Supports for vulnerable residents obtaining GICs continued

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Yellowknife — October 26, 2020

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is pleased to announce the continuation of supports for the NWT’s most vulnerable residents in obtaining general identification cards (GIC).

In 2017, the Departments of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and Infrastructure (INF) partnered on a two-year pilot project to help Income Assistance (IA) applicants obtain GICs by waiving fees for approved IA applicants. 

GIC costs are waived for residents who are experiencing homelessness, having difficulty obtaining other identification, or who have other challenges affecting their ability to keep their identification updated. The GIC allows them to access services, like opening bank accounts and health care, and assists residents who are required to travel, particularly those individuals requiring out-of-territory medical treatment.

To date, the partnership has helped 70 Income Assistance clients to obtain a GIC, at a savings of $51.00 per person. 


“Providing a means of accessing services and supports gives Income Assistance clients dignity, encourages self-reliance, and creates structure in their lives and the lives of their families. Many of our successes are the result of strong partnerships. Bringing groups together to create innovative and sometimes very simple solutions to problems is a good way to serve the residents of the NWT.”
- R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment


“I am happy to continue our partnership with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment in order to support some of our most vulnerable residents by providing a means of accessing important programs and services in our territory.”
-Diane Archie, Minister of Infrastructure

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