The Nunavut Act, S.C. 1993, c.28 as amended
brought Nunavut into being on April 1, 1999 (s.3) and provided, at s.29, that the
ordinances of the Northwest Territories and "the laws made under
them effective March 31, 1999, will be duplicated for Nunavut."
To accommodate modifications of N.W.T. law
which were required to be in force April 1, 1999, ss. 29 and 76.05 of the Nunavut
Act were amended to allow the GNWT to pass certain kinds of legislation on Nunavut's
behalf. These powers were exercised in packages of "Division Legislation"
which received Royal Assent December 9th, 1998 (6th Session of the 13th
Legislative Assembly) and March 29th, 1999 (7th Session of the 13th Legislative
After April 1, 1999, only legislative amendments made by the
Nunavut Legislative Assembly apply to legislation inherited from the N.W.T.
Amendments to NWT legislation after April 1, 1999
DO NOT APPLY to Nunavut
except where specifically indicated.
Nunavut legislation is publicly available through the above link to the Department of Justice,
Legislation Division website. The content of this site includes:
Nunavut Land Claims Agreement
(available on the Legislative Assembly web site until passage of 3d reading)
(maintained by the GN Department of Justice, Legislation Division)
PUBLIC ACCESS TO NUNAVUT LEGISLATION
- all Acts made in Nunavut, in English, French and Inuktitut
- the Nunavut Gazette, in English and French
- numerous reference tables to assist users in finding relevant material
- consolidations of Nunavut Acts and regulations,
in English, French and Inuktitut
All general information on the DoJ website is in Innuinaqtun, Inuktitut,
French and English. Other material, such as Acts and regulations,
is included on the website to the extent that material is available
in the particular language. For instance, all Acts made in Nunavut
since April 1, 1999 are in Inuktitut as well as English and French.
Acts on this site can be located either through the use of the Current Consolidated Statutes and Regulations link
or by using the Search function on the website.
Assistance in locating information from this site can be obtained either by contacting the Nunavut Courts Law Library or
Legislative Assembly Library