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For information on funding programs and support for business development in Norman Wells, check the following information:

Town of Norman Wells Economic Development Department

Economic Development and Tourism Officer
PO Box 5, 3 Mackenzie Drive
Norman Wells, NT X0E OV0
Tel: (867) 686-0737

Norman Wells’ community is characterized by its diversity. People from all around the world and families from the other northern communities are established in town. As a result, different cultures and languages coexist, including the Dene and the Metis. Norman Wells also contains a significant pan-Canadian and international immigrant population, such as approximately 30 Filipino people currently living in town. These immigrants were attracted by the work opportunities Norman Wells and the North in general have to offer. According to the Prince of Wales, Northern Heritage Centre, the Northwest Territories “is the only political region in Canada which recognizes 11 official languages”. In the Sahtu region, English, North Slavey and French are the most spoken languages.

ITI Sahtu Regional Office

Serving the communities of: Colville Lake, Deline, Fort Good Hope,  Norman Wells, Tulita.

PO Box 149
1A Raven Road, 2nd floor Edward G. Hodgson Building, Norman Wells, NT X0E 0V0
Tel: (867) 587-7166 
Fax: (867) 587-3018

Several programs are available through ITI; there is a local office in Norman Wells that provides support and program information. The following programs may be of interest:

Support for Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Policy — Consists of five categories with multiple elements to each.  The program may help fund areas of business development such as business planning, start-up funding, expansion, business skills, and others.

Applications are available at the ITI office in Norman Wells, or please contact your local Economic Development Officer at or call 867-587-2016 at the Sahtu Business Development Centre.

See ITI’s Investment and Economic Analysis website for more information:

Canada/NWT Business Service Centre

The Center is a gateway to government information for business. They provide a very broad range of information on government services, programs and regulations; they also provide several useful services to business operators.
For more info visit –


The BDIC established on April 1, 2005 by the Northwest Territories Business Development and Investment Act, is a Crown Corporation of the Government of the Northwest Territories. The BDIC provides a range of programs and services to help northern business succeed.

The BDIC supports the economic objectives of the Government of the Northwest Territories by:

  • Encouraging the creation and development of businesses;
  • Providing information and financial assistance to businesses; and
  • Making investments in business enterprises.

The BDIC promotes financial independence, assists communities in capturing economic development opportunities, and helps develop a diverse and viable northern economy. The BDIC’s role in promoting and maintaining economic development and employment has both economic and social aspects.
Visit the BDIC website for more information –

NWT Metis-Dene Development Fund Ltd.

MDDF is an Indigenous owned (50% First Nations / 50% Metis) Access to Capital Corporation. We provide capital direct to client in a number of different ways (Term Loans, Working Capital Loan, Lines of Credit, Irrevocable Letters of Credit and others) as well as delivering CanNor’s EBD nonrepayable contribution program. We have no lower or upper limit on the amount we lend, EBD has a max per application of $99,999.00 (depend on qualifications). For lending there is no requirement to be Metis or Dene as we work with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients. The CanNor Contribution program does require clients to be majority Indigenous owned and controlled. Website is and inquiries can be made via email or by phone at 867-873-9341 or by fax 867-766-3745. Applications are also PDF fillable on our website.

In addition MDDF owns G L Services Ltd. a business services company offer a number of business services and tax services to both business and individuals throughout the NWT. G L’s website is

Norman Wells Financial Corporation

The Norman Wells Financial Corporation is the financial arm of the Norman Wells Land Corporation. The NWFC collects funds from the regional land claims and manages the NWLC account. The NWFC is primarily focused on providing funding to benefit members, such as funding for permitted activities, scholarships and bursaries, as well as funding the operations of the Norman Wells Land Corporation. Click here for more information.

Sahtu Business Development Centre

The Sahtu Business Development Centre is funded through the Community Futures program. They provide business loans to qualified applicants, and provide small business counseling and advisory services.

This local Centre can be reached by contacting:

Jenna Gauthier
Box 307
Ph: (867) 587-2016
Fax: (867) 587-2407

Arctic Energy Alliance

Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) has energy experts and rebate funding available to help your business conserve energy and improve its energy efficiency. If you own a business and are interested in saving money by reducing the amount of heating fuel, electricity and water used, or want to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, the Commercial Energy Conservation and Efficiency Program is for you. 

Contact the AEA for funding and advice for energy efficiency upgrades to your business.

1 Mackenzie Dr., Unit 3 PO Box 332
Norman Wells, NT X0E 0V0
Tel: 867.587.2354 Fax: 867.873.0303