Driver's test

The territorial government says most young people in the communities don't have driver's licenses. (iStock)

Teenagers in remote N.W.T. communities are half as likely to have drivers' licences, and that's holding them back in employment possibilities down the line—something the government wants to change.

According to the Ministry of Transportation, twice as many young people in larger centres like Yellowknife, Fort Smith and Hay River have a licence to drive than do those in smaller, more remote communities.

Dave Ramsay says two-thirds of those between the ages of 15 and 24 have a licence in the centres. But that ratio drops to about one third elsewhere in the territory.

MLA Daryl Dolynny says on a recent community tour in the Sahtu he heard many concerns about this. "A lot of them show up for jobs without a licence and are turned away," he says.

Ramsay says the government is trying to make the licensing process easier by working on an app that is based on the drivers manual. That should help train drivers in more remote communities, where examiners don't often visit. 

The app should hopefully be available for download in the next year, Ramsay says.