YWCA NWT & COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Thursday, April 23, 2020

For the most recent updates on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), check the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Health webpage 

Status of YWCA NWT programs and facilities (As of Thursday, April 23, 2020 10:00 a.m.)


Family Violence Shelters – Alison McAteer House (Yellowknife) and Sutherland House (Fort Smith) OPEN

Both family violence shelters remain open for women who are experiencing violence. If you are experiencing violence, please call the YWCA NWT Crisis Line at 1 (866) 223-7775.  You do NOT need to call 8-1-1 to get a special exemption to the territorial health orders, and will not be fined for leaving your home to stay in a Family Violence Shelter. In our shelters, we have taken extra precautions to keep staff and women safe including additional cleaning and disinfection practices, mandatory face masks and other protective equipment and where possible, encouraging physical distancing to help ensure safety of our clients and YWCA NWT staff. You will be provided with a face mask upon entering the shelter. 


After-school care at Yellowknife schools coincides with the school year. Schools in the NWT will remain closed until September 2020 and so will after-school care. YWCA NWT IS OFFERING FULL DAY CHILDCARE TO ESSENTIAL WORKERS STARING APRIL 14, 2020. To register, please email childrenservices@ywcanwt.ca and provide the following: 

  • Child's name

  • Date of birth

  • School they usually attend

  • Details of your employment that deem you an essential worker. 

Care is provided for school-aged children, ages 3.5-10, from the hours of 8:30 a.m.-5:00pm. Children must be at least entering JK in Fall 2020 and be fully potty trained. Priority will be given to essential workers and space is limited. For more information, call the After-school program at (867) 873-4293. 


  • Weekly: $250 per child for full week (Monday-Friday). If it’s a short week, the cost will be $200 for the 1st child.

  • For parents with more than one child, the cost for 2nd child is $187.50 each and 3rd child or more, $125 each per week.

Please see the Department of Education, Culture and Employment's FAQ on child care.

Transitional and Emergency Housing OPEN

Housing staff are available to assist clients in our transitional and emergency housing programs. We recognize this may be a challenging time for our clients and continue to work with them to explore options for childcare, housing and access to Employment Insurance and other financial assistance programs. If you need assistance from the Housing staff, call the office at 1 (867) 873-5760. Please don't come to the Housing Office in person. We are working to gather community donations to provide grocery gift cards to families who are food insecure. Donate here


Lynn's Place, the multi-unit facility for women leaving a violent relationship or who are ready to find stability, remains open. Staff are working hard to ensure staff and clients living at the facility are safe, healthy and protected during this time. 


The YWCA NWT Family Centre is closed until further notice. 

Helpful Links: 

NWT COVID-19 Updates, GNWT Department of Health & Social Services 

Information for NWT Travellers, GNWT Department of Health & Social Services 

Coronavirus Information, Government of Canada Official Information and update site 

Jordan's Principle Funding for Indigenous NWT families to feed their families. The NWT's Jordan’s Principle coordinators are Kimberly Lafond and Sarah Steeves. They can be reached at 1-866-848-5846 or by email.

Early Learning and Child care COVID-19 Updates, GNWT Department of Education, Culture and Employment

24 Hour Crisis Line 1 (866) 223-7775 

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