This is page numbers 3883 – 3910 of the Hansard for the 18th Assembly, 3rd Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was report.

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Question 279-18(3): Differences Between Commissioner's Lands And Territorial Lands
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I thank the Minister for that answer. Mr. Speaker, is the department looking at harmonizing the Commissioner's land and the territorial land together, and if so, when?

Question 279-18(3): Differences Between Commissioner's Lands And Territorial Lands
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

As Members will know, the territorial and commissioner's lands are already managed by one department. I thought initially that we could have one act, but that seemed to be too complicated or too difficult. However, we are hoping to harmonize the two acts, and as I say, we have made the change in the minimum rates, which does harmonize the two acts.

Question 279-18(3): Differences Between Commissioner's Lands And Territorial Lands
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I thank the Minister for that answer. Mr. Speaker, if a constituent has arrears, does the department have a plan that can help them get in good standings, or is legal action that is threatened in the courts, is that still going to be moving forward?

Question 279-18(3): Differences Between Commissioner's Lands And Territorial Lands
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

The Department of Lands will and does work with lessees who are less than 90 days in arrears. However, once it reaches that point, they can work with the Department of Finance.

Question 279-18(3): Differences Between Commissioner's Lands And Territorial Lands
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Nahendeh.

Question 279-18(3): Differences Between Commissioner's Lands And Territorial Lands
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thank the Minister for that brief explanation. My next question, Mr. Speaker, is in regard to the residents who are part of the Dehcho First Nation process of the Acho Dene First Nation process. Does the department recognize this and honour it, and if they do, will they remove the threat of legal action until both are resolved? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 279-18(3): Differences Between Commissioner's Lands And Territorial Lands
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Department of Lands recognizes and honours the land claim process as of the First Nations of the Northwest Territories. While these negotiations are taking place, the administration and control of land is in these areas that aren't federal remains a responsibility of the Government of the Northwest Territories. Further, the department consults with the Indigenous governments on any land administration actions in accordance with our procedures with respect to the Interim Measures Agreements. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 279-18(3): Differences Between Commissioner's Lands And Territorial Lands
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Item 8, written questions. Member for Nahendeh.

Written Question 9-18(3): Societies Eligibility For The Business Incentive Policy
Written Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, this is Societies Eligibility for the Business Incentive Policy. Would the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment please provide the following information?

1. It appears that the Business Incentive Policy (BIP) as is currently applied may compromise an incorporated society's right to "have all the powers, rights and immunities vested by law in a corporation," as provided by section 4(2) of the Societies Act. Please explain this possible infringement of a legal right by the Business Incentive Policy.

2. Some societies carry out small business activities, may hold a legitimate business license and meet the requirement of section 6(e) of the Business Incentive Policy. Please describe the process for such a society to become BIP-registered.

3. If the Minister is of the position that societies are not BIP-eligible, please provide options for a policy amendment to enable preference for incorporated societies to participate in sectors of our economy often neglected by currently registered small businesses.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Written Question 9-18(3): Societies Eligibility For The Business Incentive Policy
Written Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Written questions. Member for Yellowknife North.

Written Question 10-18(3): Seniors Home Heating Fuel Subsidy Program
Written Questions

March 15th, 2018

Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I have five written questions today for the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. They relate specifically to the changes, to the Seniors Home Heating Subsidy program. In the Minister's statement on March 6, 2018, he announced updates and changes to this program, but the guidelines currently published on the department's website are from June of 2016.

1. The Minister announced increases in the income threshold to determine eligibility and the amount of the subsidy. Can the Minister explain the details of the changes in eligibility to the Seniors Home Heating Subsidy, specifically how are the income thresholds and income limits going to change?

2. Changing to a monetary-based subsidy could conceivably make the value of the subsidy subject to market changes in the price of fuel. Can the Minister explain the rationale for changing to a monetary-based subsidy and how it will avoid a scenario where seniors are exposed to cost fluctuations?

3. Under a monetary-based subsidy, the government will provide funding to suppliers of fuels, who will track the deliveries to consumers. How will the change to a monetary-based subsidy affect consumers who want to access two or three types of fuel, such as a homeowner who uses both heating fuel and wood or pellets?

4. The level of subsidy is partly determined by a zone system. Can the Minister explain if the zone system for communities has changed, and what the rationale was for making this change?

5. Last, the Minister announced that the program will now be extended to renters, not just homeowners. Can the Minister explain how the Seniors Home Heating Subsidy will apply to seniors who rent their homes?

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Written Question 10-18(3): Seniors Home Heating Fuel Subsidy Program
Written Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Written questions. Item 9, returns to written questions. Mr. Clerk.

Return To Written Question 6-18(3): Land Transfers In The Northwest Territories
Returns to Written Questions

Clerk Of The House (Mr. Mercer)

Mr. Speaker, I have a Return to the Written Question 6-18(3) asked by the Member for Kam Lake on February 23, 2018 to the Minister of Justice, regarding land transfers in the Northwest Territories.

Mr. Speaker, information on the number of land transfers by year and community, including the associated dollar value of those land transfers, has been compiled for the period covering 2010-2011 to 2016-2017. Detailed information prior to 2010-2011 is not electronically available and would require time-consuming and labour-intensive analysis and verification to compile.

Later today, at the appropriate time, I will table the document entitled "Land Transfers in the Northwest Territories: 2010-11 to 2016-17." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Written Question 6-18(3): Land Transfers In The Northwest Territories
Returns to Written Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Returns to written questions. Item 10, replies to Commissioner's opening address. Item 11, petitions. Item 12, reports of standing and special committees. Item 13, reports of committees on the review of bills. Item 14, tabling of documents. Minister of Finance.

Tabled Document 151-18(3): Inter-Activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 (April 1to December 31, 2017) Pursuant To Section 74 Of The Financial Administration Act
Tabling of Documents

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following document entitled "Inter-Activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 (April 1 to December 31, 2017)." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.