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HSS Human Resource Strategic Plan and HSS Human Resource Programs

The HSS HR Strategic Plan is intended to help ensure:
  • The recruitment and retention of high quality employees;
  • Organizational stability and achievement of corporate and operational goals;
  • Linkages between corporate/strategic goals and operational activity; and
  • Systematic and proactive planning.

Click here to read the Health and Social Services Human Resource Strategic Plan.

A key component of the Strategic Plan is programs designed to be flexible and responsive to the changing health and social services environment.

The HSS Human Resource Programs listed below support the recruitment and retention of health and social services professionals within the HSS system.

For further information on HSS HR Programs, contact:
E-mail: HSSPrograms@gov.nt.ca

**Program updates have been made for the 2017-18 intake.  Please click here for the Highlights of Changes.

Targeted Academic Support Program

Applications for 2017-18 are now being accepted and the deadline to apply is May 20th.

The Targeted Academic Support Program (TASP) provides financial support of up to a lifetime maximum of $50,000 to support eligible employees who wish to expand their scope of practice by attaining academic or technical training offered through accredited post-secondary academic institutions.

TASP is open to HSS (DHSS, NTHSSA, Tłı̨chǫ CSA and Hay River HSSA) employees in indeterminate front line health and social services positions, including family practitioners and specialists, who have a minimum of three (3) years of continuous service within the HSS system.

A Steering Committee will determine which occupation(s) are to be supported through TASP.  Based on analysis regarding health and social services hard to recruit and/or occupational needs, occupational eligibility may vary from year to year.

For the 2017-18 fiscal year consideration will be given to applicants pursuing accredited certificate, diploma, undergraduate or graduate degrees in one of the following professions:

  • Pharmacist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Nurse – Psychiatric Care
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Personal Support Worker/Long-Term Care Worker
  • Midwife
  • Dietician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Sonographer
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Social Work
  • Health Management/Health Administration*
  • Physicians –General/Family Practice  and or  Specialty

*Health Management/Health Administration includes the following areas of study only: health evaluation, health policy, health law, health statistics and/or health economics.

Applicants can apply for funding to support full-time or part-time studies via distance education, on-line learning and/or in-person studies at an accredited academic institution.

Please send Application Forms and supporting documentation via email to: HSSPrograms@gov.nt.ca

Click here for Program Guidelines
Click here for Information for Applicants
Click here for Application Form
Click here for Budget Template

Executive Leadership Development Program

The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) provides developmental opportunities for individuals to develop their leadership skills and core competencies to take on a future leadership role as a senior manager (Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, Assistant Deputy Minister and Director) within the Health and Social Services (HSS) system.

The program is open to individuals with an interest in developing senior management level competencies in a health and social services setting.

The objectives of ELDP are to:

  • Develop individuals to attain the required senior leadership and management competencies to succeed at a senior management level within a Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority;
  • Support succession planning within the HSS system; and
  • Build northern leadership capacity.

A Steering Committee comprised of the Deputy Minister, Chief Executive Officers and Chief Operating Officers provide oversight for the ELDP, including direction on how to solicit applications to the program.

Click here for Program Guidelines
Click here for Information for Applicants

Graduate Entry-Level Internship Program

Graduates can apply by submitting their cover letter and a current copy of their resume though the Graduate Entry-Level Internship Program job advertisement on the GNWT Careers website at: careers.hr.gov.nt.ca/en. The application deadline is April 1st.

The Graduate Entry-Level Internship Program (GEIP) offers relevant work experience to Northern post-secondary graduates for a minimum of one year to a maximum of two years. Graduates are employed in an entry-level intern health /and or social services position related to their health and social services field of study.

This program provides recent graduates with work experience related to their education in the field of health/and or social services in one of the health and social services (HSS) system authorities that will allow the graduate to expand their skills and competencies through ongoing mentoring, learning and development


Click here
for Program Guidelines
Click here for Information for Applicants

Certificate in Remote Nursing

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Remote Nursing is offered through Aurora College and is intended to prepare new graduate nurses or Registered Nurses (RNs) with limited experience directly related to community health nursing to function in an expanded practice role in a community health centre. Program participants learn the nursing competencies required to work in a Northwest Territories community health centre.

HSS system employees seeking admission to the program will need to submit an application to Aurora College.  The application deadline for admission to the Program is October 15th.

HSS system employees must fill out a form requesting support from their COO/CEO/Deputy Minister (DM) to participate in the program. The deadline to submit a request for support is September 15th.

Click here for Program Guidelines
Click here for Information for Applicants
Click here for Request for Support Form

Any questions with respect to the Program should be sent to the School of Health and Human Services at Aurora College.Click here for program information including the admissions process on the Aurora College website.

Professional Development Initiative

Employees can start applying for PDI for the 2017-2018 fiscal year  on February 20, 2017. Please keep in mind that PDI guidelines state that the learning/training activity and Learning Plan for the fiscal year ( 2017-2018) need to be discussed with and approved by the supervisor/manager.

The Professional Development Initiative provides specific Health and Social Services front line professionals and managers with increased opportunities for professional development, education and training.

Eligible professionals receive funding towards a wide range of activities (including but not limited to):

  • Conference, symposium;
  • Training course;
  • Regional, territorial meeting, professional association course/meeting;
  • Campus based or distance education program– part time or full time, degree/diploma or certificate;
  • Tuition;
  • Learning resources (books, CD ROMs, PDA programs, etc.); and
  • In-house training.

Professional Development Initiative funding is not used for mandatory / statutory training required by the professional in order to perform the duties of their position. The employer is required to provide this training.

Click here for the PDI Gudielines
Click here for the PDI Application-Learning Plan Form 
Click here for the Job Shadow Form 
Click here for the Request for International Travel Form 
Click here for the Request for Out of Territory Travel Form for DHSS Employees 
Click here for the Application Process Form
Click here for the Leave Process Form
Click here for the Authority Staff Claims Process Form
Click here for the DHSS Claims Process Form
Click here for the PDI rates per community

Decision Review (NEW)

The Decision Review Guidelines give eligible program applicants an opportunity to request a review of a decision if they feel that their application for the Professional Development Initiative (PDI), Remote Nursing Program or Targeted Academic Support Program (TASP) was not assessed in accordance with program guidelines.

These guidelines and procedures only apply to an unsuccessful applicant who applied to one of the applicable programs and who is eligible for consideration as a current employee of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA), Hay River Health and Social Services Authority (HRHSSA) and Tłı̨cho Community Services Agency under the applicable program guidelines.

Please note that reviews are focused on assessing whether or not program guidelines were applied correctly. Where the reason for denial is related to lack of available funds, the decision cannot be overturned.

Click here for the Guidelines
Click here for the Form