Nunavut Economic Support

September 16, 2020

Nunavut Economic Support

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Support for Individuals

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Support for Individuals

  • The Government of Nunavut is launching a new program, the Nunavut Essential Workers Wage Premium. Through it, the GN will fund eligible employers to pay their lower-wage workers more for the hours they work. Employees who earn $20 or less per hour will be able to receive an extra $5 per hour. Employees who earn between $20 and $25 per hour will receive enough to bring their wages up to $25 per hour. Funding will be available for employers to support this higher pay for up to 16 weeks. They will begin accepting applications from employers on Monday, June 1. To start, our government is targeting employers who provide health and social services to vulnerable Nunavummiut. These include our shelters, group homes, food banks, boarding homes, and similar organizations. They are also opening this program to licensed daycare facilities. (May 28)
  • Nunavut is expanding the wage subsidy program to include more sectors, including essential infrastructure, transportation, food, accommodation, retail and professional services. (June 29)
  • The government is continuing to fund parental fees for all Nunavut licensed childcare facilities from April 7 to 21, to offset any losses due to closures during this period. (April 15)

Support for Businesses

  • Nunavut will provide immediate short-term relief to Nunavut businesses through its Small Business Support Program. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $5,000 in support in the form of a non-repayable contribution. (March 27)
  • Nunavut made an Order extending certain time limits established by Nunavut Mining Regulations. The Order extends time limits to pay rent for mineral leases under the regulations that become due between March 13, 2020, and October 29, 2020, inclusively by up to six months, and not extending beyond October 30, 2020. (August 13)


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