The GNWT supports the NWT manufacturing sector with a number of policies and initiatives.
Business Incentive Policy
The purpose of BIP is to give preference on government procurement to businesses that are owned and operated within the NWT. It is designed to promote economic growth and capacity within NWT Businesses and the economy.
Companies registered with BIP can receive a favourable bid adjustment over non-BIP companies. The bid adjustment is applied to all NWT content and is based on the value of the contract. For contracts up to $1 million the adjustment is 15% on NWT content and a further 5% on local content. For contracts over $1 million the adjustment is 15% on NWT content and 5% on local content for the first $1 million and then a further 1.5% on NWT content and 0.5% on local content for the amount over $1 million up to a maximum bid adjustment of $500,000 as per the policy.
Northern Manufactured Products Policy (NMPP)
Tied closely to the BIP, the NMPP provides incentives for the local production and manufacturing of goods. BIP-registered businesses may apply to have their NWT-made goods registered as an Approved NWT Manufactured Product. In order to be eligible for registration under this Policy, a product must be manufactured in the NWT by a registered BIP Business; include at least 25 percent NWT value-added; and be priced at no more than 20 percent greater (including freight) than a similar product on site or 25 percent greater (including freight) at its required destination. If the GNWT tenders for an approved product and there is only one approved NWT manufacturer, the product will be purchased from that NWT manufacturer; if there is more than one approved NWT manufacturer, all such manufacturers will be invited to bid.
There are 11 manufacturers approved through the NMPP in the NWT (as of August 2017) in the following regions:
- South Slave Region – 5;
- North Slave Region – 5; and,
- Beaufort Delta Region – 1.
Labour Market and Employment Supports
Through Regional Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) Service Centres, the GNWT provides programs and services to assist individuals in enhancing their employment and labour market outcomes. In 2016/2017, over 3,000 individuals received career and employment supports through the Regional ECE Service Centres. In addition, the GNWT provides supports to assist employers in developing a productive workforce. Assistance for employers may include: wage subsidies, course costs, special equipment and supports, job coaching, and mentoring.
Apprenticeship, Trades and Occupational Certification (ATOC) is a GNWT program that facilitates on-the-job training and certifies individuals to industry-driven, nationally recognized standards (Inter-provincial Red Seal). The GNWT supports ATOC by subsidizing the cost of technical training for apprentices as well as providing a wage subsidy to eligible employers. Currently, there are more than 400 individuals employed in 27 occupations and 53 trades. Thirty of the trades are nationally recognized with Red Seal endorsement status.
The NWT Nominee Program (NTNP) is an immigration program used by the GNWT, in cooperation with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), to nominate foreign nationals to apply for Canadian permanent residency. The NTNP’s Employer stream supports the recruitment and retention of foreign nationals when there are no qualified Northerners or permanent residents available. This program stream assists in building a skilled workforce in the NWT. In 2016, 79 individuals were approved by the NTNP to fill critical labour shortages.
‘Made in the NWT’
This partnership between the GNWT and NWT Chamber of Commerce promotes and supports businesses whose products are “Made in the NWT.” The Chamber provides, free of charge, “Made in the NWT” promotional product (retail tags, etc.) to qualified manufacturers who wish to advertise their goods as NWT manufactured products. Retailers can also promote that they sell “Made in the NWT” product. When customers see the “Made in the NWT” insignia, they recognize there are jobs and other economic benefits tied to those products. In 2016, there were 24 “Made in the NWT” companies registered with the program.
Monetary Supports and Access to Capital
Through Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Policy programming, the GNWT provides contribution funding to business start-ups, expansions and other entrepreneurial-based projects. Under the SEED Policy in 2015/2016, $175,000 was provided to businesses in the manufacturing sector to expand and diversify the NWT economy.
The NWT Business Development and Investment Corporation (BDIC) primarily provides debt and equity financing to northern businesses. Additionally, the BDIC offers some contribution programming and business support services (counseling, etc.) to businesses across the NWT.
Other Support Programming for the Manufacturing Sector
Within the greater manufacturing sector ITI provides specific support to the diamond industry via the Diamond Policy Framework (NWT Approved Diamond Manufacturers) and to the Arts and Crafts industry via programs like the NWT Arts Program, the NWT Hide Procurement Program and the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program.