Nunavut government employees to be paid on time, following ransomware attack

Direct deposit to be paid on Friday, while cheques to arrive on Nov. 18

The Government of Nunavut announced today that payments to its employees will occur on schedule, following the recent ransomware attack. Above: the Royal Bank’s agency branch in Pangnirtung, shown here at its recent opening. (File photo)

By Jane George

The Government of Nunavut says its employees can expect to be paid as scheduled this Friday, despite disruptions caused by the  recent ransomware attack.

Whether or not they would be paid as usual has been a major concern for GN employees since Nov. 2, when the attack disabled the government’s computer systems.

Pay cheques issued for employees without direct deposit in communities outside Iqaluit may arrive on Monday, Nov. 18, the GN said in an update on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, the GN announced that the backups of its computer data were OK and could be restored, despite the ransomware attack.

The previous GN payday fell on Nov. 1, just before the the cyberattack.

Still, there will likely be delays processing non-standard pay, such as overtime or acting pay, the GN said in its update.

It’s still unclear how long income-support recipients will continue to receive food coupons instead of money.

GN hiring also appears to remain on hold.

The GN reminded Nunavummiut on Wednesday that “government services are open and functional. ”

“The GN can be reached by phone, fax and voicemail,” the GN said.

And all information on government programs and services is available online, the GN said.

The GN said it plans to continue providing updates on Facebook, the GN’s website and community radio as soon as they are available.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by wondering on

    and I suppose..no one has bothered to find out when Vendors/suppliers may start to get paid as well???

  2. Posted by wondering too on

    and I suppose..no one has bothered to find out when foster parents may start to receive money as well???
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    and I suppose..no one has bothered to find out when non-profit organizations that receive money from the GN to provide services in the communities may start to get paid as well???

  3. Posted by Haven’t got paid yet on

    What about the hours I made from September? Date pay had to be on October 4, 2019.
    Up today I am still waiting to get my hours paid!

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