Speech Language Pathologist

  • Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
  • Oct 04, 2018
Full time Other

Job Description

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is the single provider of all health and social services in the Northwest Territories (NWT), with the exception of Hay River and Tlicho regions, covering 1.2 million square kilometers and serving approximately 43,000 people, including First Nations, Inuit, Metis, and non-aboriginals. Health and social services includes the full range of primary, secondary and tertiary health services and social services including family services, protection services, care placements, mental health, addictions, and developmental activities, delivered by more than 1,400 health and social services staff.

This position is located in the Inuvik Regional Hospital (IRH), which is a 51 bed, accredited facility serving the town of Inuvik and 12 outlying communities serviced by the NTHSSA Beaufort Delta and Sahtu regions. The NTHSSA provides and supports the delivery of health care services to adults and children on an inpatient, outpatient and outreach basis in order to enhance healthy communities and well-being through excellence, accountability and respect for regional diversity.

Reporting directly to the Regional Manager, Allied Health Services, the incumbent independently provides assessment, diagnostic, rehabilitative and preventative services to inpatients and outpatients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics.

This position plans, organizes, delivers and evaluates SLP services in the IRH (including the Acute Care ward, Long Term Care ward, and the outpatient clinic), in the community health centers, in the home and in school settings both in Inuvik and the Sahtu regions. The SLP assists the Regional Manager, Allied Health Services, in managing physical, financial, and human resources.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

This level of knowledge is typically acquired through a university degree in Speech Language Pathology at a Masters level. Preference will be given to candidates with at least two years work experience.

Department Information

Lying on the cusp of the northern frontier, 200KM north of the Arctic Circle, is the community of Inuvik.  Within that small and welcoming community of 3,200 residents awaits an opportunity for a qualified Speech Language Pathologist.  The successful candidate will be an integral part of the close knit team aiming to provide innovative methods and therapy structures that deliver effective speech and language services in a very unique setting to more than 10,000 residents. 

Speech Language Pathologists have the option to live and work for a variety of organizations. A few reasons why we think you should consider the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority:

  • Travel - you’ll have the opportunity to travel via small plane or over the ice road to remote and isolated communities within the Beaufort Delta and Sahtu regions of the NWT
  • Scope of Practice - there is a significant percentage of work that the successful candidate will be completing independently which lends itself to developing a wide range of skills to solve the variety of speech issues you might encounter
  • Mentorship - training and mentorship will be provided for new graduates, as well as to experienced clinicians, by a SLP with more than 20 years of experience working within the Arctic
  • Training - the incumbent can apply for up to $3,550 in professional development funding for courses related to your career
  • Compensation - the annual salary range starts at $87,263 and goes up to $104,208 plus a northern living allowance of $13,924.
  • Benefits - the GNWT offers a health and dental plan, a defined pension, 16.5 days of annual leave earned in the first year of employment and various other types of leave earned on an hourly basis
  • Relocation - the GNWT will arrange and pay for relocation fees for the successful candidate

Speech Language Pathologists often have the option to practice in a number of large Canadian cities but this role offers benefits beyond what you might find anywhere else in Canada.  The community of Inuvik is also home to one of the most northern greenhouses in the world and is very family friendly with plenty of year round outdoor activities for family members of all ages.  The community provides an abundance of fresh air, minimal (ie: No) traffic and some of the shortest commutes in the country.

If you’ve completed a Masters level degree in Speech Language Pathology and this opportunity, community and lifestyle sound appealing to you please click on ‘apply now’ for more information and to apply directly.

Job Category

Allied Profession


Inuvik, NT