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Northwest Territories

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  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    Kids Corner childcare centre shuttered operations in Yellowknife due to financial and staffing issues
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018

    Over the next four years, the territorial government is providing $9.12M to the Arctic Energy Alliance to enhance their programs and services to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy costs for Northerners
    The City of Yellowknife is providing $200,000 for the rehabilitation of the main stage at the Folk on the Rocks site. Upgrades include a new support and major repairs to the roof.
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    The federal and territorial governments are providing $24.6M to upgrade and repair infrastructure at the Snare Forks hydroelectric facility. Work is underway on the generator which is expected to be complete in six to eight months.
    The federal and NWT governments are spending $140M to protect, renew and expand social and community housing in the territory. The 10 year agreement is expected to start April 1, 2019.
    According to the Conference Board of Canada, the Northwest Territories' economy is expected to contract over the next few years with diamond production reaching a peak this year and no new mines coming online until 2020
    The territorial government is providing $17.6M for economic development in the North. The priority areas include business services, economic diversification and natural resources.
    The federal government is granting $400M through the National Trade Corridors Fund for transport initiatives in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The projects will help improve remote roads, airports and bridges in the North.
  • Start date: 2018-11-12, End date: 2018-11-16
    Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2018

    The federal and territorial governments are providing a combined $40M for the Inuvik Wind Generation project. The project includes installing wind turbines, a grid controller and a large battery storage system.
    The Canyon Creek access road is now complete. The $20M project brings the territory one step closer to starting the Mackenzie Valley Highway project.
  • Start date: 2018-11-05, End date: 2018-11-09
    Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2018

    Tourism in the Northwest Territories increased in the 2017/18 fiscal year; 112,530 people visited the territory bringing in $203M in spending
    Over the next four years, the territorial government is providing $1.8M each year for the Government Greenhouse Gas Grant Program. The program is designed to support projects and initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced a new Arctic region that includes the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, northern Quebec and Labrador. The number of jobs being created as a result of the new region is unknown.
    Construction work on upgrades to sixteen houses in the K'atl'odeeche First Nation is set to begin. Ten of the units will be for public housing, five units will be sold by the First Nation and the last unit will be kept as an office.
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    The Northwest Territories Child and Family Services currently has one in four positions vacant. The agency is actively trying to recruit employees.
    The territorial government sold $129,600 worth of cannabis in the first four days of legalization, with many outlets sold out of product
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    According to the NWT Bureau of Statistics, Yellowknife's All-Items Consumer Price Index rose 2.9% in September compared to the same month last year. At the national level, the Index increased 2.2% from last year.
    Imperial Oil Ltd. restarted oil production in Norman Wells after being suspended for almost two years. More than 100 employees and contractors are working to restart operations.
  • Start date: 2018-10-15, End date: 2018-10-19
    Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018

    A free sawmill training program recently began at K'atl'odeeche First Nation. Residents are trained to use the sawmill equipment to produce lumber for the community.
    The federal and territorial governments are providing $23M for greenhouse gas reduction projects in the Northwest Territories. The funding is expected to result in more energy efficiency-related jobs in the north.
    The Northwest Territories opened the Marine Training Centre in Hay River and made a $19.5M funding announcement for the construction of four double-hulled barges to help deliver fuel to northern communities
    Education, Culture and Employment is providing funding for six territorial Career and Education Advisors
  • Start date: 2018-10-08, End date: 2018-10-12
    Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2018

    Approximately 60 leaders from across NWT recently took part in a three day economic development symposium in Inuvik
    The Northwest Territories government recently launched the Indigenous Career Gateway Program and the Indigenous Management Development and Training Program. The programs will provide training and on-the-job experience to Indigenous northerners.
    The Northwest Territories government cancelled barge service to Patulatuk due to extreme ice conditions. The government is now committing to airlifting cargo to the affected communities.
    According to Statistics Canada, the Northwest Territories' unemployment rate was 4.7% in the third quarter of 2018, down 3.9 percentage points from second quarter. The territory added 900 jobs over the summer.
  • Start date: 2018-10-01, End date: 2018-10-05
    Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2018

