Proposed regulation amendment to establish a second local forest management corporation for the Temagami Crown Forest Management Unit under the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act, 2011

ERO number
019-2148
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act, 2011
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
August 21, 2020 - October 5, 2020 (45 days) Closed
Last updated

There is no requirement to post this notice on the Environmental Registry of Ontario, but we wanted to hear your thoughts. Thank you for your feedback.

This consultation was open from:
August 21, 2020
to October 5, 2020

Decision summary

We have decided to amend Ontario Regulation 111/12 under the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act, 2011 to establish a second Local Forest Management Corporation.

Decision details

On December 8, 2020 the decision was made to establish a second Local Forest Management Corporation (LFMC) in Ontario, to be referred to as Temagami Forest Management Corporation (TFMC), through regulation amendment under the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act, 2011.

The Temagami LFMC will hold a Sustainable Forest Licence and carry out sustainable forest management responsibilities on the Temagami Forest. The LFMC model is a modern form of forest tenure governed by a Board of Directors representing local interests.

The Temagami Forest Management Unit (TMU) has for years been managed by the Crown through procurement of a forest management service provider. The LFMC will manage the TMU as an operational enterprise Crown agency.

The process related to the establishment of an LFMC includes:

  • regulation amendment for incorporation
  • developing a business case with local input
  • gaining Cabinet approval for the proposed business case

Consultation

The Temagami Advisory Team conducted outreach to communicate the proposal to local and Indigenous communities. The following is a summary of outreach sessions conducted, all of which were positively received and resulted in letters of support for the establishment of the LFMC for the TMU:

Date                                        Location

September 15, 2020              City of Timiskaming Shores

September 16, 2020              Elk Lake, Township of James

September 16, 2020              Timiskaming First Nation

September 17, 2020              Municipality of Temagami

September 28 2020               Temagami First Nation/ Teme-Augama Anishnabai

September 29, 2020              Matachewan First Nation

October 2, 2020                     Forest Industry Group (virtual conference)

October 15, 2020                   Town of Latchford

We also sent letters of notification to First Nation and Métis communities with a known or asserted interest in the Temagami management unit in conjunction with this notice posted from August 21 to October 5, 2020. No concerns were raised as a result of these notification letters.

In addition to consultation undertaken with local municipalities, Indigenous communities and local forest industry proponents, a regulation proposal was posted on the Environmental and Regulatory Registry on August 21, 2020 for 45 days. 

Comments received

Through the registry

6

By email

0

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0
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Effects of consultation

The majority of the comments received were in support of the proposal.

A few commenters were opposed to elements of the proposal.  Some are of the understanding that the business of an LFMC is to sell Crown land for the purpose of harvesting the forest. A LFMC does not have authority to sell Crown land. The Temagami Forest will be a forest managed under a sustainable forest licence that will ensure the planning, harvesting, and renewal of the forest is completed in a sustainable manner. The LFMC model is intended to provide opportunities for social and economic benefits to local communities in and around the Temagami area. 

Concern was also expressed that the composition of the proposed Board of Directors does not provide for representation of all stakeholder interests particularly that of the tourism industry and those that are interested in forest conservation and protection. The Advisory Team’s governance committee is working to ensure that the corporation’s bylaw relating to the conduct of affairs of the LFMC, provides for the establishment of a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, so that other stakeholder interests and views can be heard and considered in the agency’s decision making.  

We will continue to engage the Advisory Team and other Indigenous communities and organizations as appropriate during the implementation of the TFMC and issuance of the Sustainable Forest Licence to this agency.

Comments submitted did not change the proposal’s direction to establish the LFMC

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Original proposal

ERO number
019-2148
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act, 2011
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Proposal posted

Comment period

August 21, 2020 - October 5, 2020 (45 days)

Proposal details

This proposal seeks approval to establish a second Local Forest Management Corporation (LFMC) in Ontario, to be referred to as Temagami Forest Management Corporation (TFMC), through regulation amendment under the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act, 2011 (OFTMA).  The Temagami LFMC would hold a Sustainable Forest Licence and carry out forest management responsibilities on the Temagami Forest.

Local forest management corporations add valuable local and Indigenous voices and help ensure that those most concerned with the sustainable harvest of a local forest have an opportunity to participate in local forest management and support local economic development opportunities.

The first LFMC, Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation (NFMC) was established in 2012 and operates on the Pic and White River Forests.

The process related to the establishment of a LFMC includes:

  • developing a business case with local input
  • gaining Cabinet approval for the proposed business case

The local Temagami Tenure Modernization Advisory Team (“Temagami Advisory Team”) comprised of twelve members equally represented by forest industry, Indigenous and local communities was formed to build consensus and recommend a long-term forest tenure model for the Temagami Crown Forest Management Unit to the ministry. The LFMC model was selected and is proposed for the Temagami Forest.

LFMCs are Crown agencies governed by a board of directors with local representation responsible for managing Crown forests and overseeing the marketing and sale of Crown forest resources. The objects of LFMCs are to hold forest resource licences and manage Crown forests, to provide for the sustainability of Crown forests in accordance with the Crown Forest Sustainability Act, 1994, and to promote the sustainability of Crown forests, including to:

  • provide for economic development opportunities for Indigenous peoples
  • become a self-sustaining business entity with an aim to optimize the value from Crown forest resources while recognizing the importance of local economic development
  • market, sell and enable access to a predictable and competitively priced supply of Crown forest resources

Public consultation opportunities

The Temagami Advisory Team is currently implementing an outreach plan to communicate the proposal to local and Indigenous communities. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has sent letters of notification to Indigenous communities of the Temagami area.

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Important notice: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, viewing supporting materials in person is not available at this time.

Please reach out to the Contact listed in this notice to see if alternate arrangements can be made.

MNRF - FID - Operations Branch
Address

70 Foster Drive
Suite 400
Sault Ste. Marie , ON
P6A 6V5
Canada

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Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from August 21, 2020
to October 5, 2020

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