conservation Board Act, appeals under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act, and governance.
The operational divisions deliver the ongoing regulation of confined feeding operations, and provide scientific, technical and corporate support for Board hearings and reviews under both acts.
In keeping with Government of Alberta policy, the Natural Resources Conservation Board has chosen to disclose monthly expenses of its chair, Board members and chief executive officer, effective October 2012.
Vision, Mission and Values
Vision: to be a respected decision-maker, exemplifying integrity and foresight in the best interests of Alberta.
Mission: as a quasi-judicial and regulatory agency, the NRCB makes impartial and knowledge-based decisions across two distinct mandates:
- Under the Natural Resources Conservation Board Act, the NRCB decides if natural resource projects are in the public interest, considering social, environmental and economic effects, and
- Under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act, the NRCB fulfills applications and compliance responsibilities, administers and advances policies, and conducts board reviews for confined feeding operations.
Values: in achieving our mission, we honour the NRCB's core values of integrity, fairness, respect, excellence and service.