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Northwest Territories

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    Imperial Oil is looking for alternative employment for the 60 workers at its site in Norman Wells, pending a decision on the future of the operation
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    92 Resources Corp. has applied for a land use permit from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board to drill for lithium-containing minerals outside of Yellowknife. The company plans to start drilling in mid-March, pending permit approval.
    TerraX Minerals plans to start drilling around the end of February 2017 on its Southbelt gold property at Yellowknife, after it was granted a Land Use Permit for the project
    The Government of the Northwest Territories has released its 2017-18 budget, which includes $55M in new program spending and $266M for infrastructure projects
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is planning to operate barging services on the Mackenzie River for the 2017 season. The government has hired a management team to oversee operations and is in talks with a marine crewing service.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada are providing approximately $15.8M for 11 infrastructure projects
    The Government of Canada is seeking bids for remediation work at the abandoned Giant Mine site near Yellowknife. The contract, estimated at approximately $600M, is expected to take 10 years to complete and will start in 2018.
    TerraX Minerals has tripled the size of its land position at the Yellowknife City Gold project. The company is planning geophysical, geochemical and mapping and prospecting surveys on the new land for the spring, summer and fall of 2017.
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing funding through the Community Tourism Coordinator Program to hire staff for local tourism development in smaller communities
    The Northwest Territories Teachers Association and the territorial government are launching a three-year pilot program to reduce class hours by up to 100 hours per year starting with the 2017-18 school year
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    The City of Yellowknife is seeking a qualified organization to design and run street outreach services to provide safe rides to marginalized residents in the downtown area, 12 hours a day, every day. The 15-month contract offers up to $300,000.
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    The Government of Canada is providing up to 25% of project costs for the construction of the Tlicho All-Season Road to the community of Whati, through the P3 Canada Fund. The funding is contingent on a similar commitment from the territory.
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    The Salt River First Nation has opened a new Tim Hortons restaurant on their reserve land in Fort Smith
    The Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories are providing $20M for the construction of an all-season access road from Norman Wells to Canyon Creek
    The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation has 101 empty public housing units that it plans to sell or demolish over the next two years. The corporation is planning a training program for local residents to learn about demolition.
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    TerraX Minerals Inc. has applied for exploratory drilling this winter on claims it has near Yellowknife. The company plans to drill up to 50 holes and is proposing to move equipment, supplies and workers to the drill locations on an ice road.
    The Lenny Burger, a burger bar in Yellowknife, opened on December 29, 2016. The restaurant is takeout-only for now, but the owner is working to acquire a liquor licence and open a lounge area in spring.
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    Imperial Oil has posted a $180.9M security, in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit, for the eventual cleanup of its Norman Wells oil field
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    The Government of the Northwest Territories has purchased the assets of Northern Transportation Company Limited for $7.5M. The government is seeking a private sector marine company to operate the fleet and provide fuel delivery services.
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    The Government of the Northwest Territories has approved Almod Diamonds Limited as an Approved NWT Diamond Manufacturer. Almod's operations will include approximately 10 full-time positions in Yellowknife, with production starting in 2017.
    Summit Air has added a large cargo door ATR 72 to its fleet of aircraft based in Yellowknife. The plane can accept industry standard palletized cargo and meets the needs of local customers for air freight.
    The Tlicho Investment Corporation has purchased 11 tractor units to support Ventures West Transport during the upcoming busy winter road season. Ventures West Transport provides bulk fluids and freight transportation to northern communities and mines.
    Risk mitigation work has started at the abandoned Ptarmigan Mine, Tom and Tin Mines. Mobilization of drill and other equipment to the abandoned mine sites and construction of fencing around the sites is set to start on January 4, 2017.
  • 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.
    According to Behr Consulting, Yellowknife should hiring eight new firefighters, five dispatchers and an administration support staff member as the city's fire department is overworked and understaffed. The additions are estimated to cost over $1M.
    The Government of Northwest Territories has awarded a contract to Buffalo Airways to provide operation and maintenance of the governments Air Tractor 802A FireBoss Amphibious Water Bomber fleet for five years, ending in 2021
    The Government of Northwest Territories is increasing its support for victims' services, thanks to a $3.75M contribution from the Government of Canada over the next five years
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is investing $2M into the rollout of a revamped junior kindergarten program. Education authorities will have to find $2.6M internally to support the program.
  • 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.
    Diavik Diamond Mines has laid off 51 employees across its business lines. The company attributed the job losses to current market challenges.
  • 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.
    The winter construction season for the final 3.5km of the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway has started. In summer 2017, final grading and surfacing work as well as the installation of traffic signs and guardrails will be completed.

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