Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.
The following table presents local and regional labour market events and announcements for the selected Province or Territory which can complement your job search and career exploration.
Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018
- Discovery Air is selling Great Slave Helicopters, Air Tindi and Discovery Mining Services Ltd. as part of a court-supervised sale process to avoid bankruptcy. More than 300 employees work for the three Yellowknife-based companies.
- The federal government recently announced more than $7M in funding over the next three years for expansion of early-childhood education and child care in the Northwest Territories
- The Mackenzie Valley Review Board has given conditional approval to the proposed Tlicho all-season road provided several measures are taken to mitigate the environmental impact. The road will connect the fly-in community of Whati to Highway 3.
- Resource exploration spending is expected to decline by 9.6% to $81.3M in the Northwest Territories next year. The decline is likely due to unsettled land claims and interim land withdrawals causing uncertainty for investors.
Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018
- Enbridge Pipelines Inc. recently began work replacing a section of its pipeline underneath the Mackenzie River near Fort Simpson. The $53M project will bring approximately 120 jobs to the area, which the company is hoping to hire locally.
- The Deline Got'ine Government and the Beijing Best Tour Company are partnering to bring weekly Chinese tour groups to the Grey Goose Lodge. The partnership will create 10 new jobs during the November to April season.
- Air Canada will offer direct flights between Yellowknife and Vancouver beginning September 5. The seasonal route, which runs during the fall and winter, will be extended by 2 months for 2018 due to the rise in aurora tourism to the North.
Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018
- The Northwest Territories' French school board plans to cut 2.5 teaching positions and 2.5 teaching assistant positions for the 2018-19 school year due to lower enrollment. The schools impacted are located in Yellowknife and Hay River.
- On the Land Collaborative is distributing $1M worth of funding to 48 projects that focus on connecting the territory's residents to the land, culture and surrounding community
- The Government of Canada is investing $1.7M through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to support the renovation of friendship centres and recreation complexes in six communities across the Northwest Territories
Week of Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2018
- The Government of Canada and the Government of Northwest Territories are jointly investing $760M towards infrastructure projects over the next ten years. The first projects are expected to be approved and started in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
- The Hay River Pine Point Bridge rehabilitation construction project is scheduled to begin in October 2018 and continue until October 2019
- TerraX Minerals recently expanded its Yellowknife City Gold Project through the acquisition of 47 claims adjacent to its current properties. The company intends to explore these claims in future campaigns.
- The Government of Northwest Territories plans to invest $7M over four years towards the hiring of 42 child and youth counsellors and 7 clinical supervisors. They will provide mental health services in elementary and high schools.
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The Government of Canada is providing the Northwest Territories with $6.07M over five years to increase access to home and community care, and mental health and addiction servicesNorthwest Territories' minimum wage will increase to $13.46 per hour on April 1st this yearThe territorial government recently increased the budget of the Northwest Territories Arts Council to $700,000. The council awards funding to artists working in the territory.
U.S.-based Parson Inc. has been awarded a $32M construction management contract to oversee the remediation of the Giant Mine site. The ten year project is expected to provide significant training and employment for indigenous peoples and northerners.A two week Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training program will be offered in Hay River later this spring aims to provide underemployed and unemployed Indigenous women with the skills to develop their own home-based businesses
Under its popular Mining Incentive Program, the Territories Government is once again making $1M available to prospectors and companies carrying out mineral exploration activities in 2018-2019. The application deadline is April 27, 2018.Agnico Eagle recently announced that it was extending operations at its Meadowbank gold mine into 2019 while opening its Meliadine site sooner to close the production gap. No job losses are expected while more long haul truck drivers will be needed.
Aklak Air's daily flights between Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk were discontinued in early February as demand dropped after the opening of an all-season highway for the route. The company is hoping to avoid layoffs by an increase in demand on other routes.Osisko Metals will soon release a 2018 drill program for its recently acquired Pine Point Project, including plans to aggressively drill the historical resources while moving forward on baseline environmental studies
The Government of Canada is providing $12.6M to establish a marine training facility and deliver a Marine Training Program in Hay River. The program is focused on recruiting women and Indigenous peoples interested in working in the marine sector.The federal government is providing a combined total of $704,000 in funding to support the Arctic Winter Games cultural programming, seniors building upgrades across the Northwest Territories and energy efficiency projects in Jean Marie RiverThe Tibbit to Contwoyto winter road, the supply route to territorial diamond mines, has opened. The route is expected to see 10,000 truckloads of freight by the time it closes around the end of March.The Arctic Indigenous Wellness Project, an urban, land-based healing initiative that targets at-risk communities in Yellowknife and surrounding communities, has received $1M from the Arctic Inspiration Prize
The National Energy Board has approved a $53M project to replace a section of the Enbridge Line 21 pipeline. The project is still subject to approval from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and the Government of the Northwest Territories.North Arrow Minerals has spring 2018 drill programs for diamond exploration planned at its Loki and LDG Projects in the Northwest Territories
TerraX Minerals is expecting to spend more than $8.5M on its Yellowknife properties in 2018 and increase drilling activityThe Government of the Northwest Territories is pledging $92,000 to help seven Indigenous governments advance their individual mining interests and capacitiesThe Government of Canada is providing $727,000 to three cultural organizations in Yellowknife. The funding will support the expansion of workshops and programs across the territory.
Seabridge Gold is drilling exploration holes at its Courageous Lake Project in the Northwest Territories this winter. The program is expected to cost $3M to $4M and employ about 25 people.The minimum wage in the Northwest Territories is set to increase to $13.46 per hour from $12.50 per hour starting April 1, 2018. About 700 employees in the territory currently make minimum wage according to the territorial government.The old Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife is slated to become a long-term care facility. Renovations will begin in July 2019 on the old hospital building, with an opening planned for the summer of 2021.The Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories are jointly providing about $96M to repair community roads, build a cold storage garage for Sambaa K'e and a youth centre in Colville LakeTerraX Minerals has entered into an agreement to acquire the Ptarmigan Mine property near Yellowknife. The property consists of a mineral lease and a mineral claim totalling 47 hectares.The Government of Canada is providing $5.38M for two projects aimed at building professional skills among Indigenous youth in the Mackenzie Delta region
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 activityAccording 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.
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.
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
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
Booster Juice is opening its first location in Yellowknife in early 2018Construction 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.
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 MineThe 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.
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.
The Government of Canada is providing $28.4M over four years to the Northwest Territories to support health care deliveryThe 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.
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 InuvikThe 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.
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.
According to Statistics Canada, the Northwest Territories had the highest median income in the country at $117,688 in 2015
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
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.
The Beaufort Delta District Education Council still has seven vacant teaching positions that it is attempting to fill before classes resume on September 5, 2017The 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
Tim Hortons has opened in the Centre Square Mall in downtown YellowknifePine 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The SideDoor youth ministries centre in Yellowknife has launched two new programs: Housing First 4 Youth and HELP4U, an employment program for youth
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.
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.
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 residentsThe City of Yellowknife has signed a $50,000 contract with SideDoor, a local youth centre, to run an employment program for young homeless people
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.
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
Lenny Burger in Yellowknife is closing permanently on June 10, 2017Aurora 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.
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.
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.
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 ProgramsCoromandel 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.
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.
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 territoryDarnley 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.
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 monthThe 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.
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