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29 June 2020

Department of Finance Services, June 29, 2020

Minister of Finance update:

Good morning. I am pleased to announce the Government of Nunavut is expanding our Nunavut Essential Workers Wage Premium.

Through this program the GN funds employers in eligible sectors so they can pay their employees more for the work they do. Employees who earn less than $25 per hour may be eligible to receive an extra top-up of up to $5 per hour.

When we launched on June 1, we targeted essential workers in health and social services, as well as licensed day cares.

As of today, we are expanding the program to include more sectors, including essential infrastructure, transportation, food, accommodation, retail and professional services.

The full list of eligible sectors, along with the application forms and other details, will be available on the Department of Finance’s website.

I strongly encourage employers to apply for the Nunavut Essential Workers Wage Premium.

Thank you.

Department of Finance Services

The Nunavut Essential Workers Wage Premium (NEWWP) was initially limited to employers that provide services of a health or social nature to vulnerable Nunavummiut, such as food banks, shelters, group homes, care facilities, and licensed daycares. The program is now expanded to include the essential infrastructure, transportation, food, accommodation, retail, and professional services sectors.

The Nunavut Essential Workers Wage Premium (NEWWP) applies to full-time, part-time, and casual Nunavut workers earning less than $25 per hour and working in eligible sectors.

Workers earning less than or equal to $20 per hour will be eligible for the full $5 wage premium. Workers earning between $20 and $25 per hour will receive a lower premium that will bring wages up to $25 per hour. Workers earning more than $25 per hour are not eligible to receive a premium.

Employers (not individuals) must apply to the program and will need to provide basic information about their workforce.

The GN’s Department of Finance is administering the Nunavut Essential Workers Wage Premium as a contribution. The contribution policy supporting the program is available on the department’s website: https://gov.nu.ca/finance/information/newwp.

Employees of the federal and territorial governments, as well as their associated agencies, are not eligible for the premium.

The Government of Canada is fully funding the program.

 


Department of Finance Services, May 28, 2020

Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the WSCC update

Good morning everyone.

I am pleased to announce that the Government of Nunavut (GN) is launching a new program, the Nunavut Essential Workers Wage Premium. Through it, the GN will fund eligible employers to pay their lower-wage workers more for the hours they work.

Employees who earn $20 or less per hour will be able to receive an extra $5 per hour. Employees who earn between $20 and $25 per hour will receive enough to bring their wages up to $25 per hour. Funding will be available for employers to support this higher pay for up to 16 weeks.

To start, our government is targeting employers who provide health and social services to vulnerable Nunavummiut. These include our shelters, group homes, food banks, boarding homes, and similar organizations. We are also opening this program to licensed daycare facilities.

The GN will consider expanding eligibility to employers in other sectors over time, depending on program take-up and funding availability.

The GN’s Department of Finance will administer the program with funding from the Government of Canada. We will begin accepting applications from employers on Monday, June 1.

Application forms and more information about this program will be available on the Department of Finance’s website starting Monday.

I strongly encourage employers in the sectors I mentioned to apply for the Nunavut Essential Workers Wage Premium.

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen, and workplaces begin to reopen, I encourage employers to be proactive in their efforts to ensure their workplaces are safe and healthy for employees and the public and are following the public health advice for COVID-19.

I invite any employer or employee to visit the WSCC website at www.wscc.nu.ca to check out their COVID-19 resources for more information on how to plan to safely reopen their business or return to work.

This toolkit of practical resources, support and information for Nunavut employers and employees is based on current public health information related to COVID-19, and provides guidance on how to do risk assessments at your workplace to ensure you are complying with workplace safety standards and laws.

Any employers who have questions or need assistance with completing their workplace risk assessment are invited to contact the WSCC at 1-877-404-4407 or email
Covid-19@wscc.nu.ca

Thank you.


