Lands & Regulations

Nunavut Planning And Project Assessment Act

Industry LetterTo INAC

In November 2010, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines (NWTNCM), the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) submitted a letter to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)  in relation to Bill C-25, the proposed Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act that was tabled in the House of Commons for First Reading on May 12, 2010.  

In preparation for further debate and review of C-25, the letter urges the federal government to propose a number of amendments to address the principal issues and concerns with regard to the proposed legislation. Click here for a copy of the letter.

PDAC Submission To The Nunavut Planning Commission

In June 2010, the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) requested comments on its working draft of the Nunavut Land Use Plan (NLUP). Click here to view the PDAC’s submission to the NPC.

The NPC has been working on the formulation of the NLUP as required under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. The goal of the NLUP is to support land and resource management initiative and fill regulatory gaps and it is not intended to replace existing legislative and regulatory roles. As part of this process the NPC has been working with the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut, Inuit Organization Land Managers, Institutions of Public Government and other planning partners to identify Issues and Priorities that are included in the Draft NLUP.

On May 6, 2009, the PDAC, NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines, and the Mining Association of Canada, submitted comments and recommendations to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada on the proposed Nunavut Land Use Planning and Impact Assessment Act. 

Click here for a copy.

The federal government recently announced its intention to table a draft Nunavut Land Use Planning and Impact Assessment Act in Parliament in June of this year.  The proposed bill fulfills a commitment made in the 1993 Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) to enact federal legislation establishing the Nunavut Planning Commission and the Nunavut Impact Review Board in law.   While these agencies have been in existence since 1996, they have operated entirely under the provisions of the NLCA since that time.

While modelled on the sections of the NLCA that provide for land use planning and environmental and socio-economic impact assessment, the new legislative scheme is expected to have significant implications for mineral exploration, mine development and mining operations in Nunavut for decades to come.  As a result, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Mining Association of Canada, and the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines are preparing a joint industry submission to the federal government on the draft bill with the assistance of external legal advice.

For further information, please contact:

Vida Ramin
Director, Lands & Regulations 
416-362-1969 Ext 232