Birthing Services

Labour and Delivery - COVID-19 Public Health Measures Q&A

Do I need to complete a self-isolation plan with my infant?

For NWT travel requirements the guardian of the child(ren) will be required to fill out a Self-Isolation Plan with ProtectNWT for the child(ren) like any other traveler.  After submitting an application, they will either receive an approval right away or will be contacted for further follow-up or with direction once their application is processed.  Guardian(s) can request exemption from self-isolation for their children through this process and the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) will review these requests on a case-by-case basis taking a public health risk assessment into account before providing a decision.

For any questions regarding NWT travel restrictions, parents/caregivers can call ProtectNWT at 1-833-378-8297 or email protectnwt@gov.nt.ca

Will parents who must travel with other children be exempt from isolation requirements?

Guardian(s) can request exemption from self-isolation for their children through this process and the OCPHO will review these requests on a case-by-case basis, taking a public health risk assessment into account before providing a decision. The OCPHO has expressed that exemptions will be considered for unvaccinated newborns if all other family members are also vaccinated, but each situation requires assessment to ensure risks are minimized. If they have questions regarding NWT travel restrictions they can call ProtectNWT at 1-833-378-8297 or email protectnwt@gov.nt.ca

Will parents from cabin communities have to isolate in hubs after returning from Edmonton? 

This will be dependent upon the parent’s vaccination status and if they have had any additional exposure to COVID-19 within the past 14 days. Individuals will still be required to fill out a Self-Isolation Plan with ProtectNWT like any other traveller.  After they submit their application, they will either receive an approval right away or will be contacted for further follow-up or with direction once their application is processed.  If they have questions regarding NWT travel restrictions they can call ProtectNWT at 1-833-378-8297 or email protectnwt@gov.nt.ca

Examples of when individuals would still be required to self-isolate in a hub community would include (but are not limited to): 

  • If the parent is not fully vaccinated
  • If someone in the household has symptoms for COVID-19
  • If someone in the household is currently a Case or is a contact of COVID-19
  • If someone in the household is required to isolate or self-isolate for any reason

Have people from all NWT communities had the chance to get their children fully vaccinated by now? What exemptions or opportunities are available to them if not?

Vaccine roll-out in the NWT for the 5-11 age range is ongoing, you can see the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine schedule.  Guardian(s) can request exemption from self-isolation for their children through this process and the CPHO will review these requests.

What about people who are choosing to not get vaccinated, and would rather drive to Edmonton? 

Transport Canada policies that mandate passengers be vaccinated only apply for air travel. For NWT travel requirements individuals will still be required to fill out a Self-Isolation Plan with ProtectNWT like any other traveller.  After they submit their application they will either receive an approval right away or will be contacted for further follow-up or with direction once their application is processed.  If they have questions regarding NWT travel restrictions they can call ProtectNWT at 1-833-378-8297 or email protectnwt@gov.nt.ca

Questions regarding medical travel coverage and benefits should be directed to Medical travel.

See the Government of Canada website for the latest information on travel requirements within Canada related to vaccines, also note that unvaccinated individuals who need to travel to give birth will be able to receive an exemption letter from their physician. Pregnant individuals are encouraged to get vaccinated.

How will the GNWT get children on a plane who haven’t had the chance to get vaccinated, against federal regulations?

Currently the federal rules only apply to individuals who are 12 years of age plus 4 months or older. For details, see the Government of Canada website.

What happens if I, or a member of my family, catch COVID while I am in Edmonton?

You will need to follow the direction provided to you by the healthcare provider in Alberta.  This may include isolation for a period as well as additional testing measures.  You will still need to file a Self-Isolation Plan with ProtectNWT when you wish to come home and on your application you would identify that you have been COVID positive.  Your Self Isolation Plan will then be processed and you will receive additional information at that time regarding your safe return to the NWT.

Medical travel benefits will continue for any extended stay required if you are eligible.

Will unvaccinated patients be able to travel with new travel rules in place?

Individuals who are required to travel for necessary medical care – including giving birth -  who are unvaccinated can travel with proof of a negative COVID-19 test, these tests are provided at the airport. This direction may change from the federal Government, the NTHSSA is monitoring and will provide updated process, if/when required.

Pregnant individuals are encouraged to get vaccinated, please see our notice on this matter here.