NWT Home Support Worker Day
The Department of Health and Social Services would like to acknowledge and recognize Home Support Workers for their important contribution to Home Care on this day, NWT Home Support Worker Day, Tuesday June 28th.
Medical Assistance in Dying
As of June 6, 2016, doctors in the NWT are allowed to provide medical assistance in dying. Our priority is to protect both patients and health care providers involved in medical assistance in dying. Medical Assistance in Dying Interim Guidelines have been developed to ensure this service is provided in a safe, fair and consistent manner in the Northwest Territories.
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.
World No Tobacco Day
Every year, World No Tobacco Day is on May 31st. On this day, people around the world are encouraged to be completely smoke-free for 24 hours. Every quit attempt is worth it; it’s getting you ready for the day when you have your last cigarette. So why not make this World No Tobacco Day your first day of a life smoke-free?
Tuberculosis, more commonly known as “TB”, is thought by many to be a disease of the past. However, TB is very much a reality in many parts of the world including here in the Northwest Territories.
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.
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.

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  

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Pertussis, also known as the whooping cough, is a very contagious infection that affects the lungs and airways. It is caused by bacteria called bordetella pertussis. It causes uncontrolled coughing fits that can lead to vomiting and choking.

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.

Caring for Our People
We are making improvements to the NWT health and social services system to better respond to your needs.
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) sponsors the Métis Health Benefits program to provide registered Indigenous Métis residents of the Northwest Territories access to a range of benefits not covered by hospital and medical care insurance.
Aven Manor has been an full accredited facility since 2009 with Accreditation Canda.. Built in 1987 and operated by the non-profit group YACCS.