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
- Fort Good Hope
- Fort Resolution
- Hay River Reserve
- Jean Marie River
- Nahanni Butte
- Sambaa K’e
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.