Changes to the Mackenzie Valley Resources Management Act

Current Northwest Territories Regulatory Regime under MVRMA

Under the current structure, land use planning is completed by individual, regional land use planning boards. These regional boards have been established as part of the Settled Land Claim process. Applications for land use and water licenses must conform with existing land use plans. Applications are initially submitted to one of the regional land and water boards, then, if an environmental assessment is required, to the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board (MVEIRB). Following approval by the MVEIRB, the licensing process is completed through one of the regional land and water boards, along with other regulatory bodies.


Current NWT Regulatory Regime under MVRMA

Updated Northwest Territories Regulatory Regime after MVRMA Amendments (Spring 2015)

Under the updated structure, land use planning will still be completed by regional planning boards. Applications for land use and water licenses will go to a restructured Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB), then, if required to the MVEIRB for environmental assessment.  The final licensing will go through the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB).  The restructured MVLWB will consist of 11 members appointed from settled and unsettled Aboriginal claimants, Territorial and Tilcho governments, and federal nominees. These changes are expected to come into force in Spring 2015.


Updated NWT Regulatory Regime after MVRMA Amendments