Making It Happen

The Government of Canada, Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and participating Aboriginal governments worked closely together on the detailed planning necessary for devolution to take effect.

To ensure a smooth transition there are many decisions, plans and activities that took place in advance. For example, the parties identified what programs and services will be transferred, Canada repealed or revised existing legislation, and the GNWT drafted and passed mirror legislation and made job offers to impacted federal employees.

There are two stages of implementation:

1. Transition

This is the time between the signing of the Devolution Agreement-in-Principle (AiP) and a final Agreement. The Government of Canada provided the GNWT with $4 million dollars for this transition period to support activities set out in the AiP, including developing an organizational design, establishing a transition team, assessing information technology requirements, creating a waste sites inventory, and developing and drafting territorial legislation.

2. Implementation

This is the time between the signing of a final Devolution Agreement and the date devolution takes effect. The Government of Canada provided the GNWT with $22.5 million dollars for a range of activities outlined in the Agreement including implementation activities, writing job descriptions, communications, recruitment activities, preparing inventories, designing information management structures and installing major systems.