As an industry we strive to ensure every one of our workers arrives home safely at the end of each workday. For the oil sands, safety is a holistic term that goes beyond simply following a rule book or wearing the appropriate protective equipment. For us, safety in the oil sands industry means: Safety of […]

Rotational Workforce

Rotational work is not new to Alberta or other provinces within Canada. Given the remote location, nature and magnitude of oil sands development, rotational workers have been, and remain, a constant feature of oil sands activity in northern Alberta. Who are the Rotational Workers in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area? Although rotational workers might stay […]


The Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is proud to stand at the forefront of energy innovation, both in recovery and production of unconventional energy resources and in the pursuit of greener technologies for oil sands production. In this tradition, 13 major oil sand companies came together in 2012 to commit to the creation of […]

Indigenous Affairs

The oil sands industry continues to build positive and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area  (AOSA). Across the region, Indigenous workers are making significant contributions to the oil sands in leadership, production, construction, and support services . Indigenous-owned businesses have become an integral part of our industry over the […]

Environment, Regulations and Monitoring

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is an important global issue. Specifically for the oil and gas industry, our challenge is to reduce GHG emissions while the demand for energy – and the amount of energy the world is consuming – is growing. By developing innovative technologies, Canada has a significant role to play in meeting […]

Economic Contributions

Almost every region in Canada has been positively impacted by the economic activity created by oil sands development. In total, oil sands development is expected to contribute more than $4 trillion to the Canadian economy over the next 20 years. Further, through a combination of provincial and federal taxes and provincial royalties, the oil sands […]

Community Involvement

Oil Sands companies have the unique opportunity of operating around and within a wide array of communities. It is our intent that citizens feel that their community is improved by industry being present. Oil sands companies are active in communities by providing training and employment, local engagement opportunities on project plans, tax contributions, and funding and […]

Camp Accommodations

Camps and project accommodations provide a buffer for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and reduce social strains from population swings that inevitably happen in a resource-based economy. In the early 2000s, stronger oil prices resulted in a change in the economics of oil sands development. Between 2000 and 2008, there was a substantial […]

Indigenous Community Relations

Strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities to enhance economic and employment opportunities both now and into the future.

Community Well-Being

Understanding and managing the physical, social and economic effects of development in our communities.