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Promote, protect, and provide for the health and well-being of the people of the NWT.


Health is a complete state of physical, mental, social and emotional well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Please click on the read more link to learn more about the health programs and services offered by the Department.

Social Services

Social Services encourage healthy choices, support mental wellness, protect children and others at risk, and help families and communities to increase wellness.Please click on the read more link to learn more about the social services programs offered by the Department.
GNWT Anti-Poverty Fund
The GNWT has established an Anti-Poverty Fund in the amount of $500,000. The fund will allow territorial stakeholders to work with the Government of the Northwest Territories in order to generate tangible, concrete actions that have a positive impact on efforts to reduce and eliminate poverty in the NWT.
Ground Ambulance Legislation Discussion Paper
The Department of Health and Social Services is considering ground ambulance legislation. A Discussion Paper has been developed for your input.
Birth Certificates
Effective April 1, 2014 the Northwest Territories will introduce a new, more secure and durable format of birth certificate. This new birth certificate will be one of the most highly secure and durable documents in Canada.
The Health Information Act Bill, passed in March 2014, includes tough privacy and security safeguard requirements to ensure patients' personal health information is properly protected.
Cancer in the Northwest Territories (2001-2010)
Cancer in the Northwest Territories (2001-2010) profiles cancer in the Northwest Territories (NWT) between 2001 and 2010. The main objective of the report is to describe cancer incidence and cancer mortality within the NWT population and compare these rates to Canadian figures.
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Professional Licensing

The Office of the Registrar, Professional Licensing is responsible for ensuring that the licensing of health professionals is carried out in accordance with legislation and best practices.

Vital Statistics

Here you will find information to help you register and order certificates for vital events, such as a birth, death, marriage, or legal changes of name.