Services for Employers

Delivered through regional ECE Service Centres, ECE provides supports to assist employers in addressing their workforce needs, including labour force training and workplace skills development and training.

Employment Standards

The Employment Standards Office serves the needs of both employers and employees by providing information and education on the rights of employees and the responsibilities of employers under the jurisdiction of the Employment Standards Act.

Job Bank

Job Bank is the leading source for jobs and labour market information. It offers users free occupational and career information such as job opportunities, educational requirements, duties, wages, and current employment trends and outlooks. In Job Bank, employers can post jobs, access employer resources that help with the hiring process, and find tips on managing and training employees.  All of these services are free. 

For employers looking to bring employees to the NWT from other countries, Job Bank will be an essential part of the promotion of the Northwest Territories’ Express Entry System for employing foreign national skilled workers.  Employers and jobseekers wishing to use the Express Entry System must apply through Job Bank.

For more information on bringing foreign workers to the NWT, please click here.


Programs for Employers

Employer Eligibility

Registered businesses, industry associations, local housing authorities, non-governmental organizations, Indigenous organizations, and Indigenous governments are eligble for assistance.

Businesses must have been in operation for a minimum of six months, be licensed to operate in the Northwest Territories and registered with the Worker's Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories (WSCC).

Preference is given to employers who are eligible under the GNWT Business Incentive Policy (BIP). Not-for-profit organizations are not included in the BIP but are eligible for funding.

Participant Eligibiltiy

A participant is eligible if they:

  • reside in the NWT;
  • are of school leaving age (16 years or older); and
  • are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act, who is entitled to work in Canada.

Employee Training Program

The Employee Training Program (ETP) supports employers who have hired employees in anticipation of their workforce needs by providing assistance to offset the cost of training. The program can assist employers to provide employee up-skilling due to economic, technological or organizational change. It may also be used to support individuals who are under-employed or employed and in need of training to maintain or move to a different or better job. The ETP may also be used to offset the costs of training employees.

The ETP is not intended for employees to maintain professional status, certification or designation or assist with personal development skills, such as self-awareness, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, or similar.

For a training initiative to be considered under the ETP, training must be short-term (up to 52 weeks) and be provided by an eligible third-party training institution. At the end of the training, the employer must have a job available for the employee. Eligible training includes, but it not limited to:

  • essential skills training
  • technical training courses (excluding apprenticeship technical training)
  • business training
  • management and leadership training
  • short-term certificate training

Wage Subsidy Program

The Wage Subsidy Program provides support to employers to hire and train NWT residents. This program is intended to provide work experience and training for up to 52 weeks to better enable participants to obtain meaningful long-term employment.

This program may not be used to fund federal or territorial government positions.

For more information on programs and services available for employers, contact your regional ECE service centre.