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The NMRPC assesses project proposals to determine and ensure their conformity with a Marine Use Plan (Nunavik Inuit Land Claim Agreement (here in “NILCA”) 6.4.4 (k)) and to determine whether a project is exempt from screening by the Nunavik Marine Region Impact Review Board (herein “NMRIRB”) (NILCA 7.3.2, 7.3.5). In the absence of an approved Marine Use Plan for the Nunavik Marine Region (NMR), the NMRPC role is limited to assessing project proposals in accordance with 7.3.2 of the NILCA and to assess whether a project is exempt or not from screening as per Schedule 7-1 of the NILCA.
What is a project? A project, although not defined in the NILCA, is defined in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement as a physical work that a proponent proposes to construct, operate, modify, decommission, abandon, or otherwise carry out, or a physical activity that a proponent proposes to undertake or otherwise carry out. A proponent can be an individual, company or government department.
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To assist you with the development of a Project Proposal, we provide the following guidance and direction to ensure the Project Proposal contains the information needed for the NMRPC to commence and complete its assessment. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and after it is filed with the NMRPC, the NMRPC staff may seek additional information.
Of importance, the NMPRC requires Project Proposals submitted for assessment to be provided in both English and Inuktitut. Please take this translation time into consideration and note that the NMRPC will not file or review the proposal until it has been received in English and Inuktitut.
Please also visit the NMRIRB website for their guide to the screening process (https://www.nmrirb.ca/resources/guides/). If accessing Nunavik Inuit owned lands you will also need to access Makivik Corporation’s Land Administration System and apply for access permits (https://las.makivik.org). Ensure you consult the Nunavik Inuit Land Claim Agreement and pay particular attention to Sections 6, 7, 5, Schedule 7-1, and Article 12.
At any time, the NMRPC may seek additional information, clarification or comments from proponents to assess applications. All proposals should be submitted by email to email@example.com.
A Project Proposal must, at minimum, contain the following information: