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GNWT releases an update to Emerging Stronger

Press Release

June 2, 2022

Today, Premier Caroline Cochrane tabled an update on Emerging Stronger: Planning our Economic and Social Recovery Together in the Legislative Assembly.

The update to Emerging Stronger highlights the progress the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has made to recover from the pandemic over the course of the past year despite numerous challenges both in terms of the spread of COVID-19 and broader economic uncertainty and social instability.

Originally tabled in May 2021, Emerging Stronger built on the commitments made in the Mandate of the Government of the Northwest Territories, 2019-2023 to revitalize the economy, support communities and people to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic, and to bridge the social gaps exposed by the pandemic.

Over the past year, the GNWT has sought and received input from Indigenous governments, business and industry groups, Regular MLAs, and the public on actions to support social and economic recovery. That input has been used to update the plan to reflect shared priorities.


“The commitment I made a year ago remains the same: by continuing to work closely with stakeholders to implement the actions in the Mandate and Emerging Stronger, we are making the most of the opportunity to position the NWT to thrive. I expect the conversation around social and economic recovery to be ongoing and to continue to evolve, with a further update to Emerging Stronger to be provided one year from now.”

– Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories

Quick facts

  •  The public can continue to provide their input on Emerging Stronger by visiting:
  • Emerging Stronger is the GNWT’s vision for social and economic development post-COVID and commits the GNWT to actions under the following themes:
    • Continue to adapt and respond to challenges in am efficient, coordinated and evidence-based way.
    • Build stronger partnerships with Indigenous governments and organizations, community governments, and the non-profit and charitable sector
    • Advance emergency response work based on lessons learned from initial stages of pandemic
    • Further efforts to support broadband infrastructure for fast and reliable internet services across the NWT
    • Meet the needs of vulnerable populations
    • Improve services and expand equitable access to care for all Northerners
    • Provide accessible, quality education and training
    • Better support and integrate work-force development within infrastructure projects
    • Ensure that GNWT capital planning supports equitable opportunities throughout the territory, and a greener more climate resilient territory
    • Support the Hardest Hit Sectors
    • Better support businesses
    • Expand and diversify the economy

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For media requests, please contact:

Matthew Mallon
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs
Government of the Northwest Territories
[email protected]




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