GNWT announces over $2.9 million in new funding for NWT aviation companies

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Yellowknife — June 12, 2020

YELLOWKNIFE (June 12, 2020) - The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) announced today that it will allocate $2.944 million to airlines and rotary wing operators in the Northwest Territories.


The GNWT is providing this funding directly to airlines and rotary wing operators during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that these companies can continue to provide connections into communities, providing essential goods, like food and medical supplies, through June 30, 2020.


The GNWT will allocate the funding as follows:


Summit Air $1,245,000

Buffalo Airways $397,000

South Nahanni Airways $164,000

Landa Aviation $81,000

Great Slave Helicopters $497,000

Acasta Helicopters $319,000

Denendeh Helicopters $132,000

K’ahsho Helicopters $42,000

Sahtu Helicopters $38,000

Dehcho Helicopters $29,000


Today’s funding announcement is funded by the GNWT and is in addition to $8.7 million in previously announced funding from the federal government to NWT airlines to ensure that they can continue to operate during the pandemic. The GNWT continues to work with Transport Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) towards additional funding for the NWT aviation industry beyond June 30, 2020.


This funding will help northern aviation companies continue to operate as they deal with the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic. While this is an important step that will help these companies to stay in the air in the short-term, we must continue to work with our federal partners to ensure that longer-term support is available to support the aviation industry.

—Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Finance

Quick facts

  • Today’s funding announcement covers the period of April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020.
  • Including previously announced supports, the GNWT has provided more than $13.6 million to the northern aviation industry since March 2020
  • Previously announced supports for the NWT aviation industry: include the waiving of all landing fees at NWT airports, as well as leases, licences, and concession fees for all businesses operating at NWT airports, expected to save NWT aviation businesses approximately $2 million; and $8.7 million in flow through funding from the Government of Canada.




Media Contact:

Todd Sasaki

Senior Communications Officer
Shared Corporate Services
Department of Finance | Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs
Government of the Northwest Territories