Effective July 11, 2021, Saskatchewan entered Step Three of the Re-Opening Roadmap and the public health order relative toCOVID-19 was lifted. All restrictions related to the public health order were removed as of that date.
A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan's website have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow box in the right or left rail that resembles the link below. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found at:
Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.
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The Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS) is an online business system that supports the development and regulation of Saskatchewan's energy and resources industry. Through IRIS, the oil and gas industry completes regularly performed business activities and regulatory tasks with the province online.
IRIS will be unavailable Wednesday, August 4 between 7AM to 9AM CST for system improvements and maintenance.
Please be advised that the ministry is aware that Industry Applicants have been experiencing issues related to the submission of Helium Exploratory Permit Applications. If you are experiencing difficulty submitting your application, please reach out to the Service Desk indicating your draft application number and details about the issue. Please refer to the Industry Tip for further information.
IRIS Release 8.1.1 was successfully implemented June 23, 2021. To see what was implemented see SPAA Release Notes 8.1.1.
Please be advised that recent system enhancements to the "land check" process in IRIS when applying for non-advertised disposition applications for helium, negotiated leases, leases of space has resulted in some processing changes including the need to "expand" land locations in an attempt to identify and eliminate freehold or federal Crown minerals. Please refer to the Industry Tip for further information.
IRIS Release 8.1 was successfully implemented June 2, 2021. To see what was implemented see IRIS 8.1 Release Notes.
The new expanded High Water-Cut Oil Well Program (HWCP) that was announced in the 2021-2022 Saskatchewan budget is now accepting applications. Please visit the HWCP webpage for more information.
IRIS Release 7.6 was successfully implemented March 31, 2021. To see what was implemented see IRIS 7.6 Release Notes.
On Monday, March 15 an email will be sent to active IRIS users of companies that currently hold a well, facility or pipeline licence, with a link to complete the survey. This email will be sent using an online survey tool called Alchemer. Please refer to the Industry Tip for details. If you did not receive the email with the link but would like to participate in the online survey, please check your junk/spam folder before you contact the ER Service Desk at 1-855-219-9373 or ER.Servicedesk@gov.sk.ca.
IRIS Release 7.5 was successfully implemented February 3, 2021. To see what was implemented see IRIS 7.5 Release Notes.
IRIS Release 7.4 was successfully implemented December 2, 2020. To see what was implemented see IRIS 7.4 Release Notes.
Please be advised that the Preliminary Lease Continuance Reports that were run October 27, 2020 are not correct. If you have already viewed, printed or downloaded your reports, please disregard. Another Preliminary Lease Continuance has been scheduled and will be available in IRIS on October 28, 2020.
Reporting Relief Measures Rescinded, Two Month Grace Period in Effect - The suspension of penalties associated with reporting non-compliance ceased as of September 1, 2020. Industry has been granted an additional two-month grace period from penalties to become compliant with outstanding reporting obligations. Please refer to the Industry Tip for further information.
The Ministry of Energy and Resources has extended the payment due date for all oil and gas disposition invoices issued on May 20th and June 1st, 2020 to August 14th, 2020. The Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) will also be withdrawn on August 14th. If you are not set up for PAD and would like your payments withdrawn through PAD, please contact our Service Desk at 1-855-219-9373.
The Government of Saskatchewan is providing additional time for lease holders to submit surrenders on Crown Petroleum and Natural Gas Leases to avoid being charged rentals for lands that the lease holder would otherwise have expected to expire on March 31, 2020, but instead were continued on April 1, 2020. To avoid being assessed rentals on these leases, lease holders must submit surrender applications through the Integrated Resource Information System on or before July 31, 2020. Please contact the Service Desk at 1-855-219-9373 if you have any questions.
It has been discovered that Pipelines Module Spec Change coordinates entered during Replacement application in IRIS are stored incorrectly under Spec Changes tab main screen. Please refer Spec Changes details screen for correct Spec Change coordinates.
Oil and Gas disposition rental invoices generated on May 20, 2020, indicate a payment due date of June 9, 2020; however, please note that the payment due date has been extended to July 31, 2020. The pre-authorized debit withdrawal will occur on August 4, 2020.
Further to the Alert published Monday, Apr 20, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. the following activities are scheduled:
Preliminary Notice of Lease Continuance will be available in IRIS on May 11, 2020
Surrenders for previously expiring land will be accepted until May 15, 2020
Lease Continuance Final will execute and reports will be available on May 20, 2020
Lease Rental Billing will execute and rental invoices will be available on May 20, 2020 after the Lease Continuance Final has been completed
PAD withdrawal for rental invoices issued will occur on June 9, 2020
Lease Rental Invoices issued May 20, 2020, will include all dispositions where their new term falls between April 1, 2020, and May 31, 2020.
