Wally Schumann

MLA Hay River South

Author: Myrtle Graham (page 1 of 10)

New Tourism Training Fund Program – Now Accepting Applications

From social media marketing to first aid training, the Tourism Training Fund (TTF) provides support for a variety of courses that can help you build a career in tourism.

The TTF is designed to fund short-term training opportunities for tourism workers to gain new skills or to upgrade skills and assist in supporting a well-training tourism labour force in the NWT.

To apply visit: www.iti.gov.nt.ca/en/TTF or contact the Tourism Development Officer in your region.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 9, 2018.

Please note: the guidelines for the Tourism Training Fund (TTF) were recently revised.  Please read through all information found here carefully if you are interested in applying.

Federal Infrastructure Funding

N.W.T. Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann, left, and federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi signed a bilateral agreement at the N.W.T. Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that makes $570 million in infrastructure funding available to the territory over the next 10 years.

Mr. Speaker, investments in effective and resilient infrastructure provide the foundation for a stronger North. Through infrastructure improvements, we can better connect communities to the services they rely on, while mitigating the cost of living and doing business. Replacing or upgrading our assets increases our resiliency to the impacts of climate change and as we expand our infrastructure, we will support important economic development that provides residents with well-paying jobs and training opportunities.

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories has often worked in partnership with the federal government to deliver meaningful investments that have a transformative impact on our territory. I am pleased to say that earlier today we had the opportunity to announce another milestone in this partnership with the signing of an Integrated Bilateral Agreement for federal infrastructure funds under the Investing in Canada Plan.

Mr. Speaker, all funding under the Agreement is being cost shared 75 percent federal and 25 percent territorial funding.  The federal government’s contribution will provide over $570 million to the Government of the Northwest Territories under various funding streams of the Investing in Canada Plan over the next 10 years. The Northwest Territories’ contribution will come from a variety of sources and is approximately $190 million, meaning nearly $760 million in infrastructure funding in the North will be leveraged through the Agreement.  The streams included in the Agreement are the Green Infrastructure Fund; Public Transit Fund; Community, Culture and Recreation Fund; and Rural and Northern Communities Fund, which includes the Arctic Energy Fund.

Projects benefitting from this funding will help support the mandate and priorities of this Legislative Assembly. Upgrades to community infrastructure will improve quality of life for residents and increase local capacity. Transportation projects, such as ongoing highway rehabilitation, will provide for safer and more efficient intercommunity mobility.  Funding for energy projects will support the implementation of the 2030 Energy Strategy and Action Plan, and help us meet greenhouse gas reduction targets and stabilize the cost of living. Projects that support food security will increase the long-term sustainability of our communities. Expanded broadband connections will modernize our society and help address our ongoing communication technology requirements.

Mr. Speaker, the Department of Infrastructure expects to be prepared to submit applications for a few projects that could begin in early 2018-2019 to Infrastructure Canada.

Mr. Speaker, the signing of the Integrated Bilateral Agreement with Infrastructure Canada is good news. Going forward, further opportunities exist to leverage infrastructure funding for the Northwest Territories under various application-based programs under the Investing in Canada Plan.

In November, the Government of the Northwest Territories submitted comprehensive project proposals for the Slave Geological Province Access Corridor and Mackenzie Valley Highway to Transport Canada for funding consideration under the National Trade Corridors Fund. Up to $400 million in funding is being dedicated to transportation projects in the three territories under this program. The GNWT’s proposals identify funding for all project phases, with a focus on next priority phases, to help advance these corridors as committed to under our 25-year Transportation Strategy and the Government of the Northwest Territories mandate. It is anticipated that decisions around this first round of proposals will be made in April.

Mr. Speaker, project proposals sent to Transport Canada under the National Trade Corridors Fund will also be shared with the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which allows for an opportunity to fund these projects under the Bank instead. The Infrastructure Bank will focus on large, transformative, revenue-generating projects, which could potentially include the Slave Geological Province Access Corridor and Taltson Hydro Expansion Project. At this time, we are still awaiting additional details about when the Infrastructure Bank will become operational.

Mr. Speaker, there is also an opportunity to invest in NWT marine facilities under the Oceans Protection Plan. Transport Canada has announced its intention to invest $94.3 million over five years in Safety Equipment and Basic Marine Infrastructure in at least 30 northern communities in the NWT and Nunavut. This funding could be used to support the operations of Marine Transportation Services and upgrade marine landing sites in communities, enhancing the delivery of essential materials to residents and businesses. Expanding marine infrastructure along the Mackenzie River and Arctic Coast would provide new opportunities for shipping throughout this important marine corridor, and support industry operations contributing to important economic growth.

