BILL NO. 163
2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
68 Elizabeth II, 2019
Wilderness Areas Protection Act
The Honourable Gordon Wilson
Minister of Environment
First Reading: October 1, 2019
Second Reading: October 3, 2019
Third Reading: October 17, 2019 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
Clause 1 amends the definition of "structures or facilities" to include boats.
Clause 2 adds the powers under the Crown Lands Act to those powers an enforcement officer has under the Wildlife Act.
(c) moves, from the management plan Section to the designation Section, the provision requiring a socio-economic analysis before the Minster, with the approval of the Governor in Council, may make a designation of a wilderness area, add to an existing wilderness area or alter the boundaries of a wilderness area.
Clause 4 removes the provision that was added to Section 11 by Clause 3.
Clause 5 permits the Minister to designate
(b) the trails and routes in the Grant Lake-Ross Lake Connector Trail and the Dominique Meadow Brook-Fountain Lake Connector Trail as trails and routes upon which the use and operation of vehicles is permitted.
Clause 6 clarifies the phrase "governing legislation" such that an interest issued under the Wilderness Areas Protection Act is governed by that Act and an interest issued under another Act continues to be managed under that other Act until the interest is cancelled.
Clause 7 permits the Minister to issue licences to landowners whose land is partially or substantially surrounded by a wilderness area to access their land through a wilderness area.
1 Clause 3(k) of Chapter 27 of the Acts of 1998, the Wilderness Areas Protection Act, is amended by striking out "and" in the second line and substituting ", boats and other".
2 (1) Subsection 8(3) of Chapter 27 is amended by
3 (1) Subsection 11(3) of Chapter 27 is amended by
- (9) A socio-economic analysis of the impact of the designation of a wilderness area
must be prepared, completed and made available to the public for every area proposed to be designated as a wilderness area
on Crown land after this Act comes into force, and, for greater certainty, this subsection does not apply to an additional
area of Crown land added to a wilderness area if that additional area has been given to the Crown by a private landowner.
4 Subsection 15(4) of Chapter 27 is repealed.
5 (1) Subsection 23(2) of Chapter 27 is amended by
- (c) designate, construct, manage and maintain such parking areas as are, in the
opinion of the Minister, required for wilderness recreation or for the management or use of a wilderness area, and upon
which vehicle and bicycle use and operation is permitted.
- (d) Grant Lake-Ross Lake Connector Trail, Ogden Round Lake Wilderness Area;
6 Subsection 25(1) of Chapter 27 is amended by striking out "the governing legislation and associated policies" in the last two lines and substituting "this Act or the legislation under which the interest was issued".
7 Chapter 27 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 26 the following Section:
- 26A Where
the Minister may issue a licence to the owner of the land allowing for such limited access, with or without conditions, as the Minister considers appropriate and the access must be carried out consistent with any applicable management plan.
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