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After a temporary hold on the programs due to COVID-19, the Professional Development Initiative (PDI) program will re-open for online courses only at this time.  There will be one intake for PDI applications this fiscal year from May 27 – June 17, 2020 with approval notification by July 3rd .  Packages previously submitted during the March 2020 intake will still be reviewed and considered so, for those who have already submitted an application, there is no need to submit a duplicate.

The suspension of all travel associated with the PDI and TASP program is still in place as well as a delay for any further approval or intake of applications for the TASP program until further notice.

We appreciate your understanding at this time and will provide program updates as they come available through OurNTHSSA and through this webpage.

Please contact or for any process questions, coding and assistance in claiming costs back.

HSS Human Resource Strategic Plan and HSS Human Resource Programs

The HSS HR Strategic Plan is intended to help ensure:

  • The recruitment and retention of high quality employees;
  • Organizational stability and achievement of corporate and operational goals;
  • Linkages between corporate/strategic goals and operational activity; and
  • Systematic and proactive planning.

Click here to read the Health and Social Services Human Resource Strategic Plan.

A key component of the Strategic Plan is programs designed to be flexible and responsive to the changing health and social services environment.

The HSS Human Resource Programs listed below support the recruitment and retention of health and social services professionals within the HSS system.

For further information on HSS HR Programs, contact:


Decision Review

The Decision Review Guidelines give eligible program applicants an opportunity to request a review of a decision if they feel that their application for the Professional Development Initiative (PDI), Remote Nursing Program or Targeted Academic Support Program (TASP) was not assessed in accordance with program guidelines.

These guidelines and procedures only apply to an unsuccessful applicant who applied to one of the applicable programs and who is eligible for consideration as a current employee of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA), Hay River Health and Social Services Authority (HRHSSA) and Tłı̨cho Community Services Agency under the applicable program guidelines.

Please note that reviews are focused on assessing whether or not program guidelines were applied correctly. Where the reason for denial is related to lack of available funds, the decision cannot be overturned.

Click here for the Guidelines
Click here for the Form