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Northwest Territories

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  • 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.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    Bouwa Whee Catering has won a long-term catering contract at the Gahcho Kue Diamond Mine, replacing ESS Compass Group. Approximately 40 out of 60 employees of ESS Compass Group have applied for employment with the new contractor.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories has terminated its Monitoring, Certification and Trademark Licensing Agreements with Deepak International Ltd. The company is no longer an Approved Northwest Territories Diamond Manufacturer.
  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    The Government of Northwest Territories has launched the $50,000 Aboriginal Tourism Champions Program to support entrepreneurs and tourism experts in a mentorship role
    The Government of Northwest Territories has launched a mandate reporting website to track the governments progress on programs including education, training and youth development, and economic development
    Dominion Diamond Corporation is moving its head office from Yellowknife to Calgary, by mid-2017. The company said the move will impact approximately 100 employees based in the territory, but did not specify if there will be layoffs.
    Aklavik, Norman Wells and Fort Liard will see local infrastructure and facility improvements, thanks to funding announced by the territorial and federal governments through the Small Communities Fund program
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    Darnley Bay Resources Ltd is planning to buy the defunct Pine Point lead and zinc mine east of Hay River. The mine was abandoned in the late 1980s due to low base metal prices.
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    The City of Yellowknife recently released the Yellowknife Homelessness Road Map Action Plan. The plan emphasizes expansion of emergency shelters, creation of an alcohol detox centre and affordable housing for the homeless.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    Coromandel Aurora BT Ltd. is planning to build a $25M hotel on the Dettah Road, approximately 20 km from Yellowknife
    Northwestel is planning to build two microwave towers allowing for upgraded phone and internet service at the Gahcho Kue diamond mine. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2017.
    The federal, provincial and municipal government are collaborating to launch BizPal Service in Yellowknife. BizPal is a free online portal that provides a directory of permits and licences required to start or run a business.
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    According to the government of the Northwest Territories' tourism visitation and spending numbers for 2015-2016, the number of tourists to the region was the highest-ever achieved. Moreover, tourist spending also reached record levels.
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    The Yellowknife Hotel Association is reporting a surge in tourists, with many establishments completely sold out. Part of the demand is attributed to a seasonal peak in the aurora borealis.
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Yellowknife's Northern Frontiers Visitors Centre is experiencing a surge in visitors from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. As a result, tourism companies are hiring Cantonese and Mandarin tour guides.
    ESS Compass Group terminated its contract with DeBeers Canada at the Gahcho Kué Mine. The contractor employs roughly 60 people at the site.
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds officially opened the Gahcho Kué mine near Yellowknife. The mine is expected to employ about 530 workers during operation.
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Imperial Oil is considering the sale of its oil assets in Norman Wells, although a definitive decision on the fate of the site has not yet been made
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The Government of Canada provided the Northwest Territories with $7.875M for 45 community infrastructure projects through the federal Gas Tax Fund. In total, the Northwest Territories will receive more than $15.7M through the fund this year.
    The Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories are investing $69M in infrastructure projects related to public transit and water and wastewater
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is taking steps to regulate naturopathic doctors in the territory
    Dominion Diamonds will be rehiring all of its laid off employees and contractors at the Ekati diamond mine that were affected by the shutdown on June 23. The company expects all affected employees back at work by the end of September.
  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    Local businesses in Hay River are experiencing a decline in orders due to less reliable delivery, as the Northern Transportation Company Limited struggles to stay solvent
  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    TerraX Minerals has added a second drill to its exploration program at the Yellowknife City Gold Project
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    Ulukhaktok, Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet are preparing for a surge in tourism as the cruise ship Crystal Serenity makes stops in the communities. The ship carries more than 1,000 passengers and 600 crew.
  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    De Beers and Mountain Province Diamonds began production from the Gahcho Kue mine in the Northwest Territories
    The Tlicho Investment Corporation closed 17 of its 37 subsidiary companies. According to the company, another seven subsidiaries may also be folded.
  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    TerraX Minerals has started its summer drill program at the Yellowknife City Gold project. This is the first phase of an extensive exploration drill program at the site that will be undertaken over the next 18 months.
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    De Beers Canada has put its Snap Lake diamond mine up for sale. The company began suspending operations at the mine site in December 2015.
  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    The federal government announced a partnership with the NWT Métis-Dene Development Fund Ltd. to deliver the Entrepreneurship and Business Development fund. The program supports Indigenous owned small and medium business in the Northwest Territories.
    Dominion Diamond Corp. plans on building a $647M diamond pipe at its Ekati mine in the Northwest Territories. The development is expected to extend the life of the mine, which would otherwise be poised to close in a few years.
  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    Dominion Diamond Corporation laid-off 75 temporary contractors at its Ekati diamond mine, northeast of Yellowknife. The company announced that more than 300 staff may temporarily be laid off while repairs are completed.
  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    The Yellowknife Family Centre may be forced to close, pending a meeting on July 13, 2016 with Yellowknife Catholic Schools which operates the facility
    The Yellowknife Daycare Association is planning to double its childcare spaces to 88 when it moves to a new location in the fall of 2017
    The runway lighting at the airport in Tuktoyaktuk is scheduled for $1.3M in upgrades, starting in 2016-17. A similar project at the Norman Wells airport is to be completed this year.
    The Government of Northwest Territories plans to eliminate or sunset 139 positions this year. The government also plans to add 42 positions.
