What We Heard Report: Fire Prevention Act Legislative Review Public Engagement

The GNWT – MACA (Government of the Northwest Territories – Municipal and Community Affairs) has completed its public engagement of the Fire Prevention Act.  Please see the Stakeholder Reports below:

FPA Stakeholder Letter

What We Heard Report- Fire Prevention Act


Municipal and Community Affairs
Government of the Northwest Territories
6th floor, Northwest Tower
5201 – 50 Ave
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife NT  X1A 2L9

Phone | Tél. : 867-767-9162 ext. 21046
Fax | Téléc. : 867-873-0309

Press Release – GNWT to Cover NTPC Costs

YELLOWKNIFE (September 26, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) demonstrated its commitment to addressing the high cost of living in the NWT when Premier Bob McLeod and Finance Minister and Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) J. Michael Miltenberger announced today that the GNWT will cover the $20 million in additional costs NTPC faces as a result of extreme low water conditions on the Snare hydro system this summer. The Premier and the Minister also announced that the GNWT will hold a second energy charrette in Yellowknife from November 3-4, 2014.

“Our government is committed to making the Northwest Territories an attractive place to live, work and do business, and addressing the high cost of living is a priority,” said Premier McLeod. “Energy is a huge part of that cost and we have taken this extraordinary step because our government wants to be part of the solution, not add to the problem. This decision will spare residents all across the NWT from having to cover the cost of low water on the Snare system themselves and will give us an opportunity to identify both immediate and long-term solutions for bringing down energy costs.”

“We operate in remote and challenging conditions and that means the cost to provide power throughout the territory is high,” said Minister Miltenberger. “It limits our opportunities to grow a strong, diversified economy and drives up living costs for residents. We need to find more affordable alternatives for generating power closer to communities so we can make some headway in bringing those costs down and support our economic strategy. The second energy charrette will be an opportunity for energy stakeholders and experts to get together and identify some practical actions that government can take immediately, as well as long-term actions that will allow us to hold the line on energy costs into the future.”

NTPC will incur an additional $20 million in costs from using diesel to supplement electricity generation because of extremely low water in the Snare hydro system. To recover these costs, the corporation applied to the Public Utilities Board for a rate rider that would have seen all NWT electricity users paying an additional 3.69 cents/kWh on their power bills. With today’s announcement, the GNWT has eliminated the need for the rate rider and ensured this additional cost will not be passed on to NWT residents.

“While this decision will shield NWT residents from this one potential cost increase, it is clear that the GNWT must find alternatives to the expensive energy sources we currently depend on,” said Premier McLeod. “The first energy charrette was successful in bringing together a broad cross-section of stakeholders and experts to help define a long-term energy vision for the NWT. We want to use the same approach to take a focused look at actions that will help us bring down energy costs in communities immediately as well as longer-term actions government should be pursuing to keep energy costs low.”

The first energy charrette was held in November 2012 and brought together over 120 participants from Aboriginal and community governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations and the GNWT in a collaborative process to outline how to meet the territory’s future energy needs. Input from the charrette and public consultations informed the development of the NWT Energy Action Plan, released in December 2013.

Media inquiries:

Brenda Norris
Media Liaison
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: 867-669-2302
Email: brenda_norris@gov.nt.ca

Economic Opportunities Strategy Update – May 30, 2013

The NWT Economic Opportunities Strategy (EOS) Advisory Panel has completed and delivered it’s What We Heard Report and Recommendations to the project’s Governance Committee.  You can read or download the Panel’s report from www.NWTOpportunities.com  Read the official news release and backgrounder.


A formal transmittal of the report took place in a media conference hosted by the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, David Ramsay this (Thursday) afternoon at the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife.  

 In his remarks to the media Minister Ramsay reiterated that the Panel’s report is a critical element of the collective objective to create a strategy that can be implemented at the grassroots of our economy: “It represents the knowledge and experience of the people that live and work in our Territory – who invest and participate directly and indirectly in our community economies every day by going to work, raising their families, buoying groceries and so on…”

You can read the Ministers remarks here.  


