Updated March 25, 2020 at 10:30am
NWT COVID-19 Updates
- Daily updates on the GNWT-wide response to COVID-19
- Up-to-date health information and status of COVID-19 in the NWT
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Import/export workers are, however, exempted from the travel ban. This includes truckers and others providing important supply chain transportation services for food, equipment, fuel, or other goods into the territory, movers and carriers. It also includes transient workers supporting the mineral resources and petroleum industry. The delivery of essential goods will continue in order to resupply communities and support the NWT economy.
- Announced by the GNWT on March 20, 2020, an initial economic relief package valued at $13.2 Million dollars that will take effect immediately. Read the full news release here.
- A compilation of Resources for NWT Businesses amid COVID-19, is available here.
- WSCC: COVID-19 and the Workplace: General Precautions and a Risk Assessment
We recognize that this is a difficult time for business owners and service providers in the Northwest Territories. We are working to understand the level of economic impacts that are resulting from efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the NWT. In the meantime, our government remains focused on managing the impacts of COVID-19 on the health and safety of NWT residents – including your employees and customers.
- Please print these posters regarding healthy respiratory practices and post them around your business.
- Please share the Self-Isolation Information Sheet and Self-Monitoring Information Sheet with your staff and/or guests.
- Tourists and residents arriving in the NWT from outside of Canada are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days or return home. This applies even if you are not showing symptoms.
- If you wish to return home, contact the company through which your trip was booked to discuss options.
- If you have a fever, cough or sore throat contact the local public health unit or health centre.
- Yellowknife: 867-767-9120
- Inuvik: 867-490 –2225 or 867-777-7246
- Fort Smith: 867-872-6219 or 867-872-6221
- Hay River: 867-874-7201
- Other Communities can call the local health centre. Visit www.hss.gov.nt.ca/health-centres
If your symptoms are severe or you are having difficulty breathing call 9-1-1 and let them know you are self-isolating for symptoms similar to COVID-19.
- For prospectors and companies who are funded under the 2019-2020 program, the Program Administrator will be in touch regarding current status of funded projects, contribution agreement deadlines, and to discuss final reporting.
- For the 2020-2021 Mining Incentive Program, the application deadline has been extended to May 29, 2020. Assessment of further extensions will be considered if required.
- Until further notice, client visits to the Northwest Territories Geological Survey office will only be accommodated based on need and by pre-arranged appointment. Call 867-767-9211 ext. 63202.
- The office is continuing to process all payments by phone (credit card) and electronic funds transfer.
- Mineral claims are being protected for 90 days. Work reports and simplified reports are being accepted but do not need to be submitted during this period.
- Mineral leases are being protected for 90 days. Lease payments are being accepted but are not required during this period.
- Prospector’s licence applications will continue to be processed.
- Until further notice, client visits to the Mining Recorder’s Office will only be accommodated based on need and by pre-arranged appointment (call 867-767-9210 ext. 63464).
- The Petroleum Resources Office will continue to process all administrative requirements related to petroleum interests.
- An open call for bids is still in effect for further rights issuance.
- Until further notice, client visits to the Petroleum Resources Office will only be accommodated based on need and by pre-arranged appointment (call 867-777-7477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The intake of applicants for the NTNP Business Stream is being paused.
- Step two of the application process, which includes a visit to the NWT and in-person interview, will be postponed until further notice.
- The Extended Stay Campsite Draw for Prelude Lake and Reid Lake Territorial Parks will be postponed until further notice.
- As of March 19, the majority of GNWT staff will be working remotely to promote social distancing. Please note that though we will do everything we can to keep services operating as usual, there may be delays. We thank you for your patience.