Nunavut gives $2M to hamlets to help with COVID-19 prevention

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, April 20, Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq announced $2 million for the territory’s hamlets to help cover expenses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will go toward things like materials and supplies, additional janitorial and custodial staff, COVID-19-related signage, information and translation, lost revenue from facility closures, increased bylaw and patrol officers and increased residential water delivery and garbage pickup. “This funding will help them ensure that they are able to make sacrifices in other areas.” Municipalities can contact their CGS regional community development office for more information, Savikataaq said. In response to Transport Canada’s recent announcement that all airline passengers are now required to wear masks, Savikataaq also said the Government of Nunavut is working with airlines to ensure all “passengers have access to masks so they can fly safely.” There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. To date, 453 people in the territory have been tested for COVID-19, with 201 negative results and 252 awaiting results. (File photo)

By Emma Tranter

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