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