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Climate Change

Climate Change Strategic Framework

Climate change is one of the most serious environmental, economic and political challenges of our time and is an important issue to Northwest Territories (NWT) residents.

The NWT is faced with the need to transform our economy so it will no longer be dependent on fossil fuels. Risks to economic, social and cultural values in our communities will intensify if climate change continues to affect our ability maintain our traditional pursuits and lifestyle.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has committed to develop a territorial climate change strategy that takes northern energy demands and the cost of living into account. The Strategy will reflect commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, explore carbon pricing systems and how to capture local alternatives such as hydro, biomass, wind and solar. This commitment is being fulfilled through the development of an NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework (the Framework).

Work to develop the Framework has begun, led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in collaboration with GNWT departments and organization. The Framework will improve our ability to prepare for and withstand impacts from climate change, and strengthen and diversify our economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


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If you are still interested in telling us what you think about the Climate Change Strategic Framework, email us at or call (867) 873-7654.


The backgrounder provides background information on climate change, the national and international situation and the key components in the development of the Framework. It is recommended reading for impacted stakeholders, those interested in climate change, and those planning to supply a submission or complete the survey.

Fact sheets

Public engagement

Public engagement with NWT residents, stakeholders and interested parties on the Climate Change Strategic Framework and the Energy Strategy will be taking place in 2016/2017.

Engagement will involve a series of regional invitational community workshops and public information sessions:

  • Inuvik: Tuesday November 1, 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre.
  • Norman Wells: Tuesday November 15, 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Legion.
  • Fort Smith: Tuesday November 22, 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Roaring Rapids Hall.
  • Yellowknife: Monday December 5, 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Explorer Hotel, Katimavik Room A/B.
  • Fort Simpson: Tuesday February 14, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm at the Rec centre Community Hall
  • Hay River: Wednesday March 8, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm at the Ptarmigan Hotel
  • Behchoko: TBD

Recent updates

More information

Current NWT Greenhouse Gas Strategy

The current NWT Greenhouse Gas Strategy provides details on the 2011-2015 Strategy. This section also includes emissions targets, emission reductions potentials and further resources.

Science and monitoring

Science and monitoring provides further details on the greenhouse gas tracking undertaken by the GNWT and Environment Canada. These tracking mechanisms allow the GNWT to report on our progress towards our emission targets. This section also details some of the interesting research projects and partnerships investigating climate change impacts throughout the NWT.

Impacts and adaptation

Impacts and adaptation offers insight into the work currently being undertaken to monitor and observe climate change impacts and adapt to these impacts. Climate change is having an observable effect across the NWT. This section illustrates the predicted changes in NWT ecosystems due to climate change, the impacts being observed in the NWT and the adaptation actions being undertaken by the GNWT.

Renewable energies and energy efficiency

Investments in renewable energies and energy efficiency are undertaken though the Department of Public Works and Services (PWS), with the help of Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA). The GNWT continues to maintain a working relationship with colleagues, providing expertise and resources in developing and promoting the use of renewable energy in the NWT. This section contains information on renewable potential throughout the NWT, as well as ways to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and power our homes and businesses.


Partnerships highlights some of the partnerships the GNWT has developed in order to facilitate increased capacity in dealing with climate change and its impacts.

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