The Nunavut Marine Council (NMC) is an extension of the integrated regulatory process established through the Nunavut Agreement, allowing the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB), the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC), the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) and the Nunavut Water Board (NWB) to coordinate on issues affecting the marine areas of the Nunavut Settlement Area. We invite you to visit the websites of each of the NMC Members to learn more about our respective mandates, authorities and ongoing work.
Nunavut Wildlife Management Board

The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB) is the main instrument of wildlife management and the main regulator of access to wildlife in the Nunavut Settlement Area. The NWMB also has an advisory role with respect to marine management which occurs in Zones I and II and adjacent marine areas. Zone I refers to those waters north of 61 degrees latitude subject to Canada’s jurisdiction seaward of the territorial sea boundary, that are not part of the NSA or another land claim settlement area. Zone II refers to the waters of James Bay, Hudson Bay and Hudson Strait that are not part of the NSA or another land claim settlement area. The NWMB’s vision statement is conserving wildlife through the application of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and scientific knowledge.

Nunavut Planning Commission

The Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) has an important mandate under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement to prepare and implement land use plans that guide and direct resource use and development. The NPC consults with government, Inuit organizations and many other organizations but it is the NPC’s responsibility to make the final decisions on how land use plans will be developed and how the plans will manage the land in Nunavut.


Nunavut Impact Review Board

The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) is Nunavut’s environmental assessment agency, with responsibilities for assessing the potential impacts of proposed projects before any required permits, licences and approvals can be granted. The NIRB also establishes monitoring programs for major development projects that have been approved to proceed, monitoring for project effects and for compliance with the NIRB’s Project Certificate for the life of the development. The NIRB’s mission is to protect and promote the well-being of the Environment and Nunavummiut through the impact assessment process.
Nunavut Water Board

The Nunavut Water Board (NWB) is an independent Institution of Public Government that operates at arm’s length from other public institutions and is required by the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act to regulate, manage, and monitor inland water in Nunavut through the issuance of licences. The NWB’s mandate is to provide for the conservation and utilization of waters in Nunavut – except in national parks – in a manner that will provide the optimum benefits for the residents of Nunavut in particular and Canadians in general. The NWB is required, in exercising of its licencing authority, to consider any detrimental effects of the potential use of waters or a deposit of waste on other water users and to hold, where appropriate, public hearings. The NWB’s mission is to protect, manage and regulate freshwaters in the Nunavut by incorporating Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and scientific knowledge in decision-making.