Representing the Economic Opportunities Strategy Governance Committee, the Past President of the NWT Chamber of Commerce Hughie Graham highlighted the ongoing commitment to advance the EOS initiative in partnership:  “As much as our Committee has brought the interests of Government, and business together – it is the work of the Advisory Panel that has extended the partnered approach on this project to our Territory’s many leaders, stakeholders, organizations and residents.”

 You can read Mr. Graham’s remarks here. 


Following the news conference, Minister Ramsay tabled the Panel’s report in the Assembly highlighting several overarching messages that the Advisory Panel has heard in their engagements:  People are essential – we cannot advance our economy without a growing healthy population;  Our resources – including our people – are largely unrealized; Economic opportunities and development must be considered according to the benefits that will be provided to the NWT and its people; and We must build our economy from the ground up – using the local entrepreneurs and community -based businesses that provide the sustainability and growth of our community economies.

 Read the Minister’s Statement in its entirety.


 NWT Economic Opportunities Strategy Team

c/o PO Box 1320

Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

Phone: (867) 873-7272

Fax: (867) 873-0101

Email: Comments@NWTOpportunities.com







New NWT Park Will be a Gift to Our Descendants

TroyMedia.com reported on May 16, 2013:  Now there is a movement to preserve a massive parcel of land on the east arm of Great Slave Lake as our country’s newest – and potentially unique – national park. Negotiations between Parks Canada and the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation aim to establish a sprawling area of more than 33,000 square kilometres as the Thaidene Nene National Park. The words (pronounced thigh-denay nenay) translate from the Chipewyan language as “land of our ancestors”.

To learn more, visit TroyMedia.



Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation, NWT, recognized for inspirational effort to determine its future

WSCC NAOSH Week Events

Every year, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) celebrates North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week.  Find out what we’re doing this year to celebrate! Need more information or want to know how you can help, contact us!

Iqaluit Safety Street
May 6 & 7
May 6 – Safety Street Game Show
Location: TBA, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Come out and participate in the WSCC’s Safety Game Show and correctly answer questions to lead your team to victory! Register teams of four by contacting Gwen Mahaney. BBQ lunch provided by the Northern Territories Federation of Labour (NTFL).
May 7 – Story Time
Join us at the Iqaluit library to hear safety stories and colour safety activity sheets! Spot the hazards on your colouring sheet and get a Safe T. Sam doll. Submit your finished colouring sheets into our Colouring Contest (see Youth Challenge).

Inuvik Safety Street
Tuesday, May 7
Midnight Sun Recreational Facility, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Join us for a day of safety! Participate in a Safety Program Development and Occupational Health and Safety Committee Awareness session in the morning, enjoy lunch courtesy of the NTFL, hear guest speakers in the afternoon, and mingle at a meet-and-greet and trade show at the end of the day. Door prizes drawn throughout the afternoon!

Yellowknife Safety Street
Friday, May 10
Yellowknife City Hall, 11:55 am – 1:00 pm
We have an exciting timed challenge planned to put your safety skills to the test. Register your team of four people to go through the Safety Street circuit and compete for great prizes. Visit our Safety School safety education learning stations. Stay for lunch, provided by the NTFL.
Register your team today!

Toolbox Minute Challenge
Deadline Thursday, May 9
Open to all employers registered with the WSCC
Go Safe logoSubmit your toolbox minutes to the WSCC to enter a draw to win a SPOT Messenger!
Contact usfor more details!

Youth Challenge
Deadline Wednesday, May 15
dban logoShare Your Story
Video Challenge – Use the NAOSH 2013 theme Are You as Safe as You Think? to create a short 1-2 minute video. Submit your video by email, or send a copy to the WSCC’s Yellowknife office. Win an iPad Mini, or a gift card of equivalent value!
Writing Challenge – Visit Don’t Be A Number and Share Your Story using the NAOSH theme, Are You as Safe as You Think?. Tell us a true story about a safe or unsafe experience you’ve had and help spread the word about being safe! Win great gift cards!
Colouring Contest
Colour one of the WSCC’s colouring pages (One Life LoganFire House, Safety House, Restaurant House, or School House) and identify the hazards to win great prizes!
One Life Logan Tournament
Play One Life Logan during NAOSH Week, May 5-11. The highest score that week in each of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut wins an iPod!
Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut