The global situation is changing rapidly. The content of this communiqué is subject to change as the situation evolves. New or amended information will be distributed as necessary.
March 26, 2020
The GNWT is currently working hard to adapt our operations to remote work and to effectively respond to COVID-19 in the Northwest Territories. We recognize that this is a difficult and uncertain time for our employees. While social media can provide a way to connect with each other in a time when we are all being asked to stay away from one another, it can also be a source of rumours and misinformation. The GNWT would like all of our employees to know that workforce reduction measures are not being considered as a part of the GNWT response to COVID-19.
March 25, 2020
In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the Government of Canada has implemented temporary changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP). These measures are designed to help PSHCP members and eligible dependants access health care benefits while at the same time minimizing social interaction with health care professionals. The following temporary measures will be in effect from March 24, 2020, until April 24, 2020, with the possibility of being extended. For more information please see the communique from the Treasury Board Secretariat.
March 17, 2020
The GNWT is committed to following the advice from our Chief Public Health Officer on the importance of implementing social distancing measures where possible to assist in mitigating and containing the possible risk to the health of our employees and to all the residents of the NWT.
Therefore, as of Thursday, March 19 the majority of GNWT employees will be asked to work from home until further notice.
- Employees who have been deemed to be providing critical services requiring on site presence will be expected to report to work in person as normal;
- Any employee who has been deemed critical and requiring onsite presence will be contacted by 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 by management.
- All other employees will be asked to work from home as of Thursday, March 19;
- Managers will be contacting you and will be as flexible as possible while ensuring continued essential government operations and services to residents of the NWT.
- Your manager will discuss with you the feasibility, logistics, and expectations of working from home.
- We can assure you that all employees regardless of the particular circumstance will continue to be paid through regular time, or through a form of paid leave.
- Those employees who have been asked to work from home but who need to visit their office for computer or equipment should work with their manager or supervisor to arrange a time when it is appropriate to do so, as long as they are not self-isolating.
This transition will take some time, and we are working as quickly as possible to give you the precise guidance you need as things continue to evolve rapidly. We are asking employees for patience as we work through all of the logistics related to setting up remote work arrangements. The Technology Service Centre (TSC) and Information Systems Shared Services (ISSS) are actively working with departmental business continuity planners to operationalize the transition.
As you can appreciate, the next couple of days are critical for the implementation of Business Continuity Plans. This is an unprecedented situation and is being monitored very closely. We will continue to communicate information on an on-going basis.