The Surface Rights Board is a quasi-judicial tribunal that grants right of entry and assists landowners/occupants and operators resolve disputes about compensation when operators require 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.

Resolving Disputes

Mediation is a process where a mediator helps parties to reach a voluntary, mutually acceptable solution on some or all of the issues in dispute. It may replace a hearing if the parties come to an agreement. Mediation helps parties better understand each other’s point of view. It can improve communication and future relations between the parties. Because it is flexible, mediation allows parties to deal with both the immediate problem and its possible causes. It also allows them to craft creative solutions together. Mediating a dispute as soon as possible can help parties solve the problem quickly and keep it from getting worse. Mediation allows parties to:

  • Meet before the hearing
  • Better understand the issues
  • Take an active role in resolving the dispute
  • Repair relationships
  • Identify common interests
  • Settle the issue or dispute without having a solution determined by the Board
  • Solve the problem without going to a Board hearing
  • Be more cost effective

For more information on the mediation process, refer to the following:

Mediation services for the Board

As part of the Boards’ continuing commitment to assist in the resolution of disputes, we are pleased to announce that Don Sibbald, Q.C. has agreed to provide mediation services for the Board. Mr. Sibbald was a Board Member for 12 years and brings a wealth of mediation and adjudication experience to this role. For further information or to arrange for a mediation, we invite you to contact Jill Mason, Director, Dispute Resolution:

By email at

By phone at 780-427-9388

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