GNWT Announces New Emergency Evacuation Relief Program

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Yellowknife — May 17, 2024

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is introducing a new financial assistance program for Northwest Territories (NWT) residents evacuating their homes and communities because of the increased flooding and wildfires in the NWT.

The Emergency Evacuation Relief Program is available to all NWT residents who have evacuated their home community. It is designed to help residents with accommodation needs and day-to-day purchases such as groceries, gas and other necessities. Residents who apply and are approved will receive a one-time direct deposit payment as follows:

  • $800 for residents 18 and over
  • $400 for each dependent under 18

To apply, residents must have evacuated their home community because of an evacuation order issued by the community government and registered as an evacuee.

In addition to a completed application form, residents may need to submit the following documents to verify their application and help with ease of payment:

  • Photo identification such as passport, driver’s license, general ID, etc;
  • Proof that you are a resident of the evacuated community, such as a utility bill. Visit GNWT DMV for other acceptable forms of identification and proof of residency;
  • Proof of dependants such as 2022 or 2023 notice of assessment, birth certificate, custody documents, baptismal certificate, etc;
  • Direct deposit information.

Application forms and all supporting documents can be sent to EVAC@gov.nt.ca

Residents who apply to the program and are approved will receive payments as soon as possible. It is important to note that payment will only be made after an evacuation order is issued for the community residents apply from. Residents are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible, as payment will not be made to evacuees who register more than 14 days after an evacuation order is lifted.

Quote(s)

"The GNWT is committed to addressing the challenges faced by residents during evacuations. Following the floods and wildfires of 2023, we have adjusted our emergency financial support program to improve access and ensure that all residents have the financial support they need in the event of an evacuation. The Emergency Evacuation Relief Program was intentionally improved based on resident feedback and will help individuals and families adjust to the new situations they face when displaced from their homes during emergencies. "

- Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Department of Finance

Quick Facts

  • All residents are encouraged to be ready for emergencies. Download and complete the application in advance and make sure you have copies of the required eligibility and payment documentation.
  • The GNWT conducted a review of financial assistance programs for evacuees from February to March 2024, including an online survey and an invitation for email submissions, was employed to gather feedback on the programs. The survey received 272 submissions, highlighting key areas of concern and satisfaction among participants.
  • Feedback identified several critical themes including: clarity and accessibility, inclusive coverage and equitable treatment, timeliness and efficient, and communication and documentation.
  • The GNWT is developing an online application portal for EERP to improve resident access and reduce the amount of time required to issue payment.

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Media Contact:

Toyeke Adedipe
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Finance
Adetoyeke_Adedipe@gov.nt.ca