Outdoor Day 2023


CDETNO invites you for a day of hiking and outdoor activities on Sunday, June 11, 2023 from 10:30am to 7pm at Fred Henne Day Park!

The day will include activities, a hike, a picnic, outdoor activities and a group dinner. Parents are invited to join the group from 5pm for the evening.

You are a newcomer to Canada and you love nature? This is a day for you!

We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, sunscreen, insect repellent and that you wear walking shoes/sneakers.

This is a free activity for immigrant youth aged 7-14.

Tourism Week – Foundations of Service Quality Training by SuperHost™

CDETNO’s Career Centre will host three sessions of the “Foundations of Service Quality” training by SuperHost™ :

  • In Yellowknife on April 26th and 28th – Cloudwork (5112 – 52nd Street);
  • In Behchokǫ̀ on April 27th – The venue (Council Chambers Boardroom).

This formation, considered the gold standard for customer service excellence, will be animated by Anna-Marie Rautenbach, faculty at the College of the Rockies and Hospitality Management Program Coordinator.

For more information, call the Career Centre at (867) 873 8790 or follow the link:

Black History Month – Creative workshop and game building

After meeting students in schools for information and discussion sessions about Black history Month, the coordinator of the Settlement Workers in Schools program offers creative workshops and children’s games creation hosted by BACupNorth.

The objective is to give young people who wish to do so a space to express their thoughts and feelings on the subject in an artistic way.

Workshops are free to attend to and will be held on Thursday, 23rd February :

  • from 1pm to 3pm for kids and teenagers from 8 to 12 ;
  • and from 3pm to 5pm for teens and young adults above 13 years old.

The workshops will take place in room 205 of the Northern United Place building in Yellowknife.


Do you have a simple project idea to support your community?

TakingITGlobal (TIG) is looking for young people who are inspired with ideas and ready to take action through youth-led community service grants

The #YouthInAction community service grants allow young people, ages 15-30, to come up with ideas that can support their local community and help put those ideas into action with grants of $250, $750, or $1,500.

If you have an idea and are interested in applying for a #YouthInAction grant, visit our website at https://www.jeunesenaction.com

Survey to evaluate language tests and training

We are currently working towards improving services for immigrants in regard to language tests and training for Permanent Resident and Citizenship applications.

To do so, we have created a survey to capture data regarding the needs of language tests in French (TEF) and English (CELPIP). We have also seen that there has been a need for language training to achieve required CLB levels for immigration purposes.

We have a very successful program, LINC, which aids permanent residents who are seeking help in improving their English. This survey would help us to better understand if there is a need for CLIC, which is the French version of LINC.

Please fill out the survey below before March 15th 2021. The survey will not take more than five minutes to complete.

Survey in English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/963ZPWH

Survey in French – https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/9ZHB8RN

Destination Canada is back…virtually

CDETNO will participate for the 14th Destination Canada Job Forum,  which will be held virtually from February 26th to 28th, 2021.

CDETNO representatives will promote job opportunities and lifestyle in the Northwest Territories to hundreds of job seekers. The forum will also allow applicants to obtain all relevant information regarding economic immigration, life in the NWT and immigration support programs.

Employers interested in recruiting skilled labour during Destination Canada are invited to contact Aleksandar Kovacevic, Immigration, Recruitment and Employability Officer at emplois@cdetno.com or by 867 873-5962, ext 3.

Black History Month

This year, CDETNO is celebrating Black History Month, which runs from February 1st to March 1st, 2021.
The objectives are to:

  • Better understand the contributions and roles of African-Americans in Canadian history.
  • Understand that the struggle for freedom and equality took decades, and continues today.
  • Support the Black community by promoting and identifying Black-owned businesses and authors in Yellowknife.

Follow us on our social media platforms during the month of February to discover individuals who have made and continue to make history through their inspiring journeys!
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For more information and to see other activities organized across Canada, click here.


In collaboration with the Collège nordique francophone, CDETNO will be offering a series of training in February and March 2021.

If you are interested in one or even all of these training sessions, please contact the Economic Development Officer, Mila Benoit, by sending an email to services@cdetno.com to register.

The training sessions will be given by experts in the field and in 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐇.

Conference-discussion on the retention of French-speaking newcomers

Conseil de développement économique des Territoires du Nord-Ouest (CDETNO) and Communauté francophone accueillante (CFA) are organizing a conference-discussion on January 28th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Explorer Hotel. The topic is the integration and retention of French-speaking immigrant workers in the NWT.
The objective is to raise awareness among NWT employers regarding the added value that French-speaking immigrants bring to businesses, in addition to discussing issues related to the immigrant workforce’s integration and retention in order to highlight the facilitating conditions.
The event will have 2 components. During the first part, the speakers-panelists will address the following themes:

  1. The added value that immigration brings to businesses      
  2. Good practices and challenges related to the immigrant workforce’s integration and retention      

The conference will then be followed by a panel discussion on the above topics and an evening of networking.
Due to the pandemic, space is limited. All social distancing measures as per Health authorities will be strictly followed.

To register click here. An email with the detailed program will be sent to you 3 days before the conference.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Aleksandar, the Immigration, Recruitment and Employability Officer, at emplois@cdetno.com or by phone at 867-873-8790 ext. 3.

Looking forward to seeing you all at this conference!

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