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 determine the public interest of proposed 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 NRCB reports to the Minister of Environment and Parks. Its financial statements are reported in the ministry annual report.
The NRCB works closely with municipal, provincial, and federal regulators. Memorandums of understanding with Environment and Parks and Agriculture and Forestry address NRCB responsibilities under AOPA, the management of surface water issues at confined feeding operations, and responsibilities for the disposal of dead livestock.
The NRCB also consults regularly with the Policy Advisory Group, a multi-stakeholder advisory body for policy issues related to confined feeding operations. Accountability sessions with Policy Advisory Group members are held every few years to assess the effectiveness of the NRCB’s delivery of its AOPA mandate.
In keeping with Government of Alberta policy and the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act, the NRCB discloses expenses of the NRCB chair, Board members, and chief executive officer, and all remuneration, including severance and pension contributions, for its Board members and staff whose earnings were more than the compensation threshold.