MPMO Mandate

The MPMO was established in 2007 to support the Government of Canada’s new approach to the regulatory review of major resource projects – an approach that ensures a more effective, accountable, transparent and timely review process.

The MPMO’s mandate is two-fold:

  1. to provide overarching project coordination, management and accountability for major resource projects within the context of the existing federal regulatory review process; and,
  2. to undertake research and identify options that drive further performance improvements to the federal regulatory system for major resource projects.

Key Elements of the MPMO Approach

Improved Process Clarity

The MPMO works with federal departments and agencies to develop guidelines, procedures and service standards that promote early engagement between project proponents and regulators, and to ensure a clear, consistent and coordinated federal approach to the review of major resource projects.

Effective Project Management

The MPMO coordinates Project Agreements between federal departments and agencies. These Agreements serve as an important coordination and management tool for MPMO projects. They also include target timelines which are publicly tracked and monitored to ensure that the review process for each MPMO project is timely, predictable and effective.

Policy Leadership

The MPMO, in collaboration with key stakeholders and federal departments and agencies, leads policy research and provides analysis and advice aimed at improving the federal regulatory and legislative framework for major resource projects, and at promoting regulatory excellence and innovation.