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COVID-19 Resource Page

IRC will update and add to this resource page in serving the interest of health as well as economic support for Inuvialuit during COVID-19.

IRC Non-Essential Closure and Staff Working from Home Notice as of March 19. Most IRC staff back in the building as of June and with Phase II GNWT Emerging Wisely Continued Health Response. 

Please use the Inuvialuit Corporate Group Staff Directory or call (867) 777- 7000.  The ICG Group Building is open by appointment.


Health Resources directly related to coronavirus COVID-19:

-The World Health Organization has many updated posters (scroll down on their page) and links to situation reports and technical, health advice you can read.

-Government of Canada latest news on COVID-19 with information about the virus, the outbreak in Canada and Canada's response. Canada has set up a COVID-19 Information line to call: 1-833-784-4397

-The situation in GNWT, updated daily, as well as travel restrictions, restrictions on public gathering, and current advice from GNWT's Chief Public Health Officer. 

*Residents can contact or call 1-833-378-8297 between the hours of 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week to report anyone not following self-isolation requirements after travel.  You can call 811 with general questions to GNWT or use email

***If you are experiencing any symptoms, fever or cough, or to be tested, please CALL public health and health centre phone numbers in your community for guidance:

  • Aklavik 867-978-2516
  • Inuvik: 867-490 –2225
  • Paulatuk 867-580-3231
  • Sachs Harbour 867-690-4181
  • Tuktoyaktuk 867-977-2321
  • Ulukhaktok 867-396-3111
  • Shortness of breath, Call 911

Mental Health Resources and help lines for you to call:

For crisis situations call 911, your local emergency number or call any of the following 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 

  • Hope for Wellness Helpline 1-855-242-3310
  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service 1-833-456-4566 or text or chat
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
  • NWT Helpline 1-800-661-0844 (some delays reported due to more calls during COVID-19) and on facebook
  • Kids Helpline 1-800-668-6868 or crisis text 686868
  • Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Helpline 1-800-265-3333

For non-emergency GNWT Community Counselling, you can call:

  • Aklavik (867) 978-2941
  • Inuvik (867) 777-8101
  • Paulatuk is reached via (867) 777-8101
  • Tuktoyaktuk Wellness worker and Child, Youth, Family Counsellor (867) 977-2511, ext.5
  • Sachs Harbour Wellness Worker (867) 690-4181
  • Ulukhaktok (867) 396-3024 

GNWT can also help you access help for children 3-17 and families, through collaboration with Strongest Families Institute (SFI) programming.  Mental Health and Additions at GNWT Department of Health and Social Services can be reached at 867-767-9061 and  

NWT Family Violence Shelters, try Status of Women Council of NWT for Safety links and 24/7 crisis line is available whenever you need us: 1-866-223-7775 or call 911.

Mental Health Commission of Canada has some resources for COVID-19.

IRC may be able to help access free counselling through NIHB (some changes in service as counsellors no longer are travelling in), contact


Urban Inuit Organizations

IRC will find and list contacts of UIO's here for your information.  Click on the name of the UIO to go directly to their facebook page or use the contacts.

Atelihai (Welcome) Inuit President is Debbie Michelin

Program Coordinator Frances Palliser-Nicholas 902-420-1576

Southern Quebec Inuit Association Executive Director Tina Pisuktie 514-545-1885

Tungasuvvingat Inuit Executive Director Jason LeBlanc 613-565-5885

Toronto Inuit Association Executive Director Bryan Winters 514-980-3780

Manitoba Inuit Association Executive Director Rachel Dutton 204-774-6848  

President Fred Ford

Tunngasugit Inc. Outreach Coordinator Maxine Anguk 204-898-9313

Inuit Edmontonmiut Working Group Board Member Cora DeVos Taylor DeVos

Yellowknifemiut Inuit Kattujiqatigiit Board of Director Brendalynn Inuk Trennert

Coordinator/Admin Assistance Alissa Landry (867) 873-9944

Inuuqatigiit-Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families

IRC will try to keep this list updated in case Inuvialuit can benefit from additional programs and supports being offered by Urban Inuit Organizations.


