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United Way Northwest Territories


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50 cents a day feeds over 50 people a month at the Hay River Soup Kitchen.

The GNWT is pleased to offer employees an opportunity to donate directly to United Way NWT charities through automatic payroll deductions. Just fill out the GNWT Payroll Giving Form and email it to to start your contribution.


A message from United Way NWT:

Dear Supporters,

The United Way NWT would like to acknowledge and gratefully thank all GNWT employees who continue to make contributions through the payroll program. Your donations provide an opportunity for all northerners to work together to give everyone a chance for a better life.

We are proud of the collective that Northerners are building to fund organizations committed to improving the lives of northerners. Our success and the success of northern non-profit organizations depend on the kindness of our people. Please don't hesitate to provide us with your feedback either by email at or by phone at 867-669-7986. We would love to hear from you!

Tracy St. Denis

Chair, United Way NWT

What is the United Way NWT?

The United Way NWT provides an opportunity for all northerners to work together to give everyone a chance for a better life. Positive change in the lives of our people and communities is supported by raising funds and investing them in important not-for-profit projects in three focus areas:

  • Healthy people, strong communities;

  • Kids: All that they can be; and
  • From poverty to possibility.

During the 2018 fall fundraising campaign, United Way NWT received donations and pledges in excess of $150,000, from generous donors within the Government of the Northwest Territories. Over the past five years, over $470,000 was allocated to various charities across the NWT. For more information on the list of recipients for 2018, please visit

The latest GNWT Workplace Campaign Newsletter from United Way NWT provides more detailed information about current support initiatives.

Why should I consider payroll deductions?

Payroll deductions are an easy way for GNWT employees to contribute dollars to local NWT charities through planned giving. The employee controls the set amount per paycheque and can cancel their payroll deductions at any time. Your payroll contributions make a positive difference in your community and your territory.  Your charitable donation tax receipt for payroll deductions through the United Way NWT giving program are clearly included on your T-4 from the GNWT for ease of accessibility during tax time. In addition to ease of use and tracking, by contributing to the United Way NWT, you also have a Board tasked with tracking and reporting on the value and success of these local charities with their communities.

What organizations can I contribute to through the United Way NWT?

Donors can choose to donate to any registered Canadian charity of their choice through United Way NWT employee payroll deductions. For an updated list of registered Canadian charities, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency website: If you wish to have your donation forwarded to your chosen charity, rather than a United Way NWT sponsored not-for-profit project, United Way will forward your payroll contributions to the registered charity of your choice for a bi-annual processing fee of $12.50.

What do I do if I want to contribute?

Download the United Way NWT Giving Form.

Submit your completed form to the Department of Finance at  Payroll will automatically provide your donation to the United Way NWT for distribution to your chosen charity. The amount of your donation will be recorded on your T4 slip for tax purposes. For employees who already contribute to the United Way NWT, your deductions will continue from one campaign to the next. You do not have to complete a new form unless you would like to change your contribution amount or chosen charity.

What’s the deadline?

There is no deadline to sign up for your payroll deduction. You're welcome to sign up anytime. 

Why do we have a Campaign?

The GNWT United Way Workplace Campaign creates awareness among GNWT employees about the United Way NWT and the work it does throughout the North. 

Who do I contact for more information?

You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or visit for more information on their programs and how to get involved.