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In our effort to help our partners and clients in this stressful time of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, we bring you relevant news and updates regarding government policies that have been introduced to help businesses deal with the challenges resulting from the global health crisis.

Amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic, the only thing certain and in our control is to stay connected, positive and help each other to our best of abilities. Thus, here is a list of curated and reliable information from trusted sources.

Latest updates

On Business & Financial Policies

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

Announcements

On Business & Financial Policies

Interactive Tool with Detailed Information on COVID-19

NWT residents will now have access to detailed information on COVID-19 in and around the region through a interactive, visual tool – NWT COVID-19 dashboard. 

The following information can be accessed on the tool represented visually through graphs and charts:

  • New and confirmed cases with daily statistics
  • Active and recovered cases
  • Cumulative statistics
  • Positive, negative, and pending test results
  • Regional breakdown of confirmed cases
  • Travel history of confirmed cases
  • Breakdown of symptoms for confirmed cases

Helpline Numbers:

Call 811 (8 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week): If anyone experiences symptoms of COVID-19. They can also take the online assessment and follow the directions.
Call 911: If anyone experiences severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing or acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Click for detailed information.

Assistance to Access Emergency Loan Programs

Strict restrictions imposed on everyday operations in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus have severely affected the economy. This has hugely impacted the operational and financial flow of small indigenous businesses.

Let us help you access the Emergency Loan Program by the Government of Canada

In order to support small indigenous businesses with operational cash flow, the Government of Canada started The Emergency Loan Program (ELP) for Small Indigenous Businesses – a component of the Indigenous Business Stabilization Program.

Our experienced team of experts will help you with detailed and additional information on the Emergency Loan Program and offer you advice and guided assistance on accessing this program.

E-mail: support@epryellowknife.ca

Ph: 867-669-0242 | Fax: 867-669-7242

Emergency Loan Program Benefit:

  • Offers maximum assistance of $40,000. (75% loan and 25% non-repayable contribution)
  • Loan and contribution will be issued together

Emergency Loan Program for Small Indigenous Businesses

Strict restrictions imposed on everyday operations in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus have severely affected the economy. This has hugely impacted the operational and financial flow of small indigenous businesses.

In order to support small indigenous businesses with operational cash flow, the Government of Canada started The Emergency Loan Program (ELP) – a component of the Indigenous Business Stabilization Program.

Emergency Loan Program Benefit:

  • Offers a maximum assistance of $40,000. (75% loan and 25% non-repayable contribution)
  • Loan and contribution will be issued together

Our experienced team of experts will help you with detailed and additional information on the Emergency Loan Program and offer you advice and guided assistance on accessing this program.

E-mail: support@epryellowknife.ca

Ph: 867-669-0242 | Fax: 867-669-7242