    The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, in partnership with Northwest Territories Tourism and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, is funding $257,000 for targeted programing in the Indigenous tourism sector
    The Northwest Territories Professional Media Association is delivering a new Film Apprenticeship Program that will give on-the-job experience with major film productions in the NWT
    The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation are supporting plans to develop gas resources in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region
  • Start date: 2018-09-24, End date: 2018-09-28
    Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2018

    A combined sobering centre and day centre recently opened in downtown Yellowknife. The new facility has more staff, as well as a larger capacity than the previous location.
    Northern Energy Capital is currently conducting wind and solar tests in Rankin Inlet to determine the feasibility of wind turbines at the site
    Enbridge's Line 21 pipeline that runs from Norman Wells to northern Alberta has re-opened after being shut down in 2016. The re-opening of the pipeline will allow Imperial Oil to resume oil production at its Norman Wells operation.
  • Start date: 2018-09-17, End date: 2018-09-21
    Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2018

    Hay River Town Council recently approved a $300,000 project to pave the back and side parking lot at the Rec Centre. Work on the parking lot is expected to begin in the fall.
  • Start date: 2018-09-10, End date: 2018-09-14
    Week of Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2018

    The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, in partnership with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, opened six new public housing units in Inuvik on September 4, 2018
    Yellowknife's Ruth Inch Memorial Pool recently cancelled some swimming classes due to a lack of staff. The city is currently recruiting qualified staff to return to regular service levels.
    The Government of Canada, the Government of N.W.T. and the community of Fort Good Hope are granting approximately $400,000 to install a greenhouse next summer
  • Start date: 2018-09-03, End date: 2018-09-07
    Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2018

    The Sahtú Got'iné Regional Health and Social Services Centre and Sahtú Dene Nechá Kǫ́ Long Term Care Facility officially opened in Norman Wells in the Northwest Territories
    Two luxury cruise ships that were expected to land in Ulukhaktok in early September have been cancelled due to difficult ice conditions. Approximately 40 temporary jobs were affected by the cancellations.
  • Start date: 2018-08-27, End date: 2018-08-31
    Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2018

    Rio Tinto Group recently opened a new diamond pipe at the Diavik Diamond Mine located northeast of Yellowknife. The A21 pit pipe is expected to be in full production this fall.
    The Department of Education, Culture and Employment is in the process of recruiting teachers to fill 23 teaching positions that remain vacant across the Northwest Territories
    The Canada Revenue Agency is investing $6M to set up three new tax centres in each of the territorial capitals as part of their Northern Service Improvement Strategy. The new offices will employ 12 people in total.
  • Start date: 2018-08-20, End date: 2018-08-24
    Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

    Aurora College has added an early childhood education program to be taught in Yellowknife, as well as a practical nursing program at the college's Inuvik Campus for the 2018/2019 school year
    The francophone school board in the Northwest Territories has raised $71,000 of the $150,000 needed to provide upgrades to the gymnasium at École Allain St. Cyr in Yellowknife
    The Yellowknife Education District No. 1 has added more teaching positions to accommodate enrolment increases in the city as some schools are currently operating at their maximum capacity
  • Start date: 2018-08-13, End date: 2018-08-17
    Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

    The territorial government is providing $200,000 to the Native Women's Association of the Northwest Territories to fund a three-year housing project to increase economic security among Indigenous women
    The federal government is launching the Indigenous Homes Innovation Challenge, a national competition, to award a total of $30M in prize money for creative approaches to design and development of Indigenous-led housing projects
    The Government of Canada is providing $180,000 in funding to four Northwest Territories organizations to build new automated doors, wheelchair ramps and improved entry ways under the Enabling Accessibility Fund
    The Government of Northwest Territories is actively looking to recruit more doctors after a medical clinic in Fort Smith closed temporarily due to a doctor shortage during the summer
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    The Northwest Territories government is conducting a $170,000 study to examine the benefits of building a marine cable to connect the hydroelectric facility at Taltson River and the North and South Slave electricity grids in the territory
    The Yellowknife Historical Society has begun their $1.5M plan to convert the former Giant Mine recreation hall into a new multi-use museum. The Society hopes to complete the project by 2020.
    Air Canada announced it will offer twice daily direct flights between Yellowknife and Vancouver starting this September due to growing number of travelers from Asia
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    The Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce is offering a scholarship of $1500 to a business student in Yellowknife who has plans to work in the Northwest Territories upon graduation. Deadline to apply is August 8th of this year.
    The Government of Northwest Territories will release their plans to implement carbon pricing on September 1
    The federal government is providing $200,000 to the Native Women's Association of Northwest Territories and $262,982 to the Gwich'in Tribal Council for projects aimed at improving the economic well-being of Indigenous women
  • Start date: 2018-07-23, End date: 2018-07-27
    Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018

