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Reminder: Tourism Program Deadlines December 15

The deadline for two tourism funding programs is quickly approaching.

Expressions of interest for Community Tourism Infrastructure Contribution (CTIC) and the Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program (TPDMP) are due by December 15, 2017.

CTIC provides funding to community governments and non-government organizations to support new and innovative tourism infrastructure projects in and around their communities.

Apply for the Community Tourism Infrastructure Contribution.http://www.iti.gov.nt.ca/en/CTIC

TPDMP can help you re-invent, improve or expand your tourism product and operation to meet future market demands by providing funding for business planning, product development and packaging as well as marketing.

Apply for the Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program.http://www.iti.gov.nt.ca/en/TPDMP

New ‘X’ Gender Option Now Available on NWT Driver’s Licences

News Release

YELLOWKNIFE (December 11, 2017) – Residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) now have the option to display an ‘X’ in the sex section of driver’s licence and identification cards issued by the Department of Infrastructure.

This change helps to ensure services offered by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) are inclusive and respectful of transgender, two-spirit, intersex, and non-binary residents.

To change the gender identifier on a driver’s licence or identification card, residents must fill out an application or renewal form and visit an NWT issuing office. There is no additional fee or requirements for residents to make this change.

 

Quotes:

“As one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to offer a third gender option on identification documents, the GNWT is committed to inclusivity and the fair treatment of all residents. Today’s announcement will make it easier to obtain government identification that matches one’s gender identity. We remain committed to ensuring individuals across the north are empowered and feel safe in the communities they call home.”
Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure

“It is so important for the GNWT to be moving in the direction they are because it impacts many lives for the better. To be able to hold Government issued ID that reflects and respects the individual which it identifies is so valuable. Being able to have an X on my ID gives me the respect and autonomy I deserve, and while there is still a long way to go as far as rights and inclusion is concerned, this is a great step forward for the GNWT.”
Lane MacIntosh, President, Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife

 

Quick Facts:

  • ‘X’ is a standard accepted by the International Civil Aviation Organization Standards, which promotes consistency among travel documents
  • This change helps the GNWT meet the diverse needs of residents, and is consistent with the Vital Statistics Act.
  • The GNWT does not have authority over how other organizations/ jurisdictions recognize or accept the gender X option.
  • INF continues to work with the Department of Health and Social Services to allow for Indigenous fonts and diacritics, such as the glottal stop, on driver’s licences and identification cards. This is a complex and difficult process as changes will affect multiple information systems.

 

Relevant links:

Drivers and Motor Vehicles (DMV) Online Services

 

Media Contact:

Greg Hanna
Communications Coordinator
Department of Infrastructure
Government of the Northwest Territories
Phone: 867-767-9082, ext. 31046
www.gov.nt.ca

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The Government of the Northwest Territories proposes a way forward for the legalisation of cannabis in the NWT

YELLOWKNIFE (NOVEMBER 24, 2017) – Minister of Justice Louis Sebert released the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) proposed plan for legalizing cannabis in the NWT today. This is an important step in designing a system that will provide controlled access to a safe supply of recreational cannabis for NWT residents in order to maintain the health and safety of residents and communities across the North.

The Cannabis Legalization in the Northwest Territories: The Way Forward report provides an overview of the GNWT’s proposed approach on the matters for which the GNWT is responsible, including: minimum age, possession limits, public smoking, the sale and distribution of recreational cannabis, impaired driving, workplace safety and public education. The Way Forward report takes into account input received through the cannabis public engagement process, as well as other important factors, including inter-jurisdictional considerations, coordination with enforcement partners, practical and financial implications for implementation in the required timeframe and current research on the health impacts of cannabis.

The GNWT plans to introduce legislation for the consideration of the 18th Legislative Assembly in the February/March sitting, in order to meet the federal deadline of July 2018. The GNWT looks forward to working with Standing Committees to ensure the necessary legislation is developed and reviewed according to normal processes prior to the federally-imposed deadline.

