Action Plan to Improve Northern Regulatory Regimes

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On June 18, 2015, Bill S-6, the Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act, received Royal Assent, most provisions are now in force.

The Action Plan to Improve Northern Regulatory Regimes builds on the Government of Canada's efforts to create a strong and prosperous North that realizes its resource potential while safeguarding the environmental health and heritage of the region. It is a key step forward in implementing the Northern Strategy.

The Action Plan seeks to promote the creation of jobs, growth and long term prosperity across the North by making the northern regulatory frameworks strong, effective, efficient and consistent. With the coming into force of the Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act, the legislative component of the Action Plan is now complete. The updated and modernized Northern Regulatory Regime now:

  • Makes reviews of projects more predictable and timely;
  • Reduces duplication for project reviews;
  • Strengthens environmental protection; and
  • Supports meaningful Aboriginal consultation.

Legislative Updates to the Northern Regulatory Regime

Yukon

Updates to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act will contribute to the efficient and predictable environmental assessment process in Yukon, which will promote investor confidence, foster economic opportunities and growth while promoting sound environmental stewardship.

Nunavut

Updates to the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act will modernize the regulatory regime in Nunavut by streamlining water licensing processes and ensuring timely and predictable water licence reviews. The proposed amendments would also enhance environmental stewardship and leverage investor confidence.

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories Devolution Act received Royal Assent in March 2014, placing more decision making power in the hands of Northerners. It also helped to spur economic development with updates to the regulatory regime through updates to: the Territorial Lands Act, the Northwest Territories Waters Act, and the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act.

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