Timeline and next steps

The creation of a new protected area is a complex process and the Governments of Canada and Nunatsiavut in discussions with key stakeholders such as the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Makivvik Corporation, will take the necessary time to ensure that all parties are engaged, and that appropriate consideration is given at each stage. It is intended that the feasibility assessment will be completed within 2 to 3 years of the signing of the MOU.


The Steering Committee for the Torngat-AOI held meetings with key stakeholders between April and September 2023.


In late September 2022, community engagement sessions took place in Nunavik and Nunatsiavut. The purpose was to discuss the Torngat Area of Interest feasibility assessment and the potential for the marine area adjacent to Torngat Mountains National Park to become an Inuit Protected Area.

The Nunatsiavut Government and Parks Canada, with support from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, held a three-day Research Summary Workshop in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador in February 2022 to gather and consider existing cultural, ecological, oceanographic and archeological information for the Torngat Area of Interest. Information from data and knowledge holders is being collected and compiled to better understand the study area and surrounding region, identify key areas for protection, and continue to inform the Imappivut Marine Plan.

The Government of Canada and the Nunatsiavut Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in February 2022 to continue work to assess the feasibility of establishing an Inuit Protected Area under the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act in the Torngat Area of Interest.


Steering Committee established to lead the feasibility assessment for the potential Inuit Protected Area.


Canada announced the launch of a feasibility assessment in collaboration with the Nunatsiavut Government for an Inuit Protected Area.


Announcement of a Statement of Intent between the Nunatsiavut Government and the Government of Canada on a partnership to advance the Imappivut initiative for oceans management in the Labrador Sea.

Next steps
Early 2024

Second round of community engagement to ensure input received to date has been captured, and to gather additional feedback. Feasibility assessment summary to be prepared in February/March 2024 for internal partner review.


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