Place of Residence
A Member is considered to live in the community in which they regularly or customarily are engaged in the normal routines of life when not attending a Session of the Legislative Assembly, a meeting of one of its Committees, of which they are a member, a meeting of the Executive Council, a committee of the Executive Council of which they are a member, or of the Financial Management Board, on constituency business in another community within the Member’s constituency, on business related to the Member’s Ministerial or Executive Council responsibilities, or any other “Business as a Member” as defined in Section 22 of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act.
Statutory Declarations of Residency
The statutory declaration is used to establish the Member’s place of ordinary and usual residence and his or her entitlement to certain monetary allowances. Members who knowingly file a false statutory declaration expose themselves to the disciplinary powers of the Legislative Assembly, a potential complaint to the Conflict of Interest Commissioner or criminal conviction. The statutory declaration must include the community, civic address or legal description of the Member’s place of ordinary residence.
Each Member, who does not ordinarily reside in the capital, must swear a statutory declaration, in a form approved by the Board of Management, before the Law Clerk, indicating the place where the Member ordinarily resides when they are not attending Sessions of the Legislative Assembly, meetings of its Committees, meetings of the Executive Council, its committees, or the Financial Management Board, on business related to the Member’s Ministerial or Executive Council responsibilities, or other “Business as a Member” as defined in Section 22 of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act. Members are required to swear a Statutory Declaration of Residence within 60 days of being sworn in as a Member.
If a Member fails to swear a statutory declaration within 60 days of being sworn in, the Member will be deemed to reside in Yellowknife effective the date of his or her swearing-in.
A Member who moves from the place indicated on their sworn Statutory Declaration of Residence is obliged to swear a new statutory declaration before the Law Clerk without delay and provide supporting documentation for evaluation by the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.
For more information, please contact Office of the Clerk.