Bill 34
Mineral Resources Act

The information on this page has been compiled by Ecology north

Status: PAssed


Regulations are under development. When we have more information on how the public can input into the regulations, we will post it. 

Excerpt from the published text of the Bill:

This Bill sets out a framework for mineral prospecting, exploration, development and production in the Northwest Territories. It governs the issuance of interests in minerals and related instruments. Also, it ensures the collection of geoscience information, and provides tools for facilitating the progress of exploration and mining.

This Bill requires engagement with Indigenous governments and organizations as part of certain processes, including in establishing restricted areas where issuance of mineral interests is prohibited, and in establishing zones where exploration is encouraged.

The Bill enables the establishment of requirements relating to benefits for the people in the Northwest Territories. It also requires benefit agreements for Indigenous governments and organizations for production projects that have attained a prescribed threshold size.

This Bill addresses royalty valuation and collection based on the output of a mine. This Bill also enables inspectors to enforce compliance with the requirements of the Act.

The GNWT department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment has developed a comprehensive guide to understanding the Mineral Resources Act. Please visit their page for more information.

The Hansard is the daily printed record of the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of the NWT
Scroll to page 4850 for MLA comments on Bill 34 on second reading:

Council of Canadians - NWT Chapter

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.

Alternatives North
Canadian Arctic Resources Committee
Council of Canadians - NWT Chapter

Expert review of Bill 34 has been provided Ugo Lapointe at MiningWatch Canada:

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

Mark Pocklington, Nahanni Butte
NWT Chamber of Commerce
Nancy Vail, member of the public
NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines
North Slave Métis Alliance
Tłı̨chǫ Government
K'atl'odeeche First Nation

how to get involved

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. For both instances, please send an email to and we will either forward your comments to the Committee or incorporate them into our own.

    De Beers Group
    Todd Slack, Member of the Public
    Northwest Territory Métis Alliance
    NWT Association of Communities
    Dave Nickerson

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