Delivered on March 6, 2018
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce that the Government of the Northwest Territories has been selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers in two categories for 2018, Canada’s Top Employer of Young People and Canada’s Best Diversity Employer.
Mr. Speaker, this is the fourth time the GNWT has been selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers of Young People. This prestigious designation recognizes employers that offer the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people who are starting their careers. It reaffirms that the GNWT remains one of Canada’s leaders in attracting and retaining younger employees within our organization.
The Department of Finance continues to manage numerous programs and initiatives aimed at creating employment opportunities for northern students, and helping to provide diverse work experiences for young people. These include:
Mr. Speaker, our programs help these young people, but they also help our government. The young people are the future of our public service and the GNWT is committed to attracting our Northern youth to the public service and to providing opportunities for growth and development throughout their careers.
Mr. Speaker, the GNWT has also been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the sixth time. This recognition places the GNWT among an exclusive group of Canadian employers who have demonstrated a commitment to creating and maintaining inclusive workplaces.
The GNWT has undertaken a number of initiatives to foster a diverse and an inclusive workforce. These include:
Mr. Speaker, while these awards highlight the achievements of the GNWT in these areas, we recognize that there is still more work to do. These awards may be confirmation that government-wide we are taking the right steps to make progress, but we will not stop here. This government will continue to ensure sustained efforts on these fronts.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.