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(as passed, with amendments)

3rd Session, 63rd General Assembly
Nova Scotia
70 Elizabeth II, 2021


Government Bill


Crown Lands Act




The Honourable Chuck Porter
Minister of Lands and Forestry


First Reading: March 11, 2021 (LINK TO BILL AS INTRODUCED)

Second Reading: March 12, 2021

Third Reading: April 8, 2021 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS)

Royal Assent: April 19, 2021

An Act to Amend Chapter 114
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the Crown Lands Act

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Section 2 of Chapter 114 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Crown Lands Act, is repealed and the following Section substituted:

    2 The purpose of this Act is to

    (a) provide the legislative and regulatory framework that will ensure Crown lands are sustainably used, protected, and managed to maintain and enhance biodiversity and considers climate change and for purposes that include wilderness conservation, recreation, economic opportunity in forestry, tourism and other sectors, community development, and for the cultural, social and aesthetic enjoyment of Nova Scotians;

    (b) require that forestry leasing and licensing on Crown lands provide equitable stumpage rates, provide adequate investments in forest improvements and establish an overall preference for timber produced on privately owned land; and

    (c) support the range of purposes set forth in clauses (a) and (b) through land-use planning for Crown lands.


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