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Isolation Centre Payment Policy

Non-residents exempted from travel restrictions without alternative arrangements will now have to pay for the cost of their stay at an isolation centre, starting July 1, 2020. The Government of the Northwest Territories will continue to pay the costs of staying in isolation centres for residents of the NWT and those intending to become residents.

Detailed information: 

Assistance While Emerging Wisely

There was an immediate action required to be taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the recent past. Northerners have responsibly abided by the rules and regulations put by the authorities to control the spread of the disease, thus, now, it is possible to relax the restrictions that were initially put, to be able to return to normal life and livelihood operations. 

In the link below, there are basic rules that Northerners still need to follow in the coming days. Click on this link for an easy access to  Information & Resources on Emerging Wisely.

Northern Workplaces Safety Guidance by WSCC

The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) released guidance materials to help employers reduce the risk of exposure of their employees to COVID-19 at the workplace.

All employers have been requested to prepare a COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan to identify important safety procedures and measures as they reopen after the lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Details on Workplace Safety Planning for COVID-19:

Detailed Information:

Emerging Wisely – Phase 2

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has moved to the Relaxing Phase Two of Emerging Wisely! Here’s a detailed plan of the territory’s way-ahead on relaxing the public health and travel restrictions imposed in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Key points to be noted:

  • Outdoor gathering limits have been increased
  • Businesses and organizations can start operations with precautions in-place
  • Offices can have a maximum of 25 people per floor, only if they can accommodate as many while following the physical distancing of at least two metres between 2 people

Updates on Travel Restrictions and Self-Isolation Protocol has been devised in a way to form a two-territory travel bubble between Northwest Territories and Nunavut. NWT residents and Nunavut residents can visit either of the places without the need to self-isolate upon return. (Only when Nunavut has completed the requisite changes to their public health orders.)

Future amendments will be made to the travel order to allow exemptions for residents of the NWT who are employed as:

  • Airline employees
  • Flight crews
  • Supply chain workers


Detailed Information (English (EN) and French (FR)):

Backgrounder – Amendments to Travel Restrictions (EN)

Backgrounder – Amendments to Travel Restrictions (FR)

Public Health Order – COVID-19 Relaxing Phase (EN)

Public Health Order – COVID-19 Relaxing Phase (FR)

Public Health Order – COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Self-Isolation Protocol (EN)

Public Health Order – COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Self-Isolation Protocol (FR)


Public Health Emergency & State of Emergency Extension

The territory-wide Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency have been extended in the Northwest Territories, under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act, and as recommended by the Chief Public Health Officer Kami Kandola and announced by the Minister of Health and Social Services Diane Thom. Both the extensions are in effect from May 27, 2020 and will expire on June 9, 2020.

Detailed Information: Public Service Announcement GNWT Extends Territorial Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency_EN

Special Toolkit to Resume Business Operations

As businesses worldwide are preparing to resume their operations while the COVID-19 pandemic is still on, the businesses need to adopt numerous operational directives keeping in mind the health and safety of all around and involved.

The Canadian Business Resilience Network of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce designed a toolkit to provide holistic guidance to businesses and corporates to resume operations in a way to mitigate health risks in the best possible way. 

Detailed Information: 

Rent Relief to Leaseholders by GNWT

Considering the economic stress created due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) announced intent of the Land Department to waive rent on existing surface dispositions on public land, for the fiscal year 2020-21.

As per the announcement, rent relief will be applicable to all holders of existing recreational, residential, commercial and mining surface dispositions on public land, including surface dispositions as leases, easements and licences of occupation.

Detailed information:


Beware of scams during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is a heightened sense of insecurity, uncertainty, fears, and misinformation, and understandably so. To keep people aware of plausible fraudulent activities, here’s a list compiled by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

  • Fraudsters posing as “companies”
  • Fraudsters offering quick COVID-19 tests/products claiming prevention of the disease
  • Fraudsters/Scammers are posing as a government representative
  • Fraudsters posing as hydro/electrical power companies, and threatening to disconnect power-supply for non-payment
  • Fraudsters pretending to work for the Red Cross or other known charities
  • Fraudsters as financial advisors convincing one to invest in stocks related to the disease

Here’s how you can protect yourself:

  • Beware of unsolicited calls, emails and texts requesting urgent action or payment and/or offering medical advice, financial relief, or government assistance and compensation
  • Never click suspicious links and do not open suspicious attachments
  • Do not share personal or financial details
  • Have anti-virus software installed and keep your operating system up-to date

Security Resources as listed below: 

If you know a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at NT RCMP also encourages to report to your local RCMP detachment.

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Public health restrictions being phased out slowly

The Government of Northwest Territories planned a steady and effective 5 part approach, titled, Emerging Wisely, to come out of the restrictions imposed to contain COVID-19 in the NWT in four phases, which are:

  • Current state: Containment
  • Relaxing Phase 1: First steps
  • Relaxing Phase 2: Next steps
  • Relaxing Phase 3: Careful steps past the second wave
  • Final Measures Lifted

Detailed Information: Phases Infographic_Emerging Wisely