The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is pleased to announce, in partnership with the Federal government, the successful distribution of $1.583 million in COVID-19 emergency support funding. This funding is being provided for sport organizations by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations.
The funding is being used to ensure the continuation of sport and recreation program operations across the NWT. This will enable these programs to support healthy lifestyle goals outlined in the continued public health response to COVID-19 in the NWT and helps them plan for the future.
The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) continues to support community governments and sport and recreation organizations who are dealing with the impacts of the pandemic by extending resources from all existing programs. Communities have demonstrated the flexibility to adapt programs to deal with restrictions under the public health orders. These funds will assist with that ongoing work.
Collaboration between the Federal, Territorial and Community Governments such as this project, demonstrate the commitment at all levels, to meet the challenges we are all faced with during the pandemic. Our Communities are resilient and their ability to adapt in the service of our residents is to be applauded. Together we are committed to ensuring a healthy and vibrant NWT.
“We recognize the importance of sports, physical activity and recreation and its impact for our residents during these challenging times. Through innovative planning and careful health and safety measures, this funding will be supporting important programs that directly impact the physical and mental health of all NWT residents.”
- Paulie Chinna, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs
“We are proud of these important investments. We stand with governments and sport and recreation organizations as they continue to play an essential role in Canadian society. Participation in sport improves physical health and contributes to better mental health and resilience. This is especially important now as we navigate this pandemic. Rest assured that we will continue to do what it takes to help Canadians during these difficult times.”
—The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
- MACA distributed funding for sport and recreation programs in the amounts of:
o $721,289 to 33 community governments;
o $633, 860 to 29 Territorial Sport Organizations; and
o $228,351 to territorial and regional sport and recreation non-government organizations.
- Projects being supported through this funding include:
o Outdoor events such as winter cultural day camps with fishing, trapping and traditional Indigenous games;
o Upgrades and repairs to outdoor sport and recreation areas like parks as well as ski and hiking trails;
o The doubling of some program offerings so that everyone interested can participate even when attendance restrictions limit the number of people at any single event;
o Cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment for staff;
o On-line programming; and
o Extra staff and additional cleaning costs.
· Distribution of the funding took place in late September.
Communications Planning Specialist
Municipal and Community Affairs
Government of the Northwest Territories
Phone: (867) 767-9162 – extension 21044