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Northwest Territories

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  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    • The Centre for Northern Families in Yellowknife is renovating its current shelter space and opening a new building for the daycare and family programs
  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    • The Northwest Territories Power Corporation requested proposals for the expansion of the Bluefish Dam power generating facility near Yellowknife. The utility is considering a new turbine to meets the growing power demands in Yellowknife.
  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    • CTV's Amazing Race Canada recently filmed some episodes in Yellowknife in cooperation with the Northwest Territories Film Commission
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    • Nova Builders has submitted a proposal to the City of Yellowknife for a three-storey, 31-room hotel
    • DeBeers Canada filed a proposal with the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board to flood its closed Snap Lake mine. The company says the temporary closure may last three years or more, depending on market conditions.
    • The Village of Fort Simpson approved the construction of a $1.75M housing project. Construction is scheduled to start in June 2016, with occupancy planned in August.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is forecasting up to 36,700 job openings in the territory over the next 15 years. Approximately 98% of 28,500 job openings will be to replace workers who have retired or moved from the NWT.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is launching a new emergency medical evacuation system in partnership with Yellowknife-based Aeromedical Critical Care Emergency Services Specialists Air Ambulance
  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    • A private company, 506780 N.W.T. Ltd, is seeking land in Inuvik for a new satellite farm. In addition to access roads and electrical infrastructure, the company wants to build one large satellite dish and eight smaller ones.
    • Air North is adding more flights to its Yellowknife-Ottawa route for the summer months starting in June 2016, due to customer demand
    • The Government of Canada is providing over $2M for Northern programs aimed at helping indigenous people, youth, and people with disabilities get jobs
  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has applied for permits to build a $150M all-season road to the Tlicho community of Whati. The project, still subject to environmental approval and funding, is expected to generate 150 jobs.
    • The Tlicho Government plans on building an eight-room hotel in the remote community of Whati during the summer of 2016
    • The two sides of the $229M Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway have been joined by construction crews. Additional work is required before the highway opens in 2017.
  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories recently sponsored First Host, a workshop designed to build skills, knowledge, and capacity within the Aboriginal tourism sector
  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    • De Beers Canada says 96 former Snap Lake mine employees have now been transferred to the company's Gahcho Kué diamond mine. The company anticipates additional hiring as the new mine becomes operational.
  • Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016

    • The federal and Northwest Territories governments are jointly funding 13 infrastructure projects across the territory. The combined funding is approximately $50M.
    • Kennady Diamonds plans to establish an expanded exploration camp northeast of Yellowknife following a significant diamond discovery. The company plans to expand the camp from the current 63 employees to 250 to 300 people within a year.
  • Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is developing a new Mineral Resources Act for the region in order to increase the competitiveness of its mining sector
    • Mountain Province Diamonds has shipped in the last loads of critical large mining equipment to the Gahcho Kué diamond mine. The mine is on track to begin production in the second half of 2016.
  • Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016

    • A joint venture between Norman Wells' HRN Contracting and the Tulita District Investment Corporation is scheduled to build a new all-season road in the Sahtu region. The timeline for construction is subject to the receipt of funding.
    • Aurora College and the economic development arm of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation are partnering to offer training in the processing of traditional foods, thanks to funding from the Northwest Territories government
    • The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation is building a $3.27M seniors home in Fort McPherson. The facility is expected to open in November 2016.
  • Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016

    • The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation wants to build 45 new energy efficient rental homes for RCMP members in five communities where staff housing is being phased out
  • Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2016

    • De Beers Canada may flood the underground tunnels of its shuttered Snap Lake diamond mine as part of an extended care and maintenance plan for the site. The company stated that the shutdown could be three years or more depending on market conditions.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is freezing salaries for deputy ministers, senior managers and other employees for two years starting in 2016. The freeze also affects non-unionized, non-management staff.
    • The Nihtat Gwich'in Council and Northwind Industries have partnered to create Beaufort Delta GP Ltd. The new company will work on civil engineering projects and is expected to provide job opportunities for both Gwich'in and Inuvialuit.
    • Coyote's Steakhouse and Lounge in Yellowknife has closed indefinitely following a recent fire at the restaurant
    • Diavik Diamond Mine recently held a job fair in Yellowknife for approximately 90 job openings. Most of the positions are for skilled heavy equipment operators.
  • Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016

    • The community of Fort McPherson will have its hamlet status reinstated after the territorial government took over management in 2014. A $2M deficit was eliminated through increased rates for municipal services.
    • TerraX Minerals has started drilling at another location in the Yellowknife City Gold Project
    • First Air recently sent some of its pilots to Texas for training on new turbo-prop planes that are replacing their current jet aircraft. The company is buying six new aircraft as part of a $110M fleet replacement.
    • Advanced Medical Solutions is hiring primary care paramedics and emergency medical responders for its ground ambulance contract with Beaufort-Delta Health and Social Services Authority
    • The Deline First Nation, Deline Land Corporation and Renewable Resources Council have agreed to end the Bluenose East caribou hunt for the season. The community has met a self-imposed limit of 150 animals.
    • The current medical clinic in Hay River is closing for a week as services are relocated to the new regional health centre. Hay River Health and Social Services says the complete switchover to the hospital will take about three months.
  • Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016

    • The Mackenzie-Fort Smith Diocese expects to start construction on a new Catholic church in Fort Simpson as early as June 2016. Plans include a two-storey church and attached-apartment.
    • The Town of Norman Wells is searching for a hairdresser. The community has not had a permanent hairdresser for several years.
    • The Northwest Territories government is spending approximately $26M for eight new water bombers, and plans to request proposals for the operation and maintenance of the fleet. The previous 10-year contract was worth approximately $25M.
  • Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016

    • The Khon Go Cho Complex, a sportsplex currently under construction in Behchoko, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016. The facility will have an ice rink, gym, youth centre, exercise room and offices.
    • The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board approved the expansion of the Ekati diamond mine's Jay pit, but attached 22 conditions. Dominion Diamond hopes to start mining the new pit in 2021.
  • Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016

    • The publisher of the Northern Journal in Fort Smith put the business up for sale after nearly 40 years as the newspaper's owner. Established in 1977 as the Slave River Journal, the paper became the territorially-focused Northern Journal in 2011.
    • A recent report by Alternatives North contends that reliance on the oil and gas industry has had negative social impacts in the Sahtu Region. The report suggests that growing the local economy is the key to stability.
    • An open casting call was recently held in Fort Smith for a film based on the graphic novel Three Feathers. The film will be shot in four different languages ¿ English, South Slavey, Cree, and Chipewyan.
    • The Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program's fur and hide procurement initiative helped sales of traditional arts and crafts in December 2015. The program ensures stable fair pricing for hides and furs in the Northwest Territories.
  • Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016

    • The Children First Daycare in Inuvik owes more than $100,000 in rent to the Town of Inuvik and is facing closure without new sources of funding. The $6M facility opened in 2013 and has an average of 50 children enrolled on a full-time basis.
  • Week of Jan 11 - Jan 15, 2016

    • Great Slave Helicopters reduced the work hours of 23 of its 56 employees in the Northwest Territories in response to the continued slowdown in the mining and energy sectors. The cuts affect maintenance engineers and apprentices.
    • The shutdown of the Snap Lake diamond mine will impact 434 workers. Territorial employment laws determined the notification required. Some employees were given 16 weeks notice, while some contractors received only 4 weeks notification.
  • Week of Jan 04 - Jan 08, 2016

