Tourism Licencing Fees Waived for 2021-2022

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Yellowknife — December 21, 2020

YELLOWKNIFE (December 21, 2020 ) – The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) has waived tourism insurance requirements and licensing fees for the 2021-22 fiscal year as COVID-19 impacts on tourism operators continue.


Under the Tourism Act, all tourism operators providing tourism services in the NWT are required to have a valid Tourism Operator Licence (TOL) with prescribed support documents including proof of insurance.

For the next fiscal year, there will be no fee charged to licenced tourism operators wishing to renew or significantly amend their TOL. 



Tourism is a valued and necessary element of our economy in the Northwest Territories.  We recognize that these are difficult times for everyone in the industry.  While we remain optimistic that visitors will begin to return to our territory over the next year, there remain many challenges to overcome. We remain committed to supporting the tourism industry and to finding ways to assist tourism operators until the world comes calling once again.


  • Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment  

Quick facts

  • This is the 2nd consecutive year in which the GNWT has waived TOL fees. 
  • There are approximately 160 registered tourism operators in the NWT.
  • The Department of ITI will also grant a temporary waiver on the insurance requirements required by the Tourism Act if the operator is unable to conduct tourism activities.


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Government of the Northwest Territories