The FNTC has established Standards for the Form and Content of Delegation Option Laws. You can find the standards, guides and samples on right sidebar: or below on small screens:

  • Delegation Laws

First Nations have the authority to make Delegation Laws under the FMA in order to delegate council’s FMA law-making powers to a person or body.

This means a First Nation could transfer its law-making powers to a third party to, for example, enable taxation on jointly-held reserves, with each community delegating their own law-making powers to one body.

A delegation could enable efficiency for smaller communities who could delegate their law-making powers and administration to a community with more staff resources.

It could also support nation-building, by enabling communities within a nation to delegate to a tribal council so taxation is implemented at the nation level.

If your First Nation is considering a Delegation Law:

  1. Contact the FNTC to discuss the process     Email FNTC     Toll Free: 1-855-682-3682
  2. Request a FNTC presentation to your Chief & Council and senior staff

If your First Nation has decided to proceed with Delegation Law Development:

  1. Ask FNTC about the Law Development Grant
  2. Develop a law development work plan in conjunction with the FNTC
  3. Download Delegation Law standards and sample law

Notification Requirements:

  1. Download and review Understanding the FMA Notice Requirements
  2. View Webinar: Notification and Public Input Under the FMA


  1. Download and review Standards for the Submission of Information Required Under s. 8 of the FMA (Submission Standards)

Information required includes:

  1. Evidence that the law was duly made