GNWT Announces new suite of Labour Market Programs for Individuals, Employers, Organizations and Communities

by ahnationtalk on June 28, 2018371 Views

YELLOWKNIFE (June 28, 2018) –Following the renegotiation of new labour market agreements with the federal government, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment has revitalized its suite of labour market programs to make them more streamlined, accessible and client-focused.

Labour market programs are now specifically tailored to provide services and supports to individuals, employers, organizations and communities.

Through reshaped programs, individuals can access funding support for developing their skills and accessing training and post-secondary education; employers can access support to assist them in hiring and training the workers they need; and organizations can access funding to support them in delivering labour market services and supports and providing work experience to residents.

For communities, the Small Community Employment Support Program has been completely redesigned to provide funding directly to Designated Community Authorities to assist them in providing employment opportunities, including on-the-job training, to their residents. This new approach recognizes that communities are best placed to identify their own labour market needs and priorities.

A strong labour market is critical to the economic future of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of the Northwest Territories is focused on working with and supporting small communities in increasing training and employment outcomes.


“Communities understand their local labour market needs and are key partners in bridging employment and training gaps for their residents. We want to work with communities and support them in finding innovative ways to enhance employment opportunities and outcomes.”

– Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick Facts:

  • Designated Community Authorities are governments of cities, towns, villages, hamlets or charter communities designated by legislation to provide the services, products and facilities that form all or part of a municipality.
  • The redesigned Small Community Employment Support Program represents one of the first actions of the Small Communities Employment Strategy released April 30, 2018.
  • The six-year Small Communities Employment Strategy was tabled May 29, 2018 and includes actions focused on the creation of jobs and partnering with communities to support the development of community labour market development plans.
  • The Strategy is a Mandate commitment of the 18th Legislative Assembly and an action item of the Skills 4 Success 4-Year Action Plan.

Related Links:

Career, Employment and Training Services

Small Community Employment Support Program

Small Communities Employment Strategy 2018-2024

Skills 4 Success 4-Year Action Plan 2016-2020

Media Inquiries:

Cherish Winsor

Senior Communications Advisor

Department of Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

Tel:  (867) 767-9352 x 71021



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