Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act (NuPPAA) Coming Into Force

The Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act (NuPPAA) clearly defines how resource development will be managed in Nunavut.

The existing, overall approach to resource management in Nunavut does not change under NuPPAA. The Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) requires a co-management approach, which remains in place. NuPPAA flows from legislative requirements included in the NLCA. It clarifies and strengthens key elements of the regulatory regime and is expected to help spur investment in the territory, increasing prosperity and economic growth. NuPPAA: Highlights.

NuPPAA is the result of close consultation and collaboration with the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) and the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC). Input received during these consultations helped to ensure that NuPPAA reflects the unique needs and environment of Nunavut, and respects the NLCA. NuPPAA applies territory-wide, on Crown, Commissioner’s and Inuit owned land.

NuPPAA came into force on July 9, 2015. It does not apply to existing projects or projects that started the review process before NuPPAA came into force. These projects will continue under the previous regulatory regime. Harper Government celebrates coming into force of rules governing land use planning and resource development in Nunavut.

For more detailed information on review processes please see the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) and Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB).


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