Info Source

Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information

Northern Pipeline Agency Canada

Table of Contents

General Information

Introduction to Info Source

Info Source: Sources of Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.

The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.

Background

The Northern Pipeline Agency (NPA) was created with the proclamation of the Northern Pipeline Act in April 1978 to oversee planning and construction of the Canadian portion of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline Project by the Foothills Group of Companies. The Minister responsible for the Northern Pipeline Act is the Minister of Natural Resources, and he is responsible for the management and direction of the NPA and reporting to Parliament on its activities. Pending resumption of planning and construction of the northern portion of the pipeline project, the NPA does not have its own staff.

Read more on the NPA’s history.

Responsibilities

The NPA acts as a single window between federal authorities and the Foothills Group of Companies, and between provincial and territorial governments, and the Government of the United States. In keeping with the Northern Pipeline Act, many regulatory powers of other Government of Canada departments and agencies related to the pipeline project are delegated to the NPA. This is not the case for those powers reserved exclusively to the National Energy Board or shared between the Board and the NPA.

Read more on the Northern Pipeline Agency’s mandate.

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

The NPA operates under a single program activity, namely:

PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE CANADIAN PORTION OF THE ALASKA HIGHWAY NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PROJECT

This program activity involves the oversight and regulation of the planning and construction of the Canadian portion of the Alaska Highway Natural Gas Pipeline Project.

Planning and Construction of the Canadian Portion of the Alaska Highway Natural Gas Pipeline Project
Description: This class of records contains information pertaining to the management of the federal responsibilities for the planning and construction of the Alaska Highway natural gas pipeline project.
Document Types: Advice, Agreements, Annual reports, Briefing Notes, Business Plans, Compliance Tracking, Consultations, Correspondence, Environmental Assessments, Evaluations, Legislation, Memoranda of Understanding, Memoranda to Cabinet, Permits, Plans, Policies, Procedures, Proposals, Provincial / Territorial Negotiations, Regulations, Regulatory submissions and reviews, Research, Timelines, Treasury Board Submissions, Service Standards, Workplans.
Record Number: NPA 001

INTERNAL SERVICES

Internal services constitute groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are management and oversight services, communications services, legal services, human resources management services, financial management services, information management services, information technology services, real property services, materiel services, acquisition services, and travel and other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

ACQUISITIONS

Acquisition services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service to fulfill a properly completed request (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available) until entering into or amending a contract.

COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

Communications services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public—internal or external—receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Financial management services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Human resources management services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies and plans.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Information management services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision making; facilitate accountability, transparency and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

Information technology services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.

LEGAL SERVICES

Legal services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT SERVICES

Management and oversight services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies or plans.

MATERIEL SERVICES

Materiel services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

REAL PROPERTY SERVICES

Real property services involve activities undertaken to ensure that real property is managed in a sustainable and financially responsible manner, throughout its life cycle, to support the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

TRAVEL AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

Travel and other administrative services include Government of Canada travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories.

LEGEND
  • Standard Classes of Records (CoRs)

  • Standard Personal Information Banks (PIBs)

Additional Information

The Government of Canada encourages the informal release of information. In this regard, you may wish to consult the summaries of Northern Pipeline Agency's completed Access to Information (ATI) requests. To submit an informal request for information that has been previously released, please contact the Agency's Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Office (see below).

Agency information is also available through proactive disclosure, as well as through the posting of reports and other publications.

To submit a formal request for access to records pursuant to either the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act, please contact the ATIP Office (see below). You may also consult the Agency’s formal access procedures.

The Agency conducts Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) to ensure that privacy implications will be appropriately identified, assessed and resolved before a new or substantially modified program or activity involving personal information is implemented. The Agency does not currently have any PIAs to report.

For additional information about the programs and activities of the Northern Pipeline Agency, please visit our website at: www.npa.gc.ca.

Note: Natural Resources Canada’s ATIP Secretariat is responsible for processing requests received under the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act for information held by the Northern Pipeline Agency.  Requests should be addressed to:

Ami Najm
Director, ATIP Secretariat
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E4
Telephone 343-292-8987
Facsimile: 613-995-0693
Email: nrcan.atip-aiprp.rncan@canada.ca

Reading Room

In accordance with the Access to Information Act, an area on the premises of this institution has been designated as a public reading room. The address is:

ATIP Secretariat
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 11th Floor,
Ottawa, Ontario