Canada’s Top 100 Employers - Oct. 17, 2012

17 octobre 2012
Déclarations et discours de ministres

Mr. Speaker, on October 10th the Government of the Northwest Territories was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2013. This places the GNWT among an exclusive group of Canadian employers who lead their industries in their commitment to employees and their ability to recruit and retain a committed and engaged workforce.

We are in good company Mr. Speaker. Other employers recognised include 3M, CIBC, WestJet, Enbridge, Proctor and Gamble and Manulife Financial. Employers being recognised for the first time along with GNWT include Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network and Shoppers Drug Mart nationally. I would also like to recognise Diavik Diamond Mines as the only other NWT headquartered employer receiving this prestigious recognition.

It is very satisfying to know that the GNWT is being recognized nationally as one of the best employers to work for in Canada. Recipients of this award are chosen by a blue-ribbon Academic Advisory Board of management experts drawn from universities across Canada.

The GNWT was selected based on the evaluation of eight criteria: physical workplace; work atmosphere; health, financial, and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

Effective and efficient government is one of the goals of the 17th Legislative Assembly, Mr. Speaker. The key to providing effective services to the people of the Northwest Territories is a committed and competent public service. Being able to promote the GNWT as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers enhances our ability to attract talented individuals who are deeply engaged by their work and committed to their professions, their communities, and the people they serve.

The GNWT is a great place to work.  We offer excellent compensation and benefits; generous leave allowances, opportunities for a varied career; support for education, training and development; and a family-friendly work environment that permits flexible work hours where operationally possible.   We are an inclusive employer that values the skills and contributions of all employees, and are respectful of the diversity of our workforce. Working for the GNWT is challenging and exciting, and employees have the ability to contribute to a vibrant North and to be part of an organization that respects and honours cross-cultural context.  Due to our small size, employees have the opportunity to make a difference and are able to see the direct impact their work has on residents of the NWT. There are great opportunities for career growth, development and advancement and, last but not least, the chance to work in beautiful pristine locations and experience the richness of different cultures and traditions.

There are many people responsible for making the GNWT one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. I would like to extend my congratulations to all GNWT employees for their hard work and commitment which contributed to our national recognition as a top employer. I would also like to thank the Members of the 17th Legislative Assembly and our Union partners for making this possible. All of us play a role in establishing the high standards of our workplaces and we can all take great pride in this achievement.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.