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

Act current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2016-09-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Written reasons

 The Review Board, a review panel of the Review Board, a review panel or a joint panel established jointly by the Review Board and any other person or body, the federal Minister, a responsible minister, a designated regulatory agency, a regulatory authority, a department or agency of the federal or territorial government, a local government, the Gwich’in or Sahtu First Nation, the Tlicho Government or the Déline Got’ine Government shall issue and make available to the public written reasons for any decision or recommendation made under the process established by this Part.

  • 1998, c. 25, s. 121;
  • 2005, c. 1, s. 73;
  • 2015, c. 24, s. 39.
Marginal note:Delegation by federal Minister

 The federal Minister may, in relation to a proposed development, delegate to any responsible minister the federal Minister’s duty to distribute reports made under this Part, to participate in decisions made following the consideration of such reports and to distribute decisions so made.

Marginal note:Exercise of powers under other Acts

 For greater certainty, the Review Board may exercise any function conferred on it by or under any Act of Parliament or delegated to it under any Act of Parliament.

Marginal note:Consultation

 In conducting a review or examination of the impact on the environment of a development, a review panel of the Review Board or a review panel, or a joint panel, established jointly by the Review Board and any other person or body,

  • (a) shall carry out any consultations that are required by any of the land claim agreements; and

  • (b) may carry out other consultations with any persons who use an area where the development might have an impact on the environment.

  • 2005, c. 1, s. 74.
Marginal note:Conflict of interest
  •  (1) A person shall not be appointed, or continue, as a member of a review panel of the Review Board or of a review panel, or a joint panel, established jointly by the Review Board and any other person or body, if doing so would place the member in a material conflict of interest.

  • Marginal note:Status or entitlements under agreement

    (2) A person is not placed in a material conflict of interest merely because of any status or entitlement conferred on the person under the Gwich’in Agreement, the Sahtu Agreement, the Tlicho Agreement or any other agreement between a first nation and Her Majesty in right of Canada for the settlement of a claim to lands or under the Déline Agreement.

  • 2005, c. 1, s. 74;
  • 2015, c. 24, s. 40.
Marginal note:Nominations

 In appointing a review panel of the Review Board or a review panel, or a joint panel, established jointly by the Review Board and any other person or body, the Review Board and those other persons or bodies shall comply with the requirements of land claim agreements respecting nominations for appointment.

  • 2005, c. 1, s. 74.

Preliminary Screening

Marginal note:Application to regulator
  •  (1) Where, pursuant to any federal or territorial law specified in the regulations made under paragraph 143(1)(b), an application is made to a regulatory authority or designated regulatory agency for a licence, permit or other authorization required for the carrying out of a development, the authority or agency shall notify the Review Board in writing of the application and conduct a preliminary screening of the proposal for the development, unless the development is exempted from preliminary screening because

    • (a) its impact on the environment is declared to be insignificant by regulations made under paragraph 143(1)(c); or

    • (b) an examination of the proposal is declared to be inappropriate for reasons of national security by those regulations.

  • Marginal note:Proposal not requiring application

    (2) Where a development that does not require a licence, permit or other authorization under any federal or territorial law is proposed to be carried out by a department or agency of the federal or territorial government or by the Gwich’in or Sahtu First Nation or the Tlicho Government, the body proposing to carry out that development shall, after notifying the Review Board in writing of the proposal for the development, conduct a preliminary screening of the proposal, unless

    • (a) in its opinion, the impact of the development on the environment will be manifestly insignificant; or

    • (b) the development is exempted from preliminary screening for a reason referred to in paragraph (1)(a) or (b).

  • Marginal note:Preliminary screening by Gwich’in, Sahtu or Tlicho

    (3) The Gwich’in First Nation, the Sahtu First Nation or the Tlicho Government, as the case may be, may conduct a preliminary screening of a proposal for a development to determine whether to refer the proposal for an environmental assessment in accordance with paragraph 126(2)(b) or (c).

  • Marginal note:Cooperation

    (4) Where more than one body conducts a preliminary screening in respect of a development, any of them may consult the others, adopt another’s report or participate in a joint preliminary screening and, where one of them is a board established under Part 3 or 4, the others are not required to conduct a preliminary screening.

  • 1998, c. 25, s. 124;
  • 2005, c. 1, s. 75.
Marginal note:Outside local government territory
  •  (1) Except as provided by subsection (2), a body that conducts a preliminary screening of a proposal shall

    • (a) determine and report to the Review Board whether, in its opinion, the development might have a significant adverse impact on the environment or might be a cause of public concern; and

    • (b) where it so determines in the affirmative, refer the proposal to the Review Board for an environmental assessment.

  • Marginal note:Within local government territory

    (2) Where a proposed development is wholly within the boundaries of a local government, a body that conducts a preliminary screening of the proposal shall

    • (a) determine and report to the Review Board whether, in its opinion, the development is likely to have a significant adverse impact on air, water or renewable resources or might be a cause of public concern; and

    • (b) where it so determines in the affirmative, refer the proposal to the Review Board for an environmental assessment.

Environmental Assessment

Marginal note:Referral on preliminary screening
  •  (1) The Review Board shall conduct an environmental assessment of a proposal for a development that is referred to the Review Board following a preliminary screening pursuant to section 125.

  • Marginal note:Referral from department, agency, first nation or local government

    (2) Notwithstanding any determination on a preliminary screening, the Review Board shall conduct an environmental assessment of a proposal for a development that is referred to it by

    • (a) a regulatory authority, designated regulatory agency or department or agency of the federal or territorial government;

    • (b) the Gwich’in or Sahtu First Nation, in the case of a development to be carried out in its settlement area or a development that might have an impact on the environment in that settlement area;

    • (c) the Tlicho Government, in the case of a development to be carried out wholly or partly in the part of Monfwi Gogha De Niitlee that is in the Northwest Territories or a development that might have an impact on the environment in that part; or

    • (d) a local government, in the case of a development to be carried out within its boundaries or a development that might have an impact on the environment within its boundaries.

  • Marginal note:Review Board’s own motion

    (3) Notwithstanding any determination on a preliminary screening, the Review Board may conduct an environmental assessment of a proposal for a development on its own motion.

  • Marginal note:For greater certainty

    (4) For greater certainty, subsections (2) and (3) apply even if a preliminary screening has not been commenced or, if commenced, has not been completed.

  • Marginal note:Notice

    (5) The Review Board shall give notice of a referral of a proposal under subsection (2), or of its decision to conduct an environmental assessment under subsection (3), to the person or body that proposes to carry out the development.

  • 1998, c. 25, s. 126;
  • 2005, c. 1, s. 76.
Marginal note:Application of EARP Order and CEAA

 In an environmental assessment of a proposal for a development, the Review Board shall take into account any report made in relation to that proposal before the coming into force of this Part pursuant to the Environmental Assessment and Review Process Guidelines Order, approved by Order in Council P.C. 1984-2132 of June 21, 1984, and registered as SOR/84-467, or pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

 
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