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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.
Let’s Talk About Cancer


The Let’s Talk About Cancer website provides a variety of resources for NWT cancer patients and their families.

For cancer fact sheets, health tips, practical information about cancer care, and videos of NWT residents sharing their cancer stories, visit  

Check the bottom right hand corner of your health care card for expiry date.

You are responsible for renewing your health care card. Renewal can be completed four months in advance of the expiry date.

Zika Virus


Zika virus has recently been introduced to the Americas after spreading to many of the Pacific islands since 2013. Historically, Zika virus has mostly been found in Africa and South-East Asia.

Last February, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down the federal law prohibiting physician-assisted dying (Carter v. Canada). In order to address the issues associated with the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling, the Government of the Northwest Territories will develop a legislative and implementation framework. This framework will identify the rules, practices, and safeguards around physician-assisted dying in the NWT. 


The Department of Health and Social Services invites interested members of the public to submit an application to serve as the Public Representative on the Territorial Admissions Committee.
Starting October 1, 2015, the Northwest Territories Health Information Act is in force.The Health Information Act includes tough privacy and security safeguard requirements to ensure patients’ personal health information is properly protected.
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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.