As the pandemic started to unfold information was changing almost hourly and for months getting accurate information was difficult at times to find and at others, it felt like you were drinking from a fire hydrant. Together with our sponsors, Rio Tinto and GNWT - ITI, the NWT Chamber has complied a one-stop-shop for information for businesses that provided information on how to reopen safely; prepare for the rollback of Phases as the second wave progresses; listing of upcoming and recording of past webinars; etc.
Up to Date COVID information
Please note that the mandatory mask order for Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ, and Behchokǫ̀ is still in effect until the end of the school. The recommendation to avoid non-essential travel to these communities was lifted on May 31, 2021
For up to date and current information please visit the GNWT's COVID Information portal - link
For information on the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit - link
Stay positive test negative
Emerging Wisely 2021: Step by Step Together
- The GNWT will now include community-level vaccination data on the GNWT dashboard each week along with regional and territorial coverage updates. It can be filtered by eligible population aged 18+, eligible population aged 12+, or overall population of the NWT, like in other jurisdictions.
- Beginning today, public health restrictions on outdoor gatherings will be relaxed for events up to 200 people if physical distancing is possible.
- By early summer, it is anticipated that self-isolation and testing requirements for domestic travellers will be eased. This will allow fully vaccinated travellers to travel without being required to self-isolate upon their return and will allow shortened self-isolation periods for partially vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.
- By the fall of 2021, it is anticipated that all public health restrictions in the NWT will be lifted.
For more detailed information based on industry/sector please see GNWT spreadsheet - link
Do you need an exemption? The CPHO office will consider exemptions for businesses and organizations based on their unique situations. Click here to find out how to apply
GNWT Vaccine Updates
GNWT COVID-19 Dashboard with Vaccine Percentage - link
For up to date information on the COVID-19 Vaccine roll out please see the GNWT dedicated webpage - link
Vaccine Clinic Schedule - link
As we move forward and roll back phases the amount of information that businesses need to take in can be very overwhelming. The NWT Chamber has put together a checklist of what you need to do to open and what will need to happen when we start to roll back phases. Please download the checklist at any time to make sure you are in compliance as well as prepared for the next phase.
COVID Secretariat Information One Pagers
To assist with streamlining communications and information the COVID Secretariat has started issuing one-pager factsheets:
Changes to Self-Isolation Rules & Remote Tourism
Self-isolation time period changes for travellers fully vaccinated; COVID-19 vaccine coverage data publicly released
YELLOWKNIFE (April 21, 2021) – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is introducing new measures that reduce self-isolation requirements for travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, it is releasing the first set of regional and territorial COVID-19 vaccine coverage data on the NWT COVID-19 dashboard.
Reduction of self-isolation requirements
The self-isolation changes introduce the opportunity for testing on the eighth day of the 14-day self-isolation period for fully vaccinated persons entering the Northwest Territories (NWT). If those test results are negative for COVID-19, individuals will only be required to self-monitor and wear a mask for the remainder of the 14-day timeframe. They will no longer be required to self-isolate during that period. Changes will also reduce self-isolation requirements for household members. The announcement comes after conducting an NWT-specific risk assessment. The assessment considers the high-risk profile of the NWT population due to its remoteness, and limited NWT health system capacity. Results conclude that shorter isolation periods can take place to mitigate broader societal and economic costs of the pandemic. The determining factor is that fully vaccinated persons pose a significantly reduced importation risk to the NWT, which can be further mitigated by an initial seven-day isolation period and negative COVID-19 test. The self-isolation requirement changes are applicable to all fully vaccinated travellers entering the NWT under existing exemption criteria. This is to ensure sufficient measures are taken to mitigate any possible spread of COVID-19, including variants of concern.
