Financial Support for Individuals and Families

There are many short-term programs, grants, income support, service and relief options for those impacted by COVID-19. To help make it easier, NTI has gathered information for individuals and families.

Programs are sponsored by different groups including: NTI, GN, Inuit organizations and Government of Canada. Everything is grouped by category and where available includes a website, email or phone number. Please contact them directly to see if you are eligible.

Updated: October 7, 2021


*NEW* If you have received any of these benefits, learn how to report it for your tax return .



The Government of Nunavut provides regular updates regarding programs, policies, grants, resources and announcements regarding COVID-19.


Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
The CERB closed to retroactive applications on Dec. 2, 2020. You can no longer apply for this benefit. Questions? 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19, and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

If you apply on or after July 18, 2021 or if you received this benefit for 42 weeks, you can receive $300 ($270 after taxes withheld) per week.

If you applied before July 18, 2021, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for 42 weeks.

This benefit is available for 54 weeks until October 23, 2021

Find out how to keep getting your payment.

Employment Insurance (EI)
If you have lost your job through no fault of your own and qualify, you can apply for Employment Insurance benefits. As of September 27, the Gov. of Canada updated the EI plan. If you are eligible for EI benefits, you will receive a minimum taxable benefit of $500 per week, or $300 per week for extended parental benefits.

Income support for essential workers
If you are an essential worker, you may be able to get your salary topped up through a program offered by the GN. An essential worker may work in health care, a grocery store, delivery, etc. The amount varies depending on wages paid.

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefits (CRSB)
The CRSB provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who have contracted COVID, or are self-isolated due to COVID.

This benefit is available until October 23, 2021

Find out how to keep getting your payment.

The Canada Recovery Care Benefits (CRCB)
The CRCB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers who are either caring for someone who has COVID, or is at risk of contracting COVID, or who must stay home to look after children due to school closures.

This benefit is available until October 23, 2021


Extended Deadline – Income Tax
The deadline for individuals to file for 2019, was extended to June 1, 2020. And the deadline to pay any amounts owed was further extended to September 30, 2020.

*NEW* COVID-19: T4A slip for 2020 tax year
If you received COVID-19 emergency or recovery benefits from the CRA in 2020, you will receive a T4A slip. You must report these amounts on your 2020 income tax and benefits return. For details: COVID-19 benefit amounts on your T4A slip

Mortgage Relief
Canadian banks will work with customers on a case-by-case basis to help them manage hardships caused by COVID-19. Lenders, for example, may defer up to six monthly mortgage payments for borrowers. However, you have to make the request. Visit your bank’s website for information or call the 1 800 number for your bank.


Emergency loans for Canadians abroad returning home
For all Canadians travelling abroad who want to come home, Global Affairs Canada offers the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program. This is a loan of up to $5,000 to help citizens return to Canada and cover basic needs. Canadians can contact the Canadian consulates for assistance. The Government also works with airlines to ensure Canadians abroad can come home.


Artists – Access to Employment Insurance
The CERB closed to retroactive applications on Dec. 2, 2020. You can no longer apply for this benefit. Questions? 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041.

Artists who receive Canada Council grants
Artists who receive grants through Canada Council should check the site for continual updates and program changes.

Nunavut Film Development Corporation C-19 STORY TELLING FUND
The C-19 Story Telling Fund gives creators an opportunity to receive up to $7,500 for a project that does not fit into NFDC’s other available program funding. The fund is open to all innovative screen-based ideas from development to distribution. For details:


NTI and Inhabit Media Inc. – Online resource for home learning
NTI and Inhabit Media have partnered to make Inuktut books available online and provide educational resources to support Inuktut literacy development from home. During the crisis, new books and resources will be added weekly to support Nunavummiut, ensuring Inuktut remains strong.


Government of Canada – support for Inuit and Indigenous communities
Details change constantly, so it’s best to check the website for updates, or call your nearest centre. Here are examples of health care support you may access.
Note: During the COVID-19 outbreak, wait times at some call centres and for some services may take longer than usual.


Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA)  – Qikiqtani Family Support Initiative
To help Qikiqtani families with harvesting, grocery and sewing expenses $1,000 is available for each household. Qikiqtani Inuit who are 16 years of age or older as of February 26, 2021 may apply. Applications are open between November 4, 2020 and February 26, 2021. Funds are available on a first-come first- served basis, or until the funds run out. Contact or call 867 975-8400.×629.jpg

Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA)  – Grocery Voucher Distribution
To help with food security QIA is giving out Grocery Vouchers to all Inuit in Iqaluit aged 16+ as of June 30, 2021. Inuit will receive Vouchers valued at $137.50 each for Northmart and Ventures Marketplace. There will be two distributions of these Grocery Vouchers, the first will be May 31 – June 4th, and the second will follow in a few weeks time. In person distribution will be at the Curling Rink and Abe Okpik Hall, and no contact delivery can be received by calling 867.979.1484. For more information please see the press release below.


Government of Canada – Support for Seniors
There is a new measure in place to reduce the required minimum withdrawal amounts from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25% for 2020.

Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) – Elders’ Support
QIA worked with Arctic Co-op to provide $250 vouchers every other week for a total of six vouchers per Elder or $1,500/Elder, 60 years and older. The final round of vouchers was given out January 19, 2021.
Email: or call 867 975-8400.