    • A new $350M hospital currently under construction in Yellowknife will not house outpatient rehabilitation as first planned, an extended care department or a finance department. The three services are planned for a separate building expected to be complete in 2018-2019.
    • DeBeers Canada is providing funding for community improvement projects and training for the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation, as part of its impact benefit agreement for the region. Community members were provided with employment and gained practical work skills.
    • Construction of the Yellowknife to Dettah ice road has been delayed this year because of warm weather, large snowfalls, and thin ice. The thin ice is also setting back construction of the Tlicho winter roads to Gameti, Whati and Wekweeti, and Marian Lake.
    • Prairie Creek Mine, a lead-zinc mine owned by the Canadian Zinc Corp, has closed for the year and likely will not re-open until at least May or June 2016. The shutdown was attributed to low zinc prices.
    • The Northwest Territories Power Corporation put out an expression of interest for a solar and wind project in the North Slave area. The initiative is intended to alleviate some of the use of diesel fuel for power generation.
    • The N.W.T. Brewing Co., the territory's only microbrewery, launched three beers at the beginning of 2016 as it started production. The Yellowknife brewery plans to offer take-home sales in the next few months.
  • Week of Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2015

    • Mild winter weather in the Northwest Territories is delaying the start of construction on the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway until early in 2016. Aproximately 150 people work on the project each year during the winter months.
  • Week of Dec 07 - Dec 11, 2015

    • De Beers Canada announced that it will close the Snap Lake mine and issued layoff notices to 434 direct employees. Some of the affected employees are being moved to the Gahcho Kué mine site, which is currently under construction.
    • The Beaufort Delta Education Council is short approximately $1M due to declining enrolment, forcing the district to extend a hiring freeze. Six teaching positions across the region will be left vacant.
    • The Aurora Research Institute and the Government of the Northwest Territories erected a large tower in Inuvik to test the feasibility of wind power. Inuvik is currently powered by diesel and natural gas generators.
    • Mountain Province Diamonds, a co-owner of the Gahcho Kué diamond project, hired 41 employees from the Snap Lake mine, and is expecting to hire another 60 staff in 2016. First production at the mine is scheduled for the second half of 2016.
  • Week of Nov 30 - Dec 04, 2015

    • Dominion Diamond Corporation reports weakened sales and lower prices for diamonds sold from its mines in the third quarter of 2015. The lower prices are expected to impact the royalty revenue paid to the Government of the Northwest Territories.
    • The winter ice road north of Yellowknife should see up to 9,000 truckloads this season, according to the joint venture that builds and maintains the road for local mines.
  • Week of Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2015

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has acquired the leasehold interests for the Northwest Territories and Yukon mineral rights to North American Tungsten Company Limited's Mactung property. The Cantung mine has been under creditor protection.
  • Week of Nov 16 - Nov 20, 2015

    • The City of Yellowknife is planning to borrow $20M to fund the construction of an eight-kilometer pipeline that supplies drinking water to the city. Preparatory work is scheduled for 2019 with construction of the line in 2020.
  • Week of Nov 09 - Nov 13, 2015

    • Arctic Canada Construction Ltd was recently awarded a $454,000 contract for new siding, windows and doors at the airport terminal in Fort Simpson. The work is expected to be complete by March 31, 2016.
    • The Nova Hotel, currently under construction in Yellowknife, is adding a 73 room extension to the building following approval of a development permit . In June 2015, Nova Builders scheduled the hotel opening for late 2016.
  • Week of Nov 02 - Nov 06, 2015

    • A recent study by the University of Alberta on cancer screening rates in the Northwest Territories identified a shortage of health care professionals as a concern.
    • Kongsberg Satellite Services , a Norwegian company providing services for satellites, is installing a fifth satellite dish in Inuvik. The project is not expected to bring any permanent jobs to Inuvik as the company processes its data in Norway.
    • The Northwest Territories Power Corporation has responded to the high price of fuel in Aklavik by bringing in its own supply, rather than purchasing from the local supplier. The company plans to truck in additional fuel when the winter road opens.
  • Week of Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2015

    • The Government Tlicho decided not to harvest any animals from the Bathurst Caribou herd for the 2015/16 season. The move is intended to aid recovery of the herd, which has declined significantly in the last 30 years.
    • DeBeers Canada, a major diamond miner in the Northwest Territory, is closing its Toronto headquarters and relocating the operations to Calgary by the end of June 2016, due to restructuring
    • Air Tindi and Advanced Medical Solutions recently unveiled ACCESS, a new formal partnership between the airline and medical services company for their long-term medevac contract with the Government of the Northwest Territory. The medical company uses some southern staff on a rotational basis because of a shortage of medical professionals in the territory.
  • Week of Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2015

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories introduced an incentive for exploration activities conducted by mineral claim holders. The Assessment Work Incentive runs for two years and aims to strengthen the competitive advantage of mineral exploration in the territory.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories delivered an Introduction to Prospecting course to 50 individuals. The course provides participants with training and tools to better explore their lands for minerals.
  • Week of Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2015

    • The Stanton Territorial Hospital recently broken ground on its new facility in Yellowknife. The $350M project will provide new diagnostic and medical facilities to the community and is expected to be completed by late 2018.
    • The Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce held its small business week between October 19 and 23. A number of workshops were held at various locations in the city, providing businesses with information on topics such as intellectual property, financing, regulations, and website improvements.
  • Week of Oct 05 - Oct 09, 2015

    • Korea House, a new Korean restaurant, opened in Yellowknife on October 15
    • LA Nail, a salon that provides gel nails, manicures, and body massages recently opened in Yellowknife. The salon hired two employees.
    • The government of the NWT recently tabled the Skills 4 Success strategy. The program would help close skill gaps for in-demand jobs through relevant training and education, as well as growing the NWT workforce through partnerships.
  • Week of Sep 28 - Oct 02, 2015

    • Planet Labs, a San Francisco-based Earth imaging company, is planning to set up four satellite receiving dishes at a station in Inuvik. The company currently has 13 dishes at the site but require more for real-time satellite coverage.
  • Week of Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2015

    • Hope's Haven, the first transition home for homeless youth in the Northwest Territories, opened in downtown Yellowknife. The new transition home will also offer programs, services and life skills, including cooking and applying for school and jobs.
  • Week of Sep 14 - Sep 18, 2015

    • The Joe Greenland Centre, a new $6M home for elders, has opened in Aklavik. The new building can accommodate elders living independently and those who need assisted living.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories paid out $6.3M in resource revenue sharing for 2014-2015 to nine aboriginal groups under devolution agreements. The Dehcho and Akaitcho First Nations have not signed the devolution deal.
    • Dan's Place, a second-hand shop, reopened in a new space at the Centre Square Mall in Yellowknife. Rogel's Barbershop also opened in the mall with the owner and another hair stylist offering their services.
  • Week of Sep 07 - Sep 11, 2015

    • The Hamlet of Fort Providence has seven new teachers this year at the Deh Gah school which is home to about 150 students. The turnover represents over one half of the teaching staff.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is moving ahead with tenders for the airport terminal building in Trout Lake, with a budget of $450,000 for construction. A runway at the airport was completed in November 2014.
  • Week of Aug 31 - Sep 04, 2015

    • The Tlicho Government is increasing its ownership of the Ventures West Transport trucking company in the Northwest Territory to 90 percent from 60 percent. Ventures West hauls bulk fuel to diamond mines and liquefied natural gas to Inuvik.
    • Jill and Jackfish Productions is set to start shooting a feature film The Sun at Midnight in Fort MacPherson. The production will spend roughly $75,000 on catering, accommodations, and hiring a production coordinator and local actors.
    • The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation has received approximately $1.5M in resource revenues for 2014-15 from the Northwest Territory under devolution. The money is to be used for training and a program to assist harvesters.
    • The City of Yellowknife has approved plans by Touchstone Holdings to add 72 rooms plus a banquet hall to The Explorer Hotel
  • Week of Aug 24 - Aug 28, 2015