COVID-19 vaccine coverage data
With this first set of regional and territorial COVID-19 vaccine coverage data, overall, the Northwest Territories (NWT) is reporting 63% of adults have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 51% are fully vaccinated with both doses. While these percentages are impressive given the complexity of COVID-19 vaccine delivery in the NWT, there is still more work that needs to be done to achieve optimal vaccination rates. In the spirit of transparency and collaboration, community-specific vaccine coverage data has been shared with Indigenous and community leadership. Community-specific data will not be posted to the public dashboard in order to protect communities with low uptake from public criticism or stigma. Vaccine coverage calculations exclude those with out-of-territory health care who were vaccinated in the NWT. Similar to COVID-19 case reporting, out-of-territory residents do not contribute to the NWT’s overall vaccine coverage. The number of vaccine doses given across the territory will continue to be updated weekly on the COVID-19 website banner in line with reporting to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Related links:Resources:The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer Allows Remote Tourism Activities to Resume
YELLOWKNIFE (April 21, 2021) – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is allowing for remote tourism activities to resume in the Northwest Territories (NWT) for the 2021 summer season under certain conditions. NWT Tourism Operators will need to submit a Remote Tourism Operators COVID-19 Operations Plan to the OCPHO for authorization to host out-of-territory clients at remote sites in the NWT. To ensure out-of-territory visitors can self-isolate while NWT visitors and residents remain safe, these tourism operators must demonstrate that they can carry out business with no, or very minimal, contact between travellers and NWT residents who are not employees of the remote tourism operation.
The Remote Tourism Operators COVID-19 Operations Plan is a critical component of this initiative. It will clarify how the licensed remote tourism operator will reduce the risk of COVID-19 being introduced and transmitted within the NWT and will demonstrate important details such as:
- Transportation of workers and clients in and out of remote locations.
- Managing COVID-19 related illness in a remote setting.
- Medical extraction and medical capacity on site.
- On-site isolation, support and/or care for staff and clients should the need arise.
- Other mitigation plans for COVID-19 related arising risks.
- Supporting and ensuring client compliance with existing public health measures.
This approach will provide remote tourism operators the opportunity to accommodate visitors during the important NWT summer tourism season, support Northern businesses, and provide jobs for NWT residents while continuing to keep our communities and residents healthy and safe.
- News Release: https://www.gov.nt.ca/en/newsroom/self-isolation-time-period-changes-travellers-fully-vaccinated-covid-19-vaccine-coverage
- Order: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/sites/covid/files/resources/pho-selfisolation_21-04-21.en_.pdf
- FAQs: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/questions-and-answers?tid=203
- Chart: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/reduced-self-isolation-requirements-chart
- Information Sheet: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/reduced-self-isolation-requirements-information-sheet
- Main Webpage: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/self-isolation-vaccinated-individuals
WSCC - Here is a listing of WSCC webpages to assist in your questions regarding reopening; worker safety, etc.
- WSCC Service Updates
- Resources – Guides, tools, and forms
- Posters – COVID-19 themed posters for NWT and NU workplaces
Fatigue in the workplace
- Impairment: Fatigue in the Workplace – Overview of fatigue as a form of workplace impairment
- Impairment in the workplace – Overview of impairment as a hazard
- Video – Fatigue in the Workplace – Topic discussion
- Young Workers’ Certificate Course – A 2-hour free online course for young workers.
- Young Workers Toolbox Talks – Industry-specific topics with student and instructor guides.
- Ready to Work? Checklist for Young Workers – A checklist covering the very basics of safety that all young workers should know.
- Young Worker Orientation Guide and Checklist – A origination guide for employers hiring young workers, as well as a training checklist to keep a record of training.
Audio from the most recent WSCC Webinar - link
The WSCC has been developing resources to support employers in re-opening and maintaining safe operations during COVID-19. We would like to highlight several new and updated resources that have been requested by employers:
- Updated versions of the workplace assessment forms – The Workplace Risk Assessment for employers and the Worker Hazard Assessment for workers.
- The COVID-19 Workplace Safety Planning Checklist – A to-do list for employers.
- A guide and info sheet that helps with your safety planning – The Exposure Control Planning Guide and Working Safely During COVID-19
- Screening tools for customers, clients, and workers.
- A line of printer-friendly COVID-19 posters.
It is important to note that if employers have already completed past versions of mandatory forms, they DO NOT need to complete new ones. However, it is important that every employer continues to regularly review and update workplace safety information. We are available if any employer has any questions, or if they would like more support working through their Exposure Control Plan: Email Covidfirstname.lastname@example.org in the Northwest Territories, Covidemail@example.com in Nunavut, or call 1 (800) 661-0792.