    Dominion Diamond Mines and the Union of Northern Workers have reached an agreement to save 150 jobs previously marked for possible layoffs at the Ekati mine located 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife
    The Government of Northwest Territories is proposing funding from the federal government for an all-weather road known as the Slave Geological Province Access Corridor. The project would link 400 km of highway system to the territory's diamond mines.
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

    De Beers Canada announced they are planning to increase the number of contracts that Gahcho Kué Mine holds with local businesses to boost economic activity
    The Northwest Territories government has announced rebates with the new carbon tax to minimize its impact on the cost impact on the territory's residents and businesses
    Workers at the Ekati diamond mine are voting on a proposed collective agreement that would offer them higher cost-of-living wages and an increase in job security. Voting will occur before the end of July.
    Tilray Canada, a British Columbia-based cannabis company, has signed a supply agreement with the Government of Northwest Territories, making the company one of several cannabis suppliers for the territory
  • Start date: 2018-07-09, End date: 2018-07-13
    Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2018

    The Northwest Territories government announced funding of $760,000 over three years for 12 new environmental monitoring projects. These projects will be conducted with various indigenous organizations, Canadian universities and the federal government.
    Inuvialuit Corporate Group and Makivik Corporation are merging Canadian North and First Air to create a wholly Inuit-owned airline focused on customer reliability as well as new economic opportunities in Canada. The merger is set to be finished in 2018.
  • Start date: 2018-07-02, End date: 2018-07-06
    Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2018

    The Government of Northwest Territories has revitalized its labour market programs specifically tailored to provide increased training and employment outcomes for individuals, employers and organizations
    The Northwest Territories government has announced an investment of over $6.9 million aimed at helping 508 under or unemployed indigenous individuals to gain skills and training for long-term employment in the Tłı̨cho region
    A funding proposal of $1 million has been brought forth to the Northwest Territories government by the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation Chief to start a new trades program in the old Aurora College facility to provide employment opportunities for students
    The federal and territorial governments have invested $46 million in funding over the next six years to the Labour Market Transfer Agreements aimed at pre-employment and training readiness for almost 1,300 workers in the Northwest Territories
  • Start date: 2018-06-25, End date: 2018-06-29
    Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018

    The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reports that in 2017 new residential construction in Yellowknife fell 49% compared to 2016 as the territory's economy improved slightly
    Dominion Diamond Mines and the Union of Northern Workers reached a tentative agreement over a labour dispute at the Ekati mine. Once approved, the agreement will address several issues, including job security for 150 workers at the Ekati mine.
    The federal government and Northwest Territories are jointly investing $140M in the Mackenzie Valley Highway project. The funding is expected to create 400 jobs and will include construction of an all-weather road, a new bridge, and environmental and planning studies for the highway.
  • Start date: 2018-06-18, End date: 2018-06-22
    Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

    The Government of NWT is pursuing the feasibility of wind energy projects in Inuvik, Norman Wells and Sachs Harbor to lessen the reliance on diesel fuel. The government plans to seek federal funding and file for a permit for Inuvik this fall.
    Det'on Cho Corporation has won the contracts for the care and maintenance of the Giant Mine cleanup. Up to 80 jobs in surface and underground works, security and medical services will be created and filled with local and Indigenous hires.
    The Inuvialuit Regional Corp and Aurora College have received a federal grant of $826,900 to offer a Licensed Practical Nursing program in Inuvik to Indigenous students. The program aims to increase Indigenous health care professionals in the North.
    The Dehcho Guardian Program trains community members to monitor the environmental impacts of the replacement of the Norman Wells pipeline under the Mackenzie River
  • Start date: 2018-06-11, End date: 2018-06-15
    Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

