COVID-19 Information for Businesses, Tourists and Program Applicants

Updated March 25, 2020 at 10:30am

NWT COVID-19 Updates

Information for Businesses Supplying Goods In and To Communities:

The NWT Chief Public Health Officer has prohibited ALL travel into the NWT by non-residents.  

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.

Chief Public Health Officer Orders Travel Restrictions and Self-Isolation for those entering NWT

Information for Businesses & Tour Operators

Information for Tourists

  • 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

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.

Mining Incentive Program

  • 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.

Mining Recorder’s Office

  • 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).

Petroleum Resources Office, Inuvik

  • 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

NWT Nominee Program – Business Stream Applicants

  • 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.

NWT Parks

  • 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.