The Northwest Territories Business Advisory Council (BAC) was established by the Minister of ITI to provide Executive Council advice on how to mitigate the impacts of restrictions put in place as a result of COVID-19 and the development of an economic recovery plan.
We are pleased to release the results of our Face-to-Face Strategic Planning Meeting on November 17th, 2020. The attached document summarizes what we feel are top priorities for both the Federal and Territorial Governments to help ensure that the economy “emerges stronger” from the effects of COVID19.
Canadian Business Resilience Network - Reopening Toolkit
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has compiled a Reopening Toolkit that has templates for everything from an Operations Plan; Communication Plan; Health & Safety Plan to Reopening best practices based on sectors to child care and social services by province and territory and everything in between - link
Pan-Canadian Strategy to Manage COVID-19
A coherent national strategy must include all there levels of government working together as partners, collaboratively addressing these six key components:
- Data-driven, science-based, policies to limit the spread of the virus
- Significant, wide-spread rapid testing and contact tracing
- Open transparent communications and consistent messaging
- Tailored support for the hardest hit economically
- A well-designed; well-organized, and well-communicated plan for vaccine administration
- A holistic approach to evaluating costs and benefits of actions to control the disease
Feeling Safe in your Work Place
Whether you are an employee or an employer, keeping your workplace safe is everyone's job.
The 5 essentials to a safe workplace:
- Social Distancing
Rule of thumb to remember when using public areas is: for each action = sanitation
When washing hands and/or sanitizing be sure to rub in between your fingers and don't forget about your thumb
Cleaning vs sanitizing vs disinfecting know the difference:
Cleaning removes dust, debris and dirt from a surface by scrubbing, washing and rinsing.
Sanitizing reduces the bacteria identified on the product’s label on surfaces and in laundry.
- Disinfecting destroys or inactivates both the bacteria and viruses identified on the product’s label (like influenza and rhinovirus) on hard, nonporous surfaces.
Open for Business
Are you open for business? Here are a few tips to increase customership:
- Make sure hours are current and updated on your website; social media; Google search; etc.
- If non-medical masks are required, be sure that it is clearly indicated on your doors prior to entry as well as on your website and/or social media
- Have appropriate signage throughout the business as required
- Have sanitizer as required
Signage is helpful in providing your customers information in regards to social distancing; makes usage; hand sanitizer; etc.
There are several local businesses in the NWT that do printing as well as design and templates:
Through the Federal Government of Canada; GNWT and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce you can download templates to have printed at any one of the above businesses as well:
Health and Safety Signage from the Government of Canada (PDF):
- Poster: About Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - link
- Poster: Help reduce the spread of COVID-19 - link
- Poster: Cleaning and disinfecting public spaces during COVID-19 - link
- Infographic: Wash your hands - link
- Infographic: Preventing COIVD-19 in the workplace - link
- additional health and safety awareness graphics and information from the Government of Canada available here
GNWT Infographics and Posters:
- Handwashing - link
- How to use Bleach as a Disinfectant - link
- Disinfection for homes and camps with no running water - link
- Correct sequence of putting on/taking off PPE equipment - link
- WSCC Health and Safety COVID-19 posters (maximum occupancy; businesses; direction; open for business; reception area; coffee/water station) All posters are in English; French and Inuit - link
Operations Signage from CBRN: link
Canadian Chamber Vaccine Resource Hub
Are you looking for authorized and safe vaccine information? The Canadian Chamber has put together a webpage Vaccine Resource Hub that provides information on each vaccine from Health Canada, as well as business tip sand talking to your employees about getting vaccinated
Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Exposure Control Plan
The Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce has put together an exposure control plan. Having an Exposure Control Plan in place is a requirement for businesses in the Northwest Territories prior to re-opening to the public at the appropriate stage of the Emerging Wisely plan. The purpose of an Exposure Control Plan is to:
- Determine the risk to workers of exposure to the virus;
- Inform workers of their risk to exposure to the virus at the worksite; and
- Outline how the employer and employees will manage to eliminate or mitigate those risks.
