Federal government announces $2M for N.W.T. community repair projects

Posted: May 06, 2021

The federal government is doling out $2 million to go toward seven repair projects in Northwest Territories communities.

It was announced on Thursday as part of joint funding through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) and the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada plan, according to a news release.


What soaring lumber prices mean for your home renovation

Posted: April 27, 2021

TORONTO, April 27, 2021 – Lumber prices in North America have reached levels unseen before, driving up the costs of home renovations and general contracting services across Canada.

Ian Dunn, president of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA), says there are a variety of factors amid the COVID-19 pandemic that have contributed to this increase in cost.

“Lumber is ultimately a commodity and it responds to commodity-type pricing,” Dunn told CTV’s Your Morning on Tuesday.


Budget 2021 Support for Small Business

Posted: March 20, 2021

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government acted swiftly to provide support to protect Canadians and support people and businesses, adapting its response as the pandemic evolved. The government’s broad suite of support measures has helped families, protected jobs, and supported businesses across Canada. More than eight of every ten dollars spent to fight COVID-19 and support Canadians continues to come from the federal government.

This has, in many ways, been a two-speed recession. There have been businesses that have managed to adapt to the pandemic and to prosper. But others have been shut down outright by necessary public health restrictions or deeply limited in what they can do—and many of these highly affected businesses have been our small businesses. We need them to get back on their feet. They are the backbone of our economy, our main streets, and our communities.


News Release: $100K more for GNWT Mining Incentive Program

Posted: December 2, 2020

YELLOWKNIFE (December 2, 2020) – An additional $100K is being invested in four exploration projects supported by the Mining Incentive Program (MIP).

The new funding is consistent with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)’s commitment to increase mining incentive programs by 50% over the next four years in order to attract and support both early-stage and advanced exploration projects.

Along with the new funding, $20K from an earlier-funded project which did not proceed has also been re-distributed.

The extra funding ($120K in total) was provided to companies currently active in the NWT and positioned to make use of additional funding to support or enhance their exploration activities.

In recognition of the need for critical minerals and metals development in the territory, $93K was provided to two critical minerals projects.  An additional $27K was provided to two gold projects.

Administered by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment’s NWT Geological Survey, the GNWT’s Mining Incentive Program provides funding for prospectors and exploration companies who propose new projects or are already carrying out mineral exploration work in the NWT.  


“Renewed exploration activity is needed to restore levels of investment, partnership, employment, and growth in the NWT’s economy. At this critical time, it is essential that we support companies that are promoting economic activity. We want to restore our mineral development sector – not just our mines but also exploration companies with early and advanced projects – to ensure we have projects and mines in the future to drive economic growth and prosperity.

– Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment 

Quick facts

  • This is a one-time funding top-up
  • 19 mineral exploration projects received program funding this year.
  • From 2014 to 2018, the MIP has invested approximately $3 million into NWT mineral exploration projects with the result of nearly $15 million in total spending from funded projects.

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For More Information, please contact: 

Drew Williams
Asst. Director Strategic Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
1-867-767-9202 (ext: 63037)
[email protected]

News Release – Resumption of Dental Services in Northwest Territories Communities

Posted: December 2, 2020

YELLOWKNIFE (December 2, 2020) – The Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT), with support from Indigenous Services Canada, is pleased to announce that visiting dental service teams are cleared to resume operations in the Northwest Territories  (NWT).

The following NWT communities are ready to resume service. Their facilities have met facility infrastructure dental care standards and the Chief Public Health Officer has issued COVID-19 precautions and approval:

  • Fort Providence
  • Sambaa K’e
  • Fort Simpson
  • Norman Wells
  • Fort Resolution
  • Aklavik

In addition to private practice dental clinics providing services in Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Inuvik and Hay River, visiting private dentists will now also be able to resume in these communities.

Although dental services in the NWT are not an insured health service, the GNWT works in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) to provide access to space in GNWT health facilities to enable dentists to deliver services to NWT residents.

The remaining NWT communities that previously received visiting dental services will be able to resume operations when facility upgrades are complete, contracts are in place and facilities are inspected and meet COIVID-19 safety protocols. The necessary assessments and required work is expected to continue throughout 2021-2022.  Further updates will be provided as health facilities in additional communities are confirmed to be able to accommodate visiting dentists.

