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Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act (S.C. 2013, c. 14, s. 2)

Act current to 2022-11-16 and last amended on 2022-05-27. Previous Versions

PART 1Commission and Board (continued)

Nunavut Planning Commission (continued)

Constitution (continued)

Marginal note:Chairperson

  •  (1) After consultation with the territorial Minister, the Chairperson of the Commission is to be appointed from among the persons who are nominated by the Commission.

  • Marginal note:Appointment of another member

    (2) If a member of the Commission is appointed Chairperson, the federal Minister must appoint another person to be a member of the Commission in accordance with section 11.

Marginal note:Acting after expiry of term

 If a Commission member’s term expires before the review of a project by the Commission is complete, the member continues to act as a member in relation to that project until that review is complete. The Chairperson of the Commission must notify the federal Minister in writing of any member acting under this section.

Powers, Duties and Functions

Marginal note:Additional powers, duties and functions

 In addition to its powers, duties and functions specified elsewhere in this Act, the Commission must

  • (a) monitor projects approved under Part 3 to verify that they are carried out in conformity with any applicable land use plan;

  • (b) report annually in writing to the federal Minister, the territorial Minister and the designated Inuit organization on the implementation of the land use plan;

  • (c) contribute to the development and review of marine policy in the Arctic;

  • (d) exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions referred to in section 11.9.1 of the Agreement in relation to the cleanup of waste sites; and

  • (e) exercise any powers and perform any duties and functions that may be agreed on by the Government of Canada or the Government of Nunavut, or both, taking into account their respective jurisdictions, and the designated Inuit organization.

Marginal note:Principles — section 11.2.1 of Agreement

 The Commission must exercise its powers and perform its duties and functions with a view to fulfilling the objectives of the Agreement in relation to land use planning in accordance with the principles referred to in section 11.2.1 of the Agreement.

Meetings

Marginal note:Participation by telecommunications

 Subject to the Commission’s by-laws and rules, a member of the Commission may participate in a meeting by means of telephone or other communications facilities that are likely to enable all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other, and a member so participating is deemed for all purposes of this Act to be present at that meeting.

By-laws and Rules

Marginal note:Powers

  •  (1) The Commission may make by-laws and rules respecting the conduct and management of its business, including by-laws and rules respecting

    • (a) the calling of its meetings and sittings and the conduct of business at them;

    • (b) the establishment of technical panels;

    • (c) procedures for making submissions and complaints to the Commission;

    • (d) procedures for collecting information and opinions, including procedures for conducting formal and informal public hearings and public reviews;

    • (e) the form and content of descriptions to be submitted with respect to projects; and

    • (f) the admissibility of evidence.

  • Marginal note:Inuit traditions

    (2) A by-law or rule made under paragraph (1)(d) must give due regard and weight to the Inuit traditions regarding oral communication and decision-making.

  • Marginal note:Statutory Instruments Act

    (3) By-laws and rules made under this section are not statutory instruments for the purposes of the Statutory Instruments Act.

Nunavut Impact Review Board

Constitution

Marginal note:Continuance

 The Nunavut Impact Review Board, established under the Agreement, is continued under this Act.

Marginal note:Members

  •  (1) The Board consists of nine members, including the Chairperson.

  • Marginal note:Composition

    (2) The members of the Board, other than the Chairperson, must be appointed as follows:

    • (a) two members must be appointed by the federal Minister;

    • (b) four members must be appointed by the federal Minister on the nomination of the organization referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition designated Inuit organization in subsection 2(1);

    • (c) one member must be appointed by the territorial Minister; and

    • (d) one member must be appointed by one or more territorial ministers.

  • Marginal note:Additional members

    (3) Despite subsection (1), additional members may be appointed for a specific purpose in the manner and in the proportions set out in subsection (2).

  • Marginal note:Areas of equal use and occupancy

    (4) If the Board is called on to make a decision under Part 3 in respect of a project to be carried out in an area of equal use and occupancy, Makivik may nominate a number of persons equal to one half the number of members appointed under paragraph (2)(b). The person or persons appointed by the federal Minister on the nomination of Makivik act in the place of an equivalent number of members appointed under paragraph (2)(b) and identified by the organization referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition designated Inuit organization in subsection 2(1).