Employers do not need approval from the WSCC to reopen once the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer has lifted business restrictions. However, Employers must have Exposure Control Plans in place before there open to make sure that they are able to operate their business safely. The ECP will need to be available during inspections or if a complaint is made and an investigation is pursued by one of the regulatory bodies. A Workplace Risk Assessment must be completed by employers as part of the Exposure Control Plan. The Workplace Risk Assessment Form is appended to this document. Each employee must complete a Worker Hazard Assessment (also appended). - link
Safety and Health Week Webinar with WSCC - link
Magnet Presentation Deck
NWT Economic Recovery Discussion with Hon. Dan Vandal
Innovation Canada Presentation Deck
Tax Season Prep with CRA/Service Canada: Presentation Deck
Q&A with WSCC: Audio
Here is a listing of webpages and contact emails:
- COVID-19 WSCC Services Updates - https://www.wscc.nt.ca/health-safety/covid-19
- COVID-19 WSCC Resources - https://www.wscc.nt.ca/health-safety/covid-19/forms
- COVID-19 Posters for workplaces - https://www.wscc.nt.ca/health-safety/covid-19/posters
- For COVID-19 questions regarding workplace safety - Covidfirstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Secretariat Presentation: linkFillable pdf for 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy Self-Identification Form for Employers - link
CFIB Youtube session held by CRA on CEWS 2.0 - link
Box 32 and your Staycation: Presented by Andy Wong from Crowe Mackay
WSCC Webinar - getting ready to reopen - audio
Q&A with Hon Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs - audio
On April 15th we hosted a call with Service Canada and CRA here is Service Canada's Presentation - link
BDIC - Several webinars monthly - link
NACCA Webinars - link
CRA NWT Contact Information
Did you know that the NWT has its own number for CRA when calling from an (867) number? Or that we have local reps for both personal and business questions?
Here is the contact info for CRA direct NWT Line:
Call from your (867) phone number ONLY
Contact: Lionel Holm (867)444-0564 Lionel.Holm@cra-arc.gc.ca
Contact: Natasha MacLeod (867)444-0841 Natasha.MacLeod@cra-arc.gc.ca
All other information in regards to CRA; COVID-19 relief measures and your taxes can be found on our COVID-19 webpage
All Federal COVID economic assistance
Introducing a simplified process for claiming the home office expenses for Canadians working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic - Updated Jan/2021
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently released information regarding a new temporary flat rate method, in place for 2020 only, to claim a deduction for home office expenses as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. For example, if you worked from home more than 50% of the time for a period of at least four consecutive weeks, you can claim $2 for each day you worked at home during that period, plus any other days worked at home in 2020 due to COVID-19, up to a maximum of $400.
If you want to claim the actual amounts you paid for your home office expenses, you will need to complete Form T777S and get a completed and signed Form T2200S (simplified for COVID-19). Please refer to the information provided by CRA to determine which option is best for you.
- The CRA has made the home office expenses deduction available to more Canadians and simplified the way employees can claim these expenses on their personal income tax return for the 2020 tax year.
- Employees who worked from home more than 50% of the time over a period of a least four consecutive weeks in 2020 due to COVID-19 will now be eligible to claim the home office expenses deduction for 2020. The use of a shorter qualifying period will ensure that more employees can claim the deduction than would otherwise have been possible under longstanding practice.
- A new temporary flat rate method will allow eligible employees to claim a deduction of $2 for each day they worked at home in that period, plus any other days they worked from home in 2020 due to COVID-19 up to a maximum of $400. Under this new method, employees will not have to get Form T2200 or Form T2200S completed and signed by their employer.
- To simplify the process for employees choosing the detailed method, the CRA has launched simplified forms (Form T2200S and Form T777S) and a calculator designed specifically to assist with the calculation of eligible home office expenses.
- The CRA has also published a number of resources to assist both employees and employers, including the Home office expenses for employees web pages, Simplifying the process for claiming a deduction for home office expenses for employees working from home due to COVID-19, Employer-provided benefits and allowances: CRA and COVID-19 backgrounders, as well as Frequently asked questions – Home office expenses for employees, and an Infographic: Working from home?.
- The Department of Finance Canada's Fall Economic Statement 2020: Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19.
