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Northwest Territories

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  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    Equitorial Exploration Corp. is planning an extensive drill program for lithium this summer at its Little Nahanni Pegmatite Group property, located in the Dehcho region. The company plans to spend $1M to $2M.
    Enbridge has received full support of the Liidlii Kue First Nation for its $53M Line 21 pipeline replacement project. The project is subject to permit approvals from the Mackenzie Land and Water Board.
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    DeBeers Canada is making plans for the final closure of its Snap Lake diamond mine in 2019. The site has been inactive, and under a care and maintenance plan since December 2015.
    The joint-venture partnership that planned to build the Mackenzie Valley Gas Project has dissolved, putting an end to the proposed $16B pipeline. Mackenzie gas is currently not economically competitive with other sources of supply in North America.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    The Northmart store in Inuvik has been experiencing an increase in demand since the opening of the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway in November, particularly shoppers from Tuktoyaktuk buying groceries
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    Air Canada has started direct flights between Yellowknife and Vancouver. NWT Tourism hopes that the new flights will increase tourist numbers during this winter's aurora viewing season.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    The City of Yellowknife is hiring four new firefighters late in 2018 following the reversal of an earlier decision to postpone the positions to the 2019 budget year
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    The Government of the Northwest Territories issued a Request for Proposals for the construction of the Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Road. The project is currently undergoing an environmental assessment by the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board.
    The Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories is experiencing a higher unemployment rate than previous winters, in part due to the lack of industry activity
    According to Canadian Zinc Corporation, production could start at its Prairie Creek Mine by 2020, pending construction of an all-season road to the site and investor confidence. The proposed mine would create 330 full-time jobs in the Dehcho region.
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    Skills Canada NWT and Ron's Equipment Rental and Industrial Supply hosted the annual Power Up! Youth conference for students from across the territory. The two-day conference taught students about possible career paths available to them.
    According to a recent study commissioned by Alternatives North, the living wage for a family unit in Yellowknife has increased since 2015. Food costs, particularly perishable food costs, have increased significantly in the city over the last two years.
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    DeBeers Canada is partnering with UN Women and the University of Waterloo to provide US$600,000 in scholarship money for a three-year program for young women and girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    Annual maintenance costs for the recently opened Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway are expected to reach at least $1.5M, due in part to damage from freeze-thaw cycles and premiums paid for construction in the North
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    Booster Juice is opening its first location in Yellowknife in early 2018
    Construction on the Skywatch Lodge and Spa in Yellowknife has been put on hold as Coromandel Properties reviews development plans of the hotel. Construction is expected to resume in 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    The City of Yellowknife is hosting the 12th International Kimberlite Conference in 2021. The conference is anticipated to attract about 500 delegates and guests and an estimated $1M in economic benefit to the Northwest Territories.
    TerraX Minerals has entered into an agreement to acquire the historic Burwash Mine gold property near Yellowknife. The company plans an aggressive exploration program on the site in 2018.
    De Beers Canada has signed a three-year contract with the Det'on Cho Corporation, business development arm of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, for extended care and maintenance services at the Snap Lake Mine
    The Government of Northwest Territories has signed a six month lease with the Salvation Army in Yellowknife for a Yellowknife Sobering Centre location. Advanced Medical Solutions will be providing clinical services as needed.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    Pine Point Mining Limited has remobilized a drill rig at its Pine Point lead-zinc project near Hay River. The company has also secured a modification to its Land Use Permit to complete exploration work on eight new claims.
    The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation is seeking a contractor to complete several partially built modular homes. In addition, the authority is seeking a builder for 11 of 19 modular duplex units that were supposed to be delivered this summer.
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    The Government of Canada is providing $28.4M over four years to the Northwest Territories to support health care delivery
    The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation is launching several programs to address issues around home affordability in the territory. A new repair program specifically for seniors is designed to extend the longevity of their homes.