    • De Beers Canada is seeking 20 underground miners to work at its Snap Lake diamond mine, but is restricting applicants to residents of the Northwest Territory in an effort to boost the number of territorial employees
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has named Boreal Health Partnership as the successful bidder for the Stanton Territorial Hospital renewal project in Yellowknife. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2015.
    • Nine Aboriginal groups in the Northwest Territory have received the first payments of devolution money for 2014-15 from resource revenues under agreements with the territory. The funds go directly to the Aboriginal government revenues.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has declared the 2015 morel mushroom season a success with an estimated 600 harvesters on site. The morel harvest attracts pickers from across Canada.
    • The City of Yellowknife has recently approved a development permit for a Mary Brown's franchise restaurant. Further review by the city, and a building permit, is needed before the project can move forward.
  • Week of Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2015

    • C.A.B. Construction Ltd of Fort Smith has been awarded a $23.5M contract by the Government of the Northwest Territories to build a new women's adult correctional facility in Fort Smith. Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2016.
    • A First Nations Bank of Canada Community Banking Centre opened August 18, 2015 in the Kugluktuk Co-op store. The centre's opening brings full-service banking to the community.
  • Week of Aug 10 - Aug 14, 2015

    • Municipal workers with the Town of Hay River are set to return to work following a strike that lasted for almost six months. The unionized employees recently accepted a three-year agreement that provides for retroactive wage increases back to 2014.
    • Mary Brown's Famous Chicken and Taters, a fast food franchise, is set to return to Yellowknife as a drive-through and dine-in restaurant. The same franchise closed in Yellowknife in 2002 because of a territory-wide labour shortage.
    • The Inuvik Youth Centre has temporarily closed its doors after running out of base funds. The centre's board of directors have hired a new executive director and are finalizing a new business / strategic plan.
  • Week of Aug 03 - Aug 07, 2015

    • Construction of the Woodyard Brewhouse and Eatery in Yellowknife has been delayed, pushing the opening date back to the fall of 2015. The 112-seat restaurant and brewpub was scheduled for a summer 2015 opening.
  • Week of Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015

    • Great Slave Helicopters has recently moved six staff from Yellowknife to its new office in Calgary in an effort to acquire more contracts. More than 75 per cent of the company's staff remain at its front-line locations, including its operational bases in Inuvik, Fort Liard, Fort Simpson, Norman Wells and its maintenance base in Yellowknife.
    • The Sears Canada dealer in Yellowknife closed on July 29, 2015 due to rising costs for rent and utilities. The location offered catalogue order pickup and in store appliance sales.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada are jointly supporting a 10-year project to rehabilitate highways and roads in the territory. Funds are also being provided for economic development opportunities.
  • Week of Jul 20 - Jul 24, 2015

    • The Tilt and Castle, an Irish pub and restaurant in Yellowknife, is scheduled to open on August 1, 2015. The establishment is expected to have about 20 employees.
    • The Town of Fort Smith has ratified a new four-year agreement with its municipal employees. The contract provides for wage increases, and improved weekend and after-hours compensation.
  • Week of Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2015

    • Cantung Mine, a financially troubled tungsten producer in the NWT Nahanni area, has permanently laid off 50 workers. This is on top of the 80 workers the company laid off for six weeks in June.
    • The Conference Board of Canada has dropped two NWT mining projects from its Northern economic outlook and says two more mines probably won't be included in its next forecast unless conditions for raising capital improve
  • Week of Jul 06 - Jul 10, 2015

    • Chinese-owned Selwyn-Chihong Mining has applied for permits to upgrade a Northwest Territories access road to its lead-zinc mining project located at Howard's Pass in Yukon's Selwyn Mountains. If approved, the $35M upgrade would start in 2017.
    • Despite recent rains, a fire risk remains in parts of the NWT. Six new wildfires have been reported in South Slave since July 5 and crews are monitoring fires burning near Highway 3 in North Slave.
    • Aboriginal-owned Timberworks in Fort Resolution has lost a tenth of its pellet fibre source to forest fires. This represents 400 hectares of forest or 27,000 cubic metres of harvestable wood.
  • Week of Jun 29 - Jul 03, 2015

    • Imperial Oil and its joint venture partners, ExxonMobil and BP, announced an indefinite delay on exploratory drilling in the Beaufort Sea. The company had originally planned to start in 2020.
    • The Town of Hay River is set to post contract openings for administrative jobs as well as operation and maintenance of the recreation centre, to replace striking municipal workers. The strike has been ongoing since early February 2015.
  • Week of Jun 22 - Jun 26, 2015

    • Nova Builders, an Edmonton-based company, is planning a four-storey downtown hotel in Yellowknife. The opening is scheduled for the summer of 2016.
  • Week of Jun 08 - Jun 12, 2015

    • Low water levels in the Mackenzie River are raising concerns for business owners in the Northwest Territories who rely on barges for receiving supplies. In 2014 similar river conditions forced companies to use winter roads for transport.
    • Tyhee NWT Corporation has closed down its Yellowknife Gold Project campsite and removed the two employees left on site due to a lack of funds. The mine site was previously in care and maintenance for almost two years.
    • The NWT Brewing Company has been granted a conditional license for a pub in Yellowknife, the Woodyard Brewhouse and Eatery. The company anticipates opening the pub in late July 2015.
  • Week of Jun 01 - Jun 05, 2015

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is responding to the influx of morel mushroom pickers and buyers by offering on-site walking workshops to provide hands-on experience. The Kakisa Nation are also supporting the migrant morel community.
    • Contractors and workers are moving north from oil and gas fields in Alberta to fill the demand in construction in the Northwest Territories. Canglow Windows and Doors, is setting up shop in Yellowknife and Hay River during the summer of 2015.
    • The Town of Hay River has increased its wage offer to striking municipal workers, but the union is resisting a vote pending a back to work agreement. The employees have been on strike for five months.
    • The minimum wage in the Northwest Territories increased to $12.50 per hour, the highest in Canada, on June 1, 2015
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has expanded the Domestic Violence Treatment Option Court to Hay River. The new service will be open to offenders from Hay River, Enterprise and the Kátł'odeeche First Nation.
  • Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2015

    • The Town of Hay River has decided to open its power distribution system to any and all bidders. The town is not renewing its franchise agreement with Northland Utilities, which has distributed power in Hay River since 1951.
  • Week of May 25 - May 29, 2015

    • The National Energy Board and the Government of the Northwest Territories have recently released a joint study, which estimates there are close to 200 billion barrels of oil in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories
    • The City of Yellowknife will see new restaurants open during the summer of 2015, including an Irish style pub, a coffee shop at the airport, and a brewpub operated by the NWT Brewing Company. Both pubs are currently hiring and training staff.
  • Week of May 18 - May 22, 2015

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is placing all daycare inspection reports online effective May 15, 2015. The government has also created new, clearer guidelines on the process of inspections and follow-up for daycares that are non-compliant.
    • Rowe's Construction, based out of Yellowknife, is hiring equipment operators, general labourers, cooks and cleaning staff for a $4.2M project to clean-up mine sites scattered around Great Slave Lake. The work is scheduled for completion by the end of September 2015.
    • Morel mushroom pickers and buyers have arrived in the Northwest Territories in anticipation of a bumper harvest following last year's record forest fires in the region. One buyer is setting up shop in Fort Providence.
  • Week of May 11 - May 15, 2015

    • Air Tindi, a regional airline based in Yellowknife, has recently laid off five employees due to a fleet reduction. Four rotational pilots from out of town and one maintenance staffer were let go.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Gwich'in Tribal Council have signed an agreement that provides for internship and work placements opportunities for Gwich'in with the territorial government
    • A recent study of the mining sector in the north, Levelling the Playing Field, has found higher costs to explore and develop new mines in the Northwest Territories. The increased cost is partially attributed to infrastructure deficits.
    • The Town of Hay River plans to hire contract workers to inspect playgrounds and provide grounds-keeping services over the summer of 2015. The town is currently involved in an ongoing labour dispute with its municipal workers.
  • Week of May 04 - May 08, 2015

    • Dene and Métis in the Northwest Territories' Dehcho region have voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, used in oil and gas drilling, on their traditional lands. The Dehcho First Nations are negotiating their land claim with the territorial government.
    • The City of Yellowknife has experienced a surge of tourists from December 2014 to March 2015, with an increase of 6,000 visitors. The increase is mainly attributed to visitors from China and Japan travelling to see the aurora borealis.
  • Week of Apr 27 - May 01, 2015

