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Northern Allowance

Community differences in cost of living and travel are offset by a northern allowance.  This allowance is taxable.  The allowance is paid every other week.  The bi-weekly amount is calculated by dividing the annual allowance by 26.  The rate you are paid is based on your community of employment.

The annual northern allowance rates are as follows, effective April 1, 2016:

Region/Community Annual
Rate
Deh Cho

Fort Liard
Fort Providence
Fort Simpson
Hay River Reserve
Jean Marie River
Kakisa
Nahanni Butte
Sambaa K'e
Wrigley

$10,155
$7,696
$10,250
$5,730
$12,066
$7,611
$17,592
$22,563
$16,031
Fort Smith

Enterprise
Fort Resolution
Fort Smith
Hay River
Lutselk'e

$5,822
$9,311
$6,435
$5,792
$19,905
Tli Cho

Behchoko
Detah
Gameti
Wekweeti
Whati

$5,158
$3,643
$15,249
$15,088
$15,037
Region/Community Annual
Rate
Beaufort Delta

Aklavik
Fort McPherson
Inuvik
Paulatuk
Sachs Harbour
Tsiigehtchic
Tuktoyaktuk
Ulukhaktok

$20,684
$19,558
$14,131
$28,106
$28,818
$20,809
$21,449
$32,077
Sahtu

Colville Lake
Deline
Fort Good Hope
Norman Wells
Tulita

$23,098
$21,459
$21,234
$14,857
$18,423
Nunavut

Iqualuit
Rankin Inlet

$18,318
$21,220
Headquarters

Yellowknife

$3,450
Other

Dawson City

$6,636

The Northern Allowance methodology will be updated on a yearly basis and the updated Northern Allowance Rates will be implemented on April 1 of each year.  Effective April 1, 2018, the Northern Allowance base rate for Yellowknife will be amended to $3,700.

Bilingual Allowance

If you are required by the Government to use two or more of the official languages in your position, you are provided with a bilingual allowance of $1,200 per year.  This does not apply to employees assigned the duties of translation and interpretation in their job descriptions.  An examination of language ability may be required.

The official languages of the Northwest Territories are:

Chilpewyan English Inuinnaqtun North Slavey
Cree French Inuktitut South Slavey
Gwich'in Inuvialuktun Tlicho  

The bilingual allowance is taxable.

The allowance is paid every other week. The bi-weekly amount is calculated by dividing the annual allowance by 26.