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Advance your life with upward career progression. Make it work it the Northwest Territories.

An acquaintance of mine once told me that he had a career plan to ‘bank on’. Of course he did, working in the financial services sector. He worked for a well-known commercial bank. Working as a teller, in a major city, did not seem be a wise investment for him. So his plan was to find a job as an Assistant Bank Manager in, of all places, the North West Territories. His diversified plan began with his request for transfer within the bank where he was employed to location in the NWT. His request was granted. His long-term plan was to advance from the Assistant Manager position to eventually become a Bank Manager. Once he capitalized on his financial services career goal, he would return to the major city of origin, as a Bank Manager. He embarked on his voyage to the NWT in search of career gold. That is what he found.

Many employers in the NWT offer lucrative relocation allowances. These include accommodation and location allowances & tax allowances; plus an attractive benefits program, which includes dental and extended medical coverage, as well as life and disability insurance. Vacation leave programs are also quite generous; ranging up to a month of paid vacation time, within two years of employment. The NWT government offers similar, if not better compensation plans for their staff.[1]

According to the government of the Northwest Territories’, the average employee salary is $74,000. The current northern allowance paid to government of Northwest Territories’ employee’s ranges from $3,500 to $5000. Benefits packages for government employees are also quite generous.  “…benefits include a defined contribution pension plan (superannuation), insurance, extended health care, dental plan, relocation assistance, northern living allowance and extended vacation time. [2] Approximately 15% of the average employee’s salary is made up of paid leave, such as annual, sick, and special leave. Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP). The GNWT provides an optional supplementary health care plan. The Extended Health Provision is comprised of the following benefits:

  • Medication Benefit
  • Vision Care Benefit
  • Medical Practitioners Benefit
  • Miscellaneous Expense Benefit
  • Dental Benefit
  • Out-of-Province Benefit (for members with Supplementary Coverage only).” [3]

But these are not the only treasures that await daring career explorers to the NWT’s. “Rio Tinto is a world leader in finding, mining and processing the earth’s mineral resources.”[4] This company’s owns and operates a highly successful diamond mine in a major centre, within the territory. Career progression is definitely a good investment in the NWT. Actually, ‘Employment in the Northwest Territories declined by only 2%, during January, 2013.’[5]
So it is a fair market assessment to say that the Northwest Territories is true treasure for those career enthusiasts who choose to venture to this destination. Certainly, you can amass your own fortune here; since salaries in this region are substantially higher than those for the same jobs, elsewhere in the country. If you dare to venture to this land you might need to dress warmly. But you will surely be surrounded by ‘warmth of cultural diversity’. “The NWT is one of two jurisdictions in Canada, Nunavut is the other, where Aboriginal peoples are in the majority with 50.3% of the population. According to the 2006 Canadian census the 10 major ethnic groups were:

  • North American Indian – 36.5%
  • English – 17.2%
  • Canadian – 14.7%
  • Scottish – 14.3%
  • Irish – 11.8%
  • Inuit (Inuvialuit) – 11.1%
  • French – 10.5%
  • German – 8.5%
  • Métis – 6.9%
  • Ukrainian – 3.5%”[6]

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