    Eighteen projects are the recipients of $1M in grants from the Mining Incentive Program. The territorial government program seeks to advance mineral exploration by investing in prospecting and exploration initiatives.
    A Health and Social Services Centre recently opened in Fort Resolution. The $13.2M centre offers improved patient care by combining health, social services and home care into one facility.
    Nighthawk Gold Corp. has released an updated inferred Mineral Resource estimate for its Colomac Gold Project based upon its ongoing drill program. Expanded metallurgical testing and additional sampling are scheduled for later this year.
  • Start date: 2018-06-04, End date: 2018-06-08
    Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2018

    The Government of Northwest Territories has budgeted $30M towards the construction of a replacement air terminal in Inuvik while the federal government is investing a further $2.3M towards airport improvements in Fort Smith and Norman Wells
    The Territories' summer construction season will begin shortly and include improvements to more than 200 km of highway, three access roads and three bridges. The $46.4M federal¿ joint territorial funding was announced in the fall of 2017.
  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    Aurora College is holding its first-ever Geoscience Field Assistant Training Program in Yellowknife. The Mine Training Society is offering wage subsidies of $21/hour to employers for the on-the-job training portion of the course.
    Aurora College is receiving $410,000 over 5 years for research to help identify and restore key areas of coastal ecosystems in northern Canada. Researchers will work with residents of Tuktoyaktuk and the Tuktoyaktuk Hunters and Trappers Committee.
    The Yellowknife Association for Community Living Employment Services has launched the Odd Job Squad. The initiative helps under-employed individuals with a disability to make money from one-time or short-term work while looking for permanent employment.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    The Government of Canada and Northwestel are jointly investing $6.1M in bringing new or improved high-speed Internet access and data capacity in nine rural Indigenous communities
    Choice North Farms has received over $80,000 in CanNor funding to expand the northern economy and reduce food production costs through a pilot project aimed at integrating vertical hydroponic units and poultry production
    The Government of Northwest Territories is investing $5.6M in agriculture projects that will expand the skills of producers and processors, improve equipment and programs, and ensure better storage systems for products
    Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. recently announced that it will re-activate its Nechalacho Rare Earth Elements Project at Thor Lake. The site contains significant lithium resources which are in growing demand for electric vehicles.
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    Dominion Diamond Mines is delaying the expansion it planned to undertake this summer at its Ekati mine until a study on how to increase the project's profitability is completed. It is unknown whether this will delay the new pit's overall timeline.
    Landa Aviation recently announced that it would offer daily flights between Yellowknife and Hay River, beginning May 22nd. Two round trip flights will be offered weekdays and one round trip flight on Saturdays.
    The completion of the Northwest Territories Broadband Infrastructure project, funded by the federal and territorial governments and Falcon Communications, has made 4G wireless and high-speed Internet service available in all 33 communities.
    Northwestern Air recently announced that it is pursuing a partnership with North-Wright Airways and Aurora College to open an aviation school in Fort Smith by 2019 to train northern youth as pilots
    A Yellowknife couple will soon close Dan's Place, their second-hand shop in the Centre Square Mall, and open a creperie under the name of Nancy's Place
    The Government of Canada is investing $2.3M over four years in Dechita Naowo, an organization that provides training in environmental monitoring, construction and administration for Indigenous people in the territories
    FOXY and SMASH recently received $1M over five years from the Public Health Agency of Canada to provide youth sexual health programs aimed at preventing HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    The Government of Northwest Territories recently announced $1M from its anti-poverty fund to address issues related to poverty, including food and housing security projects, and life-skills and employment programs
    The City of Yellowknife recently began work on 16 planned construction projects that include paving, water and sewer work, trail improvements and facility improvements
    The Yellowknife Mountain Bike Club recently announced that it had raised $58,000, through grants from the City of Yellowknife, the territorial government and its own fundraisers, which it will use to hire consultants to design a new bike park
    Kongsberg Satellite Services has been unable to proceed with its $50M installation of three new satellite-reading antennas in Inuvik due to delays in receiving an operating licence for a satellite ground receiving station from the federal government
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    The Government of Northwest Territories announced that it had failed to secure funding for the Slave Geological Province Access Corridor under the first round of National Trade Corridor Fund submissions, but would pursue other funding opportunities
