Marginal note:Property and contracts
16. (1) The Board may, for the purposes of conducting the business of the Board and of designated offices in accordance with the approved budget of the Board, acquire property in its own name, dispose of such property and enter into contracts in the name of the Board.
Marginal note:Legal proceedings
(2) Actions, suits or other legal proceedings in respect of any right or obligation acquired or incurred by the Board may be brought or taken by or against the Board in its own name in any court that would have jurisdiction if the Board were a corporation.
Marginal note:Staff and advisers
17. The Board may, in accordance with the approved budget of the Board, employ any officers and employees and engage the services of any agents, advisers and consultants that are necessary for the proper conduct of the business of the Board and of designated offices, fix the terms and conditions of their employment or engagement and pay their remuneration.
18. The members and employees of the Board shall be indemnified by the Board against all damages awarded against them, any settlement paid by them with the approval of the federal minister and all expenses reasonably incurred by them, in respect of any claim arising out of their functions as members or employees, if those functions were performed honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Board.
Marginal note:Main office
19. The main office of the Board shall be at Whitehorse or at any other place in Yukon that may be designated by the Governor in Council.
Assessment Districts and Designated Offices
Marginal note:Assessment districts
20. (1) Following consultation by the federal minister with the territorial minister and the first nations, and in accordance with any agreement that may be concluded by those ministers with the first nations, the federal minister shall, by order, establish six contiguous assessment districts that together constitute the whole of Yukon.
Marginal note:Change in number of districts
(2) Where the Board recommends, on the basis of operational requirements, a change in the number of contiguous assessment districts that constitute Yukon, the federal minister shall, by order, change the number of assessment districts in accordance with the Board’s recommendation, following consultation with the territorial minister and the first nations, or else provide written reasons to the Board for rejecting the recommendation.
Marginal note:Alteration of boundaries
21. (1) The Board may, by order, alter the boundary between adjacent assessment districts, and shall do so where the federal minister changes the number of assessment districts.
(2) Before altering the boundaries of assessment districts, the Board shall consult the designated offices for those assessment districts as well as the federal minister, the territorial minister, the Council and any first nation whose territory falls wholly or partly within those districts, and shall seek the views of residents and municipal governments of the communities located in those districts.
Marginal note:Statutory Instruments Act
(3) Sections 3, 5 and 11 of the Statutory Instruments Act do not apply in respect of an order altering boundaries, but the Board shall publish a notice of the order in the Canada Gazette, in a periodical that, in the Board’s opinion, has a large circulation in Yukon and, if any part of the affected assessment districts falls within the territory of the Tetlit Gwich’in, in a periodical distributed in the Gwich’in Settlement Area referred to in the Gwich’in Agreement.
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