The GNWT will continue work to develop the policies and programs necessary to address the legalization of cannabis in the Northwest Territories.

 

Quote:

“Our government is working to make sure the NWT is ready with a framework for regulating recreational cannabis when the Government of Canada makes it legal in July 2018. We know this issue matters to Northerners and that is why we have made public engagement a priority and will continue to keep residents informed throughout this process as we work with the Members of the Legislative Assembly to ensure we have the appropriate laws, guidelines, policies and programs in place to achieve an orderly management of legal cannabis by July 2018.

Louis Sebert, Minister of Justice

 

Quick Facts:

  • The proposed minimum age for the possession and consumption of cannabis for NWT residents is 19 years.
  • Adults 19 and older will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in a public place. Adults will also be allowed to grow up to 4 plants per household for personal use.
  • Adults 19 and older will be allowed to smoke cannabis in their homes. Public smoking of cannabis will be prohibited in certain areas in order to protect others from second-hand smoke exposure.
  • The NWT Liquor Commission will be responsible for the importation and sale of cannabis in the NWT. Initially, NWT residents will only be able to purchase cannabis through liquor stores or by a mail order service run by the NWT Liquor Commission.
  • NWT communities will have the option to hold a plebiscite to prohibit cannabis, similar to the options currently available to restrict alcohol.
  • The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) will be responsible for reviewing occupational health and safety regulations and consulting with employers, labour groups and workers to ensure that any changes or additions adequately address impairment issues.
  • The GNWT will set up new sanctions for drug-impaired driving.

 

Relevant Links :

GNWT Cannabis Legislation homepage

Cannabis Legalization in the Northwest Territories – What We Heard

 

Media Contact:

Charlotte Digness
Media and Communications Coordinator

Cabinet Communications and Protocol
Government of the Northwest Territories

Phone: 867-767-9140  Ext. 11092

Pine Point Mining Limited wants to talk with you

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Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway is now open !!

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Public Engagement: Manufacturing Strategy Nov 9th

*Snacks and refreshments will be served*

Do you have ideas to bring more manufacturing opportunities to the NWT? Concerns about how manufacturing is being supported now?

Come out and HAVE YOUR SAY at a public session to help inform our development of our Northern Manufacturing Strategy.

There will be a short presentation with ample opportunities to share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns with GNWT staff and have your questions answered by an expert from the field.

Hope to see you there!

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NOV9

 
Thu 6 PM · Ptarmigan Inn – Alexandra Falls Room

 

Fire Service Merit Awards – Congratulations to the Hay River Fire Dept and Captain Terence Fischer

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YELLOWKNIFE (October 11, 2017) – Each year, the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs, recognizes members of the NWT Fire Service for their work in protecting our families and homes from the threat of fire by presenting the annual Fire Service Merit Awards.

 

NWT Fire Service Merit Awards are granted based on nominations from community members and fire chiefs, to honour and recognize individuals and community fire departments for their significant contribution to fire safety and fire service across the territory.

 

The 2017 award recipients are:

 

  • Hay River Fire Captain Terence Fischer – for his bravery, dedication and contributions as a mentor and leader;
  • Hay River Fire Department –for their commitment and dedication to the residents of Hay River through fire department programming and services that they provide locally, and their regional support.

 

Recognizing the contributions and achievements of fire fighters is an important part of promoting and recognizing the NWT Fire Service. Community fire departments provide vital education and protection services that contribute to sustainable, vibrant, and safe communities.

Buffalo River Bridge Update

Located at km 55.7 on the Fort Smith Highway (Highway 5), the Buffalo River Bridge is undergoing rehabilitation until November 30, 2017. Restrictions are currently in place and have been updated as of Tuesday, October 10.
NEW RESTRICTIONS THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2017:

  • Single lane of traffic only
  • Width restriction of 3.0 meters
  • Height restriction of 4.2 meters
  • No overweight loads allowed
  • Intermittent road closures up to 30 minutes can be expected
  • Please observe the reduced speed limits within the construction zone.  Double fines will be applied.

