Economic Aid: The Government of Northwest Territories announced an initial relief package valued at $13.2 million. The package is intended to minimize expenses and keep cash available for immediate needs.
The Government of Northwest Territories announced a second economic relief package. The package is valued at $8.259 million and will be implemented immediately. The funding compliments the first wave of measures announced earlier this month, creating a total value of $21.459 million in government support. The following economic support measures will be implemented immediately:
- income assistance emergency allowance, exemption on unearned income, and non-financial support for clients to ensure they are able to care for themselves and their families
- temporary housing for homeless persons to self-isolate and prevent the spread of COVID-19
- waive leases, licenses, and concession fees from April 1st until the end of June for all businesses operating at NWT airports
- waive interest charges on all late tax returns between March 15 and June 30, 2020
- Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission will offer all licensed establishments to purchase back unopened inventory
- automatically register into the current year all seniors enrolled in the Senior Home Heating Subsidy program last year
- waive professional fees for HSS professionals, and fees for food establishment permits
Closures / Restrictions: Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Kami Kandola has prohibited all travel into the territory by non-residents. Travel through all points of entry into the territory – both air and road – will be prohibited to all travellers with some exceptions to ensure flow of goods and services.
The Government of Northwest Territories declared a territory-wide on State of Emergency.
The Northwest Territories has signed an order to extend its Public Health Emergency for a further 14 days.