The industry-wide, in-the-field program that fosters courteous behavior in areas of oil and gas activity.


Community Partners provides simple behaviour guidelines that make it easy for all employees and contractors to participate, like closing gates, never littering, slowing down on dusty roads and using designated traffic routes.

The Community Partners program was launched in direct response to input from a public survey conducted by the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC). In that 2009 survey, community members told PSAC they appreciated the economic benefits delivered by the oil and gas industry, but they were bothered by the disrespectful behaviour of some workers.

More recently, PSAC has spoken directly with dozens of community members as part of its Working Energy Commitment program. In those 2013 community engagement sessions, participants reinforced the ongoing need for the Community Partners program. As a result, PSAC is expanding and enhancing the program.

Participating companies

To date, the following oil and gas industry companies have voluntarily agreed to the Community Partners Guiding Principles. We thank them for their commitment to communities!

Is your company ready to join this impressive group? Get involved now!

The Community Partners Guiding Principles spell out the courteous behaviours companies
and workers have agreed to. The behaviours fall into six categories.

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  • Communication


    • Demonstrate respect and courtesy in the communities in which we operate.

    • Act responsibly as a company representative, both on and off work hours.

    • Listen to local residents and strive to understand their perspective.

    • Identify company representatives and provide contact information.

  • Dust


    • Slow down on dirt or gravel roads, especially near homes.

    • When possible, use best practice dust-suppression techniques near homes and high traffic areas.

  • Gates


    • Close gates immediately after they are opened, whether or not animals are nearby.

    • Move gates to the side rather than driving over them.

    • Report immediately any damaged or broken gates.

    • Report immediately any livestock outside fenced areas.

  • Garbage


    • Ensure on site waste is contained and containers are emptied regularly.

    • Clean sites before moving off-lease.

    • Secure all materials in the back of trucks and on the worksite.

    • Never litter.

    • Collect drink bottles and cans for return or recycling.

    • Dispose of hazardous materials safely.

    • Treat land as if it were your own.

  • Noise


    • Avoid using engine retarder brakes in residential and urban areas.

    • Make a special effort to reduce noise when required.

    • Schedule noisier activities during appropriate working hours.

    • Position noisy equipment to direct noise away from residences.

    • Use noise-suppression techniques, such as mufflers, baffles or sound barriers

    • Shut off equipment when not in use.

  • Driving Safety + Traffic

    Driving Safety + Traffic

    • Use designated traffic routes, access roads or trails.

    • Notify landowners and occupants before crossing their land.

    • Work with local communities to ensure traffic routes are maintained.

    • Slow down in residential, school and playground areas.

    • Slow down on narrow roads and pull over for oncoming traffic.

    • Obey all posted speed limits.

    • Watch for school buses and children on roads.

    • Move large or slow-moving equipment during off-peak hours.


PSAC innovated and continues to manage Community Partners, which is supported by all seven major upstream oil and gas industry trade associations in Canada:

Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC)
 CAODC Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC)
 CAPP Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
 CEPA Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)
ICBA (formerly Energy Services BC)
 EPAC Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC)
 PSAC Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC)

Get Involved Community Members

Do you have a story to share about oil and gas workers in your community? What suggestions do you have for the Community Partners program? How can community members like you get more involved in Community Partners?

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Get Involved Industry Members

Community Partners makes it easy for employees and contractors to act collectively in community-friendly ways. Is your company ready to get involved? If so:

Complete, sign and print

the interactive version of the Community Partners Guiding Principles

Send a confirmation

to your industry association and to [email protected]

Incorporate the Guiding Principles

into your own corporate policy.


your contractors to get involved!

Employee Tools

These employee tools help workers remember and follow the Community Partners respectful behaviour guidelines.

Special pricing is available for member companies of the seven Community Partners industry associations. Pricing does not include GST or shipping charges.

Orders must be placed in multiples of 50 of a single item.
Payment must be made by credit card or cheque at time of order.




50 Hard Hat Stickers (1.5″ x 2.5″)  $44  $55
50 Vehicle Magnets (3″ x 5″)  $60  $70
50 Windshield decals (2-sided, 3″ x 5″)  $67  $87

To order, please download and complete the order form.

Thank you for your support of Community Partners!

Contact us

To get involved or for more information on Community Partners,
please email [email protected]