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Northwest Territories COVID-19 Developments

18-Mar-20

By McLennan Ross Labour & Employment Group

Northwest Territories

Public Health

  • All mass gatherings of 50 people or over must be cancelled.
  • Businesses are asked to limit how many people are in an establishment at any given time.
  • More details

Government

  • The Government of the Northwest Territories (the “GNWT”) has asked the majority of its employees to work from home beginning on March 19, 2020.
  • Essential government operations and services to residents will continue.
  • Many GNWT offices and facilities are closing. Some services will only be available by telephone. A full list of closures and affected services is available here.
  • The Land Titles Office, Corporate Registries, and Personal Property Registry will be closed beginning on March 20, 2020. Online registry searches will remain available.
  • Visitors attending in-person services are asked to call-in instead if they have flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with someone with symptoms.
  • More details

Schools and Daycares

  • All schools in the Northwest Territories are closed until April 14, 2020.
  • Early learning and childcare programs will remain open.
  • Daycares and day homes will remain open.
  • More details

Courts

  • Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories
    • All proceedings outside of Yellowknife are cancelled until June 1st.
    • All civil proceedings in Yellowknife are cancelled until June 1st.
    • All civil mediations scheduled prior to June 1st will be rescheduled after May 31st, unless parties with to proceed by way of teleconference.
    • The Registry remains open for filing of documents.
    • More details
  • Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories
    • Civil Chambers will proceed by way of teleconference only until May 1st.
    • Civil hearings will proceed on a case-by-case basis until May 1st.
    • The Registry remains open for filing of documents.
    • More details

Nunavut

Public Health

  • Social distancing and handwashing is encouraged.
  • Residents are encouraged to stay home as much as possible when not at work.
  • More details

Government

  • The Government of Nunavut will remain open, but services may be slower than usual due to reduced staff.
  • Residents should call and make appointments for services before attending in-person.
  • More details

Schools and Daycares

  • Schools and daycares in Nunavut will be closed for three weeks beginning on March 17, 2020.
  • More details

Courts

  • Nunavut Court of Justice
    • All circuit court hearings outside of Iqaluit are cancelled until May 31st.
    • Court is still proceeding as normal in Iqaluit.
    • Parties may appear in court by telephone with approval, as per Practice Directive #4.
    • The Registry remains open for filing of documents.
    • More details
  • Nunavut Sheriff’s Office
    • The Nunavut Sheriff’s Office will be suspending all document service (current and new) for the time being.
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