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    The Northern Frontiers Visitors Association, based in Yellowknife, has voted to disband. At the same time, the City of Yellowknife has hired new employees for a temporary Visitors Centre at City Hall that is expected to be open full time this week.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is anticipating that the recent completion of the 1200 km Mackenzie Valley Fibre Optic Link will enable growth of the remote-sensing and commercial satellite industry in Inuvik
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is refocusing its efforts to increase employment in small communities through the Small Community Employment Support program. Funding supports job creation and training opportunities in small communities.
    Yellowknife Education District No. 1 is working with Associated Environmental Consultants and the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission to remove asbestos from three schools. Most of the work will be done during the major holiday breaks.
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    Pine Point Mining Limited has contracted with Quantec Geoscience for a ground gravity survey over underexplored portions of the company's lead-zinc property near Hay River. Any targets outlined in this survey will be drilled starting in early October.
    The Slave Geological Province mining region, known for its high diamond potential, has experienced a surge in claim numbers in 2017. Major diamond companies were among those staking claims.
    Tourist spending surpassed the $200M mark in the Northwest Territories in 2016-17, with over 100,000 visitors, setting a new record. About $50M of the spending came from aurora viewing.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is opening the Geological Materials Storage Facility. It will allow analysis of historical core samples to test new mineral exploration ideas at a fraction of the cost of previous methods.
  • Start date: 2017-09-18, End date: 2017-09-22
    Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    According to Statistics Canada, the Northwest Territories had the highest median income in the country at $117,688 in 2015
  • Start date: 2017-09-11, End date: 2017-09-15
    Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    Dominion Diamond Corporation estimates that expansion of underground mining operations at the Ekati diamond mine could keep the mine in business until 2042. Previously, the mine was expected to close in 2021.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories, the Salt River First Nation and Poundmaker's Lodge Treatment Centres are delivering a community-based mobile addictions pilot program in Fort Smith
  • Start date: 2017-09-04, End date: 2017-09-08
    Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    The City of Yellowknife is planning to launch several infrastructure projects and improve transit services to revitalize the downtown core. A three-year action plan is proposed, pending approval from city council.
    The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation is leading a project that aims to secure a regional energy source to replace diesel. The Government of Canada is providing $467,200 to assess the potential for natural gas in the Beaufort Delta.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories has started public consultations towards the development of a new Mineral Resources Act. The territory hopes that the new legislation will clarify uncertainty around the mining regulatory regime.
  • Start date: 2017-08-28, End date: 2017-09-01
    Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    The Beaufort Delta District Education Council still has seven vacant teaching positions that it is attempting to fill before classes resume on September 5, 2017
    The main Tim Hortons location in Yellowknife is undergoing renovations and expansion, including the addition of a double drive-thru, for the next few months. In the interim, a trailer will serve as a make-shift restaurant.
    The Government of Canada is providing $400M over 11 years for transportation projects across Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon
  • Start date: 2017-08-14, End date: 2017-08-18
    Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    Tim Hortons has opened in the Centre Square Mall in downtown Yellowknife
    Pine Point Mining Limited expects to resume drilling at its L65 open pit deposit in September 2017. Drilling in seasonally inaccessible areas of the deposit are planned for January to March 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-08-07, End date: 2017-08-11
    Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    The Government of Canada is providing the Northwest Territories with $7.8M from the Gas Tax Fund. The money will support public transit, solid waste management and local roads and bridges, among other projects.
  • Start date: 2017-07-31, End date: 2017-08-04
    Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    East Three School in Inuvik is offering half-day junior kindergarten this September to help lessen the impact on local daycare. Two teachers have been hired to teach four half-day classes.
    Air Canada recently announced that it will offer daily flights from Vancouver to Yellowknife after previously cancelling the route in 2011. The direct flights will be available from December 15, 2017 to April 1, 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-07-24, End date: 2017-07-28
    Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    The federal and territorial governments have pledged $24.9M research funding aimed to improve NWT's health care system. The funding will be used to establish a NWT Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research and Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit.
