Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act

An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

Status

This bill has received Royal Assent and is now law.

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

Part 1 amends the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act to provide that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 does not apply in Yukon, to allow for the coordination of reviews of transboundary projects, to establish time limits for environmental assessments and to establish a cost recovery regime. It also amends that Act to provide for binding ministerial policy directions to the Board and the delegation of any of the Minister’s powers, duties and functions to the territorial minister, and allows for a member of the board who is participating in a screening or review to continue to act for that purpose after the expiry of their term or their removal due to a loss of residency in Yukon, until decision documents are issued. In addition, it amends that Act to clarify that a new assessment of a project is not required when an authorization is renewed or amended unless there has been any significant change to the original project.

Part 2 amends the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act to modify the maximum term of certain licences, to establish time limits with respect to the making of certain decisions, to allow for the making of arrangements relating to security, to establish a cost recovery regime, to modify the offence and penalty regime and to create an administrative monetary penalty scheme.

Elsewhere

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Votes

June 8, 2015 Passed That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
June 8, 2015 Failed That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following: “this House decline to give third reading to Bill S-6, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and the Nunavut Waters and Surface Rights Tribunal Act, because it: ( a) was developed without adequate consultation with Yukon First Nations, as per the government of Canada’s constitutional duty, and without adequate consultation with the people of Yukon, as per the government’s democratic duty; ( b) provides the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development with authority to unilaterally issue binding policy direction on the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board, which undermines the neutrality of the environmental and socio-economic assessment process; ( c) provides the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development with authority to delegate powers to the territorial minister without the consent of First Nations; ( d) provides broad exemptions for renewals and amendments of projects; and ( e) includes proposed timelines on the assessment process that will affect the thoroughness of environmental and socio-economic assessments and opportunities for First Nation input on major projects. ”.
June 3, 2015 Passed That Bill S-6, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act, {as amended}, be concurred in at report stage [with a further amendment/with further amendments] .
June 3, 2015 Failed
June 3, 2015 Passed That, in relation to Bill S-6, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act, not more than one further sitting day shall be allotted to the consideration at report stage of the Bill and one sitting day shall be allotted to the consideration at third reading stage of the said Bill; and That, 15 minutes before the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders on the day allotted to the consideration at report stage and on the day allotted to the consideration at third reading stage of the said Bill, any proceedings before the House shall be interrupted, if required for the purpose of this Order, and in turn every question necessary for the disposal of the stage of the Bill then under consideration shall be put forthwith and successively without further debate or amendment.
March 11, 2015 Passed That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
March 11, 2015 Passed That, in relation to Bill S-6, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act, not more than one further sitting day shall be allotted to the consideration at second reading stage of the Bill; and That, 15 minutes before the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders on the day allotted to the consideration at second reading stage of the said Bill, any proceedings before the House shall be interrupted, if required for the purpose of this Order, and, in turn, every question necessary for the disposal of the said stage of the Bill shall be put forthwith and successively, without further debate or amendment.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee, on March 24, 2015

    Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee, on April 21, 2015

    • Tara Shannon, Director, Resource Policy and Programs Directorate, Northern Affairs, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
    • Tom Isaac, Senior Counsel, Negotiations, Northern Affairs and Federal Interlocutor, Department of Justice

    Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee, on March 30, 2015

    • Darrell Pasloski, Premier of Yukon, Government of Yukon
    • Scott Kent, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Government of Yukon
    • Chief Ruth Massie, Grand Chief, Council of Yukon First Nations
    • Eric Fairclough, Chief, Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation
    • Carl Sidney, Chief, Teslin Tlingit Council
    • Roberta Joseph, Chief, Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation
    • Angela Demit, Chief, White River First Nation
    • Janet Vander Meer, Lands Coordinator, White River First Nation
    • Tom Cove, Director, Department of Lands and Resources, Teslin Tlingit Council
    • Leigh Anne Baker, Representative, Woodward and Compagny LLP, Teslin Tlingit Council
    • Daryn Leas, Legal Counsel, Council of Yukon First Nations
    • James Harper, Representative, Teslin Tlingit Council
    • Steve Smith, Chief, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
    • Doris Bill, Chief, Kwanlin Dün First Nation
    • Millie Olsen, Deputy Chief, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun
    • Stanley Njootli Sr., Deputy Chief, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
    • Roger Brown, Manager of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Lands and Resources, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
    • Brian MacDonald, Legal Counsel, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
    • Wendy Randall, Chair and Executive Committee Member, Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board
    • Tim Smith, Executive Director, Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board
    • Allison Rippin Armstrong, Vice-President, Lands and Environment, Kaminak Gold Corporation
    • Brad A. Thrall, President, Yukon Chamber of Mines
    • Samson Hartland, Executive Director, Yukon Chamber of Mines
    • Ron Light, Vice President, Capstone Mining Corp., Yukon Chamber of Mines
    • Stuart Schmidt, President, Klondike Placer Miners' Association
    • David Morrison, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Yukon Energy Corporation, As an Individual
    • Amber Church, Conservation Campaigner, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Yukon Chapter
    • Felix Geithner, Director, Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon
    • Lewis Rifkind, Mining Analyst, Yukon Conservation Society
    • Karen Baltgailis, As an Individual

    Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee, on March 26, 2015