Bill 36
Act to Amend the Petroleum
Resources Act

The information on this page has been compiled by Ecology north

Bill 36 full text

Status: Passed



Excerpt from the published text of the Bill:

This Bill amends the Petroleum Resources Act to:

  • clarify the authority of the Minister to delegate to a person the powers, duties and functions assigned to the Minister;
  • require the publication of additional notices respecting activities under the Act;
  • require that specified licences be made publicly available;
  • amend the criteria for an interest holder to be eligible for a significant discovery licence and restrict the term of a significant discovery licence;
  • add consideration of Indigenous traditional knowledge and input from Indigenous organizations when appointing Board members;
  • increase public representation on the Environmental Studies Management Board;
  • clarify the requirements respecting conflicts of interest and remuneration of Board members; 
  • require the disclosure of greater amounts of information with respect to the activities of the Environmental Studies Research Fund;
  • require the disclosure of greater amounts of information and clarify the obligations of the Minister and the Regulator with respect to the confidentiality of information received by either of them; and
  • correct inconsistencies and errors identified in the Act. 

Bill 36 is an amendment to the existing Petroleum Resources Act, in force as of April 1, 2014. The full text of the existing Petroleum Resources Act is available through the Legislative Assembly website.

The Hansard is the daily printed record of the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of the NWT
Scroll to page 28 for MLA comments on Bill 36 at second reading

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. Submissions from the non-governmental organizations involved in the creation of this website are below.

Alternatives North Petroleum Legislation submission
Alternatives North
Council of Canadians submission on petroleum legislation
Council of Canadians
Ecology North petroleum legislation submission
Ecology North
Robert Bromley Petroleum legislation submission
Robert Bromley

Expert review of Bill 36 has been provided to Ecology North by Cody Sharpe, PhD of the Northern Governance Institute:

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

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