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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

State of Emergency in Yellowknife through December 8

The Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Paulie Chinna extended the State of Emergency in the City of Yellowknife through December 8, 2020, under the s.14 of the Emergency Management Act. 

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) continues its ongoing efforts to protect the health of the residents of the Northwest Territories. This State of Emergency has been instated to address the need for additional shelter space as the capacity limitations is adding to health concerns during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of the Northwest Territories requests all its residents to follow the orders and advice from the Chief Public Health Officer to stay safe and healthy. 

It has also been mentioned that this State of Emergency will be extended for as long as it is required for safe health of all its residents.

2 Programs To Support Harvesters

Two new programs to support harvesters and families going out on the land in 2020-2021 are now taking applications.

1) Take a Family on the Land Program: As per this program, families engaged in outdoor learning experiences to spread the Northern values and perspectives will be provided up to $10,000 as funding.

Applications for this program are being accepted from NWT Indigenous governments and organizations, community governments and not-for-profit associations.

2) The COVID Regional Training, Mentorship and Support Program: As per this program, funding will be provided to support community-led opportunities for harvesting mentorship, on-the-land training and skills development, and supply of country foods into communities.

Regional Indigenous governments can apply for two streams of funding:

  • COVID Harvest Subsidy: up to $10,000
  • Community Training and Knowledge Exchange Program: up to $25,000

Applications for the above two programs will be received till November 20, 2020, till 5 pm. The funding provided for these programs must be spent by March 31, 2021, and activities should be done between October 2020 and March 2021. 

Alongwith the above two programs, there is another program announced for 2020-2021, The Pilot Trapper Mentorship Program, applications for which will be opened in November.

All application guidelines and forms are available online at www.enr.gov.nt.ca.

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.

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