GNWT Releases Draft Post-Secondary Education Regulations


The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) invites the public to review and comment on draft proposed regulations under the Post-Secondary Education (EPS) Act.

The PSE Act establishes the framework for the recognition of post-secondary institutions in the Northwest Territories (NWT), including universities and colleges. The Act received assent in 2019 and is awaiting finalization of regulations that will come into effect in the fall of 2022.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) proposes four sets of regulations to support the PES Act:

  1. Private Vocational Training (PVT) regulations will regulate certificate and diploma programs that provide training in the skills and knowledge required for employment in a profession.
  2. The Colleges, Degree-Granting and Universities Regulations will regulate institutions identified as colleges and universities and will also regulate the offering of degrees at a post-secondary institution.
  3. The Private Educational Institutions Regulation will govern private institutions wishing to provide post-secondary education.
  4. The general regulations will contain information on items that do not correspond to the other areas, such as tuition, terms of reference and reports.

Work is also underway on the Native Settlements Regulations to establish the standards and processes for being recognized as a Native Settlement in the Northwest Territories. These regulations are being developed and informed through collaboration with Indigenous governments and organizations and will reflect the unique Indigenous perspectives and contexts of the NWT. They are not included as part of this commitment; however, there will be future opportunities for comment on these regulations as work progresses.

The public is invited to consult proposed settlement and send your comments to [email protected] by September 27, 2022.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Public Affairs and Communications
Education, culture and employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
[email protected]


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