Iqaluit declares state of emergency

May 03, 2021

News Release

Iqaluit declares state of emergency
May 3, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut

The Iqaluit City Council has declared a state of emergency due to the local community transmission of COVID-19 effective as of 12 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021.


During an Emergency City Council meeting on Monday, May 3rd, Councillor Sheppard made a motion to declare a state of emergency and appoint CAO Amy Elgersma as the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator with the motion # 21-137.


Deputy Mayor Brewster seconded the motion and Council unanimously approved.


In a state of emergency, the Emergency Measures Act allows the City to "do any act and take any measure the municipal Corporation considers necessary".


The additional powers will:

•          give the City additional powers to support compliance efforts, as needed;

•          allow the City to take additional measures to support the vulnerable population outside of the existing support;

•          ensure water security measures are in place for human health and hygiene.


As per the Act, the order is in effect for 7 days unless cancelled sooner or extended.


The City continues to work with the Government of Nunavut. It is critical that residents take the CPHO measures seriously and adhere to all public health orders.


For media related questions, please contact:


Lisa Milosavljevic

Communications and Customer Service Manager

City of Iqaluit