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CITY PRESENTS TO LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ON REQUESTED CHANGES TO CITIES,TOWNS & VILLAGES ACT

Posted on Thursday September 20, 2018

CITY PRESENTS TO LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ON REQUESTED CHANGES TO CITIES,TOWNS & VILLAGES ACT

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES  | September 20, 2018

On September 19, 2018, the City of Yellowknife presented its position to the Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Governance Operations (SCOGO) related to two key amendments to the Cities, Towns and Villages Act

 

The City has long advocated changes to Territorial legislation to be allowed the authority to establish, charge and administer a levy on short term accommodations. Funds raised by the Levy will be used to establish a Yellowknife Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) tasked with marketing Yellowknife as an extraordinary year-round tourism destination.

 

Support for the Levy has already been expressed by the Board of Directors of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of NWT Tourism, and the Yellowknife Hotel Association.  All welcome an Accommodation Levy, allowing NWT Tourism to continue to focus on its mandate to promote the whole of the Northwest Territories. 

 

“Tourism is a major driver of Yellowknife’s economy. It creates jobs and generates revenue for tourism-oriented enterprises such as tour operators, hotels and other accommodation providers, restaurants, gift stores and the transportation sector,” said Mayor Mark Heyck. “We appreciate the opportunity to speak on our longstanding position on obtaining the authority to establish a levy and are looking forward to seeing these amendments receive third reading during this October’s sitting of the Legislative Assembly.”

 

The City also spoke in favour of proposed amendments that enable community governments to support property owners in implementing energy efficiency retrofits and renewable energy technologies through the use of Local Improvement Charges.  This has also been a longstanding interest of the City given the options this provides to homeowners to manage the cost of energy retrofits.