Government of the Northwest Territories

Collective Bargaining

Bargaining with the UNW

What is a collective agreement?

A collective agreement applies to all our unionized public service employees. It is the guiding document that outlines the terms of employment and contains guidance for managers and employees on a range of issues. The collective agreement includes rates of pay, how leave is earned and used as well as how disputes are resolved. 

What does the GNWT currently offer?

The GNWT offers a wide range of advantages and opportunities to its employees which includes:

Very competitive salary and great benefits, including a public service pension as well as:

  • Leave entitlements – including leave with pay during the holiday season;
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program that supports employees facing challenges either at work or personally/at home;
  • Public service health care plan;
  • Dental benefits;
  • Supplementary death benefit;
  • Disability insurance

Working for the GNWT also provides:

  • The opportunity to make a difference and,  because of the relatively small size of our government; the opportunity to see how their work positively impacts clients and stakeholders;
  • The ability to acquire a diverse set of skills, given the broad scope and range of issues staff become involved in;
  • A family-friendly work environment;
  • An environment that supports and encourages a healthy work-life balance;
  • Opportunities for career growth, development and advancement;
  • The chance to work in beautiful, pristine locations and experience richness of different cultures and traditions.

The GNWT is committed to being an employer of choice, offering our employees a safe and dynamic working environment with opportunities to learn and to contribute to the health and prosperity of the NWT.

  • The GNWT remains an employer of choice and has been recognized nationally for its diverse and inclusive workplace, as well as being a top employer for young workers.
  • GNWT employees are well compensated – they are paid as much as, or in some cases, more than, comparable employees across Canada including cost of living differences.
  • When differences in tax regimes are taken into consideration, GNWT employees have more disposable income than employees in other jurisdictions.