  • Start date: 2017-07-17, End date: 2017-07-21
    Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    Dominion Diamond has been purchased by The Washington Companies for US$1.28B, including two diamond mines in the NWT. The company states that it will honour existing agreements with the territorial government to recruit, train and employ Indigenous people from local communities.
  • Start date: 2017-07-10, End date: 2017-07-14
    Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    The SideDoor youth ministries centre in Yellowknife has launched two new programs: Housing First 4 Youth and HELP4U, an employment program for youth
  • Start date: 2017-07-03, End date: 2017-07-07
    Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    The Government of the Northwest Territories has introduced a five-year immigration plan aims to bring skilled labour to the region, and attract entrepreneurs and investment capital. The government estimates that more than 28,000 jobs will be available over the next 15 years.
    Small regional airlines in the North are having a difficult time recruiting and retaining pilots due to a national shortage and the appeal of larger airline work. Industry expansion and senior pilot retirements are compounding the shortage.
  • Start date: 2017-06-26, End date: 2017-06-30
    Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    TerraX has started a property wide exploration program at its Yellowknife City gold project. The company is conducting extensive geophysical surveys in advance of a large scale drilling program later in the year.
  • Start date: 2017-06-19, End date: 2017-06-23
    Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    The City of Yellowknife is offering funding to downtown business owners to develop sidewalk patios or open their washrooms to the public in an effort to make the area more welcoming to tourists and residents
    The City of Yellowknife has signed a $50,000 contract with SideDoor, a local youth centre, to run an employment program for young homeless people
  • Start date: 2017-06-12, End date: 2017-06-16
    Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing nearly $1M for the Mining Incentive Program in 2017-18. Seven corporate recipients and six prospectors were awarded funding.
  • Start date: 2017-06-05, End date: 2017-06-09
    Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    Construction has started on a second Tim Hortons restaurant in Yellowknife's Centre Square Mall on June 5. The franchisee expects the location to open in early August.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing $12.8M for the expansion of École Allain St-Cyr in Yellowknife. The construction is slated for completion in late 2018.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is funding 13 new environmental monitoring and research projects during the 2017-2018 fiscal year
  • Start date: 2017-05-29, End date: 2017-06-02
    Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    Lenny Burger in Yellowknife is closing permanently on June 10, 2017
    Aurora College is receiving $10.6M for a new heavy equipment operators' facility at its Fort Smith campus, and a rooftop solar project at Aurora Institute in Inuvik. The money was jointly provided by the federal and territorial governments.
  • Start date: 2017-05-22, End date: 2017-05-26
    Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    Enbridge Inc. has filed regulatory applications for its Line 21 Segment Replacement Project with the National Energy Board and the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board. The pipeline from Norman Wells was shut down in November 2016.
    The City of Yellowknife has 15 construction projects planned for summer 2017. The work includes paving and infrastructure upgrades.
    The City of Yellowknife has issued a tender for a wood pellet heating system for a cluster of five city buildings. The city has budgeted $2.1M for the project.
  • Start date: 2017-05-15, End date: 2017-05-19
    Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    Darnley Bay Resources Ltd. has started hiring local workers for the Pine Point Mine east of Hay River. The company has hired approximately 20 people from Hay River and Fort Resolution to help with exploratory drilling and line cutting at the site.
  • Start date: 2017-05-08, End date: 2017-05-12
    Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    The Government of the Northwest Territories is increasing the amount of funding that it provides to entrepreneurs and small businesses under its Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development Programs
    Coromandel Aurora Lodge has started construction on the $25M Skywatch Lodge near Dettah. The facility is expecting to have 40 employees when it opens in August 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-05-01, End date: 2017-05-05
    Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    TerraX Minerals plans to resume drilling at its Yellowknife City Gold Project in July 2017. The company plans to expand the exploration area based on assay results from the winter drilling program.
    Darnley Bay Resources has resumed a $5M drilling program at its Pine Point Project near Hay River with a new contractor and a second drill unit. The company is also starting a large geophysical program on under-explored portions of the property.
