From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current status: open

From January 1, 2022 to March 2, 2022, we are consulting on the proposed equivalency agreement and the proposed Order Declaring that the Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations Do Not Apply to Certain Metal and Diamond Mines Located in the Northwest Territories.


In 2018, the Northwest Territories requested an equivalency agreement and Order to stand down the federal regulatory regime for metal and diamond mines in the Northwest Territories.

An equivalency agreement may be concluded when a provincial or territorial jurisdiction has laws and regulations that provide controls equivalent in effect to a federal regime. The proposed Agreement and proposed Order would reduce this regulatory duplication while ensuring at least the same level of environmental protection.

The Order would stand down the MDMER and subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act in the Northwest Territories for those mines that are subject to both federal Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations and territorial requirements.

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  • Indigenous peoples
  • Provincial, territorial and local governments
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Lorie Cummings
Mining and Processing Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada PVM
351 Saint-Joseph Boulevard, 11th Floor
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