On June 3, 2009, Bill 191, An Act with respect to land use planning and protection in the Far North, was introduced into the Ontario legislature. The bill is intended to implement a formal land-use planning process in the Far North. A key feature of the bill is the community-based planning process with the direct involvement of First Nations. In addition, the bill would designate at least 225,000 km2 of the Far North as protected areas, limiting development and industry in those areas. The bill also seeks to provide for the protection and conservation of sensitive ecosystems; the sustainable development of the Far North; and the promotion of use land-use planning to combat climate change. Relating to the latter, the bill authorizes policy statements that could guide carbon storage and sequestration projects in the Far North.

For further information about these and other aspects of Bill 191, please see www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=2205.