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This section will be used to share frequently asked questions, facts, and other interesting information about the Nunavut Planning Commission and its work.

Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan

Why is the Nunavut Planning Commission developing a land use plan for the Nunavut Settlement Area?

  • Land use planning is a benefit to Inuit required under the NLCA.
  • A single land use plan for the NSA will provide certainty to residents and investors by identifying where development can occur.

Are there land uses or areas that the land use plan does not apply to?

  • Non-commercial fishing, hunting, camping or traditional land uses of Inuit.
  • The construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and services within an established municipality, except for bulk fuel storage, power generation with nuclear fuels, or hydro power and any industrial activity.
  • Within the boundaries of established National and Territorial Parks.

What information does the Nunavut Planning Commission consider when developing a land use plan?

  • Information about population growth, birth rates, education and employment rates.
  • The natural resources and patterns of resource use. (i.e. mining, lodges, commercial wildlife harvesting and fisheries)
  • Economic opportunities and needs.
  • Energy requirements, sources and availability.
  • Community infrastructure requirements, including health, housing, education, and other social services
  • Environmental considerations, including Parks and Conservation Areas, and wildlife habitat. 
  • Cultural factors and priorities, including protection and preservation of archaeological sites and outpost camps, and
  • Special local and regional considerations.

How does the Nunavut Planning Commission make land use planning decisions?

  • Within its established budget, the Nunavut Planning Commission provided numerous opportunities for government, the public, Inuit organizations and others to share information to inform decision making.
  • The Nunavut Planning Commission must balance the information received with the NLCA requirements to promote and protect the existing and future well-being of residents and communities. The Policies, Strategies and legal responsibilities of Government, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated and the Kitikmeot, Kivalliq and Qikiqtani Regional Inuit Associations are also taken into account. 
  • Being careful not to duplicate the legal responsibilities of Government, the Nunavut Planning Commission determines the content of the land use plan by considering all of the information received in combination with various public Policies and Strategies.

What does the land use plan do?

  • The land use plan is legally binding on Government and guides and directs resource use and development in the NSA.
  • By identifying land uses that are allowed or not allowed in specific areas, the land use plan tells people what uses can occur where and when. 
  • Where there are gaps in our knowledge, ‘Recommendations’ are provided to Government regulators to identify areas of importance to residents and wildlife. 

What does the land use plan NOT do?

  • The land use plan does not replace or duplicate the responsibilities of Government. 
  • A land use permitted under the land use plan must still be approved by government before it may proceed to development. 
  • The development of Municipal Plans is the responsibility of the municipalities. 

How does the land use plan affect communities, residents and other interested parties?

The land use plan addresses important issues such as protecting community drinking water, promoting job creation, and maintaining healthy wildlife populations.

Can the Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan be changed?

  •  The Nunavut Planning Commission is encouraging everyone to further inform the development of the land use plan by providing feedback on the Draft.  
  • Your feedback will be reviewed at a public hearing prior to revisions to the plan and submission for approval.

Can I have input into the land use plan?

  •  The Nunavut Planning Commission will be hosting workshops in all Nunavut municipalities and with the Makivik Corporation, the Athabasca and Manitoba Denesuline, and other interested parties.  
  • Communities, residents and others are encouraged to identify important areas or land use issues that may benefit from management under the land use plan.
  • The Nunavut Planning Commission welcomes everyone’s ideas, and encourages you to contact the Commission at any time.

Plan Implementation

What is a conformity review?

  • A review of a project proposal located within a planning region by the NPC to determine whether or not the project is contemplated by, and is consistent with, the approved land use plan.

What triggers a conformity review?

  • If your project proposal is located within the approved North Baffin Land Use Planning Region or the Keewatin Land Use Planning Region, and requires a land use licence or authorization from an authorizing agency, it must be assessed by the NPC for conformity with the land use plan.


What information do I need to provide as part of a conformity review?

  • In most instances, the NPC receives project proposals from land use authorizing agencies. The information contained in the submission to the land use authorizing agencies is generally sufficient for the NPC to make a conformity determination.
  • Generally, a brief description of the project proposal, and the project proposal location, is enough for the NPC to make a determination.
  • In the event that your project proposal is more complex, or the information provided is insufficient or unclear, the NPC will contact you and request additional information.

How long does a conformity review generally take?

  • Although there are no time limits on how long the NPC may take to review a project proposal, the NPC aims to complete a review as quickly as possible.

What is a conformity determination?

  • A conformity determination is the decision issued to federal and/or territorial agencies from the NPC regarding whether or not a project proposal conforms to the approved land use plan. A positive conformity determination generally contains terms that a proponent must adhere to as part of the project undertaking. 

How will the conformity determination affect my project proposal?

  • Project proposals in a planning region must conform to the applicable land use plan. Before a license or authorization is issued by a land use authorizing agency, the NPC must confirm that the project is consistent with, and is contemplated by, the applicable land use plan.
  • Licenses and authorizations that are issued by authorizing agencies will implement any applicable requirements indentified in the determination. 

What happens after I receive a positive conformity determination?

  • The NPC will forward its determination and any recommendations to the appropriate land use authorizing agencies. 
  • The NPC will also forward the project proposal, with its determination and any recommendations, to the Nunavut Impact Review Board for screening, unless the project proposal is exempt from screening pursuant to Schedule 12-1 of the NLCA. 

What happens if my project proposal does not conform to the land use plan?

  • If it is determined that a project proposal is not in conformity with a land use plan, proponents may apply to the appropriate Minister for a Ministerial exemption. 

Who can I contact for more information?

  •  You can contact the NPC for information on submitting and reviewing project proposals or any other questions you may have about the role of the NPC. Brian Aglukark, Director of Implementation can be reached at email Aglukark@nunavut.ca or phone 1 867 857 2242 and Christopher Tickner, Senior Planner, can be reached at email ctickner@nunavut.ca or phone 1 867 983 4634.

Data Sharing

Does the Commission share the data that it receives from planning partners?

  • The Commission does not share third party information. Requests for data should be made to the original data sources.
  • GIS files for the Land Use Designations and Recommendations contained in the Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan are available here.