GNWT internal approval process
An overview of the GNWT’s internal process for approval of land use planning documents
Step 1: External Collaboration with Planning Partners
Informal notice from planning board to Land Use Planning Unit about a new process.
Step 2: Process Terms of Reference
Led by the planning authority, territorial government collaborates in developing the Terms of Reference.
Step 3: Planning Board Submission
Land Use Plan or document formally submitted by Planning Board to Minister of Lands for review and informally submitted to Land Use Planning Unit.
Step 4: Setting Internal Review Process and Statement of Work
Land Use Planning Unit leads Working Group through review, setting time lines, process, and criteria.
Step 5: Departmental Review
Each department does its own review based on the territorial government approval criteria. Land Use Planning Unit coordinates with Department of Justice for legal review.
Step 6: Comment Roll-up
and Use Planning Unit coordinates internal roll-up, drafts submission to the planning board and shares with the Working Group for discussion.
Step 7: Resolution of Territorial Government Priorities
Working Group finalizes submission by resolving any conflicting comments or issues and considers legal and financial issues.
Step 8: Deputy Ministers Committee Review
Deputy Ministers Committee provides input to Deputy Minister of Lands on the submission. Minister of Lands submits to Committee of Cabinet or Cabinet.
Step 9: Committee of Cabinet Review AND/OR Cabinet Approval
Committee of Cabinet reviews and offers advice to Cabinet. Minister of Lands submits to Cabinet, and, if necessary, Financial Management Board.