GNWT releases updated Housing Maintainer Standards

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Yellowknife — August 4, 2022

The Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is pleased to release updated occupational standards for its Housing Maintainer trades program.

Housing maintainers perform maintenance and minor repairs on existing physical structures and single-family homes. They service and repair heating systems; complete minor repairs to electrical and plumbing systems; paint and repair drywall and woodwork; and repair, replace and adjust doors and windows, ceiling and floor tiles and door locks. Housing maintainers are often employed by housing associations and authorities, or municipal governments.

The updates reflect technological changes in housing and building systems, such as structural carpentry and concrete work, as well as heat recovery ventilation, and they include standards for the skills required to do this work.

Housing Maintainer is a Northwest Territories (NWT)-developed trades program that supports the Apprenticeship, Trades and Occupational Certification (ATOC) Strategy. Housing Maintainers receive technical training in their trade through the Apprenticeship Housing Maintainer program at Aurora College, which bases its curriculum on the current standards.

The launch of the updated occupational standards is expected to be reflected in Aurora College’s programming beginning Fall 2023. While the program will not officially re-launch until the curriculum is updated, ECE is sharing the new standards with current Housing Maintainer apprentices and the public. Current Housing Maintainer apprentices will either be transferred into the new program or can choose to complete their apprenticeship under the current program.


“Tradespeople are in-demand, and pursuing an apprenticeship is a first-choice career option for many Northwest Territories residents. I’m pleased to release the updated Housing Maintainer Standards, which ensure that NWT tradespeople acquire the relevant training, knowledge, and skills they need to be successful in this field.”

  • R. J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick facts

  • Occupational standards outline the knowledge, skills, and attitudes a person must have to be considered competent in a trade or occupation, and are developed by those with expertise in the trade or occupation at the community level.
  • Housing Maintainer is a designated trade in the NWT. Housing Maintainers are currently certified in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Nunavut uses the same occupational standards and delivers the same Housing Maintainer program as the Government of the Northwest Territories.

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