Committees of the Legislative Assembly are always eager to hear the perspectives and opinions of Northwest Territories residents on the matters before them. The initiatives listed below are currently open for public engagement.
To give your opinion on any of the matters below, e-mail Committees@ntassembly.ca. To learn more about different ways to interact with Committees, visit the public participation tab on the Committees page.
Committee Initiative - NWT Arts
Members of the Legislative Assembly on the Standing Committees on Economic Development and Environment and Social Development are seeking written submissions or public presentations from artists and art organizations.
These Committees are reviewing the NWT Arts Strategy and assessing whether it supports the needs of arts and art organizations to grow and develop skills and increase sales.
The Committees are particularly interested in successes and challenges with respect to:
- Operations of the NWT Arts Council
- Development of infrastructure to support community-based arts
- Sales through NWT Arts
- Marketing NWT Arts
How can you participate? There are two options: Submit a written submission containing your thoughts; or sign up to provide a 10-minute presentation to MLAs on Monday, March 6, 2023 at 7:00PM. Contact Committees@ntassembly.ca to get started.
Committee Initiative - Food Security
Do you have expertise, knowledge or lived experiences regarding food security in the NWT, and ideas about how to improve it?
The Standing Committees on Social Development and Economic Development and Environment invite public submissions on how to improve food security in the NWT. The Committees intend to use what they hear from the public to help them develop recommendations to the Government of the NWT.
The Committees are particularly interested to hear from businesses or individuals on challenges and possible solutions to:
- Improve the affordability of food
- Improve transportation of food to northern communities
- Increase and diversify the food supply chain to feed the NWT
- Increase food production, harvesting, and sharing across regions
Send written submissions containing your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions to Commitees@ntassembly.ca.
If you wish to speak to the Committee directly, contact Committees@ntassembly.ca to arrange to speak at a public hearing on February 8, 2023 at 7:00PM.
Bill 56: An Act to Amend the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation Act
This bill’s proposed changes would change the name of the “Northwest Territories Housing Corporation” to its new name of “Housing Northwest Territories”, including replacing all uses of the old name. There are no other proposed changes in Bill 56 beyond changing the name of the Corporation in legislation. This Bill is being reviewed by the Standing Committee on Social Development.
Bill 57: Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2022
This bill would correct inconsistencies and errors in multiple pieces of NWT legislation. The matters in this Bill are considered minor and non-controversial. This Bill is being reviewed by the Standing Committee on Social Development.
Bill 60: An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products and Carbon Tax Act
This bill’s proposed changes, sponsored by the GNWT, comply with new federal carbon pricing benchmarks including new carbon tax rates. This Bill will impact costs for people across the Northwest Territories. This Bill is being reviewed by the Standing Committee on Government Operations. A public meeting will take place on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:00AM in Committee Room A of the Legislature.
Bill 61: An Act to Amend the Ombud Act
This bill’s proposed changes would mean residents could make complaints to the Ombud about a wider range of public bodies, and about matters that have come up since April 1, 1999. It would also allow the Ombud to provide more notice of investigations. This Bill is being reviewed by the Standing Committee on Government Operations. A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 11:00AM in Committee Room ‘A’ of the Legislature.
Bill 62: An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act
This bill’s proposed changes would allow the Canada Revenue Agency to share NWT income tax data with Finance Canada, as well as fulfill requirements to harmonize the NWT’s income tax legislation with the federal government’s. This Bill is being reviewed by the Standing Committee on Government Operations.
Bill 63: An Act to Amend the Official Languages Act
This Bill is separate from the review of the Official Languages Act that has been underway for the last two years by the Standing Committee on Government Operations. This Bill addresses changes recommended by the Languages Commissioner and by the Committee based on past reviews. Proposed changes would clarify the role of the Languages Commissioner, merge the Languages Boards and update language in the Act. This Bill is being reviewed by the Standing Committee on Government Operations.
Bill 65: Builders’ Lien Act
This Bill would change business for stakeholders involved with the construction industry. Proposed changes include extending timelines for filing and perfecting claims, creating trust provisions which requires owners and contractors to hold any money received in trust for employees and subcontractors, and allowing annual, phased and segmented release of holdbacks for large contracts, among other changes. This Bill is being reviewed by the Standing Committee on Social Development. The deadline for written submissions is 5:00PM on Monday, January 16, 2023.
