Regulations Amending the Fort William First Nation Sawmill Regulations, pursuant to the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act

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Title or working title of the regulatory initiative

Regulations Amending the Fort William First Nation Sawmill Regulations

Enabling act(s)

First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act

Description

Proposed regulations are being developed to amend the Fort William First Nation Sawmill Regulations, pertaining to the sawmill operation under the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act, and which came into effect in June 2011. In the interest of clarity and good governance, it is appropriate to review the regulations to determine if updates are required.

Unless a provincial regulation is in force on reserve lands of its own right, a new provincial regulation will only be captured under the federal regulation when it is specifically included in the schedule to the regulation. Updates of existing provincial schedules or regulations are usually captured by the "amended from time to time" clause in the Fort William First Nation Sawmill Regulations.

Regulations under the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act should be reviewed for updates from time to time, to revise existing clauses or schedules as required, or to capture new provincial regulations. The parties represented on a Management Committee, namely the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Fort William First Nation and Resolute Forest Products, have recommended a review of the existing regulations for possible amendment to continue to allow the safe and environmentally friendly operation of the sawmill.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

A Tripartite Agreement under the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act between Canada, Ontario and the Fort William First Nation guides this regulatory initiative. The Agreement stipulates that meetings must take place every six months, at a minimum, to ensure regulations are up to date and functioning smoothly.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There are no expected impacts on Canadians and businesses. The proposed regulations are minor and technical and are of interest to the parties of the Management Committee, namely the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Fort William First Nation and Resolute Forest Products.

Consultations

In accordance with the Tripartite Agreement under the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act, the Management Committee oversees the implementation of the regulations. Potential amendments to the Fort William First Nation Sawmill Regulations are being developed in close collaboration with the Management Committee members.

Discussions with stakeholders are expected to continue during the 2023–2025 planning period.

Further information

Please find further information on the Fort William First Nation and on the Regulations when they were made and published in the Canada Gazette, Part II (PDF) on April 13, 2011.

Departmental contact

Matt Garrow
Director
Research, Policy and Legislative Initiatives
Economic Policy Development Branch
Lands and Economic Development Sector
Tel.: 819-712-3249
Email: matt.garrow@sac-isc.gc.ca
Public Enquiries Toll-free: 1-800-567-9604

The date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

October 2016

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