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Question 812-18(2): Results Of The NWT Housing Corporation Engagement Survey
Oral Questions

Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Again, as I stated in the previous question, I have already made commitments to the Aboriginal municipal governments to get them out in a timely basis. It was tabled the other day, and so we are working on getting it out immediately. However, I have not done the Sahtu tour yet, and there was a commitment made by our Premier to get Ministers out into all the communities. So I would be more than willing to do a tour of the Sahtu to be able to take any input that the communities may have in any of the portfolios that I carry, including the Voices on Housing document.

Question 812-18(2): Results Of The NWT Housing Corporation Engagement Survey
Oral Questions

Daniel McNeely Sahtu

Thanks for that response to the Minister. The attraction in the Sahtu this time of year is very ideal for fishing. As part of the consultation here, will the Minister commit to developing an action plan based on the survey so that a next step engagement is consulted with the forum if it is on a regional basis, and commit to that action plan being delivered as well?

Question 812-18(2): Results Of The NWT Housing Corporation Engagement Survey
Oral Questions

Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Now that the survey is completed, we are in the process of actually developing an action plan not for the dissimilation of the material, but also to make sure that we meet all the needs and that we address the policies and programs in a timely manner, defining which ones can be solved early, which ones will take more consultation and time to deliver. So we are developing an action plan on how to do that now? We are going to try to be as inclusive of communities as possible in the determination of the final policies, so once we roll out with the policies we will be looking for feedback. At this point, I cannot say what that feedback will look like because we are still developing that strategy.

Question 812-18(2): Results Of The NWT Housing Corporation Engagement Survey
Oral Questions

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Sahtu.

Question 812-18(2): Results Of The NWT Housing Corporation Engagement Survey
Oral Questions

Daniel McNeely Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I look forward to engaging community consultations or a regional forum with the Minister, so would the Minister provide me some suggested dates here over the coming summer on the availability to discuss in some form to include community leaders of the Sahtu and also discuss some of the fruits of the labour of this document here for the rest of the term so the general public can have an idea what are the objectives for the term of this government? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 812-18(2): Results Of The NWT Housing Corporation Engagement Survey
Oral Questions

Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As stated before, I am more than willing to visit the Sahtu region for a constituency tour to address all issues that community members in that region may have including the housing survey, and I am committing to try to be as inclusive as possible in the development of the policies and the new programs going forward. However, I cannot state yet what that would look like because we are still developing the plan on how to roll that out.

Question 812-18(2): Results Of The NWT Housing Corporation Engagement Survey
Oral Questions

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife North.

Question 813-18(2): Apprenticeship And Trades Industry Partnerships
Oral Questions

June 2nd, 2017

Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, earlier in the week, the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment issued a good statement about the NWT apprenticeship and trades strategy. The Minister's statement described efforts to connect industry and employers through partnerships in education and training. I am wondering: can the Minister give us more detail on industry partnerships the government has developed to support increased training and employment and how are we going to get these kids in front of potential employers? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 813-18(2): Apprenticeship And Trades Industry Partnerships
Oral Questions

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Minister of Education, Culture and Employment.

Question 813-18(2): Apprenticeship And Trades Industry Partnerships
Oral Questions

Alfred Moses Inuvik Boot Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. First off, I just want to thank the Member for his support and encouragement for our students participating in the National Skills Canada Competition, and good luck to those students as well. We do have some really good students up here in the skills area. Along with the strategy that we did table earlier and made comments about, we do have a board that is made up of mostly industry. It is an industry-driven board. So they do a lot of the work and we work through that board to get a lot of this information out. They come up with a lot of the ideas on how we should move forward in terms of putting the strategy forward, and in the strategy we do have a lot of key actions that we are going to be working to complete and address, and it is mostly through this industry-driven board and working with our department that we are going to be focusing on getting those students into the job industry.

Question 813-18(2): Apprenticeship And Trades Industry Partnerships
Oral Questions

Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

Thank you to the Minister for his reply and his acknowledgement to my Member's statement. I appreciate that. Mr. Speaker, in the Minister's statement he also talked about how they will be implementing incentives for employers and in particular encouraging target groups like Indigenous residents and women to consider careers in the trades and that is good, but I would like to elaborate with the Minister and ask him: can he describe the ways in which the department will encourage the women and Indigenous people themselves to participate in trades and apprenticeship?

Question 813-18(2): Apprenticeship And Trades Industry Partnerships
Oral Questions

Alfred Moses Inuvik Boot Lake

The resources that are going to be used to encourage this is through the schools. We will talk with students in the schools, as well as our career development officers, our employment transition officers that go out into the communities and actually get this information to those that might be on income assistance or looking at a career moving forward, and most recently we also made an announcement and an improvement into our small community employment support program that does on-the-job training, so we will work with our Aboriginal groups. As you heard earlier, one of my colleagues mentioned that we do have these bilateral meetings and this is something that we can continue to support and work together with our stakeholders and partners throughout the Northwest Territories to encourage more Indigenous people getting to the trades or into the workforce, as well as women into the trades and other workforces.

Question 813-18(2): Apprenticeship And Trades Industry Partnerships
Oral Questions

Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

Thank you to the Minister once again for a good answer on that. I think the small community support program will be an excellent way in which to accomplish that. Mr. Speaker, the Minister's statement says that approximately 4,700 apprentices have been certified under the government's apprenticeship program. That is, in my view, a success. Does the department have any figures to indicate how many of those people remain in the NWT currently? Have we been tracking northern employment retention in the trades?

Question 813-18(2): Apprenticeship And Trades Industry Partnerships
Oral Questions

Alfred Moses Inuvik Boot Lake

That is one of the goals of our strategy, is to keep a northern workforce here in the North working, as well as looking at recruiting others to come up here and help industry for the in-demand jobs that we are seeing that is out there. I don't have the exact data in front of me of how many are still here and how many we are recruiting, but I can get that information for the Member and share it with him.

Question 813-18(2): Apprenticeship And Trades Industry Partnerships
Oral Questions

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife North.