The CRA website has many resources that can help you understand this deduction and its benefits, including a new calculator (see link below), frequently asked questions and a backgrounder. Additional links to assist you have also been included below:
- Learn more about the changes
- Compare all three claim methods
- Learn how about who can claim
- Determine your work space use
- Review expenses that can be claimed including a comprehensive list of eligible home office expenses
- Calculate home office or work space expenses
- Backgrounder – Simplifying the process for claiming a deduction for home office expenses
- Backgrounder – Employer-provided Benefits and Allowances: CRA and COVID-19
- Backgrounder – Consultation on the simplification of Form T2200
- Home office expenses for employees
- Frequently asked questions – Home office expenses for employees
- Form T2200S Declaration of Conditions of Employment for Working at Home During COVID-19
- Form T777S - Statement of Employment Expenses for Working at Home Due to COVID-19
- Infographic: Working from home?
Tax Information for Northern Residents
If you live or operate a business in the north, you may be able to receive benefits and credits by filing your income tax and benefit return.
Most Canadian income tax and benefit returns for 2020 are due on April 30, 2021, and the deadline to pay any balance due for individual income tax returns is also April 30th. Self-employed individuals and their spouse or common-law partner have until June 15, 2021 to file their return, but must pay any amounts owing by April 30, 2021. Filing your return on time every year allows the CRA to determine if you’re eligible to receive certain benefit and credit payments.
Sign up for direct deposit and file online to reduce impacts and delays
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) encourages you to sign up for direct deposit and file your income tax and benefit return online to get any refund faster and avoid delays. Don’t forget to sign up for My Account, the fastest and easiest way to view and manage your tax and benefit information. The CRA’s Get Ready page has information about online filing, deadlines, and helpful links.
File online this year on your own using NETFILE-certified software, through the services of an electronic filer who is registered to use our EFILE service, or through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). If you choose to file online on your own, there are a variety of NETFILE-certified software products to meet your needs, some of which are free. Some of the software products can also provide you with information about benefits, credits, and deductions.
Free tax help for individuals
If you cannot file online, community organizations are hosting free virtual tax clinics for Canadians with a modest income and a simple tax situation. Volunteers may be able to complete and file your return for free, by videoconference, by phone, or through a document drop-off arrangement.
You may also be able to get help from the CRA’s Northern Service Centres in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit. Due to COVID-19, these centres have suspended in-person service, but over the phone, a CRA officer can:
- answer your questions about benefits and credits
- help you respond to letters from the CRA
If you have tax questions related to living in the north, and your phone number starts with an 867 area code, you can call 1-866-426-1527 and talk with a CRA officer who understands northern tax matters.
Northern residents deductions
If you lived in a prescribed zone for a continuous period of at least six consecutive months, you and all the members in your household may be able to claim the northern residents deductions, which encompass:
- a residency deduction for having lived in a prescribed zone, and,
- a deduction for travel benefits you received from employment in a prescribed zone that was included in your income.
This period can begin or end in the tax year for which you are filing your return. If you are eligible, the deductions reduce the amount of income you pay tax on, so they will reduce your overall income tax liability.
If you received travel assistance from your employer and travel to and from a prescribed northern zone for personal reasons, you may be eligible to claim the deduction for travel benefits. You can claim travel expenses such as air/train/bus fares, vehicle expenses, meals, and hotel or motel accommodations. For meal expenses, you can claim them using a simplified method. If you choose this method, you are allowed to claim a flat rate of $23/meal, to a maximum of $69/day (sales tax included) per person, without needing to keep detailed receipts. However, you should still keep some documentation in case we ask you to support your claims.
COVID-19 benefits and your return
If you received COVID-19 benefits such as the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB), Canada emergency student benefit (CESB), Canada recovery benefit (CRB), Canada recovery sickness benefit (CRSB), or Canada recovery caregiving benefit (CRCB), enter on your return the total of the amounts you received. You will receive by mail a T4A slip (for benefits issued by the CRA) and/or a T4E slip (for benefits issued by Service Canada) with the information you need for your return. You can view tax slips online in My Account.
The benefits are taxable, and you may owe tax when filing your return depending on how much income you earned in 2020, and the credits and benefits you may receive:
- If you received the CERB or CESB, no tax was withheld when payments were issued.
- If you received the CRB, CRSB, or CRCB, 10% tax was withheld at source. However, this may not be all the tax you need to pay.
