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Summary of Restrictions on Political Activity for GNWT Employees

To help you understand which activities public servants can undertake, and which cannot, here is a summary.  If you fall into the category of a “restricted employee”, additional restrictions on political activity apply.

Definition:   “Restricted Employees” mean the following:

  • deputy ministers;
  • heads of secretariats of the Executive Council;
  • assistant deputy ministers;
  • directors;
  • regional directors;
  • assistant directors;
  • assistant regional directors;
  • chief executive officers of corporations or agencies of the GNWT;
  • regional superintendents;
  • division directors;
  • executive branch staff, other than secretarial staff, clerical staff, or executive assistants to elected Ministers;
  • staff of the Department of Personnel (Human Resources), other than secretarial or clerical staff;
  • superintendents of education;
  • area superintendents of education;
  • assistant superintendents of education; and
  • supervisors of schools.


✔ - may     - may not


Activity Employees Restricted Employees

Personal solicitation of funds for a territorial political party or candidate.

During working hours, engage in any political activity for a territorial or federal political party or candidate.

Use GNWT premises, equipment or supplies for any political activity.

Display or distribute territorial or federal campaign literature or other promotional materials in a GNWT office or premises.

Be a candidate in a federal, provincial or territorial election unless on a leave of absence granted for such purpose.

Serve as an official agent for a candidate.

Serve as an executive officer of a territorial political party or territorial riding association.

Use employment position to affect political activity of another person.

Publicly criticize any policy of the GNWT about which the employee acquired information by virtue of his or her position, or that directly relates to the duties of the employee.

Speak in public or express views in writing for distribution to the public on any matter than forms part of the platform of a territorial or federal political party, including criticism of candidates, position or policies.

Attend any meeting of a territorial or federal political party as voting delegate.

Serve as executive officer of a federal political party, riding or association.

Campaign on behalf or actively work in support of a territorial or federal political party or candidate.

Attend political meetings.

Be a member of a political party.

Contribute money to a political party or candidate.


If you have any questions about activities you wish to participate in please review the Code of Conduct or speak with your manager.