Infrastructure COVID-19 Updates

UPDATED Friday, April 3

NWT COVID-19 updates

Travellers

The NWT Chief Public Health Officer has prohibited ALL travel into the NWT by non-residents to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There are limited exceptions.

Residents returning to the territory are required to self-isolate in Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Hay River, or Inuvik. Residents who have returned to the NWT in the last 14 days MUST self-isolate in their current community.

Air Travel

  • All passengers travelling on flights originating from outside the Northwest Territories will go through screening upon arrival. Travellers should expect delays. 
  • Until further notice, only passengers, employees and service staff are permitted inside Northwest Territories airports. If you are dropping someone off or picking someone up, please do not enter the terminal.
  • Airline flight schedules are changing frequently. All questions related to flight statuses and airline schedules should be directed to specific airlines.
  • Transport Canada is temporarily allowing air carriers to accept government-issued identification that has expired after March 1, 2020, for domestic flights only. This temporary exemption is in effect until June 30, 2020. More information.tt

Road Travel

Alberta/NWT Border (Highway 1)
This border is closed to all traffic except:

  • NWT residents.
  • Import/export workers — including truckers and others providing important supply chain transportation services for food, equipment, fuel, or other goods into the territory, movers and carriers, and workers that support the supply chain industry. 
  • Persons who support essential services — including health care professionals, law enforcement, and those who supports services that if interrupted could endanger residents’ lives, health or safety.
  • Workers involved in the construction of GNWT capital infrastructure projects 
  • Southern resident transient workers in the mineral and petroleum resources industry

Alberta/NWT Border (Highway 5)
This border is closed to all traffic except:

  • Smith’s Landing, Alberta and Fort Fitzgerald, Alberta residents who are crossing the border for groceries or other essential goods.
  • NWT residents.
  • Import/export workers — including truckers and others providing important supply chain transportation services for food, equipment, fuel, or other goods into the territory, movers and carriers, and workers that support the supply chain industry. 
  • Persons who support essential services — including health care professionals, law enforcement, and those who supports services that if interrupted could endanger residents’ lives, health or safety.
  • Workers involved in the construction of GNWT capital infrastructure projects 
  • Southern resident transient workers in the mineral and petroleum resources industry
  • See the Public Service Announcement for more information.

British Columbia/NWT Border (Highway 7)
This border is closed to all traffic except:

  • Emergency vehicles
  • Inspection vehicles

Yukon/NWT Border (Highway 8): Northbound

This border is closed to all traffic except:

  • NWT residents.
  • Import/export workers — including truckers and others providing important supply chain transportation services for food, equipment, fuel, or other goods into the territory, movers and carriers, and workers that support the supply chain industry. 
  • Persons who support essential services — including health care professionals, law enforcement, and those who supports services that if interrupted could endanger residents’ lives, health or safety.
  • Workers involved in the construction of GNWT capital infrastructure projects 
  • Southern resident transient workers in the mineral and petroleum resources industry

Yukon/NWT Border (Highway 8): Southbound (as announced by the Yukon Government)

  • All travellers to the Yukon territory are required to self-isolate for 14 days. More information.

Arctic Energy Alliance

Offices are closed until further notice, with employees working remotely. Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) will continue to accept and process rebate applications and provide energy-related advice, but home energy evaluations and targeted on-site energy audits have been suspended until further notice.

Commercial Permits

In support of the critical resupply chain, the fees associated with Deh Cho Bridge Toll permits, special permits, overweight permits, and over-dimensional permits are set to $0 until further notice.

    Driver and Vehicle Services

    Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, all driver exams are cancelled. GNWT-operated Driver and Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices are closed to clients for in-person services in Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Norman Wells and Inuvik until further notice. For information on in-person availability in DMV offices outside these communities, please contact them directly. 

    The following services are available to clients online at www.idmv.inf.gov.nt.ca:

    • Vehicle registration renewals/ registration reprints/registration cancellations 
    • Renewals and replacements of driver’s licences/general identification cards
    • Driver abstracts

    For online support, contact: 1-844-368-4698

    For general inquiries, please email dvlicensing@gov.nt.ca or call 1-888-803-8773

    Please note:

    Any driver’s licence or general identification card that expires during the period of March 31, 2020, to May 31, 2020, will remain valid until June 1, 2020.  

    Private motor vehicle certificates of registration that expire on March 31, April 30, or May 31, 2020, will remain valid until June 1, 2020.

    Motor vehicle certificates of registration for construction vehicles,  dealer inventory vehicles,  government vehicles, rental vehicles,  school buses, and society vehicles that expire on March 31, 2020 will remain valid until June 1, 2020.

    Electrical and Mechanical Safety

    Inspections will continue, but in-person permits will not be issued. For more information, email: elecmechsafety@gov.nt.ca.

    Event cancellations

    The following is a list of INF-led or supported events that have been cancelled or postponed:

    • Records and Information Management Symposium
    • Procurement workshops (March 26 Webinar excepted)

    Facility Management

    The Department of Infrastructure has provided heightened cleaning procedures to all landlords and janitorial services contract staff in GNWT-owned buildings.

      Procurement Services

      Procurement Shared Services will only accept online tender and Request For Proposal (RFP) submissions until further notice.

      If you need assistance, please contact any of the following regions:

      Additional information on GNWT’s Procurement and Shared Services

      Warehouse and Surplus Services

      • The GNWT warehouse (located in Yellowknife) is now closed to the public.
      • The monthly sale of surplus GNWT goods is cancelled until further notice.