2023 Tax Rate Bylaw Available

June 19, 2023

The 2023 Tax Rate Bylaw is available here.

Evacuation Alert Cancelled

June 6, 2023

The Town of Hay River is removing the Evacuation Alert status effective 4:00 PM Tuesday, June 6, 2023. The risk from the recent fire has been reduced and the fire has been in “Being Held” since May 26, 2023 while crews continue to address the remaining hot spots. The support services including the Hay River Regional Health Centre have been restored to normal operations and the Town of Hay River has instituted Fire Smart measures to further reduce risk.

The Town of Hay River has instigated a number of Fire Smart measures including clearing out underbrush and mowing the dry grass areas. This has further mitigated the specific risk to the Town of Hay River. Citizens are encouraged to institute Fire Smart measures on their own properties to protect them moving forward. To access Fire Smart resources, go to https://hayriver.com/2023-wildfire-updates/ or click the link on the Hay River website homepage.

The risk of fire may be present throughout the summer due to expected dry conditions, and we will likely have smoky conditions from fires across Canada. If the risk from the current fire east of town increases or a future risk to the Town of Hay River appears, the town may choose to reinstate the Evacuation Alert.


May 14, 2023

MAY 14, 2023 11:00PM

The Town of Hay River is issuing an evacuation order for all of Hay River. The host community is Yellowknife. Those who require transportation can go to the Hay River Community Centre.
Details to follow.

2023 Community Cleanup

April 28, 2023

The 2023 Community Cleanup will start Monday, June 5, 2023. For further details click here.

2023 Spring Breakup Update

April 20, 2023

April 20, 2023

Warming conditions continue to melt ice along the banks of the Hay River.   There have been marginal water level increases at the Chincaga River through to the Hay River mouth of 40 centimetres or less from an already low seasonal water level.   There is no action at this time but residents are encouraged to review preparedness information at https://hayriver.com/breakup/

Ensure you have numbering on your house or business

House numbers are critical for all emergency services to be able to respond to your home or business.  If you do not have house numbers visible from the road, please ensure that you get them put up as soon as you can.  House numbers make it possible for emergency and other services to be able to assist you if needed, especially with the possibility of flooding that occurs each season.

If you require assistance with what your house number is, please call the town at 867-874-6522.

Webcam and graphs available for viewing

Webcams are up and running at https://hayriver.com/breakup/ at the MTS where the Hay River meets Great Slave Lake, Pine Point Bridge, Paradise Valley and Alexandra Falls.  Additionally, 12 hour and 2 hour graphs of the water level changes are available.

A new feature available this year are Environment Canada links to water level changes and flow rates at the Chinchaga River, Hay River at the NWT/AB border as well as within the town of Hay River.  The monitoring station at Meander River is currently not functional.  These graphs are accessible through a link at https://hayriver.com/breakup/ .

Sandbags and sand are now available

Sandbags are available at the town of Hay River Public Works department office at 27 Industrial Drive across from the Animal Shelter.  Sand is available at the Don Wright Ballyard on Airport Road.

Preparedness Information available

To sign up for the Emergency Measures Email List go to:


For all updates about the 2023 Spring Breakup go to:

https://hayriver.com/breakup/ or phone 1-833-699-0188

Hay River Housing Plan Completed

April 17, 2023

The Town of Hay River and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) are announcing the town’s five-year community housing plan, designed to address the community’s unique housing needs, increase housing supply, and improve affordability for residents. 

Hay River’s Community Housing Plan has been developed over a multi–year process, in collaboration with the Town of Hay River and Housing Northwest Territories (NWT). The goals and objectives in the plan reflect community needs and priorities shared by residents through multiple periods of engagement and review. A community Advisory Committee was established to guide and inform a 2021 – 2022 housing needs assessment and the development of the 2023 strategic housing plan.

The plan aims to improve housing outcomes and support residents of all ages, incomes, and abilities through housing policy and other actions. The plan sets a framework to implement and prioritize action-oriented strategies, providing guidance for decision-making. In addition, it will promote new partnerships and greater community awareness of housing issues and opportunities.

Plan implementation will begin in 2023 with a secured grant for a housing coordinator.

“Ensuring safe, affordable, and diverse housing is available to meet the needs of community of Hay River is defined as a top priority of Town Council.  The release of the Hay River Strategic Housing Plan sets in motion a plan to recognize the many opportunities and evolving demand for housing in Hay River. We thank Housing NWT and the many businesses, organizations, and individuals who participated in the development of the plan and look forward to working with our partners to transform housing supply in the community.” 

