Regional Land Use Planning: Guidelines on what to expect from the Government of the Northwest Territories – 2016

Summary of GNWT's departmental roles during a planning process

Lands (Land Use Planning Unit)

  • Coordinate the GNWT’s involvement
  • Provide expertise on planning process and practice
  • Chair and Secretariat for Interdepartmental Working Group

Headquarters Representatives from core departments*: Lands, Environment and Natural Resources, Industry, Tourism and Investment, Transportation (*occasionally Education, Culture and Employment)

  • Participate early in defining vision, goals, and plan options
  • Review and comment on plans
  • Communicate interests in planning region
  • Communicate implementation interests
  • Provide legislative requirements and considerations
  • Review plans based on mandate and technical considerations of the department

Regional Offices of core departments: (Lands, Environment and Natural Resources, Industry, Tourism and Investment, Transportation)

  • Regional guidance on a plan’s vision and goals
  • Review and comment on plans
  • Provide practical, region-specific advice and insight

All departments (generally)

  • Review and comment on mandate-specific items


  • Provide legal advice and legal opinions

Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations

  • Provide advice on how plans relate to land claim implementation
  • Provide advice when a plan may impact the rights of adjacent Aboriginal governments or organizations
  • Provide s.35 consultation advice


  • Provide advice and analysis on Cabinet submissions

Issue-specific departments: Education, Culture and Employment, Industry, Tourism and Investment, Municipal and Community Affairs, Public Works and Services, Finance, Transportation

  • Provide issue-specific guidance towards plan development
  • Provide guidance on a plan’s vision and goals
  • Analyze financial implications of plan implementation prior to Cabinet or Financial Management Board submissions
  • Contribute as needed to amendments or five-year reviews

Health and Social Services

  • Observer role
  • Occasional input to case-specific issue as requested by the Working Group or a planning partner