Mr. Speaker, the strength of our partnership with the federal government is once again allowing us to advance our infrastructure priorities. The strategic investment announced today will result in long-term benefits to residents that result in stronger, more sustainable communities and a vibrant and prosperous Northern economy. As usual, I will continue to keep Members apprised of the success of our infrastructure funding submissions going forward.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Update on GNWT Marine Transportation Services

Delivered on February 15, 2018

Mr. Speaker, the Mackenzie River is our marine highway to the Arctic Ocean. A reliable shipping route for generations, the Mackenzie River is the northernmost link of an intermodal supply chain that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Beaufort Sea and beyond.

2017 marked the year that the Government of the Northwest Territories assumed responsibility for scheduled tug and barge services to our communities on Great Slave Lake, the Mackenzie River and Arctic coast.In 2017, the GNWT Marine Transportation Services Division registered and reactivated six tugboats, transported more than 37 million litres of fuel, and carried more than 10 thousand tonnes of deck cargo to communities and commercial clients.

Other key accomplishments included maintenance work on Canadian Coast Guard vessels and substantial charter work for large, industrial clients.  The cost-effective and efficient delivery of such services to NWT businesses is one example of how the GNWT is fulfilling its mandate to strengthen connections with private sector partners in transportation infrastructure.

At the peak of last season, Marine Transportation Services employed over 140 people. 60 of those were from the Northwest Territories. Last season, Marine Transportation Services issued almost $ 3 million dollars in contracts to Northwest Territories businesses, and created many indirect spin-offs for local businesses.

Continued investment in our supporting marine infrastructure, including Canada’s northernmost inland shipyard will allow us to take advantage of such opportunities. The Government of the Northwest Territories continues to pursue opportunities for funding that may be available through initiatives such as the federal Oceans Protection Plan.

As we prepare for the 2018 sailing season, we begin from a much better operational situation than we did in our first season.  Experience from the 2017 sailing season is informing service improvement strategies, and work to determine an appropriate business model for the longer term continues.

Commercial, industrial and tourism activity in the Arctic is increasing, along with the economic and development opportunities that go with it.

To support this anticipated growth, we are pleased with the recent announcement by Transport Canada that they will provide funding to the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium to establish a Marine Training Centre in the Northwest Territories. The establishment of a centre for marine-related training is a strategic investment that supports the Government’s priority to develop a skilled northern workforce.

Mr. Speaker, our priority remains that essential goods will be delivered without fail and at reasonable cost to residents who rely on Marine Transportation Services. We are committed to building new business relationships, training our people, creating jobs, and stimulating the economy of the Northwest Territories.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Apply Now to Sit on the Tourism Marketing Advisory Committee

Do you want to help steer the direction of tourism in the Northwest Territories?

Apply to sit on the Tourism Marketing Advisory Committee

Deadline: March 19, 2018

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) is looking for people with a passion for tourism, and demonstrated strength in marketing, to sit on the Tourism Marketing Advisory Committee.

This Committee provides NWT Tourism with strategic advice on marketing and recommends the annual marketing plan to the Minister of ITI

The scope of work includes:

  • Two face-to-face meetings annually in Yellowknife.
  • An additional 10 to 20 hours of your time to review drafts of the annual marketing plan.

To apply, submit a short letter expressing why you are interested and your resume, highlighting your tourism and marketing experience.

For more information or to submit your application, contact:

Michelle_Heath@gov.nt.ca (link sends e-mail)
(867) 767-9206 ext. 63116
Tourism and Parks Division
Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

Third Session of the 18th Assembly begins Feb. 7

For a list of live and online broadcast stations, please visit


For those travelling south or north tomorrow Feb 2nd,2018 – Notification for Road Closure Hwy 1 and Hwy 3

Road closure on and tomorrow to accommodate a convoy of rock trucks from the Alberta/Northwest Territories border around 11am and reach Yellowknife around 7pm. All traffic will be stopped at available pull outs or wide locations and held until the loads have passed.


Join us for a Constituency Open House at our office #3-66 Woodland Dr (Godwin Mall) – Feb 3rd, 2018 11am to 4 pm.


Want to know how you’re being represented at the Legislative Assembly?

Join us for coffee, snacks and a quick presentation on upcoming initiatives that will impact our community.

You can also have a say on issues that matter to you most, and learn how we can work to ensure Hay River is on the path to prosperity for all.

Can’t make it in person?  Join us live from 11 am – 12 pm at facebook.com/WallySchumannMLAHayRiverSouth

For further information, please contact:
Myrtle Graham at 874-6141, cell 875-8909 or myrtle_graham@gov.nt.ca

The GNWT is welcoming applications from grade 9 and 10 students from across the Northwest Territories for Youth Parliament 2018


Vendor Workshop – Procurement Shared Services Wednesday 24th, 2018

Stop by the office this Saturday, January 13th between 10 and 12 for updates on current issues and voice your concerns on topics involving our community

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