  • Start date: 2017-04-24, End date: 2017-04-28
    Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    The Government of Northwest Territories, the Government of Canada and community governments are providing $3.1M in joint funding for four infrastructure projects across the territory
    Darnley Bay Resources is planning to revitalize the Pine Point lead-zinc mine near Hay River. The $154M redevelopment would result in a 13-year mine life.
  • Start date: 2017-04-17, End date: 2017-04-21
    Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    The Government of the Northwest Territories has marked the end of the ice road to Tuktoyaktuk, after over 40 years of providing seasonal construction work. The opening of the new Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway is planned for November 15, 2017.
    According to data from the Northwest Territories Bureau of Statistics, employment in the territory increased by 300 in March 2017 compared to the previous month
    The Government of Northwest Territories is planning to launch 911 service across the territory by 2019, with a proposed call centre in Yellowknife. The centre would require 12 full time employees and will cost approximately $1M annually.
  • Start date: 2017-04-10, End date: 2017-04-14
    Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    The new Jimmy Erasmus Seniors' Home recently opened its doors in Behchokǫ̀. The $14.2M facility will serve all territorial communities.
  • Start date: 2017-04-03, End date: 2017-04-07
    Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    The Government of the Northwest Territories is planning to replace the Inuvik Airport Terminal. The new terminal is expected to cost $30M and would take three years to build.
    First Air is ending service between Yellowknife and Norman Wells effective May 17, 2017. The airline will offer non-stop daily service between Yellowknife and Inuvik.
    North Arrow Minerals is planning geophysical surveys during spring 2017 on its Loki diamond project, with a provision for exploratory drilling if warranted. Work has also started on a $2.8M exploration program at the LDG Project.
  • Start date: 2017-03-27, End date: 2017-03-31
    Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    Force One, an outdoor recreational vehicle dealership in Yellowknife is closing on May 31, 2017, or until all the inventory is sold
    Construction has started on a new $35M women's unit at the Fort Smith Correctional Complex
    The Government of Canada is committing $300M for Northern housing over the next 11 years. The funding allocations are $240M for Nunavut, $36M for the Northwest Territories and $24M for Yukon.
    More than 500 unionized workers at the Ekati diamond mine in the Northwest Territories have ratified a new four-year deal, according to the Union of Northern Workers
  • Start date: 2017-03-20, End date: 2017-03-24
    Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    The Government of the Northwest Territories is seeking proposals to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an all-season road to Whatì. The government is pursuing a public-private partnership for the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road.
  • Start date: 2017-03-13, End date: 2017-03-17
    Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    According to the Government of the Northwest Territories, the European Union recently exempted the Inuvialuit from a ban it imposed in 2010 on the import of any seal products. As a result, the Inuvialuit can, once again, sell seal skins and fur fashions.
    Darnley Bay Resources plans to start drilling at its Pine Point lead-zinc project near Hay River, and has signed a drilling contract with a local Indigenous company
    Enbridge is planning to replace a section of its shuttered Line 21 pipeline from Norman Wells to Zama City, Alberta. The $53M project is subject to approval from the National Energy Board.
  • Start date: 2017-03-06, End date: 2017-03-10
    Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    The Government of the Northwest Territories opened a distance training facility in Yellowknife to train municipal councillors and staff across the region
    Nighthawk Gold Corp. has started its 2017 exploration program at the Indin Lake Gold Property, north of Yellowknife
  • Start date: 2017-02-27, End date: 2017-03-03
    Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    The City of Yellowknife is seeking proposals for the seasonal operation of the Wildcat Cafe for 2017 and 2018
    TerraX Minerals is struggling with recruiting indigenous individuals to work on its gold exploration projects. TerraX tends to hire outside the territory for highly technical positions like geologists, according to the company.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing $1.4M to support the Strategy for Revitalizing the Great Slave Lake Commercial Fishery. The revitalization strategy estimates an annual benefit of over $6M to the territory's economy.

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