Public input requested for proposed changes to the Mechanic’s Lien Act

The Department of Justice has undertaken a review of the Mechanics Lien Act of the Northwest Territories with the intention to replace it with a more modern Act that better meets the requirements of contractors, employees and those for whom they do work.

The Mechanics Lien Act provides a remedy to contractors and sub-contractors by allowing them to place a lien on property to protect themselves from non-payment for work or materials they have provided to a property owner. As part of the review of the Act, we are seeking the input of people and organizations that use, or are familiar with, the current legislation.

To assist with input, a consultation paper that identifies the main changes that are being proposed for the legislation, and asks a number of questions in regard to those proposed changes has been created. We would appreciate your answers to those questions, and any other comments that you may have in regard to the Mechanics Lien Act.

To obtain a copy of the questionaire package, please email Please submit comments by August 4, 2020.

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