The 2021 Liaison Tour starts tomorrow

The Liaison Tour hosts two major events: the Community meetings and the B2B Virtual Fair for employers.

September 14 and 15, 2021 – Meeting sessions for community stakeholders!

The goal of the community meetings is to position Francophone immigration as a solution for Canadian employers and to discuss its impact on the communities. They will also allow to:

  • discover the tools available to you in order to attract qualified francophone and bilingual
  • learn about the francophone Mobility program;
  • identify services to foster workforce retention.

Sign up by clicking here

CDETNO Annual General Meeting

CDETNO’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 7 p.m., online on Zoom and in-person at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife (only a few places will be available at the Explorer Hotel).  

The Agenda

It will include a review of the past year, the presentation of the 2020-20201 Annual Report and financial statements, the Board of Directors election.

Two positions are available on CDETNO’s Board of Directors! If you are interested, please send your application before the AGM to the Executive Director or attend the AGM.

Please note that only duly registered CDETNO corporate members – who have mastered French – may vote at the meeting and only those members may sit on the Board of Directors. Only one person per member company may vote.

Your presence at our Annual General Meeting and commitment to the economic development of our community is always appreciated. Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to If you want to participate in our online AGM, the information to log in on Zoom will be sent to you the day before the AGM.

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NWT Circular Economy Movement

Are you interested in sustainable development? Would you like to help us develop the NWT Circular Economy Movement?

We invite you to be a part of the NWT Circular Economy Movement plan, an exciting initiative taking place in Yellowknife.

The project’s purpose is to develop a Circular Economy Movement Label for Yellowknife by collaborating with a range of local stakeholders. 
Conseil de développement économique des Territoires du Nord-Ouest (CDETNO) is working with Arete Initiative to deliver this project, which is funded by CanNor.

Through monthly virtual workshops from May to July, key stakeholders from the Yellowknife community will explore how to maximize economic, environmental, and social benefits by joining the Circular Economy Movement for their organization and for Yellowknife. 

All workshops will be hosted virtually on Zoom and will run from 10 am until 3 pm MT with a 1-hour break for lunch.

Dates are as follows:

  • Workshop #1:  Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 (Intrduction to Circular Economy)
  • Workshop #2: Thursday, June 10th, 2021 (Community’s Needs and Desire for Circular Economy)
  • Workshop #3: Thursday, July 15th, 2021 (Presentation of a Pilot Circular Economy Program)

If you would like to participate, please send an email to Mila Benoit at: 

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 –

Survey in French –

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 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 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 or by phone at 867-873-8790 ext. 3.

Looking forward to seeing you all at this conference!

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