COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The Government of the Northwest Territories introduced a one-time emergency allowance for income assistance recipients that will provide $500 to single recipients, and $1,000 to households with two or more people to ensure that they are prepared for a 14 day period of self-isolation. Moreover, the government will exclude “gifts and unearned income” from the calculation of earned income until June 30, 2020.

  • On July 22, The Government of the Northwest Territories announced the extension of the Income Assistance Program.

  • For more information, see the Government of Northwest Territories’ news releases of March 31, 2020, and July 22, 2020.[542][543]

Nunavut

Relief measures for businesses

Department of Community and Government Services

  • The department of Community and Government services is providing an additional $2 million to municipalities to cover expenses related to COVID-19. The funding will ensure that hamlets are able to provide unforeseen services in response to the pandemic.
  • For more information, see the COVID-19 Department of Community and Government Services update of April 20, 2020.[544]

Small Business Support Program

  • The Government of Nunavut Department of Economic Development and Transportation Services is providing immediate short-term relief to Nunavut businesses through its Small Business Support Program. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $5,000 in support.
  • The Small Business Support Program defines[545] a small business as a Nunavut-based business with less than $500,000 in annual gross sales or fewer than 10 employees.
  • For more information, see the Department of Economic Development and Transportation services update of March 27, 2020.[546]

Department of Finance Services (DFS)

  • The DFS waived the normal 20 and 30-day payment terms to ensure all vendor payments are provided on the next available cheque run.
  • The Government of Nunavut is not pursuing any internal collection activity at this time.
  • For more information, see the COVID-19 Department of Finance Services update of March 25, 2020.[547]

Department of Health Services

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