Jul 31 2015

NWT Housing Corporation exempts retroactive Universal Child Care Benefit payments

YELLOWKNIFE (July 31, 2015) – The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) will exempt public housing tenants receiving the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) in the same manner recently announced for NWT residents on income assistance.

Following Premier McLeod’s announcement on July 24, 2015 that the GNWT would exempt the federal retroactive Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) payments as a source of income for calculating income assistance, Minister Responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation Robert C. McLeod strongly believed public housing tenants should benefit from the full retroactive payment in the same way as other NWT residents with children. 

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Jul 29 2015

Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations and National Energy Board sign MOU/Signature d’un protocole d’entente entre le Bureau de l’organisme de réglementation des opérations liées au pétrole et au gaz et l’Office national de l’énergie

YELLOWKNIFE (July 29, 2015) – The Government of the Northwest Territories Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations (GNWT Regulator), Minister David Ramsay, and Peter Watson, CEO and Chair of the National Energy Board (NEB), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 27, 2015.

“With the GNWT Regulator and the NEB each playing a role in regulating oil and gas activities in the NWT onshore, this MOU is an important step to ensuring that those roles are coordinated and that, as much as possible, there is a predictable regulatory regime across the territory,” said Minister Ramsay.

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Jul 28 2015

Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories Support NWT Highway Improvements and Community Economic Development Initiatives/Les gouvernements du Canada et des Territoires du Nord-Ouest appuient des projets d’amélioration de routes dans les T.N.-O. et des initiatives de développement économique dans les collectivités

Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories Support NWT Highway Improvements and Community Economic Development Initiatives

Projects will support economic growth in the Northwest Territories

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (July 27, 2015) – Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Member of Parliament (MP) for Oshawa, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council today announced three important investments for several major highway development projects in the region. Dr. Carrie was joined by Bob McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories, Tom Beaulieu, NWT Minister of Transportation, and Robert C. McLeod, Minister Responsible for Infrastructure, for the event.

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Jul 28 2015

Tom Beaulieu: Highways Capacity Improvement Project- Funding Announcement Technical Briefing

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Good afternoon.

This technical briefing supplements today’s announcement of a funding partnership between the Governments of the Northwest Territories and Canada to deliver the NWT Highway Capacity Upgrade Project, valued at $96 million.

This afternoon, we heard the Government of Canada is contributing $72 million, that’s 75% of the cost to reconstruct identified sections of the NWT highway.

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Jul 28 2015

Bob McLeod: New Building Canada Plan – Highways Capacity Improvement Project

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Thank you and good afternoon. It is a pleasure to welcome Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Collin Carrie to the Northwest Territories and to Yellowknife. We know that he has a very busy week ahead of him and I am sure he will receive a warm welcome in all the communities he visits. I would also like to recognize my fellow MLAs.

Today we are announcing an investment of $72 million dollars through the federal New Building Canada Plan and $24 million from the Government of the Northwest Territories, for a combined total of $96 million dollars. We welcome Canada’s investment in the Northwest Territories transportation system and their shared commitment to our goal of a healthy and prosperous north.

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Jul 24 2015

NWT addresses Universal Child Care Benefit payments

Exemption for retroactive payment for Income Assistance clients

YELLOWKNIFE, NT (July 24, 2015) – Premier Bob McLeod today addressed the increased Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) monthly payment from the Government of Canada, effective January 2015.

On January 1, 2015, the UCCB was expanded to include a new benefit for children aged 6 through 17, and the payments that parents receive for children under the age of 6 were increased. On a monthly basis, for each child under the age of 6, families are eligible to receive $160 and a benefit of $60 for each child between 6 and 17. The UCCB is a taxable benefit and eligible residents are expected to receive retroactive payments over the next few weeks.

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Jul 23 2015

French Active Offer toolkit launches across the GNWT/Lancement de la trousse d’offre active en français au GTNO

YELLOWKNIFE, NT (July 23, 2015) – Today, as the latest initiative in the ongoing implementation of the French Language Communications and Services Strategic Plan, the Francophone Affairs Secretariat launched the Active Offer Toolkit for front line staff across the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).

Introduced in 2012, the strategic plan guides the implementation of improved services to the Francophone community accessing GNWT services. The plan includes three frameworks which cover all aspects of French language service delivery, roles and responsibilities of the GNWT. 

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Jul 23 2015

Cassidy Point leaseholders provided option to obtain fee simple title

YELLOWKNIFE, NT (July 23, 2015 ) – The Government of the Northwest Territories is moving forward to provide Cassidy Point leaseholders with the opportunity to obtain fee simple title on their existing lot.

“By providing the opportunity to pursue land ownership, this government is fulfilling a long-standing commitment to the Cassidy Point leaseholders,” said Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Lands. “The Department will be working directly with the leaseholders to provide information and details about the purchase process, should they choose that option.”

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Jul 23 2015

GNWT cites broad support for Thaidene Nëné

YELLOWKNIFE (July 23, 2015) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is pleased to announce, based on feedback received from public and stakeholder meetings on Thaidene Nene (TDN) held in Yellowknife last week, that, broad support is building for the GNWT’s balanced approach to find a solution that meets the many complex interests of northerners in TDN.

“I’m very encouraged to see that the collaborative process used so far in discussions is meeting with public support so far,” said GNWT Minister of Environment and Natural Resources J. Michael Miltenberger. “The mix of solutions proposed for TDN heralds a positive change in how the GNWT approaches the resolution of complex interests, some of which have been at play in this region for decades. The TDN process has enabled us to do an incredible amount of work with our partners in a very short period of time.”

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Jul 21 2015

Provincial & Territorial Ministers Working Together to Reduce Use of Diesel for Electricity in Remote Communities

(July 21, 2015)— Partners in Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, The Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Ontario to Find Opportunities to Support Remote Communities —

The governments of Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, The Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Ontario are establishing a Pan-Canadian Task Force to reduce the use of diesel fuel to generate electricity in remote communities. Manitoba Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell, Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Pierre Arcand, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Natural Resources Derrick Dalley, Northwest Territories Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay, Yukon Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Scott Kent, and Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced this historic agreement today.

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