NWT State of the Environment Report

Le rapport sur l’état de l’environnement 2022 est un document technique destiné à un usage interne. Il n’est disponible qu’en anglais.

The NWT State of the Environment (NWT SOE Report) provides information on topics relevant to the environment organized to better understand what has occurred over time and what changes we might expect in the future. It also provides information on how the NWT compares to other parts of Canada and the world. The goal of this report is to help understand our changing world and make better decisions that affect NWT residents and the environment, now and in the future. The report fully integrates information to better highlight the cumulative effects of many driving forces and pressures on key aspects of our environment and how the environment and people shape each other.

The NWT SOE Report is published every four years. The NWT SOE Report 2022 is the fourth in a series of reports beginning in 2009, and the first released since being required under the Environmental Rights Act.


The specific objectives of the NWT SOE Report are to provide:

  • An assessment of environmental status and trends in the NWT.
  • Data and information for territorial, national, and international state of the environment initiatives.
  • An early-warning system of possible impacts resulting from environmental change.

What information is included?

Data and information included in the NWT SOE Report 2022 comes from a wide range of agencies and published sources. The report contains 20 Focal Points, or relevant topics, organized into four sections:

  • Driving Forces: The environmental, socio-economic, and cultural forces that affect the environment on a global scale. These global forces affect the environment in complex ways and may be difficult for NWT residents to influence.
  • Pressures: Direct stresses on the environment caused by global driving forces and local human actions. Tracking environmental pressures provides valuable information and context that can be used to show why the state of the environment is changing in the NWT. Looking at pressure focal points help us better understand the direct impacts of human actions on the environment now and into the future.
  • Stewardship: The responsibility we have for living in and protecting the natural environment by conserving resources and living sustainably. Practicing stewardship can help ecosystems become more resilient and can in turn help to improve conditions for the environment and for people.
  • State: Current environmental conditions caused by driving forces, pressures, and stewardship actions. State indicators track changes in major ecosystem components and services and describe impacts of these changes on people and cultures.

How can I learn more?

Each Focal Point is examined using one or more Indicators. Indicators are chosen to communicate key information on our environment in a way that is relevant to the people of the NWT.

Using the links provided on this page, you can explore each of these indicators, including links to the original sources of information.

Have your say

In accordance with the Environmental Rights Act, now that the report has been released, we are offering the public the opportunity to ask questions and provide input. 

The public is invited to submit their questions and comments on the 2022 NWT State of the Environment report through September 15, 2022

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