The Government of the Northwest Territories committed to investigate introducing a “sugary drinks” tax as a way to reduce sugar consumption and improve public health. This has led to a proposal to introduce a sugar-sweetened beverages tax to reduce sugar consumption in the Northwest Territories as part of the public health initiative to reduce obesity and improve oral health.
Engagement feedback from January 3, 2019 to February 25, 2019
Results under review
This engagement was completed June 6, 2019
Have Your Say
In January 2019, the Department of Finance conducted a public and stakeholder engagement on the sugar sweetened tax proposal, including an online survey, and public meetings in Yellowknife, Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk regarding the overall benefits and implications of the tax.
Please refer to the following documents to learn more about the GNWT's proposed sugar-sweetened drinks tax.
- The GNWT released a discussion paper to inform residents and to generate public discussion on whether the proposed tax would be effective in reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks.
- The GNWT also released a report summarizing its findings.
Since the 18th Legislative Assembly was only a few months away from the end of its mandate by the time the public engagement results were tabled, any decisions about implementing a sugar-sweetened drinks tax were left for the 19th Legislative Assembly.