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NWT’s Department of Environment and Climate Change launches with seamless service delivery for residents and organizations

Press Release

April 3, 2023

The Departments of Lands and Environment and Natural Resources have merged into the Department of Environment and Climate Change (ECC).

The new department will bring all functions related to environment and climate change, including land, air, water, wildlife, and forest management under one roof, as well as the combined skills and expertise of staff from both departments.

A new website has been launched, featuring all the programs, services, and information residents and organizations count on. The transition is designed to be seamless, so visitors to the new site will be able to continue to use their existing bookmarks and easily find anything they need.

In terms of program and service contacts, for those already used to dealing with specific individuals or units within either department, the contact information remains the same. For those with general inquiries, updated regional office contact information has been published online to serve your needs across all functions.

The official merger marks the end of the first phase; identifying a new organizational structure and complementary roles and functions. The second phase will last for approximately 12 months, optimizing the organization to improve programs and services for residents and organizations. A change management plan is in place and will ensure the process is well managed.


“The Department of Environment and Climate Change will continue to deliver and improve the services and programs people have come to expect from our government. In collaboration with Indigenous governments, Indigenous organizations and other partners, ECC will continue to be stewards and managers of the environment, including air, land, water and wildlife, and committed leaders in climate action for the Northwest Territories.”

– Shane Thompson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick facts

  • To date, there have been no job losses resulting from the merger.
  • Forms, guidelines, and other documents may say old department names as updates are made. They remain valid and will be updated gradually.
  • Resources and documents created and shared before April 1, 2023, will not be updated to reflect the department’s name change.
  • The new department brings together functions related to the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA) and harmonizes resources management-related regulatory and reclamation security-related responsibilities of the GNWT.

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For media requests, please contact:

Communications and Public Affairs

Environment and Climate Change

Government of the Northwest Territories

[email protected]


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