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation have signed an agreement to improve services for Inuvialuit. The four-year agreement outlines services including income support, housing, and economic development.
  • Week of Apr 13 - Apr 17, 2015

    • Mountain Province Diamond recently announced complete funding to start commercial production at the Gahcho Kué diamond mine. The company plans to hire an additional 300 employees through the remainder of 2015.
    • Dominion Diamond Corporation has cancelled its charter flights between Edmonton and Yellowknife, effective May 31, 2015. The company will only fly employees to the mine site from approved locations within the territory. Approximately 46% of the 1,200 employees at the Ekati mine site live outside of the territory.
  • Week of Apr 06 - Apr 10, 2015

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories filled 108 of the 128 positions decentralization to communities outside of Yellowknife over the last two years and expects to establish and fill an additional 22 decentralized positions over the next two years
  • Week of Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2015

    • City Cab in Yellowknife has launched a tablet-based taxi dispatch system and vehicle mounted GPS tracking that provides real-time information and improves driver safety
    • The Nats'ejee K'eh Treatment Centre, located on the K'atlo'deeche reserve near the community of Hay River, is being reopened as the KFN Healing Centre. The original facility closed in 2013 due to a lack of staff.
    • A slowdown in oil exploration in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories is resulting in layoffs at contracting and supply companies in Norman Wells
    • The City of Yellowknife is proposing a bylaw change that would allow bars to be open on Sundays and serve alcohol. Currently, only restaurants and clubs are exempt from the bylaw.
    • CBC/Radio-Canada will cut 5 positions in the Territories as part of a national reduction of 240 jobs across all areas of operation. According to the company, while some affected employees may be reassigned to other positions, there will be job losses.
  • Week of Mar 16 - Mar 20, 2015

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has 121 vacant positions around the territory following a plan to decentralize jobs from Yellowknife into smaller communities. The jobs range from positions like laundry worker to senior lands officer.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has introduced Take One: Northwest Territories Film Strategy and Action Plan. The plan will market the territory as a destination of choice for future out-of-territory productions and invest in the industry.
    • The second year of construction on the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway has ended with crews making less progress than expected. Adverse weather conditions and difficult terrain on the Inuvik side of the road have slowed construction.
    • ConocoPhillips is seeking declaration of a significant hydrocarbon discovery from the Government of the Northwest Territories in the Sahtu shale oil play south of Norman Wells, but the company does not plan any further exploration work in the region
  • Week of Mar 09 - Mar 13, 2015

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing $400,000 for ground ambulance and highway rescue operations. The money can be used for both training and capital expenditures.
    • Unionized employees of Avens - A Community for Seniors in Yellowknife have reached a tentative agreement with the employer, avoiding possible strike action. The 100 employees represent case workers, kitchen and recreation staff and maintenance personnel across four seniors facilities in the city.
    • The Government of Canada and the Gwich'in Tribal Council have signed the Gwich¿in Internship Pilot Project, an agreement that will provide training and full-time internship positions with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
    • The Northwest Territories Bureau of Statistics has released a 2014 survey of mining employees in the territory. The number of non-territorial residents working in mines has almost doubled since 2009, while resident worker numbers rose 20 percent.
  • Week of Mar 02 - Mar 06, 2015

    • The Government of Canada is planning to extend the 15% Mineral Exploration Tax Credit, which helps junior mining companies raise funds for exploration and development, until March of 2016. The program is set to expire at the end of March 2015.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has launched the Medi-Response system, a single point of contact for all medical practitioners to coordinate and triage air ambulance flights and access clinical expertise
    • The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Government of the Northwest Territories, is offering workshops in morel mushroom identification and harvesting in several communities, in anticipation of a bumper mushroom crop in 2015. The mushrooms are expected to flourish in areas affected by the wildfires of 2014.
  • Week of Feb 23 - Feb 27, 2015

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is offering rebates to film production companies that shoot in the territory. Rebates are available for goods and services, travel and on-set training through the Northwest Territories Film Rebate Program.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has launched a training and development program for entry-level resource management officers. The three-year term positions will be stationed at Inuvik, Norman Wells, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith and Yellowknife.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has recently announced enhancements to its immigration program to help employers recruit skilled workers. The JobsNorth website has also been replaced with the federal JobBank site.
    • The second winter of construction on the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway Project, a 120-km segment of the highway, is now underway with crews working on a 24-hour basis. The project employs almost 600 people, with 70% from territorial communities.
    • Strategic Oil and Gas has stopped production at its Cameron Hills project just south of Kakisa due to low oil prices. The field, which also produces natural gas, is one of only two producing oil fields in the territory.
  • Week of Feb 16 - Feb 20, 2015

    • The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is investing $2.8M to develop tourism opportunities in the communities of Lutselk'e, Fort Resolution, Fort Simpson, Deline and Tuktoyaktuk
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has released First Nations tag distribution information for the Bluenose-East caribou herd. The total harvest is limited to 1,800 animals for the 2014-2015 season.
    • Aurora College will be offering all its business administration courses via e-conference starting in September 2015. The program will be implemented at all three campuses and allow more students to access the courses.
  • Week of Feb 09 - Feb 13, 2015

    • The Deh Gah School in Fort Providence has been granted $460,000 from the Government of Canada to hire additional staff and develop wellness programs that include job-skills training
    • Thirty unionized workers employed by the Town of Hay River have set up picket lines at the local recreation centre in a dispute over wage negotiations
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has introduced the Fresh Fish from Great Slave Lake logo and brand, as part of a marketing campaign to support direct sales by industry fishers and territorial store owners
    • The Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife is undergoing an expansion that will add 75 rooms and two additional conference rooms. Another company, Nova Builders, is planning a 200-room hotel on an adjacent property.
  • Week of Feb 02 - Feb 06, 2015

    • The Tibbitt to Contwoyto ice road is expecting to see a near-record volume of freight this year, primarily due to construction of De Beers' Gahcho Kue diamond mine
    • Employees at the Fort Smith Housing Authority are planning strike action as they bargain for increased wages. The workers manage and maintain 150 territory-owned housing units in Fort Smith.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada have extended an affordable housing agreement that provides for $18M over five years to 2019
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has issued its first-ever call for bids for oil and gas exploration licenses, for two parcels of land in the Central Mackenzie Valley
  • Week of Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2015

    • Dominion Diamond Corporation is planning to start construction on an expansion of the Ekati diamond mine in the summer of 2016, adding 10 years to the life of the mine, pending negotiations with the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has announced the formation of the Mining Industry Advisory Board to provide advice to government on regulations, environmental and social standards related to mining in the territory
  • Week of Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2015

    • Ledcor has started construction on the 1,200 km Mackenzie Valley Fibre Optic Line running from Fort Simpson to Inuvik. The line is expected to attract more businesses to the Territory.
    • The Hay River Health and Social Services Authority has hired two midwives to provide services in Hay River, Enterprise and the K'atl'odeeche First Nation
    • Sears Canada is offering job opportunities for displaced Target employees at both the retail and head-office level. Sears is holding special events and career fairs for the former Target employees.
  • Week of Jan 12 - Jan 16, 2015

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is raising the minimum wage from $10.00 per hour to $12.50 per hour, effective June 1, 2015
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has awarded an eight-year air ambulance contract to Air Tindi, and a personnel services contract to Advanced Medical Solutions
  • Week of Jan 05 - Jan 09, 2015

    • The District Education Authority of Fort Providence has decided not to offer a junior kindergarten in 2015, the only community in the region opting out. The authority stated that there will be no jobs loss resulting from the decision.
    • Husky Oil is planning to drill for silica in an area west of Yellowknife, subject to a five-year land use permit from the Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board
  • Week of Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2014

