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Question 355-18(3): Seniors' Tax Benefit
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the Member is right. There is a program, Senior Citizens' and Disabled Persons' Property Tax Relief. It is a program that the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs has promoted to NWT residents through government services offices, community government offices, the MACA website, MACA regional offices, as well as through the NWT Housing Corporation. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 355-18(3): Seniors' Tax Benefit
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I thank the Minister for that answer. Can the Minister advise if the finance department actually sends out a letter to the resident as soon as they turn 65 that this benefit is available?

Question 355-18(3): Seniors' Tax Benefit
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

I am not sure if we actually send them a letter. I would have to follow up and see if we do. If we don't, then it is application-based, so people know that once they turn 65 and they are eligible for this, then they must submit an application to MACA and, my understanding is, submit an application to MACA annually to receive the benefit.

Question 355-18(3): Seniors' Tax Benefit
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I thank the Minister for that answer. Can the Minister of Finance make a commitment to work with the Minister of MACA to get this information out? I understand it is application-based, but I think we need to get this information out to our elders and, if we can, get the department to send a letter to them so that we can actually make sure our elders get this benefit.

Question 355-18(3): Seniors' Tax Benefit
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

I will work with the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs.

As well, I think the most important part here is working with the community governments, because they are the ones that actually know their community the best, and they know who may be eligible or who might be coming up soon.

If we are able to send them a package that they can share with the members in their community, I think it will carry a lot more weight coming from the community. The government service officers do great work in the communities, and they should be a conduit for getting that information out to the elders of the community.

Question 355-18(3): Seniors' Tax Benefit
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Nahendeh.

Question 355-18(3): Seniors' Tax Benefit
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the Minister for that. I have to agree with you. The government services officers do a great job in my riding, and I believe they do a great job in everybody else's ridings. I know that people do work that way, but, again, it's just about getting that information out there.

The other problem is when elders don't find out about it. I have had one elder who was 70 years old when she finally found out about it and asked the question: is this program retroactive, and if it isn't, why not? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 355-18(3): Seniors' Tax Benefit
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

My understanding is this is not retroactive. Again, maybe we need to make sure that the information is out there so that people are aware that, as soon as they turn 65, they are eligible for this particular program, but the quick answer to the Member's question is no, it's not retroactive. It's based on applications that they submit to the department every year. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 355-18(3): Seniors' Tax Benefit
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The time for oral questions has expired. At this time, I would like to call for a short break. Masi.

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Question 355-18(3): Seniors' Tax Benefit
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Okay, Members, we left off from the oral questions. Next item, item 8, written questions. Member for Frame Lake.

Written question 12-18(3): Ekati Mine Layoffs
Written Questions

June 1st, 2018

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. My question is for the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, who has responsibility for the socio-economic benefits of mining. The potential layoffs by Dominion Diamond of 150 unionized workers at the Ekati Mine raises serious issues regarding the costs and lost revenues to the GNWT and economic impacts of such layoffs. Can the Minister describe the steps taken by GNWT to deal with the mass layoffs of workers, and:

  1. Does the GNWT have information about worker absenteeism at the Ekati Mine and its impact on the operations of the Ekati Mine?
  2. What costs will be incurred for re-training, unemployment, and income assistance supports that may be required?
  3. Provide an estimate of the loss of tax revenue (including personal income tax, payroll tax, and transfer payment) and any other GNWT revenue as a result of the loss of 150 jobs.
  4. Provide an estimate of the economic impact from the loss of 150 jobs in local gross domestic product expenditures, including purchases of regional transportation and expediting services.

Masi, Mr. Speaker.

Written question 12-18(3): Ekati Mine Layoffs
Written Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Written questions. Item 9, returns to written questions. Item 10, replies to Commissioner's opening address. Item 11, petitions. Item 12, reports of standing and special committees. Item 13, reports of committees on the review of bills. Item 14, tabling of documents. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Tabled Document 209-18(3): Government of the Northwest Territories Response to Committee Report 4-18(3): Report on Adult Residential Addictions Treatment Facilities Tour 2017
Tabling Of Documents

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following document entitled "Government of the Northwest Territories Response to Committee Report 4-18(3): Report on Adult Residential Addiction Treatment Facilities Tour 2017." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 209-18(3): Government of the Northwest Territories Response to Committee Report 4-18(3): Report on Adult Residential Addictions Treatment Facilities Tour 2017
Tabling Of Documents

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Tabling of documents. Minister of Finance.

Tabled Document 210-18(3): Inter-activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 (April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018) Tabled Document 211-18(3): 2030 NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework
Tabling Of Documents

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following two documents entitled "Inter-activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 (April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018)" and the "2030 NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.