Some provinces or territories may have sent out pandemic-related payments that are considered taxable income. These amounts should be included on your tax return.
It is important to file on time by April 30, 2021, if you receive COVID-19 recovery benefits such as the CRB, CRCB, or CRSB. The CRA uses information from both your 2019 and 2020 returns to confirm your eligibility to receive these benefits. Filing on time avoids having your recovery benefit payments stopped while we validate your eligibility.
Announced on February 9, 2021, targeted interest relief is being provided to Canadians who received COVID-related income support benefits. Once individuals have filed their 2020 income tax and benefit return, they will not be required to pay interest on any outstanding income tax debt for the 2020 tax year until April 30, 2022. To qualify, individuals must have had a total taxable income of $75,000 or less in 2020 and have received income support in 2020 through one or more of the COVID-19 measures.
Self-employed individuals whose net self-employment income was less than $5,000 and who applied for the CERB will not be required to repay the benefit, as long as their gross self-employment income was at least $5,000 and they met all other eligibility criteria. The same approach will apply whether the individual applied through the CRA or Service Canada.
Some qualifying self-employed individuals whose net self-employment income was less than $5,000 may have already voluntarily repaid the CERB. The CRA and Service Canada will return any repaid amounts to impacted individuals who are eligible for this relief.
We recognize that for some individuals, repaying these benefits could present significant financial hardship. For this reason, payment arrangement parameters have been expanded to give you more time and flexibility to repay based on your individual financial situations. Also, taxpayer relief is available if you can’t meet your tax obligations because of circumstances beyond your control. The CRA may cancel or waive penalties or interest under certain conditions.
Help for you and your family:
Several benefits and credits are available to help you and your family. These include the Canada child benefit, the child disability benefit, the goods and services tax / harmonized sales tax credit, the Disability tax credit, and the Canada workers benefit.
It is important that you complete and file your return on time every year, even if you had no income. After you file your taxes, the CRA uses the information from your return to calculate benefits and credit payments, as well as any related provincial and territorial payments.
If you require the 2020 Lowest Return Airfare please email Canadian North at email@example.com To get your lowest return airfare please provide your departure location, date of travel, and closest designated city (Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, etc).
New Canada Recovery Benefits
Updated February 19, 2021:
- extending the Canada Recovery Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit by 12 weeks. That makes the new maximum that you can claim is 38 weeks
- the government is also increasing the EI availability to 50 weeks in total, meaning an additional 24 weeks can be claimed
- Canada Recovery Sickness is expanding from covering two weeks of missed work to a new total of four weeks
The extended CRB is available to anyone who isn't eligible for EI but has stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19
As Canadians transitions to a simplified EI program in this new phase of economic recovery, the Government of Canada is also introducing these new benefits:
- A Canada Recovery Benefit will provide $500 per week for up to 26 weeks to workers who stopped working due to COVID-19 or who have a reduced income, but are not eligible for Employment Insurance. They must be looking and available for work
- A Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit will provide workers with $500 per week, for up to two weeks, if they are ill or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19 or have health conditions that would make them more susceptible to COVID-19.
- A Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit will provide $500 for up to 26 weeks per household, for Canadians unable to work because they must care for a child or family member who is unable to attend their school, daycare or other facility due to COVID-19.
For details, please visit https://bit.ly/36sqxA3
We are also working with CRA to have a presentation on the changes; how they will effect you and/or your employees as well as how to pay back your CERB if required. Stay tuned
Federal Economic Response Plan
Find the support you need for your business webpage - link.
- March 22, 2021, government announces extension of Canada Emergency Business Account from March 31, 2021, to June 30, 2021, for more information - link
New Recovery Benefits:
- The Government of Canada continues to help and support Canadian families and workers struggling to make ends meet because of the COVID‑19 pandemic. Over the past year, this support has included the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, three recovery benefits, and a more flexible and accessible Employment Insurance (EI) program. To give workers the certainty they need should their job be affected by COVID-19, the government put forward legislation to increase the maximum number of weeks available to workers through EI regular benefits. On March 07, 2021, this legislation, Bill C-24, received Royal Assent. Workers claiming EI regular benefits can now access up to a maximum of 50 weeks for claims established between September 27, 2020, to September 25, 2021.