Marginal note:Chairperson

  •  (1) After consulting with the territorial Minister, the federal Minister must appoint a Chairperson of the Board from among the persons nominated by the other members of the Board. If there are equally qualified nominees, the federal Minister must give preference to the nominees who reside in the designated area.

  • Marginal note:Appointment of another member

    (2) If a member of the Board, appointed under any of paragraphs 19(2)(a) to (d), is appointed Chairperson, the minister who appointed that member must appoint another person to be a member of the Board under that paragraph.

Marginal note:Acting after expiry of term

 If a Board member’s term expires before the screening or review of a project by the Board is complete, the member continues to act as a member in relation to that project until the screening or review is complete. The Chairperson of the Board must notify the federal Minister in writing of any member acting under this section.

Powers, Duties and Functions

Marginal note:Additional powers, duties and functions

 In addition to its powers, duties and functions specified elsewhere in this Act, the Board must exercise any powers and perform any duties and functions that may be agreed on by the Government of Canada or the Government of Nunavut, or both, taking into account their respective jurisdictions, and the designated Inuit organization.

Marginal note:Primary objectives

  •  (1) The Board must exercise its powers and perform its duties and functions in accordance with the following primary objectives:

    • (a) to protect and promote the existing and future well-being of the residents and communities of the designated area; and

    • (b) to protect the ecosystemic integrity of the designated area.

  • Marginal note:Other residents

    (2) In exercising its powers or performing its duties and functions in accordance with the objective set out in paragraph (1)(a), the Board must take into account the well-being of residents of Canada outside the designated area.

  • Marginal note:Interpretation

    (3) For greater certainty, the Board must exercise its powers and perform its duties and functions under paragraphs 92(2)(a), 104(1)(c) and 112(5)(b), section 124 and subsection 152(4) in accordance with the objectives set out in subsection (1).

Marginal note:Limitation — socio-economic benefits

 The Board is not authorized to establish, in the exercise of its powers or the performance of its duties and functions, requirements relating to socio-economic benefits.

Meetings

Marginal note:Nunavut Settlement Area

  •  (1) The Board must, whenever practicable, hold its meetings within the Nunavut Settlement Area.

  • Marginal note:Participation by telecommunications

    (2) A member of the Board may, subject to the Board’s by-laws and rules, participate in a meeting by means of telephone or other communications facilities that are likely to enable all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other, and a member so participating is deemed for all purposes of this Act to be present at that meeting.

  • Marginal note:Request by members for meeting

    (3) The Chairperson must call a meeting of the Board within 21 days after receiving a written request for a meeting, indicating its purpose, from at least five members.

  • Marginal note:Voting

    (4) Decisions of the Board must be made by a majority of votes, with each member, other than the Chairperson, having one vote. In the case of a tie vote, the Chairperson must cast the deciding vote.

  • Marginal note:Quorum

    (5) Five members of the Board constitute a quorum.

By-laws and Rules

Marginal note:Powers

  •  (1) The Board may make by-laws and rules respecting the conduct and management of its business, including by-laws and rules respecting

    • (a) the calling of meetings of the Board and the conduct of business at them;

    • (b) the establishment of special and standing committees and the fixing of quorum for meetings of those committees;

    • (c) procedures for making submissions and complaints to the Board;

    • (d) procedures and guidelines for collecting information and opinions, including procedures for the conduct of public hearings by the Board or one of its panels;

    • (e) the establishment of guidelines for the preparation of impact statements;

    • (f) the establishment of guidelines respecting time limits for completing each step of a review that the Board carries out under Part 3 or 4; and

    • (g) the admissibility of evidence in public hearings conducted by the Board or one of its panels.

  • Marginal note:Inuit traditions

    (2) A by-law or rule made under paragraph (1)(d) must give due regard and weight to the Inuit traditions regarding oral communication and decision making.

