Supporting Children and Seniors in the NWT

YELLOWKNIFE (September 15, 2017) – The Minister of Education, Culture and Employment is pleased to announce the two latest improvements to Income Security Programs in the Northwest Territories (NWT).                                            

The Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit will improve support for seniors, and the NWT Child Benefit is better supporting families with children across the NWT.

This month marks an increase in the Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit. NWT senior citizens who are receiving the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement automatically receive the NWT Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit on the same cheque. Previously $160 per month, the benefit now increases to $196 per month, and will support approximately 1,200 seniors across the NWT.

Through a joint initiative with the Department of Finance, NWT Child Benefit rates increased in July 2017. More families are now able to access this benefit, as the family income threshold for eligibility has increased to$80,000. Approximately 2,200 families are benefiting from these changes.

These changes are part of continued actions to support the 18th Legislative Assembly’s priorities to address the cost of living, foster healthy families, improve the affordability of childcare, and reduce poverty by increasing the benefits to low and modest income families.


“Over the past year, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment has been making significant changes to the way it provides support to residents under the various Income Security Programs. Through our mandate commitments to address the cost of living and community wellness and safety, our continued efforts have seen further improvements in the way we are supporting families with children and senior citizens.”
-Alfred Moses, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick facts:

  • The NWT Child Benefit and the Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit improvements are included in a suite of changes designed to put more money in the hands of NWT residents.
  • The Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit provides financial assistance to help low income NWT seniors.
  • The monthly NWT Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit for eligible seniors is automatically included with the Guaranteed Income Supplement payment received from the federal government.
  • The NWT Child Benefit provides low and modest income families with monthly tax-free cash payments to assist with the costs of raising children. 
  • The NWT Child Benefit has increased and now reaches families with incomes of up to $80,000.
  • Monthly NWT Child Benefits for eligible families are automatically included with the Canada Child Benefit payment received from the federal government.

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For more information:

Jacqueline McKinnon
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
T: 867-767-9352 x 71073