A hearing is held for an application if it appears to the Board that its decision on that application may directly and adversely affect the rights of a person. The Board decides this on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the specific facts and circumstances of each application and any Objections received. If you want the ERCB to hold a hearing about an application then you must make that request to the ERCB in writing. This is known as objecting to an application.
When the Board decides to hold a hearing it will issue a notice of hearing. A notice of hearing provides information about the application being considered, and other details such as the location and schedule of the hearing, how to get more information about the application, and how to make submissions to the hearing.
ERCB hearings are open to the public to observe without participating. If you wish to participate in a scheduled hearing you should submit a request to the ERCB as early as possible, as submissions received after deadlines may not be accepted. The Board will consider your request and decide if and how you may participate.
The ERCB's Rules of Practice provides directions for ERCB hearings and explains how and what must be done when a participant is faced with a variety of situations before, during, and after a hearing. The Board expects all applicants and participants in ERCB matters to be familiar with the Rules of Practice.
ERCB hearing coordinators are available to assist parties to understand and engage in the ERCB’s hearing process. The coordinator’s contact information is provided in the notice of hearing.
For more information on the ERCB hearing process can be found in:
EnerFAQs 02: Having Your Say at an ERCB Hearing - This document explains the purposes of Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) public hearings
Directive 029: Energy and Utility Development Applications and the Hearing Process
Current Hearing Schedule (updated every Friday)