Nunavut to receive up to $18.9 million in federal funding for economic relief

Funding includes $5.7 million for testing, PPE and $1 million for sick leave

Nunavut will receive up to $18.9 million as part of a new pandemic economic relief package announced by the federal government on Thursday. Premier Joe Savikataaq announced the funding on social media. (File photo)

By Emma Tranter

The Government of Nunavut will receive up to $18.9 million in federal funding to help with economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday, July 16, that provinces and territories will receive a total of $19 billion for economic relief and to help prepare for a second wave of COVID-19.

Nunavut’s share of the money will include a cash transfer of $12.1 million, as well as $5.7 million in federal in-kind contributions for testing and personal protective equipment, a spokesperson for Premier Joe Savikataaq said. That means the PPE and testing will be procured by the federal government and allocated to Nunavut.

It will also provide $1.1 million in sick leave benefits to Nunavummiut, administered by the federal government.

Savikataaq announced the funding on social media.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Trudeau said the money will be available for provincial and territorial programs that fit seven priorities outlined by the federal government.

Those priorities include mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, child care, and personal protective equipment.

Savikataaq was not immediately available for comment.

More details on how the funding will be distributed will be provided at Monday’s weekly COVID-19 update.

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(9) Comments:

  1. Posted by Self Flagellating Supplicant on

    Oh that oppressive government in Ottawa, throwing money at us again!

  2. Posted by Testing on

    Considering the number of tests being done, $5 million is huge, unreal. I hope that they put the excess funds towards other needs.

  3. Posted by Consistency on

    So we can use that money to build a treatment center? mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, child care would all benefit from that.

    • Posted by Yalo on

      18m wouldnt even be enough to build the building. Let alone the consultation fees, endless public consultations, etc. … all for a center that can’t magically cure all the mental illnesses that are rampant in Nunavut. Mental illness is still an epidemic down south despite the state of the art rehab facilities they have.

      The GN and NTI are already in the process of creating this facility. This 18m is for COVID. Not every amount of money the GN receives from the feds can be spent on whatever they want.

      • Posted by Costly Endeavour on

        Let’s not forget that the ongoing operating costs of a treatment centre would be millions of dollars annually.

  4. Posted by This Money Will Go Back to Ottawa on

    My guess is that pretty much all the money will go back to Ottawa and Edmonton for the hotels the GN is renting out at millions of dollars every month.

    • Posted by True dat! on

      No truer words spoken. With proper planning, these money should be used to set up quarantine hotels in Nunavut.

  5. Posted by Unimpressed on

    Where are the So called MLAs….don’t bother running again…you all failed…
    $18m….that does not even pay for housing units in four communities….

  6. Posted by Bob on

    Drop the mental illness quarantine, now!
    That quarantine is oppressive and a significant factor incausing and conflating mental illness. This policy is not well thought out. Shame!!

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