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NEWS: Nunavut November 06, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Northern Jobs and Growth Act will streamline review process: Nunavut government

“This is an important milestone"

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Heavy equipment takes out rock at the Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake. The Government of Nunavut says the the Northern Jobs and Growth Act will strengthen the planning of resource development in Nunavut and assessment of its potential impacts. (FILE PHOTO)
Heavy equipment takes out rock at the Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake. The Government of Nunavut says the the Northern Jobs and Growth Act will strengthen the planning of resource development in Nunavut and assessment of its potential impacts. (FILE PHOTO)

The Government of Nunavut says it welcomes the Nov. 6 tabling in Parliament of Bill C-47, dubbed the Northern Jobs and Growth Act.

The new legislation will strengthen the planning of resource development in Nunavut and assessment of its potential impacts, the GN said in a news release.

“This is an important milestone in establishing an effective and streamlined regime for Inuit and government to manage resource development in Nunavut together,” said Premier Eva Aariak.  “Bill C-47 will make decision making about land and resource management much clearer and pave the way for the seamless transfer of these responsibilities from Canada to the Government of Nunavut under devolution.”

The Northern Jobs and Growth Act includes the Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act and the Northwest Territories Surface Rights Board Act, along with amendments related to the Yukon Surface Rights Board Act.

NUPAA will “enhance the regulatory process in Nunavut and better define the role of the Nunavut Impact Review Board and the Nunavut Planning Commission,” the news release said.

“We hope that Bill C-47 will move quickly through Parliament to provide Nunavummiut and industry with the certainty they need for the planning and assessing resource development projects,” said Peter Taptuna, Nunavut’s minister of Economic Development and Transportation. “This is essential to attract the investment needed for Nunavut to continue to develop a strong and diversified economy.”

The GN said it collaborated “extensively” with the federal government and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. on the legislation, which is required under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

“The new federal legislation will make the work and decisions of the Nunavut Impact Review Board and the Nunavut Planning Commission clear, consistent and predictable,” said James Arreak, Nunavut’s environment minister. “It will fulfill a major commitment that Canada made under the Nunavut land claim.”

NUPPAA was previously introduced in 2010 as Bill-25 but fell off the order paper after first reading in Parliament when the 2011 federal elections were called.

Since then, the GN said it has been urging the Government of Canada to re-introduce the legislation.

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