Community and
Government Services

Review of Nunavut's Planning Act

Project Overview

The Government of Nunavut (GN), Department of Community and Government Services (CGS), is undertaking a review of the Nunavut Planning Act.

The Planning Act (Act) is the key piece of territorial legislation that provides the guiding framework for community planning and development activity across Nunavut. The Act specifies the format and content of municipal planning documents such as General Plans (also known as Community Plans), Zoning Bylaws, and Development Schemes that are adopted by municipal governments to determine how communities will change and develop over time. The Act also establishes a development permitting system and has enforcement mechanisms.

Why Are We Reviewing the Planning Act?

The 1974 Planning Act was created by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and adopted by the Government of Nunavut upon its creation in 1999. Created before the Nunavut Agreement, the Act is outdated and does not adequately reflect Inuit Culture.

The revised Planning Act will:

Engagement Overview

During the Planning Act review, we will be engaging collaborative partners and community members, to identify issues and discuss potential solutions. This process, beginning in November 2023, will be an opportunity for anyone interested to help shape how development takes place and improve the planning process.

For those who have in-depth knowledge of planning and community development in Nunavut or regularly work with the Planning Act (e.g., government employees, Inuit organizations, non-governmental organizations, and developers); remote interviews will be held. These interviews will be hosted remotely by Nunami Stantec staff on behalf of the Nunavut government using online technologies (e.g., Microsoft Teams and Zoom) or by telephone.

Meetings with communities and residents (e.g., municipal councils, designated Inuit organizations, school groups, elders, other members of the public) will be conducted in-person by CGS staff who will be travelling around Nunavut.

Once the engagement is complete, information gathered will be reviewed and used by the Government of Nunavut to inform proposed revisions to the Planning Act.

Engagement Schedule

Community Location Date Time
Rankin Inlet Rec Hall (Old Arena) November 15, 2023 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Iqaluit Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, NWTel Multipurpose Room November 20, 2023 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Pond Inlet Community Hall November 25, 2023 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Cambridge Bay Luke Novoligak Community Hall December 4, 2023 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Kugluktuk Colin Adjun Hall December 7, 2023 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

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