People who enjoy complaining about the cost of northern living enjoyed a banner Thursday as the territorial government announced fees for being born, marrying, and dying would go up.
The territory is increasing some health-related fees for the first time since 2013. To account for inflation over the five interim years, each fee is going up by just over seven percent.
Requesting a birth certificate increases from $20 to $22 (or from $30 to $33 if you need it done quickly), as does requesting a marriage or death certificate.
Costs paid by employers to register professionals such as dental workers, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and social workers, also increase by the same percentage.
Changing your name now costs $134. Costs relating to adoption have risen too, though the territory says those costs can be waived if the family involved cannot afford to pay.
Similarly, you won’t have to pay if you’re requesting a new certificate because of a clerical error.
The changes come into effect on May 15.