    • The Northwest Territories Métis Nation has recently signed an impact benefit agreement with De Beers that will provide employment and training related to development of the Gahcho Kue diamond project located northeast of Yellowknife
    • The Jimmy Erasmus Seniors Home, a long-term care facility, recently opened in Behchoko. The site currently has eight residents, with plans to increase to 18 beds in 2015.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has introduced new legislation to improve legal aid services across the territory. The regulations provide for the delivery of legal aid through a combination of staff lawyers and private practitioners.
    • Businesses in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are expecting increased payroll costs, according to the Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce, because of increased mandatory workers' insurance. The Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission recently set new insurance rates across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
    • In a letter to the National Energy Board, Chevron Canada has indicated that it is indefinitely suspending its Arctic drilling plans due to current market conditions
  • Week of Dec 08 - Dec 12, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has recently certified seven residents as instructors under the FirstHost Tourism Program, which was designed to enhance front-line skills for those working in the emerging Aboriginal tourism sector
  • Week of Dec 01 - Dec 05, 2014

    • Following devolution, the Government of the Northwest Territories is partnering with Aboriginal organizations, business and regional governments to develop an Oil and Gas Strategy for the territory
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is committing $700M to extend the Mackenzie Valley Highway from Wrigley to Norman Wells, as well as an additional $70M to construct a bridge across the Bear River
    • The volunteer fire department in the Hamlet of Fort Resolution has received a stop-work order from the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission. The safety deficiencies are related to training, equipment maintenance and firefighting plans.
    • According to a recently released report, the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk and surrounding communities would need to construct a deep-water port at a cost of $100M to benefit from proposed energy projects in the Beaufort Sea
  • Week of Nov 24 - Nov 28, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is opening an indoor facility in Yellowknife to store drill core samples collected since the 1940s. The material was recently inherited by the Territorial government as a result of devolution.
    • The National Energy Board has released the first new estimate of natural gas reserves in the Northwest Territories. The recent estimate places the reserves 40 percent higher than the previous estimate in 1998.
    • Rio Tinto, the majority owner of the Diavik diamond mine, has approved the development of a fourth diamond pipe. The $400M project is slated to begin in 2015, with diamond production by 2018.
  • Week of Nov 17 - Nov 21, 2014

    • The new $9.3M Trout Lake Airport recently opened, offering improved travel and shipping options for residents and industry
  • Week of Nov 10 - Nov 14, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has a new online database dedicated to funding programs and services for businesses and entrepreneurs
    • Rio Tinto could be investing in further expansion at the Diavik Diamond mine site in 2015, according to a statement from the Chief Executive Officer
  • Week of Nov 03 - Nov 07, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is delaying the implementation of a junior kindergarten program in Yellowknife and regional centres, pending a review of the system
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has approved the environmental assessment for DeBeer's Snap Lake diamond mine, moving the project closer to final approval
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories, through the Economic Opportunities Strategy, is investing to revitalize the commercial fishing industry on Great Slave Lake
    • In an effort to attract 2,000 new residents by 2019, the Government of the Northwest Territories is planning to increase the number of nominees by 25 percent under the Nominee Program
  • Week of Oct 27 - Oct 31, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is planning for future forest fire seasons by spending $27M for eight new water tankers expected to arrive in April 2017
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has signed the first of several Forest Management Agreements with local Aboriginal development corporations in areas where there is a timber supply and viable markets
    • The annual Inuvik Petroleum Show has been cancelled for 2015 as the organizers cited a slowdown in the oil and gas industry as the reason
  • Week of Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has tabled the Mineral Development Strategy Implementation Plan which aims to support a sustainable mining industry that will create jobs and long-term growth
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is proceeding with development of its onshore petroleum resources, following the devolution of lands and resources in April 2014, with a call for oil and gas exploration rights
  • Week of Oct 13 - Oct 17, 2014

    • The First Nations Bank of Canada opened its branch in Yellowknife on October 15, 2014, following construction delays which postponed the opening for more than a year
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories and the K'ahsho Got'ine District have signed an agreement to allow for the construction and operation of the Mackenzie Valley Fiberoptic Link. Construction is expected to start in early January 2015.
  • Week of Oct 06 - Oct 10, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is distributing nearly $400,000 under the Mining Incentive Program to six junior mining companies to assist with exploration
    • Following an increase in funding from the Government of the Northwest Territories, the wet shelter in Inuvik, which offers support for homeless persons, is opening on October 15, 2014 with four full-time staff
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is increasing the payment for seal skins from $55 to $70 per pelt, in an effort to increase the supply available to northern artists and craftspersons
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has identified three potential contractors to design, build, finance and maintain the Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife
  • Week of Sep 29 - Oct 03, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories recently held meetings across the territory with stakeholders to discuss labour market needs and new initiatives related to training and skills development
    • EGT-Northwinds, the prime contractor on the $299M Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway project, is gearing up for the winter road construction season. The company expects up to 250 workers and 50 subcontractors on the project for the upcoming phase two of the development.
  • Week of Sep 22 - Sep 26, 2014

    • Low water levels on the Mackenzie River have led Northern Transportation Company to cancel some barge shipments headed to Fort Good Hope, Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, forcing customers to wait for the winter road season or to ship via barge in 2015
  • Week of Sep 15 - Sep 19, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories plans to allow residents to harvest timber in some areas which were devastated by forest fire in the summer of 2014
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing over $100,000 in funding to eligible trappers through the Trapper's Grubstake Program, to help offset the seasonal start-up costs in trapping
  • Week of Sep 08 - Sep 12, 2014

    • Dominion Diamond Corporation has pulled 30% more carats than expected from the Ekati diamond mine and with the price of rough diamonds up by 8%, the company reported higher second quarter results
    • Dominion Diamond Corporation has announced that it plans to stop flying employees from Edmonton to the Ekati diamond mine, with southern employees expected to find their own way to scheduled pick-up points in the Northwest Territories
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has announced new scholarships for students considering a career in early childhood development
    • The Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority has awarded the Northwest Territories Disabilities Council a contract to provide day shelter services in Yellowknife effective October 1, 2014
  • Week of Sep 01 - Sep 05, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has signed an agreement with the Canadian Executive Service Organization to provide training for tourism operators through the Tourism Business Mentorship Program
  • Week of Aug 25 - Aug 29, 2014

    • The Canadian Zinc Corporation has raised $15.8M to fund development of the Prairie Creek Mine, starting in September 2014
    • The Moraine Point Lodge, a fishing resort on the west side of Great Slave Lake, and several outbuildings, were recently destroyed by wildfires in the Northwest Territories
    • The Government of Canada has announced the creation of the Northern Greenhouse Initiative and support for a permanent campus for the Northern Farm Training Institute in the Northwest Territories
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has spent $52M fighting forest fires in 2014, a $45M increase over the budgeted amount of $7M. The devastating fire season has been attributed to drought conditions throughout the territory.
  • Week of Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada have finalized the Canada-Northwest Territories Job Fund Agreement that will transfer over $1.1M to the territorial government for skills training
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing $500,000 in funding, spread among fourteen organizations, to reduce poverty through the Anti-Poverty Action Plan
  • Week of Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2014

    • The Government of Canada is providing $163M over the next ten years to communities in the Northwest Territories for infrastructure, and projects related to sport, culture and tourism
  • Week of Aug 04 - Aug 08, 2014

    • CKLB Radio, the Aboriginal station in Yellowknife operated by the Native Communications Society of the NWT, laid off 11 staff at the end of July when it discontinued programming from its on-air presence
  • Week of Jul 21 - Jul 25, 2014

    • Firefighter crews continue to battle multiple forest fires in the South and North Slave as extremely dry conditions exist in several locations
    • In June, the Petroleum Resources Division of Industry, Tourism and Investment held the grand opening of its new oil and gas headquarters office in Inuvik, which will support the long-awaited Mackenzie Gas Project
  • Week of Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014

