Do I need a licence to do research?
All research conducted in the Northwest Territories (NWT)—including water-related research—requires a licence or permit. Depending on the topic or location of the research project multiple research licences might be required.
- Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, GNWT (archaeological research)
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources, GNWT (wildlife research)
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Government of Canada (research on marine and freshwater life, including fish and marine mammals; **note: research projects that fall under this category also require a licence from the Aurora Research Institute)
- Aurora Research Institute, GNWT (all other research in NWT, including biological sciences, physical sciences, contaminants, traditional knowledge, engineering, social science and health-based research)
- Parks Canada Agency, Government of Canada (require a licence for any research within their boundaries)
- Additional licences/permits from other agencies—for example, the NWT Regional Contaminants Committee, may be required depending on the type of research being conducted.
As a researcher, you need to contact the relevant agencies and communities at least three months in advance of your anticipated research start date in the NWT.