Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (S.C. 1998, c. 25)

Act current to 2016-06-06 and last amended on 2014-04-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Minister’s functions

 The federal Minister may exercise the same powers and shall perform the same duties in relation to the Board and its regional panels as are conferred or imposed on the federal Minister in relation to a board established by Part 3.

Powers of Tlicho Government

Marginal note:Policy directions by the Tlicho Government

 The Tlicho Government may exercise the same powers and shall perform the same duties in relation to the Board and the regional panel of the Board referred to in subsection 99(2.1) as those that the Tlicho Government has under section 83 in relation to the Wekeezhii Land and Water Board.

  • 2005, c. 1, s. 63.

Precedence Relating to Policy Directions

Marginal note:Conflict between policy directions
  •  (1) If there is a conflict between policy directions given by the federal Minister under section 109 and policy directions given by the Tlicho Government under section 109.1, the policy directions under section 109.1 prevail to the extent of the conflict.

  • Marginal note:Conflict between legislation and policy directions

    (2) If there is a conflict between policy directions given by the federal Minister under section 109 or by the Tlicho Government under section 109.1 and the provisions of any Act of Parliament, any regulations made under an Act of Parliament or any territorial law, those provisions prevail to the extent of the conflict.

  • 2005, c. 1, s. 63.

Enforcement

Marginal note:Inspector

 An inspector designated under subsection 84(1) may exercise and shall perform, in relation to the use of land or waters or the deposit of waste, the powers, duties and functions of an inspector under Part 3.

  • 1998, c. 25, s. 110;
  • 2014, c. 2, s. 198.

PART 5Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board

Interpretation and Application

Marginal note:Definitions
  •  (1) The following definitions apply in this Part.

    designated regulatory agency

    organisme administratif désigné

    designated regulatory agency means an agency named in the schedule, referred to in a land claim agreement as an independent regulatory agency. (organisme administratif désigné)

    development

    projet de développement

    development means any undertaking, or any part or extension of an undertaking, that is carried out on land or water and includes an acquisition of lands pursuant to the Historic Sites and Monuments Act and measures carried out by a department or agency of government leading to the establishment of a park subject to the Canada National Parks Act or the establishment of a park under a territorial law. (projet de développement)

    environmental assessment

    évaluation environnementale

    environmental assessment means an examination of a proposal for a development undertaken by the Review Board pursuant to section 126. (évaluation environnementale)

    environmental impact review

    étude d’impact

    environmental impact review means an examination of a proposal for a development undertaken by a review panel established under section 132. (étude d’impact)

    follow-up program

    programme de suivi

    follow-up program means a program for evaluating

    • (a) the soundness of an environmental assessment or environmental impact review of a proposal for a development; and

    • (b) the effectiveness of the mitigative or remedial measures imposed as conditions of approval of the proposal. (programme de suivi)

    impact on the environment

    répercussions environnementales ou répercussions sur l’environnement

    impact on the environment means any effect on land, water, air or any other component of the environment, as well as on wildlife harvesting, and includes any effect on the social and cultural environment or on heritage resources. (répercussions environnementales ou répercussions sur l’environnement)

    mitigative or remedial measure

    mesures correctives ou d’atténuation

    mitigative or remedial measure means a measure for the control, reduction or elimination of an adverse impact of a development on the environment, including a restorative measure. (mesures correctives ou d’atténuation)

    preliminary screening

    examen préalable

    preliminary screening means an examination of a proposal for a development undertaken pursuant to section 124. (examen préalable)

    regulatory authority

    autorité administrative

    regulatory authority, in relation to a development, means a body or person responsible for issuing a licence, permit or other authorization required for the development under any federal or territorial law, but does not include a designated regulatory agency or a local government. (autorité administrative)

    responsible minister

    ministre compétent

    responsible minister, in relation to a proposal for a development, means any minister of the Crown in right of Canada or of the territorial government having jurisdiction in relation to the development under federal or territorial law. (ministre compétent)

    Review Board

    Office

    Review Board means the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board established by subsection 112(1). (Office)

  • Marginal note:Application

    (2) This Part applies in respect of developments to be carried out wholly or partly within the Mackenzie Valley and, except for section 142, does not apply in respect of developments wholly outside the Mackenzie Valley.

  • 1998, c. 25, s. 111;
  • 2000, c. 32, s. 55;
  • 2005, c. 1, s. 65.
Marginal note:Federal Minister — powers, duties and functions

 The federal Minister shall exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions of any responsible minister who is a minister of the Crown in right of Canada for the purposes of subsections 130(1) to (3) and sections 131.2, 135 and 137.2.

  • 2014, c. 2, s. 199.

Establishment of Review Board

Marginal note:Review Board established
  •  (1) There is hereby established a board to be known as the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board consisting of not less than seven members including a chairperson.

  • Marginal note:Nominations by first nations and the Tlicho Government

    (2) One half of the members of the Review Board other than the chairperson shall be persons appointed on the nomination of first nations and the Tlicho Government, including at least one nominated by the Gwich’in First Nation, one nominated by the Sahtu First Nation and one nominated by the Tlicho Government.

  • Marginal note:Government members

    (3) Of the members of the Review Board other than the chairperson and those appointed in accordance with subsection (2), at most one half shall be nominated by the territorial Minister.

  • Marginal note:Quorum

    (4) A quorum of the Review Board consists of five members, including two of the members appointed in accordance with subsection (2) and two of the members not so appointed other than the chairperson.

  • 1998, c. 25, s. 112;
  • 2005, c. 1, s. 66.
Marginal note:Main office

 The main office of the Review Board shall be at Yellowknife or at such other place in the Mackenzie Valley as is designated by the Governor in Council.

General Provisions

Marginal note:Purposes

 The purpose of this Part is to establish a process comprising a preliminary screening, an environmental assessment and an environmental impact review in relation to proposals for developments, and

  • (a) to establish the Review Board as the main instrument in the Mackenzie Valley for the environmental assessment and environmental impact review of developments;

  • (b) to ensure that the impact on the environment of proposed developments receives careful consideration before actions are taken in connection with them; and

  • (c) to ensure that the concerns of aboriginal people and the general public are taken into account in that process.

 
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