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NEWS: Iqaluit April 12, 2017 - 1:10 pm

City of Iqaluit cracks down on expired business licenses

Fourteen Iqaluit companies face bylaw charges for failing to renew licenses

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If you want to operate a business in Iqaluit, you'll have get a $250 business licence. If not, you could get charged under a city bylaw and forced to obtain a licence or renew your expired licence. (FILE PHOTO)
If you want to operate a business in Iqaluit, you'll have get a $250 business licence. If not, you could get charged under a city bylaw and forced to obtain a licence or renew your expired licence. (FILE PHOTO)

A handful of Iqaluit residents had to appear at the Nunavut Court of Justice April 11 because they failed to mind their own business … licenses.

If you were wondering why the Justice of the Peace docket for April 11 was crowded with a who’s-who of Iqaluit companies, including Arctic Co-operatives Ltd., Arctic Ventures, Iqaluit Dental Clinic, Tittaq Office Products and Pai-Pa Garage, it’s because they were all operating with expired business licenses.

Companies operating in Nunavut’s capital must have a valid business licence in order to operate legally and those licenses expire Dec. 31 every year.

Those licenses bring in their fair share of revenue for the city. New licenses for residents cost $250 and then $200 on subsequent renewals. Non-residents must pay $550 for new licenses and $450 to renew.

Business licence fees are waived for non-profit and charitable organizations.

The city gives businesses until Feb. 15 to renew for an extra cost and if they fail to do so, a list of expired licenses is handed over to municipal enforcement officers who then lay charges under the city’s Business Licence By-law.

Renewals received after Feb. 15 can be subject to a $50 fee, according to city sources.

A total of 14 businesses were listed on the April 11 court docket including Nunavut Tourism.

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(5) Comments:

#1. Posted by IQ Resident on April 12, 2017

You only named five in that list. How are the rest of them?

#2. Posted by Bunch of whiners on April 12, 2017

Why is it that so many businesses and individuals who don’t want to play by the rules in this city? I have never met more people complain about a city in my entire life. Kodos to the City for finally starting to clamp down, more needed in the future.

#3. Posted by wondering on April 13, 2017

Whoopi do..why don’t u start cracking down on the millions owed in municipal taxes instead. .the city only harasses those who they think they can easily bully..while some get away without pay taxes for years..get lost with ur petty time consuming efforts for a lousy 250 bucks here and there by businesses that contribute to this community more than the city does it self..collect ur taxes..

#4. Posted by Revenue on April 13, 2017

It’s not only municipal taxes that the City should collect on, the amount owed to them for outstanding water bills and municipal services is pretty high.

Some people are morally opposed to paying for land use and water, go figure.

#5. Posted by Slow news day on April 13, 2017

These sorts of administrative oversights happen everywhere all the time.  It’s hardly newsworthy…,,

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