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Northwestel to offer unlimited Internet for $10 more – Awaits Approval

A tariff application for new business and residential Internet packages with an unlimited data option has been submitted by Norwestel to CRTC for approval. If approved, it will be available to order after November 2, 2020, via online or through the customer service channels. If the application gets approved, Internet plans with unlimited data will be available in Carcross YT, Fort Nelson BC, Fort Smith NWT, Hay River NWT, Norman Wells NWT, Whitehorse YT, and Yellowknife NWT.

Northwestel plans on offering unlimited data on three residential Internet plans: Internet 250, Internet 125, and Internet 50. These internet plans will allow customers to use unlimited internet for only $10 more per month.

Extension of Public Health Emergency through October 27, 2020

As advised by the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO), Dr. Kami Kandola and under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Julie Green has extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency through October 27, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated significantly across Canada in the last few weeks as COVID cases in the country surged to its highest point.

The Public Health Emergency will continue to decisively respond to such public health situations and maintain preventative measures to contain the spread.

Detailed Information: www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19

Masks – Must At Airports

Starting October 13, 2020, it will be mandatory for travelers and employees at the Northwest Territories (NWT) airport terminal buildings to wear a mask. However, even before this mandate is brought into effect, everybody in the airport premises is requested to wear masks as a safety precaution in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic situation, to help contain the spread of the virus. This rule has been suggested to be brought into effect given the increase in the number of passengers traveling.

Travelers are already required to wear a mask while going through security and/or to board a flight, since this Transport Canada regulation came into effect on April 20, 2020. Passengers and employees are requested to carry and use their own masks.

Given below is a list of exemption for people with special conditions or specific medical conditions:

  • Individuals unable to remove their mask without assistance;
  • Children under the age of two;
  • Individuals authorized by security, airline staff or airport staff to remove their mask for identification purposes;
  • Individuals will be allowed to temporarily remove their mask to eat, drink or take oral medications.

People should continue to follow other protective measures like,

  • Maintain a two-meter physical distance from others
  • Washing hands
  • Covering a cough or sneeze
  • Not touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Staying home when sick

A reminder that until further notice, only passengers, employees, and service staff will be permitted inside Northwest Territories’ airports. Those who are dropping someone off or picking someone up are requested to not enter the terminal.

Territory-wide Public Health Emergency Extended through September 29, 2020

To respond decisively to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to maintain health safety for the NWT residents, under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act, the territory-wide Public Health Emergency has been extended through September 29, 2020, by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Julie Green, on the advice of Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola. 

Key reminders to NWT residents:

  • Travel within the NWT remains restricted upon arrival with limited exceptions. It will be considered an offense to travel within the NWT without an exemption under the Public Health Orders.
  • People entering the NWT are required to self-isolate for 14 days in Yellowknife, Hay River, Inuvik or Fort Smith with few exceptions – irrespective of the duration of the trip out of the territory.
  • If anyone is required to self-isolate, please do so and maintain the self-isolation plan.
  • Maintain physical distance of 2 metres.
  • Limit yourself to be a part of small gathering only, if necessary.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Wear non-medical masks in crowded places.

Recent COVID-19 NWT Updates:

  • The territory is constantly working towards increasing epidemiological surveillance capacity to prepare for the continuing pandemic.
  • The wastewater surveillance program announced last week is being implemented in all the isolation centers. This will help in getting an early indication of any COVID-19 cases present in the territory, and allow for targeted advice and action.
  • The wastewater surveillance program will complement an aggressive testing program. Solutions are being finalized to increase rapid testing capacity in the territory to help patients get results quickly.

    Detailed information: https://bit.ly/2Fy8oG0

Public Health Emergency in NWT extended through September 1, 2020

Territory-wide Public Health Emergency under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act has been extended upto September 1, 2020, as announced by Minister of Health and Social Services Diane Thom, as per the advice of Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola.

Such a step has been taken considering the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in southern Canada. 

Detailed Information: https://bit.ly/34hMXmv

Wage Top-up Program Extended

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has extended the wage top-up program for an additional eight weeks to match the federal extension of the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) to October 3, 2020. Businesses can immediately apply for temporary funding to top-up employees’ wages from April to $18/hour. 

This program has been made possible because of the federal government’s contribution of $4.74 million. This will help provide monetary assistance to all lower-wage workers. This program will also offer a taxable benefit for employees.

Detailed Information: https://bit.ly/3k7G6kY

Interest Rate Cut

Canada’s Central Bank made another unscheduled rate cut Friday to bring its key interest target down to a crisis-level low of 0.25%, while the Federal Government upped its financial lifeline to businesses in a two-pronged effort to combat the economic shock from COVID-19.

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