Posted on Thursday June 14, 2018

The City of Yellowknife strongly supports welcoming a university presence in our community. A university presence in Yellowknife will yield economic benefits, as well as positive academic and social impacts, for Yellowknife and for residents across the NWT.

The City has reviewed the Aurora College Foundational Review and endorses the recommendations contained within the Report. The City looks forward to working with the Government of the Northwest Territories, and community and Indigenous governments across the territory, to develop a strong post-secondary presence that not only benefits Yellowknife, but also sustains post-secondary excellence in other NWT communities. While supporting the concept of the Northern Canada Polytechnic University, the recommendation to expand the legislative framework to allow for other post-secondary institutions in the NWT is welcomed.

“Establishing a university for the NWT, headquartered in Yellowknife with centres of excellence in Fort Smith and Inuvik, is an incredibly empowering possibility” said Mayor Mark Heyck. “This is an opportunity to grow our academic capacity, attract students from across the country, and develop a skilled workforce that can take full advantage of the diverse opportunities in the North.”

The City of Yellowknife is undertaking a Feasibility Study to determine the economic benefits of establishing a post-secondary institution in Yellowknife and establishing an Advisory Committee to contribute to the process. The benefits and spin-offs associated with developing Yellowknife into a world-renowned knowledge center are considerable, including the ability to attract students, academics and researchers from the rest of Canada, as well as internationally.


For more information:
Iman Kassam
Communications and Economic Development Officer
City of Yellowknife