Bill 34
Mineral Resources Act

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Status: In standing committee


Clause-by-Clause Review

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. 

Date Time Venue
August 15 7:00 PM Legislative Assembly Building,
Committee Room A


Public hearing dates:

Date Community Time Venue
May 6 Inuvik 7:00 PM Midnight Sun Complex
May 7 Norman Wells 7:00 PM Melnyk Hall, Royal Canadian
Legion Canol Branch #287
May 8 Yellowknife 7:00 PM Legislative Assembly Building,
Committee Room A
May 9 Behchoko 7:00 PM Kö Gocho Centre
May 10 Fort Simpson 7:00 PM Community Hall

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

Header photo by Jennifer Broadbridge
Bottom photo by Brian Kinzie