GNWT releases proposed draft post-secondary education regulations

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — August 29, 2022

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is inviting the public to review and provide feedback on proposed draft regulations under the Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Act.

The PSE Act establishes the framework to recognize post-secondary education institutions in the Northwest Territories (NWT), including universities and colleges. The Act received assent in 2019 and is awaiting the finalization of regulations to be brought into force in fall 2022.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is proposing four sets of regulations to support the PSE Act:

  1. Private Vocational Training (PVT) Regulations will regulate Certificate and Diploma programs that provide training in the skills and knowledge required for employment in a vocation.  
  2. Colleges, Degree Granting and Universities Regulations will regulate the institutions identified as colleges and universities and will also regulate the offering of degrees in a post-secondary institution.
  3. Private Training Institutions Regulations will regulate private institutions wanting to offer post-secondary education.
  4. General Regulations will contain information on items that do not fit into the other areas, such as Tuition, Mandate, and Reporting.

Work is also underway on the Indigenous Institution Regulations to establish the standards and processes to be recognized as an Indigenous Institution in the NWT. These regulations are being developed and informed by engagement with Indigenous governments and organizations and will reflect the unique Indigenous perspectives and contexts of the NWT. They are not included as part of this engagement; however, there will be future opportunities for input on those regulations as that work advances.

The public is invited to review the proposed regulations and provide feedback to by September 27, 2022.


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Public Affairs and Communications
Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories