Business bylaw pushed back

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit’s proposed business bylaw hit a snag during the last Nov. 8 council meeting, when its second reading was deferred so that more discussion could take place.

The bylaw would set up a system of licencing for businesses. It’s meant to ensure all businesses operating in the city have liability insurance, any required certificates and other licences, as well as to ensure that anyone starting up a business is in good financial standing with the city.

A business license would cost $200.

The proposed bylaw wouldn’t affect anyone conducting activities affiliated with the city or any level of government, or traditional Inuit carvers or craftspeople who are registered with the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association.

Charitable and religious organizations would need a licence, but their fee would be waived.

Home-based businesses would need a letter-of-consent from their landlord granting them permission to operate.

The bylaw will be discussed next at a Dec. 6 meeting.

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