GNWT seeking support to find space for temporary Day shelter

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — August 3, 2021

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is reaching out to interested parties for information on the availability of physical space for a temporary Day shelter within Yellowknife. It is necessary to find additional shelter space to support those experiencing homelessness in Yellowknife before the cold weather returns in the fall.

The GNWT has done an extensive search over the past year to look for a suitable site or facility that can offer additional shelter to Yellowknife’s homeless population. The GNWT has examined over 30 sites but have so far been unsuccessful in securing a space because of several factors including environmental remediation issues, inability to meet program needs and opposition from neighbours not wanting this type of facility in their area.

As the market is constantly changing, the GNWT is again reaching out to the business community for assistance. We are asking landlords in Yellowknife who have available space that may be used as a temporary shelter to serve this vulnerable population, to please complete the Request for Information for a Temporary Warming Shelter. 

The reality is that the GNWT cannot do this alone. We need help to find a suitable site or facility so that those in need have a safe, warm place to go through the day.

For more information and to obtain a copy of the Request for Information, see:

Deadline for submission is 3:00 PM (Local Time), August 20, 2021.


For media requests, please contact:

Umesh Sutendra

A/Manager, Communications

Health and Social Services

Government of the Northwest Territories

867-767-9052 ext. 49036