GUIDELINES: COVID19 – Emergency Grocery Vouchers for Elders

GUIDELINES: COVID19 – Emergency Grocery Vouchers for Elders

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About the Project

The goal of the COVID19 Emergency Vouchers for Elders project is to provide short-term financial support to Qikiqtani Inuit Elders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How does this project work?

QIA has partnered with Arctic Co-operatives Limited to deliver this project. The project starts on April 14 and will run for 12 weeks.

Every two weeks, Qikiqtani Inuit Elders living in our region are eligible for a $250 gift card, which can be picked up at the store in your community.

In Clyde River, the project will run in a different way. QIA is working with Ilisaqsivik and Arctic Co-operatives Ltd to deliver a food basket to elders. Instead of receiving a gift card, Clyde River elders will receive a food basket (valued at $250) every two weeks during the 12-week program.

Given the ongoing public health emergency, the delivery of this initiative may adapt as conditions change.

Who is eligible?

Qikiqtani Inuit Elders who are 60+ and living in our region will benefit from this project.

How does the store know who is eligible?

QIA is providing a list of elders aged 60+ to each Co-op store. The list was created using information from Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, and is current as of March 20, 2020.

Please contact QIA or your CLO if you turned 60 between March 20 and April 14, or if you will turn 60 before June 30, 2020. We want as many elders as possible to benefit, and will update the list as necessary.

How much money can I get?

Over the 12-week project, each elder is eligible to pick up six (6) $250 gift cards. If you pick up all six gift cards, you will receive $1500 in gift cards.

When can I get my gift card?

Gift cards are available every two weeks, on the following dates:

  • April 14, April 28
  • May 12, May 26
  • June 9, and June 23

What can I do with this money?

The gift cards are for the Arctic Co-operative stores in the Qikiqtani region and can be used in those stores. There are no restrictions on what you can purchase.

What if I cannot pick up my card myself?

This emergency support is for elders, so QIA has asked the stores NOT to give out cards to someone who is not on the list we provide.

We understand that some elders may not be comfortable going to the store while the COVID19 pandemic is active, or that sometimes mobility makes going to the store a challenge.

If you cannot pick up your gift card in person, you can appoint an alternate person to pick up the card for you.

To appoint a proxy, please contact your Community Liaison Officer (CLO) or call QIA at the number below.

We can update the list of eligible recipients and their proxies when we need to. It would help us serve you better if you assign your proxy before April 10, but it’s not necessary.

Do you have question?

Please call us, or send an email:

EMAIL:           COVID-19@qia.ca                                                      TEL:     1-867-975-8383

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