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. 

The Employment Standards Act and Employment Standards Regulations are the basic legal authority in the NWT which sets out minimum employment standards and provides for the enforcement of these laws by the Employment Standards staff.

The Employment Standards Act applies to most employees and employers that perform work in the Northwest Territories and sets out the minimum employment standards for the NWT.  

The Employment Standards Act does not apply to:

  • Federal Government Employees
  • Territorial Government Employees
  • Worker’s in federally regulated industries such as airlines, banks, and most telecommunications operations.