Commitment 17: Implement the Extractives Sector Transparency Measures Act


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The Government of Canada will implement the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) that requires the reporting of certain payments made to governments related to the commercial development of oil, gas, and minerals.

Lead department:

Natural Resources Canada

Email address for enquiries:

Other involved actors:


Overall status:

All deliverables complete.

Planned result

You’ll be able to access data on reportable payments made to governments in Canada and abroad.

Key indicator
Indicator Target Latest actual data (and data collection date)
Percentage of links posted on the ESTMA website that are active. 100% 100% as of June 2018
Percentage of reports originally submitted in Canada and linked on the ESTMA website that are in a machine-readable format (Excel or PDF). Performance target has not yet been established. 2016-17 is the first year of data collection for the ESTMA program; a target will be set following analysis of the first year’s data. 1 report out of approximately 470 is not machine readable

Status of Open Government Plan milestones (complete, substantial, limited, not started)


  • 17.1 Undertake outreach activities with reporting entities to ensure awareness and understanding of processes for publishing their reports based on a consistent template and format.
  • 17.2 Improve public access to published reports through a common online window.
  • 17.3 Seek broader alignment of ESTMA with other jurisdictions in Canada and around the world.

Other completed milestones:

  • Natural Resources Canada has held a number of information sessions and bilateral meetings on the ESTMA throughout Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and St. John’s) and via tele/video conference.
  • A video introducing the Act and its reporting requirements was posted on the ESTMA website. In February 2017, a Natural Resources Canada article was published in Rock to Road, an aggregate and roadbuilding magazine.
  • In June 2017, Natural Resources Canada launched a survey, shared with all ESTMA stakeholders, to better understand the issues and challenges faced by reporting entities when complying with the Act.
  • In November 2017, NRCan formed a Stakeholder Advisory Group, which will inform revisions to tools and guidance and facilitate improved reporting under the ESTMA.
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