Petitioning is another way for NWT residents, community groups, and organizations to participate in the democratic process. Through petitions, residents can raise awareness about issues of public concern, bring them to the attention of the Assembly, and allow Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to consider the issues.
The Legislative Assembly offers the option of Epetitions for residents to create online petitions, publish them and collect signatures, instead of or in addition to paper petitions. (Note: repeat names must be removed by the principal petitioner)
The online option allows a petition to reach a wider audience, which provides a greater opportunity to gather signatures in support of an issue.
The Legislative Assembly does not endorse the views or information contained in the electronic petitions on this site and does not make any representations about, or assume any liability for, any of the information set out in the electronic petitions.
Note: An MLA will need to present your petition to the Assembly.
Conditions of Use
To start or sign a petition, you need to accept the petition’s Conditions of Use:
- a person may only sign a petition once.
- the use of false names is prohibited.
A petition must be submitted in good faith and must not include:
- potentially libelous, false or defamatory statements
- information protected by a court order (e.g. the identities of children in custody disputes)
- matters which are subject to appeal processes or legal actions
- material which is commercially sensitive and/or confidential
- the names of individual officials of public bodies
- the names of individuals, or information which will easily identify an individual in relation to criminal accusations.
A breach of the Conditions of Use may amount to contempt of the Legislative Assembly. Actions that may be considered to be in contempt of the Assembly include:
- presenting a forged or falsified document to the House or a committee
- submitting a petition containing false, scandalous or groundless allegations
- inducing a person to sign a petition by fraudulent means and misleading the House.