Fourteen new bills receive assent in the last sitting of the 19th Legislative Assembly

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Yellowknife — October 10, 2023

Commissioner Margaret Thom granted assent to 14 new Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) bills on Friday, October 6, 2023.

The bills passed during this final sitting of the 19th Legislative Assembly cover a range of themes and issues important to the Northwest Territories (NWT), including the modernization of legislation for protection and management of forests,  comprehensive regulation of the nursing profession, updating outdated lien laws, and establishment of a carbon tax revenue sharing grant.

Noteworthy in this list is Bill 85, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Implementation Act. This Act provides a framework for the implementation of the Declaration by the Government of the Northwest Territories in collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Governments and Organizations. Currently, the NWT is one of two provinces and territories implementing the Declaration in Canada.

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“This round of bills receiving assent finalizes approximately 95 pieces of legislation enacted during the life of the 19th Legislative Assembly. Despite the challenges we’ve seen over the past four years, important legislation was passed to improve the lives of NWT residents, clarify and enhance professional standards of practice, modernize language and principles, and create partnerships with Indigenous governments and organizations in the stewardship and conservation of the NWT. This has been the work of many hands in the process of providing for future protections and prosperity.”

- R.J. Simpson, Government House Leader

 

Quick Facts:

 

The following bills have received Commissioner’s assent. The summaries do not reflect all changes to the legislation; further information can be found in the Related Links section below.

 

  1. Bill 65        Builders’ Lien Act

This Bill repeals the Mechanics’ Lien Act. It replaces it with a new Act that sets out modern law regarding builders liens, an area of construction law.

  1. Bill 74        Forest Act

This Bill repeals the Forest Management Act and the Forest Protection Act and replaces them with one comprehensive statute that allocates responsibility for the stewardship and management of forests in the Northwest Territories among renewable resources boards, renewable resources councils, forest management committees and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

  1. Bill 77        Nursing Profession Act (into force November 1, 2023)

This Bill repeals and replaces the Nursing Profession Act, SNWT 2003,c.15, to establish a single regulatory framework for all nurses in the Northwest Territories.

  1. Bill 78        Waste Reduction and Resource Recovery Act

This Bill repeals and replaces the Waste Reduction and Recovery Act, SNWT 2003,c.29, to remove, amend and add certain definitions and broaden the scope of matters on which an Advisory Committee may provide advice and assistance.

  1. Bill 81        An Act to Amend the Education Act, No. 2

This Bill amends the Education Act to clarify a number of defined terms and update the Preamble to recognize the vital role that Indigenous peoples and Indigenous governments play in achieving quality and excellence in education.

  1. Bill 82        Legal Profession Act

This Bill repeals and replaces the Legal Profession Act, to reflect contemporary developments in the self-regulation of the legal profession.

  1. Bill 83        Liquor Act

This Bill repeals and replaces the Liquor Act, SNWT 2007,c.15 to make significant changes and updates, including to provide for the appointment of a Registrar with responsibility for liquor licensing matters including the issuance, renewal, transfer, suspension, and cancellation of licences.

  1. Bill 84        An Act to Amend the Northwest Territories Business Development and

Investment Corporation Act

This Bill amends the Northwest Territories Business Development and Investment

Corporation Act to change the name of the Act to the Prosper NWT Act, continue the

Northwest Territories Business Development and Investment Corporation as

Prosper NWT, and clarify when a corporation will be considered a subsidiary of

Prosper NWT for the purposes of the Act.

  1. Bill 85        United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Implementation Act

This Bill affirms the Declaration as a universal human rights instrument with

application to the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Territories and the

laws of the Northwest Territories. It provides a framework for the

implementation of the Declaration by the Government of the Northwest

Territories in collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous Governments

or Organizations, and affirms the roles and responsibilities of Indigenous

Governments or Organizations in the implementation of the Declaration.

  1. Bill 92        An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products and Carbon Tax Act, No. 3

This Bill amends the Petroleum Products and Carbon Tax Act to establish an unconditional carbon tax revenue sharing grant payable to community governments; and to establish an annual report with respect to the collection and administration of carbon tax under the Act.

  1. Bill 93        Practice of Engineering, Geoscience and Applied Science Technology Act

This Bill repeals and replaces the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act with a new Act. The new Act provides a modernized framework for the practice of professional engineering, professional geoscience and applied science technology, including for continuing professional development and discipline.

  1. Bill 94        Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023

This Bill corrects inconsistencies and errors in the statutes of the Northwest Territories. The Bill also deals with other matters of a minor, non-controversial and uncomplicated nature in the statutes.

  1. Bill 100     Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), 2024-2025

This Bill authorizes the Government of the Northwest Territories to make appropriations for infrastructure expenditures for the 2024-2025 fiscal year.

  1. Bill 101     Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 3, 2023-2024

This Bill sets out limits on supplementary amounts that may be borrowed by

the Commissioner on behalf of the Government, and authorizes the making of

disbursements to pay the principal of supplementary amounts borrowed.

 

Related Links:

 

Investment Corporation Act

Implementation Act

 

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