    • Apache Canada is providing employment and contracting opportunities for the Acho Dene Koe First Nation at the multi-year Pointed Mountain remediation project near Fort Liard
  • Week of Jul 07 - Jul 11, 2014

    • Seven employees of several Fort Simpson businesses have upgraded their skills as recent graduates of the Introduction to Office Skills course offered through Aurora College. The course is designed to give students the basic skills to work in an office environment.
    • The City of Yellowknife is proposing a hotel room tax to fund a convention marketing bureau as recommended in Yellowknife`s 2014 Tourism Development Strategy
  • Week of Jun 30 - Jul 04, 2014

    • The Native Communication Society is facing the loss of 11 employees at CKLB, a Yellowknife-based indigenous radio station, because of a funding shortfall
  • Week of Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2014

    • The Wek'èezhìi Land and Water Board has recommended approval of the Nico project near Whati, scheduled to mine gold, cobalt, bismuth and copper by Fortune Minerals
  • Week of Jun 16 - Jun 20, 2014

    • Northwest Territories Tourism and the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment have signed an agreement to develop a convention bureau for the Northwest Territories, starting on January 1, 2015
    • Deepak International has finalized the purchase of two diamond polishing plants near the Yellowknife airport; however, there is no timeline to open the facilities.
  • Week of Jun 09 - Jun 13, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is revising the plan for completion of the Mackenzie Valley Highway Project, implementing the road work in phases, contingent on the funding timelines
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has announced the Mining Incentive Program, which will provide funds to assist prospectors and mining exploration companies
    • Residents of the Dehcho Region are being offered courses on the harvesting, drying, and marketing of morel mushrooms in anticipation of a large crop this season
  • Week of Jun 02 - Jun 06, 2014

    • Diamond Cabs has ceased operations after the City of Yellowknife revoked the company's license because of a shortage of drivers
  • Week of May 26 - May 30, 2014

    • Husky Energy has withdrawn its application to the Sahtu Land and Water Board to drill and fracture up to four wells in the Sahtu Region, postponing the project for two years
    • Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd. has opened the NWT Diamond Centre in Yellowknife as a tourist attraction and venue to showcase the mining and production of diamonds
  • Week of May 19 - May 23, 2014

    • The Town of Inuvik is awaiting the third reading of a local bylaw that would ban food trucks from public spaces, but allow them on private property. There is currently only one food truck operating in the community.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is seeking contractors for renewal of the Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife as a public-private partnership agreement
    • The City of Yellowknife has awarded a contract to NWT Construction to build elevated multi-use sidewalks for cyclists and pedestrians along 52nd Avenue
    • The Town of Fort Smith has amended a contract with CAB Construction to include over $6.2M in new work for renovations to the Centennial Arena. The project is expected to be complete in 2016.
    • The Nahanni Butte General Store is reopening in June 2014, after extensive renovations following flood damage in 2012. The new facility houses a retail store, a diner and a bed and breakfast, with employment for five local residents.
  • Week of May 12 - May 16, 2014

    • The Northern Transportation Company Ltd. has been able to keep employees in Hay River busy during the off-season as a result of contracts from the Government of Canada for work on two Coast Guard vessels
    • Newmont Mining Company is seeking a four-year extension to its water license from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board in order to complete remediation work at the Con Mine site in Yellowknife
  • Week of May 05 - May 09, 2014

    • Winter construction on the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway has fallen short of the target for the 2013-2014 season, partially due to difficulties with contractor sourcing of the appropriate equipment
    • The City of Yellowknife will see summer closures along its busiest street, Franklin Avenue, as crews work on water main replacement
    • The City of Yellowknife has awarded a paving and construction contract to NWT Construction Ltd.
    • Yellowknife Education District No. 1 is cutting 12.75 positions in the coming school year due to lower student numbers and reduced government funding
  • Week of Apr 28 - May 02, 2014

    • The Sahtu Land and Water Board is hearing arguments regarding a proposed drilling development by Husky Energy in the Slater River area, southeast of Norman Wells
  • Week of Apr 21 - Apr 25, 2014

    • Pest control operators in Yellowknife have been busy dealing with a bedbug infestation in various parts of the Stanton Hospital
    • Twin Falls Inn, in Enterprise, currently consisting of a motel, gas bar and convenience store, has a new owner and is transforming the facility into Lisa's Place. A shuttered restaurant on the site, formerly known as Junction Café, is re-opening on June 1, 2014.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has two chipseal projects slated for highways in the Deh Cho region during 2014. In addition, there will be normal annual maintenance to the highways and upgrades to the Liard River and N'Dulee ferry landings.
  • Week of Apr 14 - Apr 18, 2014

    • The Hamlet of Enterprise has appointed a new Executive Fire Chief to head up its 14-member volunteer fire department
    • Northern Crafts, a local crafts supply store, has re-opened in Yellowknife after its previous location was closed three years ago
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is reviewing the northern allowance payments to employees, following a decrease that started on April 1, 2014
    • Parks Canada is sponsoring a group of northern Aboriginal students through the Students on Ice program, to provide summer employment in national parks across the north
  • Week of Apr 07 - Apr 11, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is planning a new health centre for the Village of Fort Simpson, as the current structure requires extensive upgrades and renovations
    • The Northwest Territories Motorsports Club has recently sponsored a training course in Yellowknife for prospective ice racers and other drivers, attracting an experienced ice racing instructor from Edmonton for the two-day event
    • Renovations and redesigns are delaying the opening of a First Nations Bank branch in Yellowknife. The location, originally expected to open in the fall of 2013, will be hiring six employees for the anticipated summer 2014 opening.
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is hoping that previous baseline data from the Mackenzie Gas Project will streamline the permit process for a new fibre optic project, and allow construction to start in January 2015
  • Week of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has hired the first of two midwives for the Town of Hay River, with the second likely to follow when the program is up and running in September 2014
  • Week of Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is adding 10 new long-term care beds to the partially completed expansion of Woodland Manor in Hay River
    • The Sahtu Environmental Monitoring Program has recently enrolled 12 participants for training in environmental sciences. The curriculum, developed in conjunction with Aurora College, will allow the students to work towards a certificate in environmental monitoring.
    • Delta Engineering Ltd. from Yellowknife, and Carter Industries Ltd. from Hay River, have been awarded the contract to complete remediation work at the Contwoyto Lake weather station. The $4.5M project, expected to be complete by April 2015, is required to employ at least 40 percent Inuit for on-site labour.
    • RTL Construction is gearing up for the busy construction season in Yellowknife, seeking skilled workers and labourers for the $19M Northland water and sewage project
    • Summit Aviation Group is expanding its service to northern Canada with the introduction of an Avro RJ85 jet to their fleet, the first of many planned by the company
    • The three-year long Silver Lining Program, co-sponsored by the Mine Training Society of the Northwest Territories and the Canadian Zinc Corporation, wraps up at the end of March 2014. The program had 264 participants in some capacity, with 109 securing employment and 20 returning to school.
    • The Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories have signed an agreement in principle that will deliver training through the Canada Job Grant program
  • Week of Mar 17 - Mar 21, 2014

    • Det'on Cho Logistics, a Dene-owned Yellowknife company, has been awarded a contract to transport employees of the Diavik Diamond Mine, from Edmonton, to the mine site and return as of April 1, 2014
    • ConocoPhillips is anticipating five more years of exploration, and ten additional horizontal wells in the Sahtu region, following the successful completion of two wells, which provided direct employment for 106 local workers
    • The Town of Inuvik is planning to demolish the former Sir Alexander Mackenzie School in late spring or early summer 2014. The town is currently soliciting ideas from the public regarding future use of the site.
    • The NWT Disabilities Council is taking over operations of the Dene Ko Day Shelter in Yellowknife on a temporary basis for April and May 2014, until a permanent funding solution for the facility can be developed
  • Week of Mar 10 - Mar 14, 2014

