Official Languages Commissioner for the Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly. Yellowknife, NT

Closing Date July 31, 2020 Location Yellowknife, NT
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Job Description

The Office of the Languages Commissioner for the Northwest Territories is established under the Official Languages Act. The Languages Commissioner is appointed by the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories to deal with complaints that language rights, as set out in the Act, have been violated. The Office of the Languages Commissioner is one part of the legislative scheme designed to protect, promote and preserve Official Languages.

The Official Languages Act of the Northwest Territories recognizes eleven Official Languages and gives all residents certain rights and privileges with respect to using and accessing public services in those languages. The Languages Commissioner can investigate any allegation that the Official Languages Act has been violated.

The primary role of the Official Languages Commissioner is:
Investigating complaints that government institutions are not complying with the Act;
Initiating investigations;
Reporting on findings and making recommendations to government institutions;
Preparing an annual report to the Speaker, including recommendations for changes to legislation;
Promoting and raising awareness of the Act and the Office of the Languages Commissioner; and
Managing the Office, including planning, budgeting, supervision of staff and contractors, maintaining a website and other public communication materials, and ensuring file and complaint management policies and systems are in place.

Typically the above skills and abilities would be acquired by a degree in law, public administration or a related field combined with an interest in and sensitivity to official language issues and experience in interpreting and applying legislation and principles of administrative fairness. 

Preference will be given to candidates who wish to locate the Office of the Languages Commissioner outside of Yellowknife but within the Northwest Territories and who have the ability to speak an official language other than English.

Remuneration will be based on qualifications and experience, with the successful candidate negotiating a service contract with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.  

The Official Languages Act, may be accessed at:

How to Apply

Please submit expressions of interest by July 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm to:

Deputy Clerk, Members and Precinct Services
 Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly
PO Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2L9
Telephone: 867-767-9130 ext. 120147
Fax: 867-920-4735