    The Town of Hay River is moving forward with a rebuild of the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. The town is proposing an agreement with Clark Builders for approximately $21.3M for construction.
    TerraX Minerals started a $620,000 summer fieldwork program on the Yellowknife City Gold project, which will continue until the fall freeze up
  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    The Government of Northwest Territories plans to close the territory's only law library by the end of fiscal year 2016
    The Government of Northwest Territories is planning to deal with a lack of Indigenous language interpreters and translators. The interpreter-translator program at Aurora College was eliminated in 1996.
    The Government of Northwest Territories is adding three new positions in Yellowknife as implementation of the new Mental Health Act begins in January 2017
    Flavour Trader, an international cooking school that will feature meals to go, catering, and spices for sale is scheduled to open in September 2016 in Yellowknife
    The Yellowknife Racquet Club hired Konge Construction Ltd for an expansion project that will allow the facility to offer programs it currently isn't able to because of limited space
  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    The Government of the Northwest Territories is working on acquiring designation as a degree-granting institution for Dechinta, a land-based learning centre near Yellowknife. The school will be the first degree-granting circumpolar university in Canada.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is developing a four-year Action Plan to build lifelong learning, skills development, training, and employability, based on feedback to the Skills 4 Success Initiative
  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    The Government of the Northwest Territories has introduced a $1.6B budget for 2016-17 that highlights plans to deal with infrastructure deficits and maintain core services
    The Government of the Northwest Territories issued notice of a potential layoff to 58 employees and is closing the Mackenzie Valley Petroleum Planning Office in Hay River
    Dominion Diamond Corporation requires more time to obtain the necessary permits for the construction of the Ekati Jay pipe and is delaying the project until 2018
    The Government of the Northwest Territories cut short a $110M contract with Northern Transportation Company Ltd to sealift bulk fuel to several marine-supplied communities. The company is currently under court protection from bankruptcy.
    The National Energy Board granted an extension to Imperial Oil to the end of 2022 for the start date of the Mackenzie Gas Project
    The Town of Hay River will build a new recreation centre rather than renovating and expanding the old one. The town is negotiating with Clark Builders on the project.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories plans to eliminate or reassign four positions at the Inuvik courthouse and close the legal aid office
    The Government of the Northwest Territories plans to cut 11 positions at the North Slave Young Offender Facility in Yellowknife and merge it with the North Slave Correctional Centre. No layoffs are planned, but jobs are being rearranged.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories ordered all departments to hire more summer students
  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Construction of the Stanton Hospital in Yellowknife is expected to bring $75M to the local economy, with $36M spent on labour
    The Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation and Bullfrog Power have launched a solar project that will assist the community's transition away from fossil fuels for electricity generation
  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    The Government of the Northwest Territories has accepted the recommendations of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review board on the expansion of the Ekati diamond mine. Dominion Diamond Corporation can now apply for the construction permits.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories has announced changes to senior leadership positions in the territorial public service which will be effective in July 2016
    The City of Yellowknife has voted against a proposed temporary camp to house up to 250 workers involved in the construction of the new Stanton Hospital
  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    The Centre for Northern Families in Yellowknife is renovating its current shelter space and opening a new building for the daycare and family programs
  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    The Northwest Territories Power Corporation requested proposals for the expansion of the Bluefish Dam power generating facility near Yellowknife. The utility is considering a new turbine to meets the growing power demands in Yellowknife.
  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    CTV's Amazing Race Canada recently filmed some episodes in Yellowknife in cooperation with the Northwest Territories Film Commission
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    Nova Builders has submitted a proposal to the City of Yellowknife for a three-storey, 31-room hotel
    DeBeers Canada filed a proposal with the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board to flood its closed Snap Lake mine. The company says the temporary closure may last three years or more, depending on market conditions.
    The Village of Fort Simpson approved the construction of a $1.75M housing project. Construction is scheduled to start in June 2016, with occupancy planned in August.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is forecasting up to 36,700 job openings in the territory over the next 15 years. Approximately 98% of 28,500 job openings will be to replace workers who have retired or moved from the NWT.
    The Government of the Northwest Territories is launching a new emergency medical evacuation system in partnership with Yellowknife-based Aeromedical Critical Care Emergency Services Specialists Air Ambulance
  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    A private company, 506780 N.W.T. Ltd, is seeking land in Inuvik for a new satellite farm. In addition to access roads and electrical infrastructure, the company wants to build one large satellite dish and eight smaller ones.
    Air North is adding more flights to its Yellowknife-Ottawa route for the summer months starting in June 2016, due to customer demand
    The Government of Canada is providing over $2M for Northern programs aimed at helping indigenous people, youth, and people with disabilities get jobs
  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    The Government of the Northwest Territories has applied for permits to build a $150M all-season road to the Tlicho community of Whati. The project, still subject to environmental approval and funding, is expected to generate 150 jobs.
    The Tlicho Government plans on building an eight-room hotel in the remote community of Whati during the summer of 2016
    The two sides of the $229M Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway have been joined by construction crews. Additional work is required before the highway opens in 2017.
  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    The Government of the Northwest Territories recently sponsored First Host, a workshop designed to build skills, knowledge, and capacity within the Aboriginal tourism sector
  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    De Beers Canada says 96 former Snap Lake mine employees have now been transferred to the company's Gahcho Kué diamond mine. The company anticipates additional hiring as the new mine becomes operational.

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