Business Licensing

Under the Business License Act, MACA issues business licenses to:

  • Businesses operating on a territorial-wide basis; and
  • Businesses operating outside community boundaries.

MACA also issues business licenses in communities that do not issue their own business licenses. These communities are:

  • Colville Lake
  • Dettah
  • Fort Good Hope
  • Fort Resolution
  • Gametì
  • Hay River Reserve
  • Jean Marie River
  • Kakisa
  • Lutselk’e
  • Nahanni Butte
  • Sambaa K’e
  • Tsiigehtchic
  • Wekweeti

All other NWT communities issue their own business licenses, and interested businesses must obtain a business license from the community government.

To obtain a license for your business, you must fill out an application, pay a fee and provide proof of Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission coverage. Under the Pawnbrokers and Second Hand Dealers Act, if you wish to open a pawnbroker’s shop or a second-hand store, there are other regulations that you must comply with in addition to those covering all other businesses.