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About the Commission


Mission Statement 

"Leading the way through land use planning for Nunavummiut"


The Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) is responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of land use plans that guide and direct resource use and development in the Nunavut Settlement Area.

The Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) was formally established in 1993 as an Institution of Public Government (IPG) under Article 10 of the Nunavut Agreement.   The Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act (NuPPAA) enacted in July 2015, established the NPC as the “gatekeeper” for all project proposals. This means that all activities proposed in Nunavut must first be submitted to the NPC for review.

Along with other IPGs (Nunavut Impact Review Board, Nunavut Water Board, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board and the Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal) the NPC is a key component of the regulatory system for land and resources management within the Nunavut Settlement Area.

Under Article 11.4.4 of the Nunavut Agreement, the Nunavut Planning Commission shall:

(a) identify planning regions;

(b) identify specific planning objectives, goals and variables that apply to planning regions and are consistent with the broader objectives and goals;

(c) contribute to the development and review of Arctic marine policy;

(d) disseminate information and data;

(e) solicit opinions from municipalities, residents and others about planning objectives, goals and options of the region;

(f) prepare and circulate draft land use plans;

(g) promote public awareness and discussion and conduct public hearings and debate throughout the planning process;

(h) recommend plans to the Ministers;

(i) consider modifications requested by the Ministers in the event that a draft plan is rejected;

(j) consider amendments to a land use plan in accordance with Part 6;

(k) determine whether a project proposal is in conformity with a land use plan;

(l) monitor projects to ensure that they are in conformity with land use plans; and

(m) report annually to the Ministers and the DIO on the implementation of Land Use Plans.