The Department of Health and Social Services has been in contact with all NWT dental clinics and the NWT/Nunavut Dental Association to confirm interest and availability to support this initial phase of resumption of services.  Interested dentists have also been working with the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) to arrange for facility privileging required before practice can resume.

Until further notice Indigenous Services Canada will continue to support travel for Non-Insured Health Benefit (NIHB) clients to access eligible dental services not available in their home community. 


“Oral health and access to dentists is a critical part of overall health and wellness. I am pleased with the collaborative work across Government to resume these services.”

– Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services

 Quick facts

  • March 17, 2020 Indigenous Services Canada issued a Communiqué to NWT Dental Contractors and NWT Health Centres that due to public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 all non-urgent dental travel will be suspended
  • June 12, 2020 GNWT issued COVID-19 relaxing phase two guidelines enabling dentists to resume services pending appropriate steps by NWT Health Centres to respond to COVID-19 dental standards.
  • August 10, 2020 Indigenous Services Canada issued a Communiqué to NWT Dental Contractors and NWT Health Centres reiterating its commitment to continue to provide medical travel coverage for Non-Insured Health Benefit clients to access eligible dental services that are non-urgent in communities where dental services had been suspended.
  • Dental treatment is not an insured health service. Dental treatment services are delivered by private practice dental providers who operate outside the health system.

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Media Contact

Damien Healy
Manager of Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
(867) 767-9052 ext. 49034
[email protected]

Public Service Announcement: Public Health Emergency Extended Through December 8

Posted: NOVEMBER 25, 2020
YELLOWKNIFE (NOVEMBER 25, 2020) – Minister of Health and Social Services, Julie Green has extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act on the advice of Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola

The latest extension continues through December 8, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated considerably across Canada in recent weeks as the country’s caseload surged to its highest point in the pandemic.

The Public Health Emergency is required to continue to decisively respond to shifts in the NWT’s own public health situation, and maintain preventative measures.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in the territory, visit the Government of the Northwest Territories COVID-19 Website at www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/.

Media contact:

Mike Westwick
Government of the Northwest Territories
Health and Social Services
COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat
[email protected]

Public Service Announcement: State of Emergency in the City of Yellowknife Extended

Posted: November 19, 2020

Yellowknife (November 19, 2020)— The Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Paulie Chinna has extended the State of Emergency in the City of Yellowknife. This extension is being made under s.14 of the Emergency Management Act the.

The extension continues through December 4, 2020.

This State of Emergency was initially instated to address the need for additional shelter space as a result of ongoing capacity limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) continues its ongoing efforts to protect the health of the residents of the Northwest Territories. All residents are reminded to follow the orders and advice from the Chief Public Health Officer during this challenging time.

This State of Emergency will be extended for as long as it is required.

Non-Medical Mask Campaign

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) recently launched a new campaign in the territory to remind everyone to consider wearing mask a compulsory thing to be able to contain the spread of COVID-19.

‘The Most Important Thing I’m Wearing’ campaign encourages residents to wear non-medical masks as a responsibility in order to protect each other in situations where it is difficult to follow physical distancing requirements of two meters.

As the Public Health Agency of Canada has clearly stated that masks worn properly can reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Studies suggest that transmission of the virus from person to person can be significantly decreased if both are wearing non-medical masks.

Detah to Dettah!

GNWT and Yellowknives Dene First Nation announced change in the spelling of Detah to Dettah.In response to a formal request by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is pleased to announce an official name change for their community, from Detah to Dettah. This name change is effective November 1, 2020.

As affirmed by Yellowknives Dene First Nation Elders, the new spelling accurately reflects the English pronunciation of the traditional name of the community.

This name change is in sync with the 40-year mandate of the Geographic Names Program to preserve, consume and disseminate information on the basis of traditional, current and historic names for communities in the NWT region.

The GNWT official name change process involves registering the name with the Geographic Names Board of Canada so that it will be accurately reflected by Federal agencies such as Canada Post and Search and Rescue. NWT’s Geographic Names program works along with communities and Indigenous Governments to ensure the official recognition of traditional place names to maintain the richness of Indigenous cultures.