Order Prohibiting Certain Activities in Arctic Offshore Waters
P.C. 2019-1121 2019-07-28
Whereas Her Majesty in right of Canada as represented by the Minister of Northern Affairs (the Minister) has, relating to frontier lands in respect of which the Minister has administrative responsibility for natural resources, the right to dispose of or to exploit those natural resources;
Whereas Canada, as part of the United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement announced December 20, 2016, has designated all Canadian Arctic waters as indefinitely off limits to future offshore Arctic oil and gas licensing, and that the designation is to be re-examined every five years on the basis of a review that will consider Canadian Arctic waters climate and marine science-based life-cycle assessments, Indigenous knowledge and the socio-economic effects of developing or further prohibiting the development of Arctic offshore resources;
Whereas Canada, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated and the governments of the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut are jointly developing the assessments, which are expected to be completed in 2021;
And whereas the Governor in Council considers that it is in the national interest of Canada to prohibit any person, including an interest owner of a licence set out in the schedule to this Order, from commencing or continuing any work or activity authorized under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act on the frontier lands that are situated in Canadian Arctic offshore waters and in respect of which the Minister has administrative responsibility for natural resources, until such time as that review is complete;
Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, pursuant to subsection 12(1)Footnote a of the Canada Petroleum Resources ActFootnote b, makes the annexed Order Prohibiting Certain Activities in Arctic Offshore Waters.
1 It is prohibited for any person, including an interest owner of a licence set out in the schedule, to commence or continue any work or activity authorized under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act on the frontier lands that are situated in Canadian Arctic offshore waters and in respect of which the Minister of Northern Affairs has administrative responsibility for natural resources.
Marginal note:Coming into force
2 This Order comes into force on the day on which it is registered.
3 This Order is repealed on December 31, 2022.
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