N.W.T. government announces COVID-19 support and measures

Domain: Care, Economy
Government:Provincial/Territorial, Northwest Territories
Tags:Communities, Public Health, COVID-19

The Northwest Territories government announces measures to support individuals, families, communities and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

March 2020

  • N.W.T. declares public health emergency. Read more
  • Introduction of new care options to maintain access while increasing social distancing. Read more 

April 2020

  • New temporary regulation allows tenants to defer their rent with landlord’s knowledge. Read more
  • Public health emergency and state of emergency extended. Read more
  • Changes to the Income Assistance and Seniors Benefits programs to help residents and their families. Read more
  • Launch of new Service NWT COVID Support Line. Read more
  • Rent Supplement Program enhanced to support residents. Read more
  • $5.1 million for temporary child care initiatives that will support parents providing essential services. Read more

May 2020

  • Expanded supports for individuals facing homelessness. Read more
  • Income assistance exemptions for residents and students. Read more
  • Launch of unified COVID-19 response website. Read more
  • $6.2 million to temporarily top up wages for workers making less than $18 per hour. Read more
  • Extension of Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency. Read more

No updates for June 2020.

July 2020

  • Extension of economic relief measures, resulting in $5.751 million in support for NWT residents and businesses. Read more
  • Extension to income assistance COVID-19 relief measures. Read more
  • Launch of COVID-19 data dashboard, an interactive, visual tool. Read more
  • Extension of wage top-up program for low-income workers. Read more

August 2020

  • New grants available for all post-secondary students accessing full-time Student Financial Assistance (SFA) benefits in the 2020–2021 academic year. Read more

No updates for September 2020.

October 2020

  • Over $12.2 million in top-up Safe Restart federal funding for the Northwest Territories. Read more  
  • $12.3 million in new funding to support schools with the extra costs incurred as a result of responding to the pandemicRead more 

No updates for November 2020.

December 2020 

  • Federal funding of $30.7 million to support pandemic services to protect residents. Read more

January 2021

  • Release of the Social Indicators COVID-19 Pandemic report that examines potential social impacts of COVID-19 protective health measures. Read more

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