NWT COVID-19 Update

Last modified: 
Wed, 06/03/2020 - 17:29

Below is the NWT COVID-19 Update. The summary includes recent announcements and updates from the Government of the Northwest Territories and is distributed every Wednesday evening. 

If you wish to distribute this brief to the public, feel free to share the GNWT’s COVID-19 NWT Daily Brief Facebook post which will be made every weekday evening on the GNWT Facebook page.

Questions or concerns about COVID-19 in the NWT

Frequently asked questions: www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/questions-and-answers 

Call 8-1-1: Available to callers in the NWT from 8 AM to 8 PM, every day

Email: covid@gov.nt.ca

NWT COVID-19 Weekly Update– as of June 3, 2020

Public Health – Chief Public Health Officer

Local manufacturers authorized to produce face shields
NWT Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, has authorized two local manufacturers to create reusable face shields meeting Health Canada specifications for use in public settings in the territory.  For more information, visit the newsroom.

Current COVID-19 testing and results information are available on the GNWT's COVID-19 website.

Government of the Northwest Territories

NWT residents must bring their own non-medical masks for air travel
NWT residents will soon be required to bring their own non-medical masks to their flights in order to comply with Transport Canada regulations. Passengers will not be allowed to board their flight without demonstrating their face coverings will allow their mouths and noses to be reliably covered for the duration of their flight with durable material like cotton.  For more information, go to visit this page.

NWT Health and Social Services system receives accreditation
The Northwest Territories Health and Social Service Authority, the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority and the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency have all received accreditation status from Accreditation Canada.  For more information, visit this page.

Tourism licencing fees and insurance requirements waived for 2020-2021
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment has  waived tourism insurance requirements and licensing fees for the 2020-21 seasons as another element of short term relief for tourism operators. To find out more information, visit this page

Aurora College Fall 2020 programming updates designed around student needs
Aurora College has developed a plan for 2020-2021 that takes into account the needs of students in a variety of programs. The majority of regular full-time programs will be offered for the fall 2020 semester. To find out more information, visit this page

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada will provide rent relief for eligible business tenants in all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas
The Government of Canada is taking further action to support businesses operating in Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas dealing with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information, visit their website.

New website for financial support for Canadians
The Government of Canada has launched a new website that contains information about COVID-19 emergency benefits, Employment Insurance, pensions and benefits for housing, education, training, family and people with disabilities.For more information, visit this page

For the latest updates from the Government of Canada, please visit their website.

Important Reminders

GNWT offers second extension of expirations on driver’s licences, general identification cards, and motor vehicle certificates of registration

  • Any driver’s licence or general identification card that expires during the period of March 31, 2020, to July 31, 2020, will remain valid until August 1, 2020.  
  • Private motor vehicle certificates of registration that expire on March 31, April 30, or July 31, 2020, will remain valid until August 1, 2020.
  • Motor vehicle certificates of registration for construction vehicles, dealer inventory vehicles, government vehicles, rental vehicles, school buses, and society vehicles that expired on March 31 will remain valid until August 1, 2020.
  • At this time, there is no set date for reopening DMV offices for in-person services.
  • Clients can renew their driver’s licences, general identification cards and vehicle certificates of registration online at www.idmv.inf.gov.nt.ca.

NWT Wage Top-up program 
The NWT Wage Top-up Program is a 16 week (April to July 2020) hourly wage top-up for Northwest Territories workers who are at least 15 years old and who make less than $18 per hour. Participating employers receive $50 per employee. For more information, visit this page

Financial supports for NWT residents during COVID-19
The GNWT has implemented a number of financial supports for people, families, students and businesses during COVID-19. To find out more information, visit this page.

Service Inventory
The GNWT has inventoried its program and service changes as a result of COVID-19 and has provided a list of changes or impacts to services here: Program and service availability during COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to check this page frequently for the latest updates about GNWT program and service availability.