Inspector, Employment Standards - AMENDED

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Education, Culture and Employment
Job ID: 20986
Salary: $88,803 - $106,061
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Nov 1, 2021

Department Information

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) provides the residents of the Northwest Territories with access to quality programs, services and support to assist them in making informed and productive choices for themselves and their families with regard to education, training, careers, employment and labour, child development, languages, culture and heritage.

Job Information

The Employment Standards Inspector is responsible for providing investigative services and advice in interpreting, administering and enforcing Employment Standards legislation of the Northwest Territories to ensure that employees/employers are protected by, and aware of, the legislative requirements. 

The Employment Standards Inspector position is located in Yellowknife and reports to the Manager of Employment Standards. The position is one of three inspectors in the unit.

The Inspector deals with approximately 40 - 50 complaints per year and 1 - 2 payroll inspections per week. Inspectors are assigned specific regions and share the Yellowknife caseload.

The work has a direct impact on employers and employees in the Northwest Territories. In dealing with complaints, the Inspector is required to provide a fair and open assessment of a situation, using investigative and analytical skills to assess compliance with the Employment Standards Act. The incumbent has considerable latitude in carrying out investigations and independent judgment is required.

Decisions must be based on quasi-legal arguments and ascertained facts. The result of each investigation conducted has the potential to be examined by an appeal body.

The Inspector holds an appointment as a Commissioner of Oaths for the purpose of swearing legal documents.

Critical knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of NWT and national employment standards and enforcement and investigative procedures.
  • Knowledge of northern community life and cross-cultural issues.
  • Able to use accounting software.
  • Research skills.
  • Well-developed problem solving skills including the skill to present a sound foundation for solutions.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills in a complex environment.
  • Experience in conducting presentations and training seminars.

Typically attained by:

  • A related diploma combined with 3 years’ experience in an investigative, accounting/bookkeeping, labour relations or human resources setting.
  • A Class 5 Driver's License.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

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

More Information

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 criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


The incumbent in this position may be required to travel up to 1 week 2 to 6 times a year by small plane to remote settlements.

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 # 20986         

Closing Date: November 1, 2021 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $46.22 per hour to $55.21 per hour (approximately $90,129 - $107,659.50) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.