On November 14, 2012, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) released a discussion paper titled "Taking a Broader Landscape Approach." The paper proposes a policy framework in which the MNR would streamline the approvals processes, including through legislative and regulatory amendments; redesign certain MNR programs with the goal of improving their efficiency; take a more strategic approach to partnerships and funding priorities; and shift the MNR’s focus from species to broader ecosystems.

The MNR will accept submissions on the framework until January 4, 2013. For further information or to access the electronic submission form, please see Taking a Broader Landscape Approach.  

Jeff Gracer (Partner at Sive, Paget & Riesel)