Extensions to permits, exploration licences and lease of spaces are to be requested through an Extension to Disposition Term in IRIS.
An amendment to the Lease Continuance Final in support of the April 14, 2020, announcement by the Government of Saskatchewan that provided for an extension of one-year to the term of active oil and gas dispositions has been implemented. This change will result in land and rights that would have expired April 1, 2020, to now continue. The lease continuance final review will be run prior to the rental invoicing, scheduled for mid-May, to allow lessees time to surrender any leases they are no longer interested in retaining.
The annual lease continuance review and rental invoicing have been moved from March 31, 2020, to April 20, 2020. Note that March 31, 2020, remains the effective date of the lease continuance review.
The annual lease continuance review and rental invoicing have been moved from March 31, 2020, to April 3, 2020. Note that March 31, 2020, remains the effective date of the lease continuance review.
Further to communication emailed to all Industry Security Administrators from IRIS Security ER on Wed, May 29, 2019, please be advised that Permission Set I.Mna.Reports.All is unavailable to Industry users. Instead, a new Permission MonitorAnalytics.Reports.EORProjectReturnsWellEventsReport has been added to Permission Set I.BLNG.Reports.SelfServeforEORRoyaltyTax. Users who have this Permission Set will automatically receive access to the new function.
It has recently been determined that there are several issues with the calculations of Permit Expenditures Obligations in our Integrated Resource Information System and that the amounts specified under the Obligations Tab on permits may not be accurate in all cases; therefore the Ministry of Energy and Resources has made the decision to suspend Industry access to the Obligations Tab until the functionality of obligations on permits can be fully explored. Once we have fixed the issues access to the Obligations Tab will be restored. If you require confirmation of expenditure obligations please send a request through our ER Service Desk at ER.Servicedesk@gov.sk.ca and we will work towards providing this to you.
IRIS is unavailable the first Wednesday of each month between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. CST for maintenance. Should that Wednesday fall on the first day of the month, the maintenance window moves to the first Thursday.
To use IRIS effectively, it's important that you understand the following concepts:
Industry Self-Declaration: The Business Associate (BA) self-declares they have met the specific regulations or provided mitigation in accordance with policy before submitting applications, data, reports (etc.) in IRIS. It's important that the BA know and understand what is required under the regulations, and that submissions will be reviewed for regulatory compliance. False declarations may have serious consequences; the Government of Saskatchewan has the ability to cancel or suspend an issued licence, withhold future approvals or force abandonment of a well.
Business Associate (BA): Any entity that conducts business activities with the Ministry of Energy and Resources is referred to as a BA.
Business Associate Identification Code (BA ID): Every BA must have an active BA ID, which is a five-character numeric identification code. BAs apply to the Government of Saskatchewan for a BA ID through Petrinex.
Petrinex: Petrinex is the system the oil and gas industry uses to submit volumetric, valuation, royalty taxpayer and certain infrastructure information to the Government of Saskatchewan. The Government also uses Petrinex to administer it's BA ID codes. For more information about Petrinex, go to: www.petrinex.ca
IRIS Security Administrator (SA): The SA is responsible for managing all of the IRIS user accounts on behalf of the BA, including assigning permissions and ensuring proper security and risk management procedures are in place to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the BA's data in IRIS.
Permission Sets: Permission sets (or a group of tasks) govern what activities an IRIS user can perform in the system on behalf of the BA. To perform any activity in IRIS, the user must have the appropriate permission sets assigned to them by the BA's Security Administrator (SA). A user may have many permission sets depending on the tasks he/she is required to perform in IRIS for the BA.
IRIS User Accounts: BAs have individual IRIS users within their organization, and each of those users requires an IRIS account. IRIS user accounts are set up by the BA's Security Administrator (SA). What each user can perform and see in IRIS is assigned by the SA through permission sets.
The Ministry of Energy and Resources (the Ministry): The ministry is the Government of Saskatchewan organization responsible for development and regulation of the energy and resources industry, and is also responsible for the processes performed in IRIS.
Individual IRIS user accounts are set up by your BA's Security Administrator (SA). If you require access to IRIS, contact your BA's SA. Don't know who your SA is? Contact the Energy and Resources Billing and IRIS Technical Support at 1-855-219-9373 or ER.Servicedesk@gov.sk.ca