Job Market Trends and News

Northwest Territories

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  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    The Government of Northwest Territories has appointed a new Workers' Advisor for the Northwest Territories. The independent position helps workers involved with the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission.

  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    The Kǫ̀ Gocho Centre, a $17M multi-purpose recreational facility in Behchokǫ̀ , has officially opened its doors. The project includes an ice surface, youth centre, gymnasium, canteen and restaurant.

  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    The City of Yellowknife is planning to construct a new aquatic centre, thanks to $12.9M in funding from the Government of Canada's Small Communities Fund. The municipal government will cover the remainder of the $30M project cost.

  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    Bouwa Whee Catering has won a long-term catering contract at the Gahcho Kue Diamond Mine, replacing ESS Compass Group. Approximately 40 out of 60 employees of ESS Compass Group have applied for employment with the new contractor.

  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    The Government of Northwest Territories has launched the $50,000 Aboriginal Tourism Champions Program to support entrepreneurs and tourism experts in a mentorship role

  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    Darnley Bay Resources Ltd is planning to buy the defunct Pine Point lead and zinc mine east of Hay River. The mine was abandoned in the late 1980s due to low base metal prices.

  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    The City of Yellowknife recently released the Yellowknife Homelessness Road Map Action Plan. The plan emphasizes expansion of emergency shelters, creation of an alcohol detox centre and affordable housing for the homeless.

  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    Coromandel Aurora BT Ltd. is planning to build a $25M hotel on the Dettah Road, approximately 20 km from Yellowknife

  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    According to the government of the Northwest Territories' tourism visitation and spending numbers for 2015-2016, the number of tourists to the region was the highest-ever achieved. Moreover, tourist spending also reached record levels.

  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    The Yellowknife Hotel Association is reporting a surge in tourists, with many establishments completely sold out. Part of the demand is attributed to a seasonal peak in the aurora borealis.

  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Yellowknife's Northern Frontiers Visitors Centre is experiencing a surge in visitors from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. As a result, tourism companies are hiring Cantonese and Mandarin tour guides.

  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds officially opened the Gahcho Kué mine near Yellowknife. The mine is expected to employ about 530 workers during operation.

  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Imperial Oil is considering the sale of its oil assets in Norman Wells, although a definitive decision on the fate of the site has not yet been made

  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The Government of Canada provided the Northwest Territories with $7.875M for 45 community infrastructure projects through the federal Gas Tax Fund. In total, the Northwest Territories will receive more than $15.7M through the fund this year.

  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    Local businesses in Hay River are experiencing a decline in orders due to less reliable delivery, as the Northern Transportation Company Limited struggles to stay solvent

  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    TerraX Minerals has added a second drill to its exploration program at the Yellowknife City Gold Project

  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    Ulukhaktok, Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet are preparing for a surge in tourism as the cruise ship Crystal Serenity makes stops in the communities. The ship carries more than 1,000 passengers and 600 crew.

  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    De Beers and Mountain Province Diamonds began production from the Gahcho Kue mine in the Northwest Territories

  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    TerraX Minerals has started its summer drill program at the Yellowknife City Gold project. This is the first phase of an extensive exploration drill program at the site that will be undertaken over the next 18 months.

  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    De Beers Canada has put its Snap Lake diamond mine up for sale. The company began suspending operations at the mine site in December 2015.

  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    The federal government announced a partnership with the NWT Métis-Dene Development Fund Ltd. to deliver the Entrepreneurship and Business Development fund. The program supports Indigenous owned small and medium business in the Northwest Territories.

  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    Dominion Diamond Corporation laid-off 75 temporary contractors at its Ekati diamond mine, northeast of Yellowknife. The company announced that more than 300 staff may temporarily be laid off while repairs are completed.

  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    The Yellowknife Family Centre may be forced to close, pending a meeting on July 13, 2016 with Yellowknife Catholic Schools which operates the facility

  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    The Government of Northwest Territories plans to close the territory's only law library by the end of fiscal year 2016

  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    The Government of the Northwest Territories is working on acquiring designation as a degree-granting institution for Dechinta, a land-based learning centre near Yellowknife. The school will be the first degree-granting circumpolar university in Canada.

  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    The Government of the Northwest Territories has introduced a $1.6B budget for 2016-17 that highlights plans to deal with infrastructure deficits and maintain core services

  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Construction of the Stanton Hospital in Yellowknife is expected to bring $75M to the local economy, with $36M spent on labour

  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    The Government of the Northwest Territories has accepted the recommendations of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review board on the expansion of the Ekati diamond mine. Dominion Diamond Corporation can now apply for the construction permits.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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