  • Marginal note:Public hearings

    (3) By-laws and rules relating to the conduct of public hearings must

    • (a) emphasize flexibility and informality to the extent that is consistent with the general application of the rules of procedural fairness and natural justice and in particular must allow, if appropriate, the admission of evidence that would not normally be admissible under the strict rules of evidence; and

    • (b) with respect to any classification of intervenors, allow a designated Inuit organization full standing to appear at a public hearing for the purpose of making submissions on behalf of the people it represents.

  • Marginal note:Statutory Instruments Act

    (4) By-laws and rules made under this section are not statutory instruments for the purposes of the Statutory Instruments Act.

Panels

Marginal note:Establishment

  •  (1) The Board may establish panels and delegate any of its powers, duties and functions to them.

  • Marginal note:Chairperson

    (2) The Board must appoint a Chairperson for each panel.

  • Marginal note:Composition

    (3) In addition to the Chairperson, each panel must consist of an even number of members half of whom must be members appointed under paragraph 19(2)(a), (c) or (d) and half of whom must be members appointed under paragraph 19(2)(b).

General Provisions — Commission and Board

Members

Marginal note:Vacancies during term

 If a vacancy occurs during the term of a member of the Commission or the Board, other than a member appointed under subsection 19(3), the minister who appointed the member must appoint another member as soon as practicable in accordance with section 11 or 19, as the case may be.

Marginal note:Term of office

  •  (1) Members of the Commission and the Board, including the Chairpersons and any member appointed under section 28, are appointed to hold office for a term of three years.

  • Marginal note:Other members

    (2) Despite subsection (1), members appointed under subsection 11(3) or (4) or 19(3) or (4) are appointed to hold office for a term not exceeding three years.

  • Marginal note:Reappointment

    (3) A member is eligible to be reappointed to the Commission or the Board in the same or another capacity.

Marginal note:Oath of office

 Before taking up their duties, members of the Commission and the Board must take the oath of office set out in Schedule 1 before a person who is authorized by law to administer oaths.

Marginal note:Remuneration and expenses

  •  (1) The members of the Commission and the Board must receive fair remuneration, as determined by the federal Minister, for the performance of their duties and must be paid any travel and living expenses that are incurred while absent from their ordinary place of residence in the course of performing their duties and that are consistent with Treasury Board directives for public servants.

  • Marginal note:Workers’ compensation

    (2) A member is deemed to be an employee for the purposes of the Government Employees Compensation Act and to be employed in the federal public administration for the purposes of any regulations made under section 9 of the Aeronautics Act.

Marginal note:Removal

 A member of the Commission or the Board may be removed for cause by the minister who appointed the member. If the member was nominated by the designated Inuit organization or the territorial Minister, the federal Minister may remove the member only after consulting the designated Inuit organization or the territorial minister, as the case may be.

Staff

Marginal note:Employment and remuneration

  •  (1) The Commission and the Board may employ any officers and employees and engage the services of any agents, advisers and experts that are necessary for the proper conduct of the business of the Commission or the Board and may fix the terms and conditions of their employment or engagement and pay their remuneration.

  • Marginal note:Workers’ compensation

    (2) An officer or employee of the Commission or the Board is deemed to be an employee for the purposes of the Government Employees Compensation Act and to be employed in the federal public administration for the purposes of any regulations made under section 9 of the Aeronautics Act.

Conflict of Interest

Marginal note:Members

  •  (1) A member of the Commission or the Board must not participate in a decision on a matter in which that member has a conflict of interest.

  • Marginal note:Staff

    (2) An officer or employee of the Commission or the Board or agent, adviser or expert must not act in a matter in which that person has a conflict of interest.

  • Marginal note:Status of Inuk

    (3) A member referred to in subsection (1) or a person referred to in subsection (2) is not placed in a conflict of interest solely because that member or person is an Inuk as defined in section 1.1.1 of the Agreement.

  • Marginal note:Guidelines

    (4) Subject to any regulations made under paragraph 228(1)(a) and any rules established by the Treasury Board, the Commission and the Board may issue guidelines regarding conflicts of interest in respect of their members or persons referred to in subsection (2).

 
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