Boat near cliff at Great Slave

Become a Licenced Tourism Operator

If you offer guided commercial tourism activities in the Northwest Territories, you are considered a tourism operator under the Tourism Act  and require a Tourism Operator Licence.

Please review the Tourism Operator Licensing Manual below before applying. 

For a current list of licensed tourism operators, click here.

What You’ll Get

If successful, you will receive a Tourism Operator Licence.

For detailed information about licensed tourism operators and their tourism services, please visit NWT Tourism.

Costs or Fees

  • Tourism Operator Licences – Renewals: $175 Effective April 1, 2024
  • Tourism Operator Licences – New: $580 Effective April 1, 2024
  • Tourism Operators Licences – Significant Amendments: $350 Effective April 1, 2024

Please be advised that GNWT departments are taking steps to ensure that fees are adjusted regularly to keep up with inflation. Accordingly, Tourism Operator Licence (TOL) fees will increase every year on April 1st based on the Yellowknife Consumer Price Index (CPI) of the previous calendar year. Please note that the application fee is for processing an application and not for the licence itself. This means the fee is non-refundable, even if the application fails to receive approval.

Required Documents

  • Completed and signed application form (either new or amendment)
  • Proof of Liability Insurance
  • Proof of Incorporation (if applicable)
  • Waste Management Plan (if applicable)
  • Safety Plan
  • Application Fee

Effective April 2018, detailed safety plans are required for a tourism operator licence. To assist with safety plans, guidance documents and safety plan samples are available at your regional ITI office. Risk management training is also available.

How to Apply

  • You can apply for your Tourism Operator Licence at any time throughout the year.
  • Tourism Operator Licences must be renewed annually.
  • Please review the Tourism Operator Licensing Manual below before applying. 
  • Complete the application form below and submit it, along with the required documents, to the ITI office in the region you hope to operate. 

Note: The ITI regional office will need to consult with Indigenous organizations and existing tourism operators in your proposed area of operation. They may also consult with other individuals or groups who may be impacted by your proposed activities


North Slave Regional Office

Tel: (867) 767-9212


South Slave Regional Office

Tel: (867) 872-8046


Dehcho Regional Office

Tel: (867) 695-7500


Sahtu Regional Office

Tel: (867) 587-7171


Beaufort Delta Regional Office

Tel: (867) 678-8023