Have Your Say: Proposed NWT Sugar-sweetened Drinks Tax -Public Engagement

This engagement is currently OPEN. We are accepting your feedback until Monday, February 25 at 5:00 PM.

What is this engagement about?

The Government of the Northwest Territories committed to investigate introducing a “sugary drinks” tax as a way to reduce sugar consumption and improve public health. This has led to a proposal to introduce a sugar-sweetened beverages tax to reduce sugar consumption in the Northwest Territories as part of the public health initiative to reduce obesity and improve oral health.

How do I participate?

You can participate in the public engagement on an NWT Sugar-sweetened Drinks tax by:

Representatives from the GNWT will be visiting the following communities to hold meetings to discuss the proposed sugar-sweetened drinks tax:

January 28: Tuktoyaktuk
Council Chambers, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

January 28: Inuvik
Mackenzie Hotel Downstairs Boardroom, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

January 29: Yellowknife
Chateau Nova, Upper Quarry, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

How can my input make a difference?

The GNWT is seeking public input on the proposed sugar-sweetened drinks tax, including whether or not a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would encourage them to make healthier choices.

This input will be considered in the GNWT’s decision on whether or not to implement a tax.

Where can I find related information?

Please refer to the following documents to learn more about the GNWT's proposed sugar-sweetened drinks tax.

  • The GNWT has released a discussion paper to inform residents and to generate public discussion on whether the proposed tax would be effective in reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks.

Where can I find results?

The GNWT will release a report summarizing its findings shortly after the engagement has ended.

Who can I contact for information?

For more information about this engagement, please contact:

Todd Sasaki
Senior Communications Officer
867 767-9168 ext. 15015