Speech Language Pathologist

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 18498
Salary: $92,976 - $111,072
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.



Job Information

Located within the Fort Smith Health Centre and reporting directly to the Regional Manager, Allied Health Services, the Speech Language Pathologist independently provides diagnostic, treatment, preventative, counseling, educational and referral services to in and out-patients ranging from newborns to geriatric.

The Speech Language Pathologist will see patients/clients daily in a suitable setting from referrals by physicians, public health nurses, daycares, parents, social workers, etc. or those who may request treatment directly. The Speech Language Pathologist provides direct care (i.e. assessment, diagnosis, treatment, etc.), monitors the delivery of treatment delegated to the client, family or other health care providers and acts as an educational resource to clients, family, or other health care professionals that include but are not limited to; the hospital, community health centres, schools and daycares. The incumbent will design and implement programs, research, educational material and design and deliver workshops on topics related to speech language  (FROM SLP-SCHOOL JD). The Speech Language Pathologists have advanced knowledge in all areas of speech language pathology as opposed to a specialization in one area.

The Speech Language Pathologist works with patients of all ages who have speech, language, voice, and/or fluency delays/disorders. Communication disorders may be secondary to loss of hearing, head injury, FAS, FAE, autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, etc. Types of care delivered may include but not be limited to; designing and teaching patient specific augmentative communication, improving articulation and/or language skills, increasing fluency, etc. The focus of the therapy is to maximize and maintain the patient's ability to succeed in professional and social settings as well as to improve the patient's quality of life. All of the incumbent's patients have communication delays/disorders and therefore may not be able to request assistance, or communicate needs when required.

Typically the above qualifications would be attained by:

The successful completion of a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology, and year of directly related experience.


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876



Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Term Position

This job opening is for a one (1) year term.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview.  Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.


Eligible for current registration is mandatory for this position. 

For more information on health and social services careers and practicing in the Northwest Territories please visit www.practiceNWT.ca

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 18498  

Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $47.68 per hour (approximately $92,976 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $6,406.