Health and Social Services

Lesa Semmler: Shared Health Priorities Agreement with Federal Government

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Mr. Speaker, last week we announced two significant bilateral agreements with the Government of Canada. These agreements secured two federal investments totaling $36.38 million dollars and demonstrate a shared commitment both to improving healthcare services for NWT residents generally, and to enhancing the supports for NWT seniors and Elders to stay at home longer as they age with dignity, close to their loved ones and community.

One Year Progress Update on the Addictions Prevention and Recovery Services Work Plan

In February 2023, the Addictions Prevention and Recovery Services Work Plan was released. Since the plan’s release, 50% of the action items in the Work Plan have been completed.

The Work Plan contains 24 action items for strengthening addictions and wellness programs for residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT). The items in the plan respond to the Auditor General of Canada’s recommendations, delivered in 2022.

The recently completed action items include:

Have Your Say on Mental Wellness and Addictions Recovery Services

A survey as been released by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to gather feedback on current mental wellness and addictions recovery services available to NWT residents. These services include the Community Counselling Program (including Child and Youth Counsellors), Helplines, e-Mental health apps/websites, Facility-based Addictions Treatment, community-based supports, and more.

GNWT Announces Date Change for Implementation of the Extended Health Benefits Policy

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is revising the implementation date of the new Extended Health Benefits Policy to September 1, 2024.

This decision is based on a need for more time to fine-tune the administrative and implementation processes, and to ensure the information systems are in place and functioning properly.

National Non-Smoking Week

This year, January 21-27 is National Non-Smoking Week! This annual event aims to educate and inform youth and young adults against starting to use tobacco products and helps existing tobacco consumers to quit or limit their intake.  

Quitting tobacco, cannabis, and/or vaping is essential for better health. In one cigarette puff, a smoker inhales around 7,000 harmful chemicals. Whether you smoke cigarettes, chew tobacco, or vape, there are toxic chemicals in these products that pose significant health risks.

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