The information on this page has been compiled by Ecology north
This Bill consolidates the Commissioner’s Land Act and the Northwest Territories Lands Act to govern all NWT public land including land withdrawals, disposition of mineral rights and security payments. Administrative updates are provided with some substantive discussions of, for example, securities.
Status: In standing committee
This is the chance for Committees to change and improve these Bills, but the agreement of the sponsoring Minister is required. Changes can still be brought forward on the floor on the House and require a majority of MLAs to pass. The public is welcome to attend and observe the proceedings.
This Bill repeals the Commissioner’s Land Act and the Northwest Territories Lands Act and replaces them with a consolidated statute that comprehensively governs all public land within the Northwest Territories.
The Hansard is the daily printed record of the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of the NWT Scroll to page 5407 for MLA comments on Bill 46 at second reading
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.
Expert review of Bill 46 has been provided by EcoJustice. A summary of their report is available below.
Public submissions to the Standing Committee will be posted to this tab as they become available. Please refer to the schedule above.
The joint written submissions from the organizations behind this site is linked to the left. These organizations are: Alternatives North, Ecology North, Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC), Council of Canadians – NWT Chapter , and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – NWT Chapter.
The purpose of public hearings is to give members of the public the opportunity to speak to the Committee directly about the legislation. Your voice as an NWT resident carries weight and your comments will help to inform the Committee’s recommendations for changes to the Bill before it becomes law.
There are two pathways that you can use to get involved and submit your feedback:
Provide a submission to the Committee: The Committee will accept written and oral submissions from members of the public. If you are unable to attend one of the public hearings listed above in person, you are welcome to provide a written submission instead. Please send us an email and we will forward your comments to the Committee. Here are a few tips on preparing your submission:
At this stage is the legislative process, it is no longer the time to influence the principles of a bill or the process of bringing forward the legislation. This is the time to make very specific recommendations on changes or inclusions for specific sections to the bill.
It is helpful to clearly state the section number of the Bill that should be changed, what the issue is for each change proposed, and what the proposed change is with specific wording or the concept that should be included or deleted.
Direct your feedback to Ecology North: we value your perspectives, and if you prefer to submit your comments through us, or for us to integrate them into our submissions please feel free to. This is a more appropriate method for individuals with broad concerns, rather than very specific points which are better suited to pathway #1.
For both instances, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will either forward your comments to the Committee or incorporate them into our own.