Bill 66: An Act to Amend the Property Assessment and Taxation Act
This Bill would streamline administrative and operational processes, clarify and modernize terminology, and support a fair and effective legislative framework. These proposed changes affect known administrative and operational issues regarding the assessment side of the Act. This Bill is being reviewed by the Standing Committee on Government Operations. A public meeting will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 11:00AM in Committee Room ‘A’ of the Legislative Assembly building.
Bill 67: An Act to Amend the Fire Prevention Act
This Bill will impact those who deal with the Office of the Fire Marshal. Proposed changes would improve regulatory functions, create an authoritative plan review process and a formal avenue of appeal for plan reviews, and protect against personal liability. This Bill is being reviewed by the Standing Committee on Government Operations.
The deadline for written submissions is Friday, January 6th, 2023 at 5:00PM MST. There will be a public meeting on Thursday, January 12th, 2023 at 12:00PM in Committee Room ‘A’ of the Legislative Assembly building.
Bill 68: An Act to Amend the Child Day Care Act
This Bill will impact those who have a stake in child care in the NWT. The proposed changes include establishing an NWT Certification Process and Wage Grid, increasing inclusion and reporting measures, authorizing cost control regulations, protecting the rights of families and updating language in the Act. The deadline for written submissions is 5:00PM on Monday, January 16, 2023. There will be a public hearing on Thursday, January 12th, 2023 at 7:00PM in Committee Room ‘A’ of the Legislative Assembly building.
Priority - Social Development
The Standing Committee on Social Development agreed upon Housing as its priority concern. The Committee knows that many residents are struggling to find safe and affordable housing. As a result, some families are living in overcrowded homes and some are facing homelessness.
The Committee is now focusing specifically on homelessness prevention. Homelessness prevention means providing those who are or have been homeless the resources and supports they need to stabilize their housing and reduce the likelihood of becoming homeless in the future. While homelessness prevention targets those who may be experiencing homelessness, it supports all people and communities because the focus is on creating safe and affordable housing throughout the Territory.
Contact Committees@ntassembly.ca to provide feedback.
Priorities - Economic Development and Environment
The Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment has decided upon three main priorities:
Increase responsiveness of government policies and services to stimulate and diversify northern, and in particular Indigenous, businesses;
To maximize business opportunities from the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL), as well as other telecommunication opportunities for communities not connected to the MVFL; and
Ensure the Northwest Territories is well positioned to prevent environmental liabilities, effectively manage contaminated sites, and stimulate local economic opportunities through remediation.
The Committee continues to hold public hearings on these topics and do research with stakeholders. If you are interested in sharing perspectives on one of the above priorities, please contact Committees@ntassembly.ca
Statutory Review – Official Languages Act
The Standing Committee on Government Operations is undertaking a statutory review of the Official Languages Act.
The Act must be reviewed about every 5 years. The last review was done in 2014.
The Committee has been consulting with the public about the following discussion points:
What is working well for promoting official languages? What languages should be included in the Act? What should the Official Languages Commissioner be responsible for? What is not working well in the Act? How should languages rights be honoured? Where should languages rights be applied? What could the government be doing better to promote and protect official languages? What should First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Governments and organizations be responsible for?
If you have thoughts to share about the Official Languages Act, please send a written submission to Committees@ntassembly.ca. You can also e-mail the same address to arrange a time to speak to Committee over video conference.
Priority - Government Operations
The Standing Committee on Government Operations has set the following priority:
Identify the systemic barriers to increasing the representation of Indigenous people in the public service, and review Government of the Northwest Territories human resource practices and policies.
The Committee continues to hold public hearings on this topic and continues its research with stakeholders. If you are interested in sharing your perspectives on increasing the representation of Indigenous people in the public service, please contact Committees@ntassembly.ca
Priority - Special Committee on Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs
The Special Committee is focused on encouraging discussions and producing recommendations in relation to Aboriginal Rights negotiations and reconciliation with the Northwest Territories’ Indigenous Peoples. Specifically it seeks to recommend ways ot more easily implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
To share your thoughts and perspectives with the Committee, contact Committees@ntassembly.ca