What Is The COVID Secretariat?
The GNWT has created a COVID Secretariat which will bring together Protect NWT, 811, Compliance and Enforcement, Isolation Centres and Airport and Highway Border Officers.
These services will be brought under one roof with dedicated staff to support the public health orders and guidance of the CPHO.
How Much Will It Cost?
The GNWT has budgeted $31.7 million for 2020/2021 - only $2.6 million of which is funding over-and-above existing spending on services.
For more information on the COVID Secretariat, please visit the GNWT's website here.
October 7, 2020 Update:
Representatives from the COVID Secretariat presented to the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
View the October 7, 2020 presentation to the Board of Directors here.
View the speaking notes, which includes more detailed information, here.
View our Q&A here.
September 8, 2020 Update:
We added our signature to the NWT Chamber of Commerce's letter to Premier Cochrane.
"We understand this funding bill will be presented for voting at the next sitting of the Legislative Assembly in October. Between now and that time, we ask that you please reconsider the creation of this division and listen to the residents of the NWT as you will find that the majority are against their taxes being used towards the creation of another level of bureaucracy.
View the NWT Chamber of Commerce's full letter here.