Program collects core samples and makes maps of the ocean bottom and sub-bottom.
Federal environment minister says project went through an environmental assessment, has strict conditions.
Province will review regulations, enhance seismic data and advance tie-back technology to extract more from existing sites.
Dismantling involves seven offshore platforms, 22 wells and 340 kilometres of subsea pipeline.
A 300-megawatt offshore wind project cancelled by Ontario, but NAFTA terms means Canada pays.
Wynne government faces a trial next year on a $500-million lawsuit over the 2011 decision.
Higher oil prices are needed to encourage deepwater offshore projects.
Petroleum board offered 16 parcels totalling about 3.3 million hectares.
It will clarify international expectations and accelerate negotiations.
Company says merger was necessary to link North American business to global community.
Northern Petroleum deal will produce 600 equivalent barrels of oil per day.
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The development and operation of offshore wind energy in Ontario could create thousands of jobs during construction over a 13-year period and result in 600 permanent jobs, says a Conference Board of Canada study.