Programs for Organizations

Eligible Partners

Registered businesses, industry or employee associations, local housing authorities, nongovernmental organizations, Crown Corporations, postsecondary institutions, community and special interest groups, boards and agencies, Indigenous organizations, and Indigenous, municipal or local governments are eligible for assistance.

Registered businesses must be licensed to operate in the Northwest Territories, and registered with the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories (WSCC).

When considering business applications, preference will be given to employers who are eligible under the GNWT Business Incentives Policy.

Community Training Partnerships

Community Training Partnerships provide training and skills development opportunities to unemployed individuals to improve their employment prospects and obtain meaningful long-term employment. Support is provided for up to 26 weeks to organizations to deliver local activities aimed at increasing skills development, including workplace essential skills.

Community Training Partnership projects may include the follow group skills training:

  • literacy and numeracy
  • upgrading
  • workplace essential skills
  • life skills
  • employment readiness programs
  • pre-employment training courses
  • skill-specific training programs

Employment Assistance Services

Employment Assistance Services provide career and employment assistance to NWT residents for particular local needs and helps individuals prepare for the workforce, find work, or maintain work through organizations. The focus of this program is on assisting individuals described as unemployed, underemployed, or at risk of unemployment.

To be awarded an agreement, a service provider must:

  • provide demonstrated experience and the ability to develop the service;
  • demonstrate the abiltiy to provide appropriate training;
  • provide adequate facilities and equipment
  • demonstrate management and planning capabilities;
  • provide competitive and reasonable service costs;
  • demonstrate the ability to obtain and use labour market information;
  • understand ECE programs and services and their requirements; and
  • agree to the reporting requirements set out in the agreement.

Job Creation Partnerships

Job Creation Partnerships provide work experience opportunities to improve employment prospects of the participants. The program assists unemployed individuals who need work experience and training to obtain meaningful long-term employment.

The program provides support for up to 52 weeks to organizations to deliver local activities that either include a work experience component or have a guarantee of employment at the end of the project. Work experience projects may also include a skills development component.

Strategic Workforce Initiatives

Strategic Workforce Initiatives support organizations with labour market activities that promote labour force development, workforce adjustments, and human resources planning. Activities must address a community labour market need and may include identifying economic trends, creating strategies, and initiating projects to develop a responsive local labour force.

The types of projects that can be funded include:

  • Research: Research projects which gather unemployment data, analyze potential training and employment opportunities, and/or track and assess the community labour market.
  • Development of Strategic Plans: Prepare a strategic plan to address community economic and employment issues.
  • Promotion: Projects which market new programs and services or which promote employment supports to employers and unemployed individuals.
  • Communications: Projects which share best practices or are intended to initiate discussion regarding community challenges and opportunities.
  • Coordination: Projects which facilitate community problem solving related to labour market/employment challenges; and/or projects which aid in the development of local planning groups.
  • Coordination of Workforce Adjustment: Projects which help businesses set up support mechanisms to assist employees who are at risk of losing their jobs including human resource planning and coordination, skills training inventory or needs assessment and related development activities, and occupational standards.

For more information on programs available to organizations, contact your regional ECE Service Centre.