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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

Selected Economic Relief Measures Extended by the GNWT

Certain economic relief measures that expired on June 30, 2020, as per the prior directives, have now been extended by the GNWT.  

  • 2 funding initiatives to support licensed child care programs extended till September 30, 2020
  • Suspension of all collection activities till December 31, 2022 
  • Certain fees waived for residents and businesses:
    · Deh Cho Bridge tolls (extended to Sept 30, 2020)
    · NWT airport landing fees (Dec 31, 2020)Truck permits (Sept 30, 2020)
    · Leases, licences, and concession fees at all NWT airports (Dec 31, 2020)
  • As assessed, till June 30, 2020, the GNWT measures have provided $36.893 million in economic relief for NWT residents and businesses
  • $11.644 million in financial support for the NWT aviation industry

The GNWT will continue to assess what new or existing supports are needed as the NWT continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Detailed Information: https://bit.ly/3e8TiSc 

Beware of Scams!

In reference to the new CERB scams coming to the fore on a regular basis, here’s info on staying alert.

-The CRA doesn’t send messages via SMS, social media or email links for refunds 
-The CRA doesn’t ask for confidential information like banking info, passport, or driver’s license 
-The CRA doesn’t threaten with arrest or a prison sentence

If you are doubtful of the motive of a caller, always ask the caller’s name and phone number and hang up.

Detailed Information: https://bit.ly/3gCefa8 

Announcements

On Business & Financial Policies

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: https://bit.ly/31AIMk4