Lien direction input sought
The GNWT is seeking feedback from the NWT Chamber on a proposed motion to amend Bill 65 Builders' Lien Act.
“(If passed, the motion) would impose changes with respect to how Indigenous government's settlement land and municipal government's land are treated under the law and may affect your commercial dealings between governments and workers, I am seeking your views on whether you support the proposed motion to amend Bill 65,” states Brad Patzer, Acting Deputy Minister Department of Justice.
With this motion, if a worker (including sub-contractors who do not have a direct contractual relationship with the landowner) supplies materials or does work to improve land, and is not paid, they will still be entitled to a lien that can be preserved and perfected against Indigenous government's settlement land and municipal government's land.
However, if after trying to pursue satisfaction of the lien (which may include a trial in the Supreme Court) and they remain unpaid for their work or supplies, the worker would now be prohibited from seeking seizure or sale of the land.
Your ED will be collecting thoughts from NWT Chamber members up to April 12, at firstname.lastname@example.org. James will then compile them into a document which will be reviewed by the Chamber Executive prior to submission.