Services for Individuals

Career Planning

Thinking about your future? Choosing a career is a big deal, and often a hard decision to make. Putting effort into the planning stages of your career can help you make the right decision for you. Our Career Development Officers are ready to help you. You can book an appointment with one of them by calling your regional ECE Service Centre.

Labour market information helps residents make decisions about their education, employment or business operations. The Government of the Northwest Territories partnered with the Conference Board of Canada to develop a labour market forecast for the Northwest Territories. This forecast is tied to the Skills 4 Success initiative, which provides information about occupations in demand in the territory.

To see what career your current skills and knowledge can get you, or to explore occupations related to various education programs, try Job Bank's Exploring Careers.

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 responsibility of employers under the jurisdiction of the Employment Standards Act.

Job Opportunities

Job Bank is a 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 salaries, current employment trends, and outlooks.

This site can help people search for work, make career decisions, see what jobs will be in demand and much more. Begin your search on Job Bank now!

Other helpful links for current job openings in the Northwest Territories are:

Labour Mobility

Labour Mobility is the ability of certified workers to practice their regulated occupation wherever opportunities to work in that occupation exist in Canada. Labour Mobility ensures that the qualifications of certified workers are recognized when they move to another province or territory.

For detailed information regarding the process and regulation of Labour Mobility, visit

Contact the Labour Mobility Coordinator for the Northwest Territories by emailing

Programs for Individuals

An individual is eligible for these programs if they:

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

Additional criteria may apply to those wishing to pursue skills development and self-employment.

Skills Development Program

The Skills Development Program provides support for eligible individuals to participate in short-term training opportunities, up to 52 weeks, that upgrade or develop essential employability skills.

Eligible skills development activities must be full-time and may include:

  • literacy and numeracy
  • upgrading
  • workplace essential skills
  • life skills
  • employment readiness programs
  • pre-employment training courses
  • skill-specific training programs
  • post-secondary programs leading to a formal credential

Self-Employment Program

The Self-Employment Program provides support to eligible individuals who are starting a small business or taking over an existing business in which they did not have prior ownership in. Assistance is provided to clients by assessing their business idea, personal suitability, family issues, financial risks, and the resources available or required to be successful.

In addition to the above eligibility criteria, individuals must agree to work full-time on a new business or an existing business that they have had no prior ownership in. They also must not have held a business licence for more than three months or participated in a self-employment assistance activity within the past five years.

For more information on these programs, contract your regional ECE Service Centre.