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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.
Caring for Our People
We are making improvements to the NWT health and social services system to better respond to your needs.
GNWT Anti-Poverty Fund
The GNWT established an Anti-Poverty Fund in the amount of $500,000 for 2014/15. The fund was designed to support community based anti-poverty initiatives and allowed territorial stakeholders to submit funding proposals for initiatives to tackle poverty or symptoms of poverty in their communities, regions or at a territorial level.
Updating the NWT Child and Family Services System
On March 4 2014, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada released its Report on the NWT Child and Family Services. The Department accepted all of the recommendations laid out in the Auditor General’s Report and developed a Work Plan identifying both short and long term actions to implement all of the 11 recommendations.
The Baby Friendly Initiative and Aboriginal Practices
The Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) supports the best nutrition for babies, mothers and families.
Our Elders: Our Communities
'Aging in place' refers to the ability of individuals to live in their own homes and communities for as long as possible and to have access to home and community services that will support this ability.
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.

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.