• Posts by Tim Syer

    Tim Syer practices corporate and commercial law in Lawson Lundell’s Yellowknife office. Tim advises local and national clients on corporate matters including share and asset purchase and sale transactions, banking ...

What’s the BIP?

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has updated its Business Incentive Policy (BIP). The BIP is a way for the GWNT to recognize and account for higher costs associated with operating businesses in the Northwest Territories (NWT). The BIP applies a “bid adjustment” to qualified NWT businesses: essentially a 15% to 20% reduction on bid ...


Across the North, government procurement is big business. Governments strive to strike a balance between retaining procurement benefits (and dollars) in their own territories, while still providing value for tax payers. The Yukon Government recently overhauled its procurement policy to include advantages for Indigenous-owned businesses. Nunavut, through Nunavut ...


The Yukon First Nations Business Registry (YFNBR) was the subject of judicial review adjudicated in the Supreme Court of Yukon in March and April of 2023. In two written decisions (the judicial review and the remedy ordered), Justice Kent criticised the opaque criteria for registering a business as a First Nations business.[1] Registration provides First Nations ...

Posted in Contracts

The governments of each of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut have implemented restrictions on who can enter their respective territories and what manner of self-isolation procedures those who are permitted entry must follow upon their arrival.

As these COVID-related travel restrictions remain in place, many business may find themselves, their contractors ...


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