GNWT releases salary ranges for all public servant positions

YELLOWKNIFE (November 18, 2016) – Starting in mid-November, the Government of the Northwest Territories will make salary ranges for all public servant positions publicly available.

In its mandate, the GNWT committed to proactively improving openness and transparency. While information about employee salary ranges has always been available to the public through job descriptions, making this information available in a single, centralized source on the Department of Human Resources website will make it more accessible for NWT residents.


"Openness and transparency are priorities for the 18th Legislative Assembly and this initiative accomplishes that. Providing information about salary ranges for all GNWT positions through our website is just one way to let NWT residents know how public money is being spent to maintain the public service.”
- Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Human Resources

Quick Facts

  • Making information about GNWT employee salaries more accessible is aligned with the direction of most Canadian jurisdictions to disclose the salaries of public servants.
  • Disclosure of names, specific pay and bonuses of individual employees will remain confidential under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • The Department of Human Resources website will publish organizational charts containing the salary range and job descriptions of all positions within the GNWT.  The information that will be published will contain every position’s job title, pay grade and the maximum and minimum range of that grade.
  • Salary grids and pay ranges for unionized, excluded, senior management and Deputy Heads is already available on the Department of Human Resources website and has also always been included in job advertisements.
  • Information on the total compensation, including benefits, salary, and performance bonuses paid to GNWT employees is available annually in the Public Service Annual Report, which is tabled in the Legislative Assembly each year.

Related Links

GNWT Salary Disclosure

Media Inquiries

Todd Sasaki
Communications Officer
Department of Human Resources
Government of the Northwest Territories
P.O. Box 1320 | Yellowknife, NT | X1A 2L9
Tel: 1-867-767-9151 ext. 14032| Fax: 1-867-873-0235 |