News releases

March 23, 2020
News Release Baker Lake by-election postponed IQALUIT, Nunavut (March 23, 2020) – The by-election for the constituency of Baker Lake will be postponed until August 24, 2020 in light of the COVID-19 situation. “It is vital we practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Premier Savikataaq. “After receiving a request from the municipality of Baker Lake, our cabinet is fully supportive of postponing their by-election. The people of Baker Lake are doing what’s best to keep their community safe.” The Commissioner... read more.
March 23, 2020
Premier’s update: As of today, there are no known confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the territory. The public health communicable disease team is following approximately 111 persons under investigation. So far, 43 people who were under investigation have been cleared and no longer need isolation. Starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 strict travel restrictions to Nunavut will be in place. Only residents and critical workers can travel into the territory. Everyone, except critical workers with written permission from the Chief Public Health Officer, must be in a mandatory 14-... read more.
March 23, 2020
Public Service Announcement Daily COVID-19 updates broadcast Starting today, the daily Government of Nunavut (GN) COVID-19 media updates will be broadcast live at 3 p.m., Monday to Friday at: Bell ExpressVu channel 513; Shaw satellite channel 181 or 489 on the classic lineup package; local cable channel 5 (analog) or 602 (digital); and local radio in Iqaluit at 92.5 FM. The updates are also live online, on the CBC Nunavut Facebook page, the GN Facebook pages and the Premier Joe Savikataaq Facebook page at 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, in both Inuktitut and English. In addition, CBC will record and... read more.
March 20, 2020
COVID-19 GN Update Premier’s update: As of today, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the territory. The public health communicable disease team is following approximately 79 persons under investigation. 29 people who were previously under investigation have been cleared and no longer need isolation. Work from home for non-essential Government of Nunavut (GN) staff starts today. Our government will continue to deliver important services to Nunavummiut. We are still working on how staff work from home, but we are resourceful, and are used to adapting our systems. The GN is working on... read more.
March 19, 2020
COVID-19 GN Update The latest information from the Government of Nunavut: As of today, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the territory. The public health communicable disease team is following approximately 70 persons under investigation. 24 people previously under investigation have been cleared and no longer require isolation. Our government today approved $25,000 to each Hunter and Trapper Organization for community harvesting, and to provide food to their communities. We also are pleased that we have approved $531,000 to cover potential lost fees for Nunavut’s child care workers in... read more.
March 18, 2020
News Release IQALUIT, Nunavut (March 18, 2020) – Premier Joe Savikataaq today announced that the Government of Nunavut (GN) will begin transition to have non-essential public servants work from home, in light of the rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation. These measures will fully come into effect by end of day, Friday, March 20. “The health and well-being of our employees is critical. In keeping with our advice to practice social distancing, we are shifting our public service to work from home,” said Premier Savikataaq. “This is an evolving situation, so we want to have staff prepared to work... read more.
March 18, 2020
Statement Chief Public Health Officer recommends self-isolation for travelers to Nunavut Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson today released the following statement: “While there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, we want to protect all Nunavummiut. As such, it is my recommendation that if you have arrived in Nunavut since Sunday, March 15, and are not in an essential service delivery position, that you immediately start to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Family members and those living with people who are self-isolating, but did not travel... read more.
March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Update GN-wide update As of today, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the territory. The public health communicable disease team is following approximately 50-60 persons under investigation. Approximately 10-15 previous people, previously under investigation have been cleared and no longer require isolation. Anyone who travelled into Nunavut on or since Sunday, March 15 need to self-isolate for 14 days and contact their health centre if they develop symptoms. The Government of Nunavut has begun the transition to work-from-home for non-essential public servants. Nunavut... read more.
March 17, 2020
GN-wide update Still no confirmed cases in Nunavut. Please call before going to your health centre, if it is a non-emergency. You will be assessed by phone. For Iqaluit, for non-emergency situations, it’s the same thing- please call before going to the Qikiqtani General Hospital. Government of Nunavut services continue but may be slower than usual because of reduced staff. We are actively working to put together a fiscal package to make sure Nunavummiut don’t have to suffer financially by this situation. Social distancing and handwashing will make a huge difference in slowing the spread of... read more.
March 05, 2020
News Release By-election date for Baker Lake announced IQALUIT, Nunavut (March 5, 2020) - A by-election for the constituency of Baker Lake will be held on April 27, 2020. The by-election is required after the resignation of the former Member for Baker Lake, Mr. Simeon Mikkungwak. “It’s important that the by-election is held quickly, to ensure the constituents of Baker Lake are represented in the spring sitting of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq. “We thank Mr. Mikkungwak for his dedication to his constituents and look forward to welcoming a new colleague to the... read more.
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