- In addition, self-employed workers who have opted into the EI program to access special benefits are now able to use a 2020 earnings threshold of $5,000, compared to the previous threshold of $7,555. This change is retroactive for claims established as of January 3, 2021, and applies until September 25, 2021.
- As part of this legislation, all international travelers who need to quarantine or isolate upon their return to Canada, including people returning from vacation, are ineligible to receive support from any of the recovery benefits for the period of their mandatory quarantine or isolation. These changes are retroactive to October 2, 2020. For more information - link
Federal Government announces new, targeted support to help small businesses: link.
The federal government has announced new recovery benefits that will replace CERB, and the application is now open:
- Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB): The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they're sick or need to self-isolate due to If you're eligible for the CRSB, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a period. If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 2 weeks between September 27, 2020, and September 25, 2021. - link
- Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB): The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. This applies if their school, regular program, or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19 or because they're sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19. The CRCB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). If you're eligible for the CRCB, your household can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period. If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 26 weeks between September 27, 2020, and September 25, 2021. - link
- Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB): opening Oct/12/20 - The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive ( after taxes withheld) for a period. If your situation continues the past 2 weeks, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020, and September 25, 2021 - link.
GNWT Response to COVID-19
Updated June 07, 2021
Today, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) Caroline Wawzonek announced two new support programs for licensed tourism operators and licensed accommodation providers across the Northwest Territories (NWT). The two programs, the Pandemic Relief Extension Program (PREP) for tourism operators, and the Supplement for Tourism Accommodation Relief (STAR) Program for accommodation providers who meet the criteria, were developed to support two of the hardest-hit sectors impacted by the pandemic.
PREP will assist licensed tourism operators with eligible fixed costs within the NWT at a minimum of $2,500 (to a maximum of $100,000). Home-based tourism businesses will be also able to access this relief funding.
With licensed accommodation providers reporting significant drops in occupancy levels, the STAR program will provide financial assistance for eligible expenses in facilities with three or more rooms. Building on the support and critical partnership of the federal government last year, the two programs are available for application now and will provide support to these two sectors as they continue to look forward to traveling restrictions easing.
GNWT to Fill Funding Gap for Tour Operators - The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing funding to tourism operators that have exhausted the support available to them under the federal government’s Northern Business Relief Fund (NBRF) and Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). Tourism operators will be able to apply to the Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment to cover the same fixed operating costs set out under the NBRF. Eligible operators will be able to claim up to $50,000 for expenses which can include: rent/mortgage; utilities (heat; electric; water and sewer; phone and internet); subscriptions (for example financial or booking systems); and insurance. This is a one-time funding initiative designed to help companies through to April 1, 2021, when new government supports are anticipated to become available. Expenses already covered by federal payments under the NBRF and the RRRF will not be eligible. Eligible tourism operators should contact their regional ITI Tourism Development Officer. For more information - link
SEED Funding available for NWT Businesses to get their Financials in Order - (NWT) businesses can now apply to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI)’s Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Program for funding to get their financial books in order. Up to $7,500.00 is available to individual businesses that need completed bookkeeping and/or financial statements to advance economic recovery or to apply for government funding. The total amount of funding available for this initiative is $400,000. The need for government supports to help small businesses assemble their costs and revenue reporting was identified by the NWT Business Advisory Council. Applications will be considered retroactive to April 1, 2020. - link
- NWT Wage Top-Up Program: The GNWT is asking NWT businesses to administer the program for their eligible workers on their behalf. An eligible worker is any of their employees who earn less than $18/hr and are at least 15 yrs old at the time of application. This has been extended to August 31, 2021 - link
- Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Program: the Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment (ITI)'s SEED program has been adjusted to encourage and support new, innovative proposals that reflect the realities of the new post COVID-19 economy - link
Economic Relief: please see link
Locally Sourced PPE Equipment
Looking to purchase PPE Equipment locally? Below is a list (that will be updated regularly) of local businesses that are either manufacturing and/or selling PPE Equipment
Tlicho Online Store - link
CanArctic Graphics - link
Signed - link
PPE Equipment Supplier:
Arctic Trading Canada - link
Are you a business that is manufacturing/selling PPE Equipment but not on the list? Pls email us