    • TerraX Minerals has been issued a land-use permit to begin advanced exploration and drilling programs on its Yellowknife City Gold Project. Drilling is expected to begin in mid-March 2014 and last for six months.
    • Avalon Rare Metals has entered into a 10-year agreement with Savoy SA, a Belgium firm with a specialty in processing and refining the rare earth metals that Avalon plans to extract
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing new funding for the Beaufort Delta Education Council's e-learning program, which allows students to access a range of academic programs from their home communities
  • Week of Mar 03 - Mar 07, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has imposed a daylight closure on the Sahtu winter road to avoid truck damage to the road, restricting commercial loads to night travel only
    • Timberworks Inc. and the Government of the Northwest Territories have signed a forest management agreement that will provide business, employment and training opportunities in the forest industry for residents of Fort Resolution
    • Yellowknife's day shelter for the homeless in the city is closing at the end of March 2014. The Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority, which funds the current shelter, is planning to have a replacement facility operational by September 2014.
    • Aurora College has announced that it is offering a one-year personal support worker certificate program at the campus in Inuvik. The college will be hiring two full-time instructors and also filling some contract positions for the program.
  • Week of Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2014

    • The Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories are cooperating to assist unemployed older workers in the Behchoko area improve their skills and find employment
    • The Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories are joining together to help territory residents with disabilities improve their employment prospects
    • Aurora College is planning to start offering computer-based adult education courses in the Hamlet of Enterprise by early March 2014
    • The current owner of Diamond Cabs in Yellowknife is giving control of the company over to its drivers and other employees at the end of February 2014
    • Avalon Rare Metals and the Northwest Territory Metis Nation have signed an agreement for the Nechalacho rare elements project that will provide employment, business opportunities and a small financial stake in the mine for local Metis
  • Week of Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014

    • Construction of a new $2.7M bridge on the Sahtu winter road has been halted as a result of flooding issues and resulting modifications to the project design
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is seeking 2,000 new inhabitants over the next five years to live and work in the region, as it grapples with a declining population
    • Cooks and security personnel have been hired to help service over 500 people who are expected to descend on the hamlet of Whati for its first-ever hand games tournament
  • Week of Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is planning to spend $22.6M over three years for 196 public housing units in smaller communities around the region
    • The Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road is now open and expecting to see 135 trucks per day, shipping materials to three diamond mines. Approximately 135 staff work on the road construction and maintenance program at three remote camps along the route.
  • Week of Feb 03 - Feb 07, 2014

    • Fortune Minerals Inc. is beginning work on its NICO mine project, located 50 km north of Whati, after the company was granted a land use permit for the site
    • The Gwich'in Tribal Council is planning to hire new information technology staff to maintain new computer infrastructure in four offices scattered around the Northwest Territories
    • The Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories are investing to promote skills development in the traditional economy and the industrial sectors in the Sahtu region
    • The Town of Inuvik is currently recruiting for up to eleven new firefighters and is offering a six-month training program for successful applicants
  • Week of Jan 27 - Jan 31, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is highlighting new employment opportunities in the territory as a result of devolution, which is scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2014
  • Week of Jan 13 - Jan 17, 2014

    • Aurora Wood Pellets is moving forward with plans for a $12M pellet mill at Enterprise as it reached agreements with local First Nations and the Government of the Northwest Territories for forest management
  • Week of Jan 06 - Jan 10, 2014

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories plans to construct an 1,100-km fiber optic network the length of the Mackenzie Valley, at a cost of $60M to $70M, beginning in 2015
  • Week of Dec 30 - Jan 03, 2013

    • The Flat World Alpaca Farm in Fort Smith is planning to expand as demand for their alpaca wool increases
    • The City of Yellowknife will be hosting the Canadian Seniors Curling Championship from March 20 to 29, 2014. This marks the first time that a Canadian Curling Association event has been held in the Northwest Territories.
  • Week of Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2013

    • Drilling will resume shortly on two horizontal wells in the Sahtu region following a temporary shutdown due to a worker¿s injury. ConocoPhillips plans to start hydraulic fracturing at this site in late January 2014.
  • Week of Dec 16 - Dec 20, 2013

    • The City of Yellowknife is upgrading its emergency dispatch service and plans to hire five professionally trained dispatchers in 2015. Emergency calls to the city have increased from several hundred per year to 3,800 per year since the current system was first started in the 1970's.
    • The Northwest Territories is planning a $700M expansion of its electrical grid to serve remote communities and mines that currently run on diesel generators. The 20-year plan would involve the linking of two existing power grids and the construction of new lines and generating faculties.
    • Construction is expected to resume in January 2014 on the $300M Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway, as crews work from both communities. Following completion of the four-year construction, about 40 jobs will remain for road maintenance crews.
  • Week of Dec 09 - Dec 13, 2013

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories has yet to fill 100 specialized and technical positions that are available due to the devolution of lands and resource management to the territory
    • A proposed Northwest Territories super board could bring new jobs to Yellowknife, if staff positions are transferred along with the board positions. The new super board would be created as part of the Northwest Territories Devolution Act.
    • The City of Yellowknife has committed almost $1M to downtown revitalization projects in the 2014 budget
  • Week of Dec 02 - Dec 06, 2013

    • After almost a month long shutdown, the Louis Cardinal ferry is back up and running across the Mackenzie River at Tsiigehtchic, allowing trucks over 4,000 kg to move freight, fuel and other goods up the Dempster Highway to Inuvik. However, recently formed ice bridges for lighter vehicles have been restricted to one vehicle crossing at a time.
  • Week of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013

    • The Government of the Northwest Territories is introducing an on-the-job training program to help fill various job openings. Approximately half of the positions, which span a range of occupations, are located in communities outside of Yellowknife.
  • Week of Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2013

    • The Business Incentive Policy office for the Government of the Northwest Territories has recently moved from Yellowknife to Hay River. The move has created four new jobs in Hay River and continues the plan to spread the social, economic and employment benefits of government activity throughout the Northwest Territories.
  • Week of Nov 04 - Nov 08, 2013

    • The federal government has approved Avalon Rare Metals' Nechalacho rare earth project near the Great Slave Lake
  • Week of Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2013

    • New diamond projects in the NWT are improving the diamond supply outlook
  • Week of Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2013

    • Imperial Oil is considering revamping the stalled Mackenzie gas project that would see it become a liquefied natural gas project. Imperial and its partners are just a few months from providing regulators with an updated cost estimate and progress report on a decision to move forward on the project.
    • Dominion Diamond Corporation has applied for new permits to extend the Ekati diamond mine. This could extend the mine's life by up to two decades beyond its current date of closure in 2019.
    • The NWT government has earmarked $70M to construct a highway linking Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. This represents about a third of the federal government's plan to invest $222M in the NWT this year.
    • The Government of the NWT is exploring the possibility of a $700M project to connect the northern and southern power grids of the territory
  • Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2013

    • NWT has sent 113 job offers to federal employees as their positions transfer to territorial jurisdiction. The territories' new responsibilities involve 259 positions, about half of which will be filled with new employees.
  • Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2013

    • Island Tug and Barge has officially opened as a marine shipping business in the Mackenzie River
    • Canadian Zinc has received a water license for its Prairie Creek Mine. This will allow the company to conduct mining, milling and processing activities at the mine.
  • Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2013

    • A new wellness centre has opened in Hay River reserve. Community healthcare, homecare, and wellness workers will operate out of the centre.
    • Dominion Diamonds has announced plans to expand the Ekati Mine, extending its life by 10 to 15 years
  • Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2013

    • The federal government has announced $100M for geo-mapping in the North. As a result, more than $500M are expected in economic activity from private sector exploration for new mineral and energy resource.
  • Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2013

    • A $6M daycare facility has opened in Inuvik, which is expected to help alleviate an acute shortage in daycare space
    • A federally-funded program will provide mining skills training to 400 Aboriginal people in the Northwest Territories and in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut
  • Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2013

