Bill 44
Forest Act

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Status: In standing committee

Public hearing dates:

Date Community Time Venue
April 23 Fort Smith 7:00 PM Salt River First Nation Boardroom
April 24 Hay River 7:00 PM Community Centre 
April 25 K’atlodeeche First Nation 12:00 PM Chief Lamalice Complex
April 25 Behchoko 7:00 PM Kö Gocho Ventre
April 26 Inuvik 7:00 PM Midnight Sun Complex
April 27 Norman Wells 4:00 PM Melnyk Hall, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #287
April 30 Yellowknife 6:00 PM Legislative Assembly Building, Committee Room A
May 2 Yellowknife [extended] 6:00 PM Legislative Assembly Building, Committee Room A

Excerpt from the published text of the Bill:

This Bill establishes a new framework for the management and protection of forests in the Northwest Territories. It sets out some general requirements with respect to the sustainable use of forests and forest resources. It enables the protection of forests through wildfire management and prevention and includes provisions to respond to forest insects, disease and invasive plant species. The Bill also authorizes the use of forest resources through forest harvesting agreements, permits and licences. The right to appeal certain decisions is granted. Finally, an enforcement scheme is created in order to ensure respect for the new management and protection framework.

The Hansard is the daily printed record of the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of the NWT
Scroll to page 5398 for MLA comments on Bill 44

GNWT Documents

Early in the legislative process, the government department sponsoring the bill compiles the results of their preliminary public consultation efforts into one or more reports. These reports may include an engagement or discussion paper and a What We Heard report which are often published on a webpage with additional resources for public engagement.

Prior to the Bill being brought to Standing Committee, the department sponsoring the Bill accepts submissions from various stakeholders on the proposed content and scope of the Bill. These stakeholders include non-governmental organization, individuals, and businesses. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has compiled the results of this public engagement on Bill 44 into a What We Heard report

Public submissions to the Standing Committee will be posted to this tab as they become available. Please refer to the schedule above.

Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board
Tłı̨chǫ Government
Inuvialuit Game Council
K'atlodeeche First Nation
Northwest Territory Métis Nation
NGO Joint Submission
Ducks Unlimited
Sahtu Renewable Resources Board
NWT Association of Communities
Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya

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