Department of Finance Services, March 25, 2020

  • At this time the Iqaluit NULC beer and wine store will continue to operate with enhanced social distancing measures in effect. Customers are requested to stand at least two meters apart while waiting in line outside the store. Starting March 25, 2020, the store will not be accepting cash.
  • For payments due to vendors - We have waived the normal 20 and 30-day payment terms to ensure all vendor payments are provided on the next available cheque run. For any outstanding invoices, vendors can contact the departments with the contact information here - https://gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/departmental_contact-eng.pdf.
  • For monies owing to the GN - The GN is not pursuing any internal collection activity at this time. All accounts that have been transferred to our collection agency and CRA have been placed on hold.

Ongoing services:

  • Iqaluit NULC beer and wine store hours are as follows:
    • Sunday – Closed
    • Monday – Closed
    • Tuesday – Noon to 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday – Noon to 7 p.m.
    • Thursday – Noon to 7 p.m.
    • Friday – Noon to 7 p.m.
    • Saturday – Noon to 7 p.m.

Adjusted services:

  • To reduce and prevent the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, the NULC beer and wine store has implemented social distancing measures in the store . NULC will be limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at a time.
  • Customers are requested to stand at least two meters apart while waiting in line outside the store. Starting March 25, 2020, the store will not be accepting cash.
  • Liquor import permits will be available for purchase in Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet in person or over the phone.
    • Iqaluit – in person at the NULC store on Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday to Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.
    • Iqaluit – by phone at 867-975-6869
    • Rankin Inlet – by phone at 867-645-8575 or 855-844-5488 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
  • The NULC will continue to process community orders. To place an order, please call 867-645-8575 or 855-844-5488.

Department of Finance Services, March 23, 2020

Adjusted services:

  • Nunavummiut and Nunavut business owners are encouraged to pay their taxes via phone by calling the toll-free number 1-800-316-3324 or on-line through arrangements with their financial institutions.
  • They can also send a cheque by snail mail. For inquiries regarding property tax, please email propertytax@gov.nu.ca.
  • For inquiries regarding employer payroll tax, please email payrolltax@gov.nu.ca.
  • Nunavummiut and Nunavut business owners are encouraged to pay their GN invoices by calling the following phone numbers and providing their credit card numbers.
    • Iqaluit: 867-975-5808
    • Rankin Inlet: 867-645-8517
    • Cambridge Bay: 867-983-4043
  • GN vendors are encouraged to submit invoices electronically by sending them to accountspayable@gov.nu.ca.
  • Eligible GN employees should sign up for an account on Self-Service and opt to receive payroll documents electronically. To sign up, please email self-service@gov.nu.ca.

Government of Nunavut Payroll

April 3, 2020

  • All GN employees will continue to be paid as scheduled. There will be delays in processing non-standard pay such as overtime and acting pay. Indeterminate employees will receive regular salary, while casual and relief employees will be paid in accordance with submitted timesheets.
  • Employees who receive cheques will continue to receive them as usual. For those who receive direct deposit, paystubs will be issued at a later date.
  • For more information, please contact Tracey Moyles, Director of Compensation and Benefits at tmoyles@gov.nu.ca.

April 17, 2020

  • All GN employees will continue to be paid as scheduled. Non-standard pay such as overtime and acting pay and any recoveries (including AWOL and LWOP) will be processed at a later date.
  • Indeterminate employees will receive regular salary.
  • All casual employees have been extended to May 15 and do not need to submit timesheets.
  • Relief employees who have worked from March 21 to April 3 need to submit timesheets to iqaluitpayoffice@gov.nu.ca by 5 p.m. on April 3.
  • At this time, only the employee and supervisor are required to sign the timesheet. Late submissions will not be processed.
  • Employees who receive cheques will continue to receive them as usual. For those who receive direct deposit, paystubs will be issued at a later date.
  • For more information, please contact Tracey Moyles, Director of Compensation and Benefits at tmoyles@gov.nu.ca.