sharing in governance of extractive industries
The Government of the Northwest Territories, in Canada’s Arctic, is seeking a proponent to provide technical expertise for the development of a new Mineral Resources Act.
As a territory, the NWT is established by federal legislation rather than by the Constitution and has the jurisdiction granted to it by its establishing legislation. In 2014, the Government of Canada amended the Northwest Territories Act to devolve jurisdiction over lands and resources to the territorial government. The Department of Industry Tourism and Investment is now seeking assistance with the development of a comprehensive legislative, regulatory and policy framework suited to the unique circumstances and requirements of a polar region with economic development challenges.
Currently, natural resources are the NWT’s main economic driver, accounting for as much as 40% of our GDP and 99% of our exports. While there is huge potential for growth in the mineral sector, the lack of resources (both human and capital) presents challenges for development. These problems are compounded by a legislative framework that is out-dated and not tailored to its context.
The GNWT wants to build a vibrant, diversified and sustainable economy that is friendly to investment and responsible and respectful of Indigenous rights. Devolution has provided an historic opportunity to align the interests of stakeholders in the territory and build consensus on a world-class legislative framework that best ensures that the value for our extractive resource wealth is transformed into sustained prosperity for the residents of the NWT.
Please do share this opportunity with qualified teams that may be interested. The deadline to submit qualifications is March 17, 2017. Request for qualification documents with more information are available on the GNWT Contract Event Opportunities website: Link
Please also note that GNWT procurement rules prevent my answering any further questions about the opportunity except through the process outlined in the RFQ document.
Last updated by Norma Garza Mar 7.