Links to Economic Supports:

ITK has a good resource page with financial resource assistance across Canada.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business COVID-19: UPDATES, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES

COVID-19 Resources for Women Entrepreneurs 

NACCA National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association has compiled fairly comprehensive up-to-date information.

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund information.

Northern Business Relief Fund (NBRF) with CanNor Canadian Northern Economic Relief Agency may be able to provide businesses non-repayable grants ranging from $2,500 up to $100,000 and can cover up to 4 months, retroactive to April 1.  For NWT Regional Office Email: and call (867) 444-0659 for information on eligibility and the application process.

ArcticNet has information for research.

If you have lost employment due to COVID-19:


Apply for EI with Canada call 1-800-206-7218 or online. Requirements around medical certificates have been waived during COVID-19, and for assistance if you need to self-isolate.  Those who qualify for EI will automatically be enrolled in CERB, below. 

Canadas Econonic Response Benefit (CERB), click to see if you qualify (have made $5,000 of income in the past year and are not expecting income due to COVID-19).  The telephone number to apply is  1-800-959-2019. CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. This number will be available starting April 6, 2020. You should have your SIN number and postal code available. Qikiqtani Inuit Association has offered a helpful Q and A blog answering questions people may have on CERB that you can find here for extra information that applies more widely. 

Direct Deposit for EI and CERB to be paid faster, apply here with CRA for direct deposit from Canada.

If you require assistance accessing these services, you are asked to fill in this online information. A Service Canada officer will contact you within 2 business days. 

If you do not have access to the internet and require assistance accessing services, please contact us at: 1-877-631-2657

For low-income households who may need additional support, this is what has been announced:


A Goods and Services Tax credit one-time special payment. The average additional payment will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 and available by early May. You do not need to apply (if you filed 2018 income tax and qualify).

Additional Canada Child Benefit payment. If you have an eligible child under your care in May 2020, you will receive $300 more per child in addition to your regular payment, No need to reapply.  If you are caring for a child, and need to apply, or you can call 1-800-387-1193; or, for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut: 1-866-426-1527. 

New Announcement April 22 2020 for Students, IRC will add details of Canada Emergency Student Benefit and Canada Student Service Grant as well as specific distinctions-based funding when details are known and as soon as possible.


Find out about Income Security Programs for COVID-19 including Income Assistance, Home Heating Subsidy for Elders over 60 (SHHS), and Student Financial Assistance (SFA).

*Those already registered with Income Assistance as clients as of March will receive a 14-day supply of food and cleaning products as the stores have them available.  Individuals are receiving $500 and families are receiving $1,000 in order to focus on the productive choice of taking care of themselves and their families.  All current Income Assistance clients are being asked to update their statements and authorizations. Clients do not have to report each month in the interest of not having to report in-person and will continue to receive consistent payments.  The Beaufort Delta Client Services Officer (CSO) is 1-855-283-9311

The Transitional Rent Supplement Program (TRSP) will be extended until August 31, 2020. TRSP provides approved applicants with support for rent payments.  Changes have been made to more effectively support residents who are experiencing unaffordable rental housing. Existing participants can continue to access the program through August if eligible. Past program participants are now eligible to re-apply. Send inquiries to or 1-844-NWT-HOME(1-844-698-4663)


Current IRC Support:

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) COVID-19 Support Plan announced April 15.  Some allocation of funds will be distributed directly through Community Corporations and Urban Inuit Organizations (UIO).  

Food basket /grocery vouchers to Inuvialuit households in need, closed June 30, 2020 5:00pm. 

All Elders could expect 3 months additional support and did not need to worry about applying

On the Land program from March 20 ran for two rounds of Expressions of Interest/Applications and closed May 13, 2020, see the notice here. After Update for Spring On the Land Reapplication if you plan to go back out for Spring melt. This program again opened on August 4 and will close August 14, 2020 for limited one-time Summer OTL within the Region.

Community Hunts are funded in ISR communities to fill freezers and provide food to community members.