Exemption Regulation proposal under the Environmental Assessment Act for the transfer of Ipperwash Provincial Park to the Government of Canada, rescinding of park boundaries, and pre-transfer activities.
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Environmental Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990
Summary of Decision:
A decision was made to proceed with the regulation made under the Environmental
Assessment Act (EAA) that would exempt from the requirements of the EAA the transfer
of Ipperwash Provincial Park and two adjacent roads, should the Province of Ontario
acquire these roads in the future, to the Government of Canada for the use and benefit
of the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, rescinding of park boundaries,
and applicable pre-transfer activities.
The regulation was filed on December 17, 2009 as Ontario Regulation 497/09 and came
into force on December 17, 2009.
September 1, 2009
Summary of Proposal:
The Ipperwash Inquiry was established in 2003 by the Province of Ontario (Ontario) under the Public Inquiries Act, with the mandate to inquire and report on events surrounding the death of Dudley George, who was shot and killed in 1995 during a protest by First Nations representatives at Ipperwash Provincial Park. Justice Sidney Linden, who presided over the inquiry, made recommendations to assist in resolving issues and improving relationships with First Nations. These recommendations were released in the Linden Report in May 2007.
In December 2007, Ontario announced its intent to transfer Ipperwash Provincial Park to the Government of Canada (Canada) for the benefit of the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, in keeping with one of the recommendations of the Linden Report. The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation has indicated that it wants Canada to transfer the lands to it under the Additions to Reserve policy. The framework under which Ontario will transfer the park land to Canada to become an Addition to Reserve was agreed upon in a Transfer Process Agreement, signed in May 2009 by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.
MNR is overseeing the process for the transfer of Ipperwash Provincial Park from Ontario to Canada. MNR is proposing an amendment to a regulation under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act (PPCRA) to remove the park boundary designation. MNR has posted a notice of the proposed amendment to the PPCRA for public comment, which can be accessed by entering Registry Number 010-7636. Rescinding the park boundary is contingent on the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) having first been met.
Ministry of the Environment
Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch
2 St. Clair Avenue West
Phone: (416) 314-8311
Fax: (416) 314-8452
December 17, 2009