News releases

March 24, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no known confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the territory. Starting at 11:59 p.m. tonight strict travel restrictions to Nunavut will be in place. Nunavut residents who want to return to Nunavut must enter a mandatory 14-day isolation period at one of four locations in southern Canada. Please contact CPHOTravelRequests@gov.nu.ca for direction. Critical employees who need to return to work in Nunavut must apply for an exemption approved by the Chief Public Health Officer. For information on the process, please contact CPHOTravelRequests@gov.nu.ca for... read more.
March 24, 2020
Premier Savikataaq announces appointment to senior management IQALUIT, Nunavut (March 24, 2020) – Premier Joe Savikataaq today announced the appointment of Stephen Mansell as Deputy Minister of Justice, effective April 27, 2020. “Mr. Mansell has an impressive professional background in Nunavut and brings strong perspective and vital experience to the department,” said Premier Savikataaq. “I am confident his experience and skills will help guide the strengths of the staff working to provide the critical programs and services of justice in our territory.” Mr. Mansell grew up in Nunavut and has... 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 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 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
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 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.
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