COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The government will allocate up to $6.2 million to top up wages for workers making less than $18 per hour for a maximum of 16 weeks between April 1 and July 31, 2020. To be eligible, workers have to earn less than $18 per hour and must be over 15 years of age.
  • For more information, see the Government of the Northwest Territories news release of May 11, 2020.[538]

Child care for essential workers

  • On April 24, 2020, the Government of the Northwest Territories announced that it is providing $5.106 million to immediately create four temporary child care initiatives to support parents providing essential services, including:
    • a $1.9 million subsidy to lower child care costs by 33% for parents who are required to physically attend work and who need child care during COVID-19,
    • a $1,000 per month wage top-up for child care staff,
    • $665,000 in additional resources to ensure licensed child care programs receive adequate support for supplies and labour to carry out enhanced cleaning regimens at child care centres.
    • a $1.24 million subsidy to offset a portion of the fixed costs for licensed early learning and child care programs.
  • For more information, see the Government of Northwest Territories media statement of April 25, 2020.[539]

Rent Supplement Program

  • The Rent Supplement Program is enhanced so that the program now includes:
    • a 5-month duration to August 31, 2020;
    • no requirement to take an NWTHC financial counselling course;
    • no requirement to be arrears-free;
    • previous participants; and
    • a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $500/month.
  • For more information, see the Government of Northwest Territories’ news release of April 23, 2020.[540]

Suspension of student loans

  • The Government of the Northwest Territories announced that the repayment of all GNWT student loans will be suspended until September 30, 2020, with no interest accruing.
  • For more information, see the information for students page on the Government of Northwest Territories website.[541]

Income Assistance Program

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