May 12 - GNWT has released its Emerging Wisely recovery plan for residents and businesses. The CPHO has advised that NWT may shift from "Confinement" to "Phase 1" as early as May 15.
April 10 - The Chief Public Health Officer issued two new public health orders, one of which bans all indoor gatherings, restricts outdoor gatherings, and orders the closure of certain businesses. The practice of architecture has not been restricted by a public health order; however, professionals are still required to comply with physical distancing measures and public gathering restrictions.
March 18 - A Public Health Emergency was declared in the Northwest Territories.
For more information and updates about the public health emergency, visit the GNWT Health and Social Services Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) site.
NWTAA Office Closure
The NWTAA office is closed to the public until further notice. Operations continue remotely and staff can be contacted by email or phone. Voicemail is monitored regularly during business hours.
- Mandatory Continuing Education - The current 2-year reporting period has been extended to December 31, 2020 (originally June 30, 2020). The next reporting period will end on June 30, 2022. Limits on carrying over eligible structured and unstructured hours into the next reporting period have been lifted. There is no change to the minimum required hours for each period. [NOTE: This extension applies only to members reporting to NWTAA. Members reporting elsewhere must comply with the jurisdiction to which they report.]
- ExAC 2020 is scheduled for November 2-3. Registration will open on June 1. Options and extensions are being considered and will be announced on the ExAC website (exac.ca).
- UPDATE: Plan Reviews are proceeding remotely. Details have been sent to all members.
Plan Reviews (Office of the Fire Marshal) have been "postponed" by GNWT Municipal and Community Services.
- GNWT Infrastructure will only accept online tender and Request For Proposal (RFP) submissions until further notice. Electrical and mechanical inspections will continue, but in-person permits will not be issued.
- The City of Yellowknife has closed City Hall to the public. On-site operations are limited to essential services; all other staff are working remotely.
- The Hay River Town Hall has reduced its public access hours to 12pm - 2pm on weekdays..
- The Business Development & Investment Corporation (BDIC) is granting deferred loan payments for existing clients and the Government of the NWT, through BDIC, is offering low interest loans for NWT businesses as part of its pandemic relief strategy.
- Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) has established a Northern Business Relief Fund (NBRF) for small- to mid-size territorial businesses.
- [March 31] The NWT & Nunavut Construction Association (NNCA) has responded to Covid exemptions for GNWT Capital Projects
- RAIC Updates, Information and Advocacy for the architectural profession
- Defence Construction Canada E-bidding for professional service contracts
- Legal, financial guidance for Canadian architecture firms during COVID-19 [Canadian Architect]
- Canada‚Äôs COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses