With more than 5,000 employees, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is one of the largest employers in the Northwest Territories. During the most recent Employee Satisfaction Survey, 89.7% of participants either agreed or strongly agreed that they have positive working relationships with their co-workers. Our workforce is very diverse and ranges in age from eighteen year old summer students to experienced employees over 65. 

The GNWT offers competitive compensation packages with excellent salaries, supportive health and dental benefits, annual leave starting at 16.5 days per year, a defined pension plan, as well as maternity and parental benefits. 

Health/Dental Coverage

Health care is provided across the Northwest Territories by the dedicated teams within the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA). 

The GNWT provides employees with health care coverage through the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP).  The GNWT covers the full cost of this plan; however, employees are responsible for additional expenses should they choose to upgrade their hospital coverage. As an added benefit the plan also provides travel coverage and emergency travel assistance benefits. To review the plan and its various benefits, visit the Government of Canada's website

Dental coverage is important and the GNWT provides dental protection for employees and their families through Green Shield.  The plan cost is covered by the GNWT with employees being responsible for the annual deductible.  For additional information please review the Dental Plan Booklet

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is an additional health and wellness benefit funded by the GNWT.  This program provides employees and their families with additional support with a wide range of qualified national experts specializing in everything from mental to physical health and financial to legal supports. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 



The GNWT is a member of the Public Service Pension Plan administered by the Government of Canada.  This is a defined pension plan that pays out a monthly salary based on years of service and average salary of the employee’s five highest consecutive years of salary.

For the most up to date information about the pension please visit the Public Service Pension Plan website.