Today 113 federal government employees are receiving job offers from the Government of the Northwest Territories as their positions will transition to the N.W.T. after devolution goes into effect.
The N.W.T. will begin running programs related to managing the territory’s lands, water and resources after April 1, 2014.
The new responsibility will involve 259 positions. About half of those are jobs currently done by workers in the federal government's regional Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development offices in the N.W.T. New positions will be created to replicate work currently performed by federal employees in Ottawa.
The federal government's N.W.T. employees now have 60 days to decide whether to move over to the territorial government. The devolution office anticipates most of them will. There will likely be further offers sent out in the coming months.
The territorial government does not know how many new employees it will have to hire yet because some existing territorial jobs are also affected. About 360 job descriptions are changing because of devolution.
The GNWT expects to start posting jobs in the coming months.
After devolution there will be 52 jobs outside of Yellowknife, some of which are now held by federal employees, making approximately 25 new positions in the communities.
The changes will primarily affect the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, as well as the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs.
A new Department of Lands will also be created effective April 1.