– Kandis Jameson, Mayor of Hay River

Town of Hay River Emergency Plan

March 21, 2023

Hay River Submits Request for Issuance of Electrical Franchise to PUB

March 8, 2023

HAY RIVER, Northwest Territories (March 8, 2023) – The Town of Hay River (Town) has submitted a request to the NWT Public Utilities Board (PUB) for the approval of transactions required for the issuance of a Hay River Electrical Franchise to the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC).

For details click HERE

Hay River receives federal support for new development

March 1, 2023

March 1, 2023
For immediate release
The Town of Hay River is taking a significant step forward to address a need for future flood resilient land through the announced $498,000 support of CanNor funding for the Sundog land development project.
The Sundog development will be undertaken in phases starting with the detailed design scheduled for completion in the spring of 2023. Subsequent phases will include construction of commercial space occupying 3.6 hectares with direct access to the Mackenzie Highway.
Discussions are currently underway between the Town of Hay River and the Government of the Northwest Territories for the potential inclusion of their planned Long Term Care facility in the Sundog area.
Sundog will be the location of future amenities that will serve a planned 5.3 hectare residential development which includes 1.7 hectares of green space. The inclusion of residential zoning will pave the way for multifamily housing as well as pre-built single family homes.
“We are thankful for CanNor’s ongoing support of economic development within Hay River and the specific partnership in supporting the vision of Sundog. Sundog will position the Town for expected future economic and residential growth.”
Mayor Kandis Jameson

For further information, contact:
Patrick Bergen
Assistant Senior Administrative Officer
Town of Hay River
(867) 874-6522
To view the Member of Parliament, Michael McLeod’s press release.

Mayors Message

December 29, 2022

Mayor’s Year End Message 2022

At the time of this writing, it is the Winter Solstice December 21st. As Northerners I think we can agree that winter has been here for awhile. The weather seems more difficult than normal, and I know many of you, your families, or friends, have had disrupted travel plans.

There is no sugar coating the fact that it’s been a difficult, and for many of you, a stressful year. I know in talking to many of you over the last few days that the Christmas spirit is a bit tougher to maintain during these troubling times locally, nationally, and internationally.

We are all struggling with the increases in the cost of living and the uncertainty of our lives coming back to some normalcy after the disruption of 2 years of covid and this Spring’s flood.

Despite the many challenges facing our community over the last year, the Town of Hay River was able accomplish a number of priorities in order to improve the lives of our residents. I think its important to let you know some of the things we were able to accomplish for you.

  • Flood Response, Recovery and Mitigation – extensive repairs to flood damaged infrastructure were completed. Ten flood mitigation projects have been added to planning documents.   $2.5M of flood response, recovery, and mitigation related funding has been secured to date. 
  • Zoning and Building Bylaw – an update to the bylaw was completed that reduces minimum housing footprint allowances, increases overall housing density allowances, and incorporates more beautification into development. 
  • Core Infrastructure Replacement and New Construction – substantial completion of Lift Station #4, Capital Drive, Riverview Drive, Caribou Crescent, Beaver Crescent, Industrial Drive underground utilities
  • Land and Housing Development – substantial completion of Fraser Place housing development, addition of 10 Vale Island residential lots, secured funding for Sundog business park development, completed draft of a Community Housing Plan, partnered on a Habitat for Humanity house project
  • Recreation Improvements – substantial completion of enhancements to Bob McMeekin Park, Golf Course and Ski Club road access and site improvements
  • Electrical Franchise – Council has passed first reading of an electrical franchise agreement with NTPC with goal to reduce electrical services costs
  • Strategic Plan – developed a 2022-2025 Strategic Plan to guide direction of the municipal government
  • Social Issues Committee – established a multiagency committee to develop and implement a plan for improving various social issues within the community
  • Event Hosting – Hosted the NWT Tourism Conference and AGM, Partnered with Polar Pond Hockey to host an international climate awareness event
  • Community Services – entered into multiyear funding agreements with the Hay River Library, Hay River Museum, and the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre to support midterm support
  • Climate Change Support – Recipient of the NWTAC 2022 Energy Award, completed a district biomass heating feasibility study, diverted over 150,000 tires from the landfill

These are but a few highlights of the accomplishments over the last year. My enthusiastic thank you to our Town staff and of course to Council for all your hard work and dedication to the well being of our community.

I suspect it may still be some time before our collective lives see any improvement in the circumstances that we are currently encountering. That said every storm ends and with-it better times come. In the interim please look out for neighbours, friends and family over the holiday season. If you can make a difference in someone’s life through kind words, thoughts or giving please do.

Council and I look forward to serving you in 2023 and to developing a healthy community together.

Bless you all.

Kandis Jameson


Town of Hay River