The Nunavut government says it does not deny medical care to inmates based on the inmate's residency or ability to pay.

The statement comes after the lawyer for Eric Dejaeger, who is being held at the Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit, said Dejaeger's appointment with a heart specialist was cancelled.

Dejaeger's lawyer alleged that Nunavut officials cancelled the appointment because Dejaeger is not a resident of the territory.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the Department of Justice said no inmate at the Baffin Correctional Centre (BCC) has been denied treatment.

"Health-care and treatment decisions for inmates are made by nurses at BCC and medical staff at the Qikiqtani General Hospital," the statement reads in part.

"Inmate health-care and treatment decisions are not made by corrections administrators."

Dejaeger, 65, faces 77 sex-related charges stemming from when he was a priest in Igloolik, Nunavut, about 30 years ago.