Let's Talk Knowledge Economy

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The GNWT is taking steps to build a Knowledge Economy Action Plan. What’s a Knowledge Economy? The short answer: a knowledge economy exists where information and technology are used to benefit society, businesses, and communities.

This could be in the form of software, better partnerships between industries and government, or hobbyists turning new ideas into commercialized goods and services. A knowledge economy is supported by a stronger applied research sector, an expanding educated workforce, stronger partnerships and increased telecommunications services.

We’d like to hear from NWT residents and businesses to gather feedback on their views, and hear about the challenges and opportunities you’ve discovered working, living or starting a business in the NWT.

How do I participate?

Online through this engagement platform:

  • Contribute your ideas in the Ideas section
  • Take a survey on your thoughts about the NWT knowledge economy
  • Virtually at one of our engagement webinars hosted by an independent research panel where you can join to discuss the NWT knowledge economy and the developing Knowledge Economy Action Plan (register here)

How will my contribution make a difference?

Any thoughts and observations – and especially experiences and ideas – that you can provide to us through this platform will be reviewed

This is an opportunity for you to join the NWT-wide conversation – we want you to tell us what matters to you.

Where can I find more information?

  • A collection of useful links and documents can be found in our libraries to the right.
  • See the FAQ section on the knowledge economy and our Knowledge Economy Action Plan being developed.

How we’re gathering information

We’re hosting online engagement sessions where you can discuss any topic related to the knowledge economy, ask questions freely and share your feedback. We are conducting interviews with industry and community stakeholders. We’ll also be reading your submissions on this site.

Remember, this is a conversation; we want you to tell us what matters to you.

Feel free to contact Knowledge_Economy@gov.nt.ca to give us direct feedback, suggestions and your personal experience living, working or running a business in the NWT.

The GNWT is taking steps to build a Knowledge Economy Action Plan. What’s a Knowledge Economy? The short answer: a knowledge economy exists where information and technology are used to benefit society, businesses, and communities.

This could be in the form of software, better partnerships between industries and government, or hobbyists turning new ideas into commercialized goods and services. A knowledge economy is supported by a stronger applied research sector, an expanding educated workforce, stronger partnerships and increased telecommunications services.

We’d like to hear from NWT residents and businesses to gather feedback on their views, and hear about the challenges and opportunities you’ve discovered working, living or starting a business in the NWT.

How do I participate?

Online through this engagement platform:

  • Contribute your ideas in the Ideas section
  • Take a survey on your thoughts about the NWT knowledge economy
  • Virtually at one of our engagement webinars hosted by an independent research panel where you can join to discuss the NWT knowledge economy and the developing Knowledge Economy Action Plan (register here)

How will my contribution make a difference?

Any thoughts and observations – and especially experiences and ideas – that you can provide to us through this platform will be reviewed

This is an opportunity for you to join the NWT-wide conversation – we want you to tell us what matters to you.

Where can I find more information?

  • A collection of useful links and documents can be found in our libraries to the right.
  • See the FAQ section on the knowledge economy and our Knowledge Economy Action Plan being developed.

How we’re gathering information

We’re hosting online engagement sessions where you can discuss any topic related to the knowledge economy, ask questions freely and share your feedback. We are conducting interviews with industry and community stakeholders. We’ll also be reading your submissions on this site.

Remember, this is a conversation; we want you to tell us what matters to you.

Feel free to contact Knowledge_Economy@gov.nt.ca to give us direct feedback, suggestions and your personal experience living, working or running a business in the NWT.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is the knowledge economy?

    A knowledge economy exists where information and technology are used to benefit society, businesses, and communities. The foundation of a knowledge economy is generally considered to be an environment that enables residents, businesses, governments and organizations to realize economic prosperity from the creation and sharing of their knowledge and ideas.

    The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has a mandate to diversify the NWT economy to capitalize on research, education and manufacturing. With further support, these economic sectors can grow the knowledge economy.

    In the NWT, the knowledge economy will be unique to the history, culture, environment, potential and resources of the Territory. The future polytechnic university, the research that takes place in communities across the Northwest Territories and the world-class satellite facilities in Inuvik are examples of knowledge economy initiatives that the public and private sector can continue to build upon towards a greater knowledge-based economy.

    How is the Knowledge Economy relevant to me and my community?

    An advancing knowledge economy will allow for greater ideas and knowledge to create economic value and efficiencies in the NWT. This includes the coming together of individuals at makerspaces to see their business ideas and products become a reality. It also includes greater education opportunities, new employment opportunities in various sectors, and access to reliable internet, benefiting people in every NWT community. An expansion of research in the NWT can lead to increased spending in the community and the development of research hubs focusing on specific areas of research related to the NWTs natural advantages. The ability to receive virtual health care, and study online can increase the well-being and skills of NWT residents. Expanding access to skills development opportunities and business supports can help communities develop their entrepreneurial spirit and workforce.

    What is the Knowledge Economy Action Plan?

    The Knowledge Economy Action Plan is a cross-government initiative to help create conditions for the NWT knowledge economy to grow. The NWT’s long history of natural resource extraction has been a way of life for many residents, but there is a desire to diversify the economy and take advantage of available technology and our unique cultural and geographic circumstances so all residents and businesses can prosper.

    There are three phases of note regarding how we will get to the final Knowledge Economy Action Plan:

    • This initiative started with a discussion paper, titled Advancing the Northwest Territories’ Knowledge Economy, outlining in detail what a knowledge economy is, what it could look like in the NWT context, what the challenges are and what opportunities there are for an expanding knowledge economy. The discussion paper outlined 5 goals with actionable items the GNWT and others can take to expand the knowledge economy.
    • Linked in the “Background Links” section above, the discussion paper was written as a basis to encourage discussion from NWT residents and businesses in the form of an engagement phase, running from June 28 to Aug 25. This includes public engagement sessions, interviews and surveys (included in the “Survey” tab on this page) to gauge feedback and gather perspectives and critiques of the elements of the discussion paper, and to allow the government to hear ideas from the public about the future of the NWT economy.
    • Finally, once the engagement phase is complete, the perspectives, feedback and data from the surveys will be synchronized into a final Knowledge Economy Action Plan.

    What are some examples of knowledge economy activities in the NWT?

    There are various examples of knowledge-based businesses and government initiatives in the NWT. These represent a starting point from which further knowledge economy industries and businesses can build.

    • The completed Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) allows renowned researchers from around the world to carry out their work with world-class satellite facilities;
    • The transformation of Aurora College into a Polytechnic University will create knowledge economy opportunities for the next generations of students
    • The completed Mackenzie Valley Fibre Line allows for high-speed interest in some of the most remote regions of the NWT.

    There are also ideas that the NWT could further, including:

    • Development and testing of cold climate products and technologies;
    • Green technology for restoration and remediation of resource extraction sites;
    • Implementing emerging technologies for remote service delivery.

    The Knowledge Economy Action Plan will look to incorporate these ideas in with others for an overall knowledge economy strategy.

    Where can I find more information?

    Check out the side panel on right to read the Minister’s Statement, read the discussion paper, see the engagement sessions schedule, read Frequently Asked Questions, and more.

    How can I have my say?

    You can input your ideas in the “Ideas” tab. We also have a survey to gauge your opinions on the knowledge economy, and we encourage you to join our Engagement Sessions remotely to discuss with other residents and businesses how best to move forward on the Knowledge Economy Action Plan.

Page last updated: 13 September 2021, 15:19