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01 May 2020

Department of Economic Development and Transportation Services Update - May 1, 2020

1,285 non-medical masks have been shipped to Pond Inlet to assist with the GN’s rapid response to the confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.

The shipment included instructions on the use of the masks – in Nunavut’s official languages.

Masks distribution to essential services staff, first responders, elders, people with health conditions and the public-at-large will be coordinated through the Municipality of Pond Inlet.

In-territory production and distribution capacity has grown to between 2,000 and 3,000 non-medical masks per week.

A total of 20 seamstresses are involved in the project, with additional seamstresses being contracted this week as production is expanded to Rankin Inlet, Taloyoak and Pangnirtung (via Nunavut Development Corporation subsidiaries).

The GN has developed a ‘how to use a mask’ guide, as well as “how to wear a mask guide”. Both are available on the GN website in all official languages at https://gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-novel-coronavirus


Department of Economic Development and Transportation Services Update - April 30, 2020

Community Operations Office in Pond Inlet remains closed. For inquiries please write to CEDO@pondinlet.ca


Department of Economic Development and Transportation Services Update - April 29, 2020

As announced on April 22, the Department of Economic Development and Transportation (EDT) is working jointly with Nunavut Development Corporation (NDC) to produce non-medical masks for public use. This represents an initial investment of $35,000.

The Government of Nunavut’s production of non-medical mask is ongoing; to date over 2,000 masks have been produced by local seamstresses.

The goal of this initiative is to provide a steady supply of masks that will allow Nunavut to comply with the latest Transport Canada requirements for travellers, as well as ensure specific groups such as non-medical front line staff, Elders, and Nunavummiut with pre-existing health conditions can use masks as an additional layer of protection.

A simple guide on how to make a washable non-medical mask can be found in all languages at: https://gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-novel-coronavirus. The guide is based on the Government of Canada’s suggested mask pattern.

The Department of Economic Development and Transportation has also developed a guide on how to use the masks that are being produced by the Government of Nunavut. Instructions in all languages can be found at: https://gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-novel-coronavirus. This guide will also be distributed with every shipment of masks to communities.

Please remember that non-medical masks provide additional protection. They do not replace social distancing and other protective measures.

 

 


Department of Economic Development and Transportation Services Update - April 22, 2020

The Department of Economic Development and Transportation (EDT) is working jointly with Nunavut Development Corporation (NDC) to produce non-medical masks for public use. This represents an initial investment of $35,000.

The goal of this initiative is to provide a steady supply of masks that will allow Nunavut to comply with the latest Transport Canada requirements for travellers, as well as ensure specific groups such as non-medical front line staff, Elders and Nunavummiut with pre-existing health conditions can use masks as an additional layer of protection.

The masks are made of cotton, are washable, re-usable and are made according to national standards and guidelines. Kits will be sent to seamstresses with production guidelines and directions.

Simple how-to instructions are being developed so people can sew their own masks at home.

Non-medical masks provide additional protection. They do not replace social distancing and other protective measures.

WHAT IS AN APPROPRIATE NON-MEDICAL MASK OR FACE COVERING?

Non-medical face masks or face coverings should:

  • be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen)
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • allow for easy breathing
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
  • maintain their shape after washing and drying

Some masks also include a pocket to accommodate a paper towel or disposable coffee filter, for increased benefit. If possible, use different fabrics for each side of the mask, so you know which side faces your mouth and which side is out.

Non-medical masks or face coverings:

  • should not be placed on children under the age of two years
  • should not be placed on anyone unable to remove them without assistance or anyone who has trouble breathing
  • should not be made of plastic or other non-breathable materials
  • should not be made exclusively of materials that easily fall apart, such as tissues
  • should not be secured with tape or other inappropriate materials
  • should not be shared with others
  • should not impair vision or interfere with tasks

 

HOW TO PUT ON A NON-MEDICAL MASK OR FACE COVERING

  1. Ensure the face covering is clean and dry.
  2. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before touching the mask. If none is available, use hand sanitizer with a minimum 60% alcohol base.
  3. Ensure your hair is away from your face.
  4. Place the face covering over your nose and mouth and secure to your head or ears with its ties or elastics.
  5. Adjust if needed to ensure nose and mouth are fully covered.
  6. The mask should fit snugly to the cheeks and there should not be any gaps.
  7. Repeat Step 2.

 

While wearing a non-medical mask or face covering, it is important to avoid touching your face. If you do touch your mask or face, you should immediately wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. You can also use hand sanitizer with a minimum 60% alcohol base.

 

HOW TO REMOVE A NON-MEDICAL MASK OR FACE COVERING

  1. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
    • If none is available, use hand sanitizer with a minimum 60% alcohol base.
  2. Remove the face covering by un-tying it or removing the loops from your ears.
    • Avoid touching the front of the mask when removing it.
    • It can be placed in a plastic bag temporarily if you are not at home.
      • Make sure you close, or zip seal the bag while storing it.
  3. If you plan to reuse the mask, wash it before wearing it again.
    • It can be washed with hot, soapy water, or it can be washed with your other laundry.
    • If throwing it out, place it into a garbage bin or plastic bag.
  4. After removing the face covering, repeat Step 1.

 


Department of Economic Development and Transportation Services Update - March 27, 2020

The department will provide immediate short-term relief to Nunavut businesses through its Small Business Support Program.

Eligible businesses can apply for up to $5,000 in support in the form of a non-repayable contribution.

Interested small businesses can get more information at: https://gov.nu.ca/edt/programs-services/small-business-support-program

EDT is working with various chambers of commerce, Chamber of Mines and other industry associations to solicit feedback and information from their memberships.

The information that is captured will be consolidated and analyzed so that the GN and its partners can better understand the current and projected impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nunavut’s economy.


Department of Economic Development and Transportation Services Update - March 24, 2020

Ongoing services:

  • Airport operations and maintenance.

Adjusted services:

  • All other departmental services are transitioning to work-from-home, with Directors and other essential staff in-office.
  • Motor Vehicles Registrations and most Licence renewal are still being done.
  • General Identification can be provided on an urgent basis only.
  • No new Driver’s Licences can be processed until further notice.

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • All non-urgent Motor Vehicles Services including Driver Exams, All Visitors Center Programing, All departmentally hosted conference and in person training.
  • For urgent requests, contact your local Motor Vehicles office, EDT@gov.nu.ca, of 1-888-975-5999.

Department of Economic Development and Transportation Services Update - March 20, 2020

Adjusted services:

  • Emergency requests for Motor Vehicles license and registration services will be processed electronically. Contact EDT@gov.nu.ca or 1-888-975-5999.

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • Normal Motor Vehicles licence and registration services will be suspended effective March 23.
     

Department of Economic Development and Transportation Services Update - March 19, 2020

Unless otherwise stated, remaining departmental services are expected to operate as usual. Updates are provided daily.

Closed/Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • All Driver Examinations are cancelled until April 7.
  • Group programming in Visitors Centres is suspended.