GNWT extends wage top up program

The program is extended to October 3.

Caroline Wawzonek, minister of Finance. (File photo/CKLB).

The territorial government is extending its wage top up program to match the federal government’s CERB extension.

The program allows employers to apply to increase wages to $18 an hour for staff at least 15-years old.

“I am pleased with the uptake for this program, but would like to see even more NWT employers apply,” said Caroline Wawzonek, minister of finance, in a news release.

As of last week, 50 businesses were taking advantage of the wage top up program for 933 workers.

Wawzonek added that employers can receive the funding retroactively to the beginning of April.

Part of the program would also help cover the administrative costs of changing the wages.

To apply, businesses can send a list of eligible employee hours and wages to

The program will last until October 3.

For any employees whose employers did not apply to the program, they will be able to submit pay stubs to receive the top up at the end of the program.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.