Electrical Trades and Telecommunication Occupations

Electricians in this occupational group layout, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices and related equipment in buildings and other structures. Electrical contractors, maintenance departments of buildings and other establishments, utility companies and their subcontractors employ some of these tradespeople. Others are self-employed.


  • High school diploma.
  • Trade certification as a journeyperson.
  • Interprovincial red seal certification is an option.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will continue to be impacted by natural resource development in the NWT. As a result there will be high employment levels during these projects. Most of these jobs will be medium-term, and fall slightly over the long term.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 0.0% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 52.8% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 30.6% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 16.5% live in other communities. About 33.8% are employed in the Information and Cultural Industries industry and 29.2% in the Construction sector.