Nunavut mining and exploration

Exploration and mining activity can bring benefits to the territory of Nunavut and its residents. The regulatory processes in force in Nunavut are designed to encourage orderly and timely development of the territory’s untapped mineral resources, in a manner that will benefit Nunavummiut and minimize impacts on the environment.

This guide is intended to assist in navigating the legislation, regulations and key organizations involved in mineral exploration, development and mining on Crown lands in Nunavut.

The regulatory process in Nunavut is co-managed by the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, the Regional Inuit Associations and various Institutions of Public Government. Each organization has specific mandates and responsibilities.

Communication and consultation with Nunavummiut are cornerstones of sustainable development in the territory and are required by several regulatory processes.

Services and information

Land and resource management overview

Information about the regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over resource management in Nunavut.

Exploration on Crown lands

Information about the different types of mineral rights in Nunavut and how to acquire them.

Advanced exploration

Information about the legislation and regulations related to advanced mining exploration.

Mine development and production

Information about the legislation related to permitting of mine development and production.

Mine closure, reclamation and monitoring

Information about the legislation and regulations related to mine closure.

Impact assessment

Information on the impact assessment process required under the Nunavut Agreement.

Water licences

Information about the Nunavut Water Board and how to obtain a water licence in Nunavut.

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