Working Toward an Open and Transparent
Since the signing of the NWT Devolution Agreement in 2013, the Government of the Northwest Territories has been actively replacing what was formerly federal legislation with “made in the North” legislation. These new laws will regulate how the NWT looks after its forests, waters, and protected areas, how it uses its mineral and petroleum resources, and many other environmental concerns that will affect current and future NWT residents. Several environment and natural resource management bills are in the process of becoming law, or have regulations under development. This website is designed to help people and organizations understand the legislative process, find relevant documents and information, make informed comments about these bills before they become law, and input as possible into the regulations.
If you are unfamiliar with the legislative process, have a look at the two infographics below which describe how the process works in the NWT.
Select the bill or bills that are relevant to your areas of interest and expertise and read through the information and comments we have provided.
Have your say! On the page for each bill is included the dates and locations of the Standing Committee’s public hearings and guidelines for how to get involved.
Several Acts passed at the end of the 18th Assembly were drafted as ‘enabling legislation’, with much of their power to rest in the regulations. Practice within the GNWT regarding stakeholder involvement in the development of regulations is not as defined as it is in the development of legislation. We have asked the Minister of Justice, Minister of ENR, Minister of Lands, and Minister ITI to ensure the involvement of stakeholders in developing Regulations.
Select a bill to read more on how it was developed, who it will affect, and what has been said about it.
Header photo and middle photo by Jennifer Broadbridge. Bottom photo by Brian Kinzie