Vehicles exceeding legal width, height or loading allowances are required to adhere to the pre-approval authorization process at all times. For any further information please call the road information line at 1-800-661-0750

 

Statement on Marine Transportation Services – Oct 3rd

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories is nearing the successful completion of its first season delivering Marine Transportation Services to communities on the Mackenzie River and Arctic coast.

The delivery of essential goods by tug and barge to our communities on Great Slave Lake, the Mackenzie River and the Arctic coast sustains the vital services that our communities rely upon.  Since early July when the first tug and barge tow of the season departed Hay River, GNWT Marine Transportation Services has successfully delivered all of the critical petroleum products and deck cargo to all scheduled communities and clients, and has met all of its commercial marine charter commitments.

This season, Marine Transportation Services registered and reactivated six tugboats, transported more than 37 million litres of fuel and carried more than ten thousand tonnes of deck cargo to communities and industry clients.  This cargo includes diesel fuel, jet fuel, gasoline, construction materials, prefabricated housing units, heavy equipment, vehicles, and consumer goods.  At the GNWT Hay River Shipyard, they completed maintenance work on Canadian Coast Guard vessels that provide critical support to navigation and shipping on NWT waters.  Substantial charter work was also accomplished for large industrial clients.  In this way, Marine Transportation Services supports small and large businesses, industrial operations and stimulates economic development in the Northwest Territories.

Mr. Speaker, Marine Transportation Services also provides important employment opportunities to residents, supporting the development of a strong northern workforce. For the 2017 season, the Department of Infrastructure engaged a marine crewing contractor to recruit and employ capable personnel to operate GNWT Marine Transportation Services.  At the peak of the season, more than 140 people were employed, and 60 of those employees were Northwest Territories residents.  In addition to the employment generated, MTS has purchased more than $2.6 million dollars in goods and services from Northwest Territories businesses so far this year.

Mr., Speaker, this is a challenging business. To achieve these successes during its first operating season, Marine Transportation Services overcame many obstacles, including the challenge of moving the vessels necessary for community resupply from Inuvik to Hay River at the beginning of the season; and addressing several years of deferred maintenance of the tugs, barges, shipyard and terminals.  High water levels in the Mackenzie River delayed the Canadian Coast Guard’s buoy and navigation aid setup; and delays in supplier shipments of cargo fuel resulted in temporary delivery delays to two communities.  The Government of the Northwest Territories will use the lessons that we have learned this season to implement strategies to enhance our operations in future years.

Drawing upon this experience, we are developing a long-term business and operating model for Marine Transportation Services; one that will best use business revenues to stabilize costs of essential marine services and enable the success of future operations.

Mr. Speaker, our investment in Canada’s northernmost inland shipyard and in this tug and barge fleet signals that we value and support the Mackenzie River as a corridor for commerce and transportation.  At the Port of Hay River, the most northerly connection of the continental railway system meets Canada’s longest river. 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. The Mackenzie River is truly our marine highway to the Arctic Ocean. Continued improvement of marine operations in the territory depends upon investment in infrastructure, such as landings and wharves; channel maintenance through dredging; and improved charting and navigational aids.

The Government of the Northwest Territories is pursuing opportunities for funding that may be available through initiatives such as the federal Oceans Protection Plan to improve the state of marine infrastructure in the territory.  The Department of Infrastructure has developed a list of priority marine infrastructure that requires improvement and has identified opportunities for investments to increase the safety and efficiency of marine operations. These include improvements to port and shipyard assets, intermodal facility improvements, harbour dredging, dock repairs, and maintenance at ferry landings and at all marine-served communities.

Mr. Speaker, we will build upon the success of the 2017 season. The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to ensure that residents who rely on marine transportation services will get essential goods at a reasonable cost, and get them without fail, while making strategic investments in marine transportation, creating jobs, and stimulating the economy of the Northwest Territories.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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