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Municipal Water Licence Compliance: Letter to the Ministers

The Boards are responsible for issuing water licences to community governments as required by the Waters Act. However, the responsibility of ensuring and monitoring compliance is shared with the various departments of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). In May 2016, the Boards requested collaboration with the GNWT to improve water licence (WL) compliancy and the effectiveness of the current licencing process. 

Pan-Territorial Assessment and Regulatory Boards Forum

The Forum was established to enable representatives from the regulatory and environmental assessment boards based in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon to share best practices, explore common challenges, and discuss potential solutions.

Welcome to New Staff, and a Fond Farewell

The Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board is pleased to welcome three new staff members to the team:

Kierney Leach has joined our team as a Regulatory Officer. Kierney has experience in the consulting field and brings with her an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering. 

Erica Janes has joined our team as a Regulatory Officer. She brings a wealth of experience in environmental consulting and public education fields, and holds a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. 

Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays!


The office holiday hours are as follows:

December 24th - 8:30am to 12:00pm

December 25th - Closed

December 28th - Closed

January 1st - Closed


Have a great holiday, and Happy New Year!

NWT Supreme Court's Injunction Decision

The Land and Water Boards have received the NWT Supreme Court’s injunction decision, halting the implementation of a restructured land and water Board in the Mackenzie Valley. The LWB’s will continue to operate in accordance with the existing legislation. Staff remain in place in all existing Board locations, and clients will see no interruption to proceedings as a result of the ruling.

News Release - December 22, 2014

YELLOWKNIFE (December 22, 2014) - Minister David Ramsay, Government of the Northwest Territories Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations, and Willard Hagen, Chair of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on December 19.

News Release – November 14, 2013

The Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB or the Board) is pleased to announce the reappointment of Mr. Willard Hagen as Chair of the Board.

The Board congratulates Mr. Hagen on his reappointment.

Welcome to New Staff

The Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board is pleased to announce the appointment of two new staff. Joining us from a career in consulting, Heather Scott now works as a Technical Advisor to the Board. Heather's experience, especially in wastewater management and municipal operations are a great asset to the Board. Angela Love joined the Board from the Sahtu Land and Water Board as a Regulatory Officer, and her skills and experiences adds to the Board's growing expertise in oil and gas project regulation.

Land and Water Boards Release New Valley-Wide Policies and Guidelines

The Mackenzie Valley, Gwich’in, Sahtu, and Wek’eezhii  Land and Water Boards are pleased to announce the release of several important new policy and guideline documents. These documents were developed by the Standard Procedures and Consistency Working Groups and approved by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board for application throughout the Mackenzie Valley. The new policies and guidelines will become effective June 1, 2013.

The documents include:

News Release

March 11, 2013

Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board Congratulates

the Parties on Reaching a Final Devolution Agreement

March 11, 2013 –Today, the Chair and CEO of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, Willard Hagen, congratulates all the parties on the successful conclusion of an agreement for the devolution of authority for the future management of lands and resources in the Northwest Territories.

MVLWB Newsletter - February 2013

The February Newsletter of the Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley is now available. This edition's content:

             -   MVLWB and National Energy Board Sign Memorandum of Understanding

             -   Sahtu Winter Oil and Gas Activities

             -   Canadian Zinc Prairie Creek Mine Public Hearing

             -   Tlicho Community-Based Fish and Water Monitoring Program

We Have Upgraded Our Public Registries

The Land and Water Boards have upgraded their public registries with a new operating platform. The appearance of the registries will be slightly different and subject to change as the sites are fine-tuned, but the content has not changed.  Please update your links to our online registries, and if you have any  questions or concerns about its usability, feel free to contact  MVLWB Information Technology Specialist Rhonda Miller at

MVLWB May 2012 Newsletter

This edition of the MVLWB Newsletter features updates and articles about recent Land and Water Board activities, plus details of land use permits and water licences issued by the Land and and Water Boards.

The MVLWB and MACA clarify land use permitting roles and responsibilities within Yellowknife city limits.

This determination, made in August by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Board pursuant to section 98 of the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act, clarifies land use permitting authorities within city limits, ensuring that anyone undertaking work which requires a permit for land use knows who is responsible for issuing which permit.  For more information about this determination, visit this handy