The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) recently released a discussion paper titled "Modernization of Approvals" regarding a proposed policy framework to modernize and streamline the MNR’s issuance of permits, authorizations and licences. The MNR is releasing this discussion paper to seek public input on the framework, which, once determined, will guide changes to specific permits, authorizations and licences. The MNR expects to start consulting on potential policy and regulatory changes for specific approvals "in the coming months."

The MNR will accept submissions on the framework until November 13, 2012.For further information or the electronic submission form, please see the Environmental Registry.