The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is asking NWT businesses to administer the program for their eligible workers on behalf of the GNWT.
In return, the GNWT will pay a one-time administration fee, in the amount of $50 per eligible employee, to each participating business.
In this section:
Businesses are asked to submit the following information for their employees who earn less than $18/hour; and are at least 15 years old at the time of application:
- each employee's name;
- the current hourly rate without the top-up;
- the number of hours worked per week; and
- the business payroll cycle (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly).
For more information about employee eligibility, please refer to the NWT Wage Top-Up Program Policy.
The submission must also include the business name and contact information and may be submitted at any time by:
- using the NWT Wage Top-up Program Application; or
- attaching an Excel spreadsheet that contains the required information in an email to NWTwagetopup@gov.nt.ca.
Completed applications may also be submitted by fax at 867-873-0128.
The GNWT asks employers to submit the information for each month during the 4-month benefit period; however, if a business cannot submit monthly, or do not want to participate, it is asked to notify the GNWT at NWTwagetopup@gov.nt.ca.
The GNWT Department of Finance will use the information received from the employer to determine the total amount of wage top-up for each eligible employee for the month based on the number of hours the individual worked during that month, and send the employer a grant in the sum of the total wage top-up for all eligible employees for the month, the corresponding employer CPP and EI contribution related to the total top-up. The GNWT will also pay the employer a one-time administration fee ($50 for each eligible employee).
Once the employer receives the grant from the GNWT, the employer is expected to include in an eligible employee’s next pay cheque a lump sum payment reflecting the employee’s total wage top-up entitlement for the previous month.
The GNWT appreciates this partnership with business to make the program successful in providing a 16 week wage top-up for their low-wage employees. After the program concludes, some additional information may be required from businesses to support a program review.
This wage top-up program is considered a taxable benefit for eligible employees and must be included in employees’ 2020 T4 slip issued by the employer.