Our National Competitiveness and Canada’s Territories

The Canadian Chamber released this paper July 15, 2015.  Roundtables we held in Ottawa, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit, is based largely on the perspectives given at those meetings.

Our National Competitiveness and Canada’s Territories electronic




News Release: Youth Mentorship for Tourism Program launched

YELLOWKNIFE (April 30, 2015) – Northwest Territories (NWT) youth now have an opportunity to gain industry skills and hands-on experience by working directly with mentors in the NWT’s tourism industry.

The Youth Mentorship for Tourism Program, launched today by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, will match NWT students and young professionals with experienced tourism operators and entrepreneurs and, where possible, result in full-time employment in the NWT’s exciting tourism sector.

“The Northwest Territories has a talented tourism workforce with knowledge, skills and insights to share,” says Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay. “The Youth Mentorship for Tourism Program will provide youth with learning opportunities and valuable work experience while strengthening the capacity of our tourism industry for the future.”

The Youth Mentorship for Tourism Program is a pilot program for 2015/16 and is delivered under the Tourism 2015: New Directions for a Spectacular Future plan.  It is divided into two streams: industry awareness and path to employment. Funding is available to both mentees and mentors who choose to participate.

By fostering a climate of mentorship and learning, ITI is building a strong and sustainable future for the NWT, a priority of the 17th Legislative Assembly.

Mentee and mentor application forms, as well as additional information, are available at: www.iti.gov.nt.ca/ymp

Media inquiries:

Drew Williams
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-8696
Email: drew_williams@gov.nt.ca

PUBLIC MEETING – Agriculture Strategy

Fort Simpson
Monday May 11th
Community recreation centre
6:30 – 8:30pm
Refreshments will be provided

Please join us to take part in the development of the Northwest Territories Agriculture Strategy

The GNWT Economic Opportunities Strategy has identified the agriculture sector in the Northwest Territories as a sector in which the potential for investment, economic growth, employment and income opportunities exist for northerners. In NWT-wide engagements that supported the drafting of the Economic Opportunities Strategy, interest in advancing agriculture initiatives was prominent in virtually all communities.

The GNWT Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment has therefore embarked on  a project to develop an Agriculture Strategy through which specific opportunities for growth in the agricultural sector will be identified. This public engagement is one of several regional meetings being held throughout NWT to inform development of the strategy. As part of this initiative, regional meetings are being organized and held in Fort Simpson (May 11), Hay River (May 12), Fort Smith (May 13), Norman Wells (May 19), Fort Good Hope (May 20), Inuvik (May 21) and Yellowknife (May 26).

Please join us for a facilitated dialogue about the growth of the NWT agriculture sector, focussing on the industry’s current and future strengths, challenges and opportunities.  We would like to hear about agricultural opportunities that you would like to pursue and how you think that government and industry could support your efforts.

If you are unable to make one of these dates but would nonetheless like to be involved in development of the strategy, or for any questions about the public engagements, please contact Christine Wenman at 867-445-4127.

Fort Simpson poster NWT Agriculture Strategy

NWT Ag Strategy – Seeking Public Input

New Training Courses

GNWT-I.T.I. will be offering two courses in the first week of June, 2015.

They are taking registration for:

  1. Wilderness First Aid Course
  2. Pleasure Operators Certificate (PCOC) course

You can register by calling Marion at I.T.I. at 867-695-7516 by  April 23, 2015.

PCOC Training – notice

PCOC Training Workshop Registration Form


Are you interested in taking a PCOC Water Boat Safety Training Course?

The Canadian Safe Boating Council wants every boater to be as safe as possible on the water. The more knowledge you have, the safer you and your family are.

What is PCOC Training?

The Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC), legislated by Transport Canada, is proof of competency for tourism operators operating small commercial vessels, not more than eight metres in overall length carrying six or fewer passengers that are operated in “sheltered waters.”
All members of the crew of a vessel must be carrying a valid PCOC (not just the operator).
PCOC training topics covered include:
• Canadian Boating Rules and Regulations
• Properly Equipping Your Craft
• Operating Your Boat Safely
• Ensuring the Safety of Your Passengers
• Understanding Navigational Aids
• Properly Maintaining Your Craft and Equipment
• Responding to Emergencies and Distress Signals

The more knowledge you have, the more enjoyable boating becomes.

Training will be provided in Nahannı Butte, and if you are interested please fill out an application form to be considered for training…

Date: June (day TBD)
Place: Communıty Gym
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: Free

Contact Marıon Storm at the ITI Office ın Fort Sımpson at (867) 695-7516 for an application and more information; or please leave your name with the receptionist.


PUBLIC MEETING – NWT Transportation Strategy

NWT Transportation Strategy 2015 – 2040
Thursday, April 23, 2015
7 pm
Nahanni Inn Meeting Room


NWT Transportation Strategy 2015 to 2040The introduction of the Northwest Territories Transportation Strategy, Public and Stakeholder Engagement Report, 2015-2040 gives this background to the project:

“The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Department of Transportation (DOT) is updating the Northwest Territories (NWT) Transportation Strategy, to help guide the planning and implementation of transportation improvements across the NWT over the next 25 years. 

To inform the update of the NWT Transportation Strategy 2015-2040, DOT engaged political leaders, key transportation stakeholders, and the public to capture their transportation perspectives and to ensure that the updated strategy comprehensively reflects the priorities and aspirations of the various users of our transportation system. It was also important to communicate what DOT and its partners have accomplished over the past 25 years and to define current transportation challenges and opportunities.” 

In reading over this 29 page document, it is clear that the GNWT is committed to increased spending to further develop our infrastructure, as well as to improve maintenance of existing infrastructure.

SIX MAJOR PRIORITIES IDENTIFIED – (pg 4) and are quoted here:

“Six priority major projects were identified for completion:

  • extend the all-weather Mackenzie Valley Highway from Wrigley to Norman Wells to support communities, tourism, and oil & gas development;
  • construct an all-weather road into the Slave Geological Province to support sustainable mineral development;
  • construct an all-weather road from Highway 3 to Whati to improve access to Tlich0 communities and support the development of Fortune Minerals’ proposed NICO Mine;
  • improve the condition of Highway 7 to support tourism and the development of Canadian Zinc’s proposed Prairie Creek Mine project;
  • encourage Canada to dredge Hay River Harbour to improve marine safety; and
  • develop a deep water port facility at or near Tuktoyaktuk

There was no consensus on the order of priority for development of the above six projects except for almost unanimous agreement that the extension of the Mackenzie Valley Highway from Wrigley to at least Norman Wells should be high on the priority list.”

There are many other interesting proposals, including increasing the GNWT borrowing limit to $1 billion and proposals on how to balance new construction costs with on-going maintenance costs of increasing our infrastructure.

Tourism potential, industrial waste treatment capacity, more emergency shelters along winter roads, alternative vehicles (electric, lighter-than-air vehicles), 3000 ft minimum air-strips, transition to double-hulled barges, and hydro development to reduce the need to truck or barge fuel were all cited.  The recommendation to replace BIP with a ‘northern benefits policy’ or a ‘hire north policy’ was explained.

“Fort Simpson was also mentioned as a possible site for a Mackenzie River port, Coast Guard center, and marine school for training ferry and tug boat captains and crew.”  – pg 6

I highly recommend looking over this report.  It is easy to read, and is fast paced with lots of great ideas and ways in which to implement those ideas.  The link to download this .pdf report is at the top of this article.