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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

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: https://bit.ly/2M57gZM 

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: https://bit.ly/2LowXUO

 

Announcements

On Business & Financial Policies

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 www.antifraudcentre.ca. NT RCMP also encourages to report to your local RCMP detachment.

More information on, www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca

 

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