GNWT Anti-Poverty Fund
The Department of Health and Social Services is now accepting applications to the 2016/17 GNWT Anti-Poverty Fund (the Fund).
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  

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.

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.
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.

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.
Attention Students: Are You Covered?

Please notify the Health Services Administration Office if you plan to be out of the NWT for more than 90 days at a time by providing a completed Temporary Absence Form.

NWT Health Care Plan - Information for Residents


This booklet provides residents of the NWT with general information on registering for a NWT Health Care Card and what it covers.

Each NWT Health Card Renewal NWT resident enrolled with the NWT Health Care Plan is given a Health Care Card with a personal health number. This number remains the same, regardless of any changes to personal status. Keep this card with you to receive health care benefits, otherwise your physician or other health care provider must verify that you are enrolled with the NWT Health Care Plan.
In summer, forest fires can occur in the NWT. Forest fire smoke affects people differently. This is based on how long a person was exposed to smoke, their age and health.
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) sponsors the Extended Health Benefits for Seniors Program to provide non-Native and Métis residents of the Northwest Territories who are 60 years of age and over access to a range of benefits not covered by hospital and medical care insurance.