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GNWT Resources during COVID-19

Updated: Apr 16

We will try to update this post as we receive new information.


***Program and service availability is changing and regularly updated, please use this site to learn if programs you use are affected.***


For Individuals:


-Income Assistance – Provides financial assistance to help meet basic and enhanced needs.

-Additional support in the form of a one-time payment of $500 for single recipient or $1000 for households to prepare for 14 day isolation period.

-Transitional Rent Supplement Program (TRSP) – Financial assistance for people paying more than 30% of their income on rent.

-Up to $500 a month towards rent.

-Was sun-setting to be replaced by another program, but is back for the time being.

-Securing Assistance for Emergencies (SAFE) – Emergency repair fund for homeowners

-Homelessness Assistance Fund (HAF) – One time emergency funding for housing related crisis.

-Workers Safety Compensation Commission (WSCC) – Excellent tools for risk assessment, daily developments. -If you have concerns about your workplace, contact them immediately.

-Student Financial Assistance (SFA) – All loans on hold.

-YK Community Foundation - Increased number of scholarships to help students who will be unable to work. Application deadline May 15.


-NWT Power Corp – Collections, load limiters and disconnections postponed.

-Legal Aid – Continued service by telephone and email.

-Health and Social Services Virtual Care – Continue to meet with healthcare professionals and make appointments through virtual care.



For Businesses:


-The GNWT is pausing most collections.


-Business Development and Investment Corporation (BDIC)

-Deferred Loan Payments: Reduce or defer up to three months of loan payments.

-Working Capital Loans: Low interest loans. -Deadline for first round of applications is March 31st

-Workers Safety Compensation and Commission (WSCC)

-Employer fees now due May 1st

-Performing risk assessments.

-Northwest Territories Power Corp (NTCP)

-Remove load limiters.

-Pause collection efforts.

-Economic Relief and Growth Advisory Group – ITI working group to assess programs, services and supports during the COVID-19 crises.


-GNWT Arts Funding - Changes in timelines and improved flexibility for working artists.

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