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Removal assistance may be provided upon termination of employment.

Removal assistance as outlined below may also be provided if you provide medical confirmation that you are terminally ill and certify your intention of leaving the Northwest Territories or moving to another settlement within the Northwest Territories while still an employee.

If your community of residence on termination is different than your point of recruitment, your entitlement to removal assistance is based on your years of continuous service with the Government of the Northwest Territories as follows:

Length of Service Entitlement
less than 3 years none
3 years but less than 4 50% of community rate
4 years but less than 5 60% of community rate
5 years but less than 6 70% of community rate
6 years but less than 7 80% of community rate
7 years but less than 8 90% of community rate
over 8 years 100% of community rate

A year of service is the twelve (12) month period to the anniversary date of your initial appointment.

Eligible costs are based on your length of service entitlement and the maximum reimbursement for the community in which you were residing upon termination as set out in the following table:


Community Rate
Colville Lake
Fort Good Hope
Fort Liard
Fort McPherson
Fort Providence
Fort Resolution
Fort Simpson
Fort Smith
Hay River
Hay River Reserve
Community Rate

Jean Marie River 
Nahanni Butte
Norman Wells
Rankin Inlet
Sachs Harbour
Trout Lake


If your community of residence remains the same as your point of recruitment, you will be entitled to 100% of the maximum rate for your community after 10 years of service.

Laid off employees and the dependents of deceased employees are entitled to the 100% of the maximum reimbursement for the employee’s community of residence. Additionally, the dependents of a deceased employee are entitled to be reimbursed for the costs of shipping the body.

If you were hired and subsequently appointed to either an indeterminate or term position, as long as you have maintained continuous service, your point of recruitment will be deemed to be the your community of residence at the time of initial hire.

Payment of Ultimate Removal Assistance

  • Payment of ultimate removal assistance as a lump sum will be made upon the provision of evidence satisfactory to the Department of Finance that you have moved from your community of residence. Such evidence must be submitted to the Department of Finance within twenty one (21) months from the date of termination.
  • You are responsible for making all moving arrangements and paying for your move. 
  • You must move from your community of residence within eighteen (18) months from the date of termination.  If you do not move from your community of residence within this time or have not submitted satisfactory evidence of your move, you will no longer be entitled to the Removal Assistance.