Updates to the Northwest Territories Petroleum Legislation: What We Heard Report Released

July 25, 2018
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The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) has released a “What We Heard” report which summarizes the feedback it received during public and stakeholder engagements on proposed changes to the Petroleum Resources Act (PRA) and the Oil and Gas Operations Act (OGOA). 

From March 5 through May 4, 2018, the Department led an extensive engagement campaign on the development of amendments to the two Acts as identified in commitment 1.3.2 of the Government of the Northwest Territories Mandate.

During the engagement sessions conversations were led by the HAVE YOUR SAY! Updates to the NWT’s Petroleum Legislation Engagement Paper. This paper outlines proposed amendments and actions including proposals to evolve administration and transparency and how to handle significant petroleum discoveries in the NWT.

Seven communities across all regions of the NWT were visited and residents were invited to provide input at public drop-in sessions. Officials from ITI also met with numerous Indigenous Governments and Organizations and offered teleconferences to stakeholders that were unable to meet during community visits.

Final policy development is currently underway.


“I’m pleased by the degree of interest and engagement on these targeted changes. This is a good first-step in a longer process of modernizing our oil and gas legislation to improve transparency and ensure we have legislation that responds to the needs and realities of the Northwest Territories.”

- Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Quick Facts

  • The engagement exercise ran March 5 – May 4, 2018.
  • More than 1600 outreach communications were sent to encourage and inform engagement.
  • 258 pieces of input were received.

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For more information:

Mike Westwick
Communications Officer
Industry, Tourism and Investment
1-867-767-9202 ext. 63039