Action Plan to Improve Northern Regulatory Regimes

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 Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act (NuPPAA) and the Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act (YNRIA), the legislative component of the Action Plan is now complete. The updated and modernized Northern Regulatory Regime now:

Legislative Updates to the Northern Regulatory Regime


Recent 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. Learn more: Highlights of Changes to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA).


The Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act (NuPPAA) is now in full force. NuPPAA clearly defines how resource development will be managed in Nunavut, strengthens key elements of the regulatory regime and is expected to help spur investment in the territory, increasing prosperity and economic growth. Learn more: Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act (NuPPAA) Coming Into Force.

Recent updates to the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act also modernize the regulatory regime in Nunavut by streamlining water licensing processes and ensuring timely and predictable water licence reviews. Learn more: Highlights of changes to the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act (NWNSRTA).

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. Learn more: Northwest Territories Devolution.

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