COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The Government of Northwest Territories’ Driver and Vehicle Services extended expiration dates on driver’s licences, general identification cards and motor vehicle certificates of registration. The following licences, cards or certificates will all remain valid until August 1, 2020:
    • driver’s licences or general identification cards that expire during the period of March 31, 2020, to July 31, 2020;
    • private motor vehicle certificates of registration that expire during the period of March 31, 2020, to July 31, 2020; and
    • motor vehicle certificates of registration for construction vehicles, dealer inventory vehicles, government vehicles, rental vehicles, school buses, and society vehicles that expired on March 31, 2020;
  • For more information, see the Government of the Northwest Territories’ news release of May 29, 2020.[525]

Tax measures

  • On March 20, 2020, the Government of the Northwest Territories (“GNWT”) announced the following tax measures:
    • GNWT has paused most collection efforts to provide small businesses and individuals with access to greater cash flow, including outside collection agency activity, GNWT set-offs on GNWT payments, and GNWT set-offs on Canada Revenue Agency tax refunds; and
    • funding for the normal-course Income Assistance Program has been increased.
    • the materials do not specify a maximum size for a “small business”.
  • For more information, see the Government of the Northwest Territories’ news release of March 20, 2020.[526]

Rent Relief

  • On May 11, 2020, the Government of the Northwest Territories announced that the Department of Lands is waiving rent on existing surface leases on public land for the fiscal year of 2020-21.
  • The rent relief is available to all holders of existing recreational, residential, and commercial and mining surface leases. The relief will also apply to easements or licences of occupation.
  • For more information, see the Government of the Northwest Territories news release of May 11, 2020.[527]

Relief measures for businesses

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