Yes, thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the department is making medical travel supports available to people so that means the airfare is covered. The accommodation is covered on a sliding scale depending on the family's income, whether they qualify to go into Larga or whether they need to get a hotel of their own. What we recognize about these situations is that they are all unique. And so the staff has been calling each expectant parent and doing case management with them where they determine what their needs are and what kind of supports in particular we can provide to them by coordinating benefits with an employer, engaging federal supports such as Jordan's Principle, providing system navigation with other departments such as ECE for income support, and even potentially establishing brief voluntary service agreements through Child and Family Services to support families who need extra income for child care, grocery vouchers and so on. So we recognize that this is a difficult situation, and we're trying to provide case management to reassure parents that we're going to help them.
Now, on the topic of lost income, I'm sorry, we don't provide lost income for expectant parents. And I just want to underline that while this is a novel situation for Yellowknife, of the 23 births anticipated from December 10th to the end of the month, eight are from Yellowknife and 23 are from the communities. And my point in raising that is that this situation of having to leave family and supports and come and live in a place that we're not from for three to five weeks is in fact a common Northwest Territories experience. That doesn't make it great for people in Yellowknife.
But we need to consider that we need to make the situation equitable among the people who come from small communities and those in Yellowknife who are now inconvenienced by the closure of the obstetrics unit. Thank you.