All Nunavut motor vehicle offices to go cashless
3 regional offices in Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Gjoa Haven had been the last to accept cash
Motor vehicle offices across the territory will go cashless as of Sunday.
The Department of Economic Development and Transportation made the announcement Tuesday in a news release.
Accepted forms of payment will include, debit, credit, cheque or money order. They will also take prepaid credit cards, which charge interest.
In most Nunavut communities, the territory’s motor vehicles division delivers services through government offices that already do not accept cash, a department spokesperson Weichien Chan said in an email on Thursday. In those communities, payments are made by money order or in offices that equipped with a payment terminal, by debit or credit card.
Pre-paid credit cards can be purchased at Northern stores, Co-op stores and Canada post, states the release.
The switch to cashless payments affects the three regional offices in Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Gjoa Haven. Those offices had been accepting cash payments.
But even in the few offices that did accept cash, 95 per cent of payments were made with debit or credit cards, Chan said.
The move to a purely cashless system will “streamline our operations and reduce a large amount of administrative work,” she said.