Guidelines for Compassionate, Family Reunification and Other Exceptional Circumstance Exemptions to the NWT Travel Restrictions Public Health Order
The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer will consider compassionate, family reunification, and other exceptional circumstance exemptions from the travel restrictions on a case-by-case basis
What is considered a Compassionate, Family Reunification or an Exceptional Circumstance Exemption?
- Death or illness in the family
- Childcare needs
- Fleeing domestic violence
Reunite with an NWT resident(s) that fall into at least one of the following groups:
- immediate family members,
- close relation
- Retrieval or drop off of family member or property
- Pre-relocation house hunting trip
If you do not fit one of these categories and are seeking exemption, contact ProtectNWT by emailing email@example.com or calling 8-1-1 or 1-833-378-8297 (outside NWT) for guidance or to submit a request.
How to apply
To seek a compassionate, family reunification or other exceptional circumstance exemption:
- Contact Protect NWT at 8-1-1 or 1-833-378-8297 (outside NWT) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Explain your situation
- You must be able to produce documentation to support your request
- Submit a self-isolation plan
- The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer will evaluate your request and review documentation required, taking into consideration a public health risk assessment of the circumstance.
- A decision will be made, and an exceptional circumstance exemption approval will be issued, or not.
- Due to a high volume of request, please allow for as much time as possible. Response times are currently between 5-7 business days for non-urgent requests. Submit self-isolation plans at least 2- weeks (or more) in advance of travel date, if possible.
- Before travelling into the NWT, you must have your self-isolation plan approved and receive your CPHO exceptional circumstance exemption approved.
Please note: to be approved for a compassionate, family reunification, or other exceptional circumstance exemption you must be willing to self-isolate for 14 days in either Yellowknife, Hay River, Inuvik, or Fort Smith prior to travelling on to another community. You may or may not be able to self-isolate at a family member’s home.
For those in unsafe situations
We do not want you to be in an unsafe situation because of our orders.
If you are in a dangerous or unsafe situation, please get yourself to safety whether that is at a shelter or in the home of a trusted friend or family member. There is no need to call 8-1-1 for permission. Your safety is most important. We all have a role to play in helping friends and family members stay safe and healthy.
Territorial Family Violence Shelters are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: