51 people have lost their jobs at the NWT’s Diavik diamond mine, 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife.
Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. says it was forced to lay off employees from across the business given ‘current market conditions’.
The decision to lay off staff marks yet another blow to the territory’s resource-dependent economy.
It also comes in the same year that the diamond mine – Canada’s largest – produced its 100 millionth carat since production began 13 years ago.
Another blow for the industry
Earlier this month, Dominion announced that a hundred employees will be affected when the company moves its corporate office from Yellowknife to Calgary next year.
Diavik’s lifespan is expected to run out in 2024, even with the development of the A21 pipeline.