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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.
Nominations for Regional Wellness Councils
Are you passionate about Health and Social Services delivery in your community? Do you want to be part of the changes that are being made to improve care and services in the NWT?
May 5 is International Day of the Midwife


May 5 is International Day of the Midwife. Thank you midwives for your hard work and dedication.


Mental Health Week


Mental Health Week occurs annually on the first full week of May. The focus of the week is raising awareness about the importance of mental health. Mental health and well-being contribute to our quality of life and to our ability to enjoy life. Good mental health is associated with better physical health, education, employment, and rich social relationships.


Arsenic in Lake Water Around Yellowknife


The NWT Chief Public Health Officer is advising residents of the Northwest Territories about precautions they can take to avoid exposure to elevated arsenic levels found in some small lakes located near the Giant Mine property.

NWT Physician-Assisted Dying Framework
In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada determined it is against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to prosecute a doctor for assisting someone with incurable suffering who wants to end his or her life.
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.

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.
North Slavey

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.