who we are

The Farmers’ Advocacy Office has the primary goal of equipping land owners to deal in their own best interests in the negotiation of surface leases and rights of way associated with the oil and gas industry.

what you’ll find


before you sign a surface lease…

The Farmers’ Advocacy Office is finding that many surface leases do NOT comply with BC Law. Before signing surface lease documents, make sure the lease document complies with the Surface Lease Regulation B.C. Reg. 497/74.


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Farmers’ Advocacy Office Evaluation: Survey

The Farmer’s Advocacy Office (FAO) works to ensure rural landowners throughout northeast B.C. are provided access to relevant information to manage their land and agricultural assets in order to mitigate business risk and maximize future economic opportunity as it relates to interaction with the oil and gas industry. 

An evaluation of the FAO is currently underway to determine if the FAO is performing as expected and assess if changes and improvements to services are needed. 

We encourage landowners in the region who have interactions with the oil and gas industry to participate in this survey.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathleen Van Ekris, Senior Consultant with MNP LLP at Kathleen.vanekris@mnp.ca or 250-824-2816. 

What is involved with this survey? 

The survey should take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete, depending on the amount of detail you provide. We would like to receive all responses by Wednesday,December 12th, 2018.  

The survey can be accessed at the following link: 

Please feel free to forward this link to anyone you believe would have insight into the services offered by the Farmers’ Advocacy Office. 

The confidentiality of your responses will be maintained, and the information gathered will only be reported in summary form and will not identify any individuals or organizations.   

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important evaluation. 

NEB Open Houses

The National Energy Board’s BC Regional Office Open Houses were held in June 2018.

PRRD Renews FAO Contract to March 31, 2019

PRRD Renews FAO Contract to March 31, 2019

At the May 24 meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board, the board extended the contract to operate the Farmers’ Advocacy Office to March 31, 2019. To view video of the discussion, visit the May 24 Board Agenda and click on 10. Reports, and then click on the play button next to item R-11.

Presentation from Ministry, OGC and CAPP

Presentation from Ministry, OGC and CAPP

On May 24, the Peace River Regional District Board received a presentation from the Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources, Dave Nikolejsin, BC Oil and Gas Commission Commissioner and CEO Paul Jeakins, and Chris Montgomery of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP.) The Board Meeting Video and OGC Presentation are online. (Video is available by clicking item “4. Delegations” and then clicking the play button beside item “4.2.”)

Unpaid Property Taxes on Oil and Gas Leases

Unpaid Property Taxes on Oil and Gas Leases

In 2017, the Surveyor of Taxes implemented a new process to notify the land owner when the property taxes related to an oil and gas lease remain unpaid. It is important to remember that any collection action to recover the tax arrears related to a lease would be against the oil and gas company, not the land owner.

Well site owners (petroleum companies) that lease a portion of a property from a landowner will receive the annual Rural Property Tax Notice and a monthly statement of account when the taxes remain unpaid.  

Landowners will not receive the Rural Tax Notice and statement of account because the well site company is responsible for paying the property tax. But, when the taxes remain unpaid, each year on January 5th a notification letter will be mailed out to the landowner.

Please see the attached sample letter, that some BC landowners will receive early in January.

Sample Information Letter Regarding Oil and Gas Property Taxes