    The Copperhouse Eatery + Lounge recently opened in Yellowknife, with a seating capacity of 130 seats suitable for hosting small conferences
    The Government of Northwest Territories released its Small Community Employment Strategy that outlines how it will support the creation of local labour market development plans while enhancing local training and employment opportunities
    The Conference Board of Canada is projecting a grim economic outlook in the Northwest Territories due to a decline in diamond production which two upcoming new metal mines and growths in the health care and social assistance sectors will not offset
    The territorial government recently outlined its vision for addressing energy and climate change issues in three strategy documents. The Petroleum Strategy encourages more investment in the industry, particularly in small-scale natural gas projects.
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    The Government of Canada is investing $94.3M under its Oceans Protection Plan into the infrastructure and equipment necessary to make Arctic resupply operations in the Mackenzie River and High Arctic corridor more efficient and environmentally safe
    The Northwest Territories government is investing $90,000 to support new businesses in Tuktoyaktuk to take advantage of tourism opportunities created by a new all-season highway. Six businesses have opened, including restaurants and hunting outfitters.
    The Fat Fox Café in Yellowknife recently announced that it would be closing on May 19th due to persistent building issues. The café's long-term plans are unknown at this time.
    Yellowknife's École St. Joseph will be receiving new portable classrooms, at the cost of $1.5M, in anticipation of a growing student population
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    The federal and Northwest Territories governments are jointly investing $500,000 to support mental health and wellness teams and community outreach activities
    Nighthawk Gold Corp. recently announced new gold discoveries at its Indin Lake Gold property which will help direct its 2018 field exploration program. The exploration program is expected to commence in early June.
    The JamPaks and Aru Saturdays café, featuring a menu of Jamaican, Indian and Pakistani food, recently opened in Inuvik
    The Government of Canada is providing $2M in funding for the rehabilitation of the airfield runway lighting at the Fort Smith Airport under the Transport Canada¿s Airports Capital Assistance Program
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    The federal government is contributing $2.1M towards eleven economic development projects in the Beaufort and Sathu regions. The funds target community infrastructure improvements such as biomass initiatives, IT upgrades and an educational garden.
    The Government of Canada and Arctic Energy Alliance are accepting proposals for renewable energy project to install solar panel systems on a number of buildings in the Town of Inuvik
    According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in the Northwest Territories rose to 8.8% in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 1.7% from the previous quarter
    The Government of Northwest Territories is investing approximately $5.6M under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership to encourage the commercialization of local food production while strengthening farmers' markets and agricultural industries
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    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.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    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.
  • Start date: 2018-03-19, End date: 2018-03-23
    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
  • Start date: 2018-03-12, End date: 2018-03-16
    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.
  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    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 services
    Northwest Territories' minimum wage will increase to $13.46 per hour on April 1st this year
    The 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.
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    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
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-02-12, End date: 2018-02-16
    Week of Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2018

    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
  • Start date: 2018-02-05, End date: 2018-02-09
    Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018

    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 River
    The 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
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    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
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    TerraX Minerals is expecting to spend more than $8.5M on its Yellowknife properties in 2018 and increase drilling activity
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is pledging $92,000 to help seven Indigenous governments advance their individual mining interests and capacities
    The 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.
  • Start date: 2018-01-15, End date: 2018-01-19
    Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018

    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 Lake
    TerraX 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

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Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016

The National Occupational Classification is being updated. To propose a change, please visit ESDC to submit proposals.
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