    • Avalon Rare Metals has indicated a new processing method may result in its hydrometallurgy plant being built at somewhere other than Pine Point, but is undecided at this time. The plant would create 80 jobs.
    • Twelve recruits graduated from the first Corrections Northern Recruit Training Program (CNRTP) session offered in Fort Smith. The next session begins in November.
  • Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2013

    • Avalon Rare Metals is seeking capital for its proposed Nechalacho mine after it was approved by the Mackenzie Valley Review Board
  • Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2013

    • A $12M wood pellet project to be built near Enterprise has been delayed until negotiations with the local Aboriginal communities are finalized. The project is expected to create 50 positions if completed.
    • Nunasi Corporation, an Inuit-owned business development firm, is moving its corporate division from Yellowknife to Ottawa
    • The Gahcho Kue mine has been approved by the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board
    • The proposed NICO mine near Whati has received approval from both the NWT and Tlicho governments. It will take 4-6 months for Fortune Minerals to acquire the proper permits for the mine; construction is expected to being next year.
  • Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2013

    • North Slave Metis Alliance has signed an Impact Benefit Agreement for the Gahcho Kue diamond mine. The mine, located 280 km northeast of Yellowknife, would create 400 permanent jobs if developed.
  • Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2013

    • Hay River considers space requirements for jobs resulting from devolution
    • Canadian Zinc has received a water license for their Prairie Creek Mine near the Mackenzie Valley
    • De Beers has entered into an Impact Benefit Agreement with the North Slave Métis Alliance for the proposed Gahcho Kué Mine in NWT
  • Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2013

    • Canada Zinc has secured two key permits for Prairie Creek mine in NWT
    • De Beers Canada has signed an agreement with the NWT, formalizing employment, training, and business opportunity commitments related to the Gahcho Kué diamond mine. The mine will employ up to 700 people during construction and 400 during operation.
  • Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2013

    • The Mackenzie Valley Review Board has approved a $1B federal clean-up plan for the Giant Mine near Yellowknife
  • Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2013

    • The CRTC review of Northwestel's $200M modernization plan begins in Inuvik
  • Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2013

    • ConocoPhillips Canada has received permits for two horizontal wells near Tulita
    • The Mineral Development Strategy (MDS) stakeholder engagement panel has released a report outlining their recommendations to support a sustainable mineral exploration and development sector in the NWT
  • Week of May 27 - May 31, 2013

    • The federal government has released a new batch of petroleum exploration licenses for the NWT, including four in Gwich'in territory
  • Week of May 20 - May 24, 2013

    • Six people have been hired at the Hay River counselling centre
  • Week of May 06 - May 10, 2013

    • A new report from the Northwest Territories Teachers' Association found that some teachers are turning down jobs in NWT communities due to a lack of housing
  • Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2013

    • A microbrewery has been proposed for Yellowknife
  • Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2013

    • Canadian North Airlines will be moving 20 positions from Yellowknife to Alberta over the next few months
    • Avalon announces positive feasibility study for the Nechalacho mining project, located 100 km southeast of Yellowknife. The study estimates $36.7M in yearly labour costs.
    • A Calgary-based firm has been hired by the Alberta government to study the feasibility of a northern pipeline to Tuktoyaktuk
  • Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2013

    • NWT launches Move Up program to recruit for growing economy
    • CanNor announced $297,200 in funding over the next two years to improve drainage infrastructure in Tulita. The project is expected to create up to 20 jobs.
  • Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2013

    • Federal government contributes an additional $50M for construction of the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway
    • Transfer of resource control to Northwest Territories may spur oil, gas development
    • Rare earth element (REE) project in Thor Lake, NWT under environmental review
    • NWT Fishermen¿s Federation to take over fish plant in Hay River
  • Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2013

    • Proposed Avalon Rare Metals mine is estimated to create 150 spin-off jobs in Hay River
  • Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2013

    • Federal government announced $1M in funding for community infrastructure improvements in the NWT
  • Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2013

    • CanNor invests almost $3M in recreational facilities in the NWT and the Yukon
  • Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2013

    • Fortune Minerals' NICO mine recieves Mackenzie Valley Environmental Review Board approval. When completed the mine is anticipated to create almost 190 long-term jobs.
  • Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2013

    • NorthwestTel to modernize northern communications
  • Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2013

    • Deep International has been approved to cut and polish diamonds in Yellowknife and has obtained land for this purpose.
  • Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2012

    • Resuming on January 18, 2013
  • Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2012

    • Aurora Wood Pellets is finalizing negotiations with local First Nations groups to build a wood pellet mill near Hay River, which will employ 40 people once operational
  • Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2012

    • First Air is amalgamating its Yellowknife operations with its Edmonton location. Twelve pilots and three flight engineers will be laid off, while three pilots will be relocated to Alberta.
    • Air Tindi is temporarily laying off 15 employees including pilots, maintenance workers, and ramp personnel, due to a higher than expected seasonal decline in flights. The airline does expect to begin rehiring as of February 2013.
    • The Deh Cho bridge celebrated its grand opening on November 30
  • Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2012

    • Harry Winston is purchasing BHP Billiton's Ekati diamond mine for $500M. The company reports that it has no plans to adjust staffing at the mine, and that all BHP employees will join Harry Winston.
  • Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2012

    • Aurora College is developing new programs for the delivery of the Northern Adult Basic Education Program in the North West Territories. The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is providing $8.6M for the program.
  • Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2012

    • A new egg-grading station has opened in Hay River that will facilitate the regional sale of local products
  • Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2012

    • The Diavik Diamond Mine windfarm, the largest in the Northwest Territories, is moving from testing to operations
  • Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2012

    • The Colville Lake Airport has re-opened, following a $12.8M renovation
    • New airport terminals have been installed in the communities of Sachs Harbour, Paulatuk, and Tuktoyaktuk
  • Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2012

    • Northwest Territories promoted in China as a tourist destination
  • Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2012

    • Diavik Diamond Mine will cease open pit operations in NWT at the end of September, affecting 26 employees
  • Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2012

    • Feasibility report supports mining project in Yellowknife
  • Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2012

    • Seabridge Gold has released its feasibility study for the Courageous Lake project in NWT
  • Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2012

    • Copper North Mining Corp. will conduct exploration activities at Redstone Property in NWT
  • Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2012

    • Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. released its 2012 mid-year socio-economic monitoring report
  • Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2012

    • Canol shale oil exploration set to start in NWT
  • Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2012

    • Husky Energy Inc. gearing up for a winter exploration program at Slater River
  • Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2012

    • Workers from the town of Fort Smith go on strike
    • NWT Film Commission has launched its new website to promote the local film industry
  • Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2012

    • Preliminary feasibility study for lead-zinc mine in Prairie Creek has been released
  • Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2012

    • Tyhee Gold Corp released its socially responsible development statement for the Yellowknife Gold Project
  • Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2012

    • Zinc and lead mine in the Nahanni National Park Reserve moves to next stage of approval
  • Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2012

    • This year's annual Inuvik Petroleum Show is scheduled to be held June 18 to 20
  • Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2012

    • Diamond mine project at Kennady Lake prepares for development
  • Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2012

    • Oil and gas exploration in Northwest Territories
  • Week of May 21 - May 25, 2012

    • Mining company working with First Nations in NWT
  • Week of May 14 - May 18, 2012

    • Selwyn Resources Ltd. and Selwyn Chihong have commenced discussions with communities of the Kaska First Nation to negotiate a participation agreement
  • Week of May 07 - May 11, 2012

    • Copper North announces exploration program at Redstone Property
  • Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2012

    • Cultural study of mine project underway
  • Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2012

    • Inuvik satellite facility expands
  • Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2012

    • New long-term care facility in Behchoko
  • Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2012

    • CanNor funding to support mine training
  • Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2012

    • Federal government invests in Northwest Territories tourism initiatives

Economic/Environmental Scan

A report that provides an overview of major socio-economic trends that can have an impact on the local and provincial economy and labour market.

Sectoral Profiles

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Occupational Outlook

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Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011

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