This page is reviewed daily. Last updated: April 3, 2020 3:00 PM
ENR continues to monitor the situation closely and work with departments across the GNWT to ensure critical government services can continue during the response to COVID-19.
- For a full list of changes to GNWT programs and services, click here.
- For the most accurate and up-to-date health information on COVID-19 in the NWT, visit the Health and Social Services website.
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As part of our response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, ENR is closing its local and regional offices until further notice. ENR officers will continue to be available by appointment.
Please call your local or regional ENR office to arrange to meet with an officer.
Environmental licences and permits are monitored and enforced as usual, including NWT Spill Report Line.
Fishing licences continue to be available online.
Licences may also be available in-person through private vendors that continue to operate. Please call ahead.
All free timber cutting permits have been automatically extended and now expire on July 31, 2020.
If you do not currently hold a timber cutting permit, and would like a permit for this year, please call your local or regional ENR office.
ENR will continue to buy fur and hides from eligible hunters and trappers. Residents will now need to make an appointment to drop off their furs. Please call your local or regional ENR office to arrange to meet with an ENR officer.
ENR officers continue to conduct regular air and ground patrols throughout the Northwest Territories, including in the no-harvest zone for Bathurst caribou.
Hunters who harvest illegally or waste wildlife could face penalties under the Wildlife Act.
To view the Current Mobile Core Bathurst Caribou Management Zone, click here.
As a precautionary measure to protect the safety of our depot operators and the public, the GNWT has closed all beverage container and electronic recycling depots in the NWT until further notice.
The 25-cent fee for disposable shopping bags has been waived until June 30, 2020. For more information, read the announcement.
The Chief Public Health Officer is recommending northerners spend time outdoors or on the land as a way to reduce the risk of potential exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
- Visit the Health and Social Services website for other ways to reduce your risk of infection
Harvesters should continue to engage in safe and responsible harvesting practices when out on the land, including social distancing.