Division of Lands and Division of Setting and Pure Sources to be mixed efficient April 1, 2023

Shane Thompson, Minister of Lands and Minister of Setting and Pure Sources introduced right this moment that efficient April 1, 2023, the 2 departments shall be amalgamated to kind a single division.

This amalgamation is the subsequent step within the evolution of the land and useful resource administration features and buildings that had been arrange as part of the 2014 Devolution Settlement. 

The first goal of consolidating Lands and ENR is to carry all features associated to the Mackenzie Valley Useful resource Administration Act right into a single division. The brand new construction will improve readability of roles, tasks and authorities, scale back delays, and streamline providers and packages for shoppers. Amalgamating these departments can be according to most organizational buildings throughout Canada.

Preliminary work is underway and can present a extra fulsome understanding of the organizational design. This work shall be mirrored within the 2023-2024 funds.


“Land and pure useful resource administration is essential to the Authorities of the Northwest Territories. The amalgamation of those two departments helps the evolution of the work being executed on this space, and can enhance program and repair supply, in the end benefiting NWT residents. Our objective is to extend the effectivity and effectiveness of current packages, whereas minimizing impacts on employees, shoppers, and departmental targets.”

Shane Thompson, Minister of Lands and Minister of Setting and Pure Sources

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  • The Division of Lands was created via Devolution in 2014 and manages and administers all public lands within the Northwest Territories (each Territorial and Commissioner’s land).
  • The Division of Setting and Pure Sources works to advertise and assist the sustainable use and improvement of pure assets and to guard, preserve and improve the Northwest Territories (NWT) setting for the social and financial advantage of all residents.

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