Here's a list of what's cancelled or postponed across the North

On the advice of health officials, numerous events planned for the coming weeks in all three territories are being cancelled or postponed. 

Planned events in all 3 territories have been cancelled or postponed amid concerns with COVID-19

A file photo of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games mascot, Ketchi, mushing. The Arctic Winter Games, along with several other events and gatherings across the North have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

Editor's note March 16: This information has been moved to an interactive file. Find the latest info here

On the advice of health officials, numerous events planned for the coming weeks in all three territories are being cancelled or postponed.

Governments and organizations are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, as there are still no confirmed cases in the territories.

CBC will keep an updated list of the latest with major gatherings across Nunavut, N.W.T., Yukon, and northern Quebec. 

Here's what's been cancelled or postponed so far. 

The summer Arctic cruise ship season has been cancelled. In a press conference on Friday the federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said the North doesn't have adequate health resources to deal with the potential risk. The ban covers cruise ships of all sizes. 


Nunavut Legal Aid, including regional clinics and community offices, are closed to the public effective March 16 until further notice. Staff are still working and can be reached by phone. To speak to a lawyer about a criminal case, people in the Qikiqtaaluk region can call 1-867-222-5602, 867-222-5600 in the Kivalliq, and 867-222-5601 in the Kitikmeot. For a family law matter or Child and Family Services case people can call 866-606-9400, and 866-677-2726 for a civil law matter. Updates can be found on legal aid's Facebook and Twitter. 

All circuit court is postponed until June. Circuit court is all court scheduled for communities outside of the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit. This includes the jury trial scheduled to start on Monday in Clyde River and the jury trial scheduled to start in Iqaluit on March 23. Sanikiluaq and Arctic Bay's jury trials for April 20 are also postponed. Court is to go ahead in Iqaluit.

The Terence Tootoo Memorial tournament has been postponed until November. The tournament was expected to attract more teams this year with the opening of Rankin Inlet's new arena, which has more space and seating. 

The big raffle associated with the tournament will also be postponed until November, unless all tickets are sold before then. Despite the postponement, the 2021 tournament will still be held in March. 

Baffinland's Mary River mine technical hearings will go ahead, but not in-person. Instead the hearings will be conducted via teleconference. The Nunavut Impact Review Board has said the hearings could still start on Monday, but may have to be delayed.   

Nunavut Mining Symposium has been cancelled. 

The Toonik Tyme Festival has been cancelled for now. It was scheduled for April 9 - 19 in Iqaluit. Organizers said there is a possibility it will be rescheduled for later this year. 

Northwest Territories 

Snowking's Winter Festival, which runs from Feb. 29 to March 27, 2020, is cancelling nighttime events until further notice, according to the festival's board. The Frozen Blues: Tri-Continental on March 13 is still going ahead for people who have purchased tickets and will be livestreamed. 

NWT Super Soccer Championships, both junior and senior tournaments scheduled for late April to May, has been cancelled.

The Canadian North Rec Hockey Tournament scheduled to take place April 9 - 12 was cancelled on Thursday evening by organizers, on recommendations from Hockey Canada. All teams will receive refunds, they wrote on their website.

The Dene Nation Education Summit originally scheduled for next week in Hay River has been postponed. A new date has not been announced. 

Tours of the Legislative Assembly have been cancelled for the time being, according to a sign posted on the building. 

Behchokǫ̀ Youth Handgame Tournament scheduled for March 28 and 29 has been postponed until further notice.

The Tłı̨chǫ youth conference scheduled for March 19 to 22 has been postponed. 

The Beavertail Jamboree scheduled for March 12-15 in Fort Simpson has cancelled all indoor events. Outdoor events are still going ahead, according to organizers.

The Long John Jamboree scheduled for March 27-29 in Yellowknife has cancelled this year's festival.

All Supreme Court sittings outside of Yellowknife (including jury trials, non-jury trials, and sentencings), and jury trials in Yellowknife are cancelled until May 1. A Courts administrator said in a release that pretrial conferences will be held by teleconference, until further notice. In addition, most territorial court proceedings outside Yellowknife are cancelled until June 1. 

Governments and organizations are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This sign is posted at the N.W.T. Legislative Assembly. (Sara Minogue/CBC)


The Yukon Arts Centre and the gallery will be closed to the public until after the Easter long weekend. All scheduled events leading up to then will be cancelled or postponed. 

The Yukon Legislative Assembly's public gallery will be temporarily closed. The media gallery will remain open and live audio proceedings will continue to be broadcast on radio and online.

Yukon Soccer — as part of Canada soccer — has suspended all sanctioned soccer activities including any planned competitions or practices. 

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations have postponed the Special General Assembly and Elders Senate, scheduled for this month, with no new date announced. Smaller community events will continue to go ahead at this time. 

The Arctic Winter Games have been cancelled. They were scheduled to happen in Whitehorse, Mar. 15 to 21.

The Yukon Party will postpone its leadership event scheduled for March 21. 

The Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay has postponed registration for its event. 

The 2020 Yukon Comedy Festival, set for April 2 to 5 in Whitehorse and Mayo, has been cancelled. Organizers say people who already purchased a ticket can contact the Yukon Box Office for a full refund.

The Kilrich Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled in Whitehorse for later this month, has been cancelled. The board says it will release information on refunds for team fees and passes in the coming days.

The Yukon Trade Show, scheduled for May 1 - 3, has been cancelled.

Northern British Columbia

The 2020 Atlin Arts and Music Festival in Atlin, B.C., has been postponed until the following year, according to the society's board of directors.

Northern Quebec

All schools and child care centres across Nunavik and northern Quebec Cree communities are closed for the next two weeks starting on Monday. 

The Kuukuminuuwich (Grandmothers) 4th Annual Gathering, scheduled to start Thursday in Nemaska, Que., has been postponed by the Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association. 

The Eeyou Eenou Health Assembly has been postponed until further notice. It was planned from Marrch 31 to April 3 in the Cree community of Chisasibi. 

Makivik Corporation's Annual General Meeting, scheduled for the week of March 23-26 in the community of Akulivik, Nunavik, has been cancelled. 

What's going ahead

All events, programs and services run by the City of Yellowknife are going ahead. However, the city suggests that residents access the city's e-services and engage in social distancing — the practice of avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining a distance of at least two metres from others. Residents can call 867-920-5600 to make payments with credit card or use the after-hours drop box at City Hall to pay by cheque. 

Polar Pond Hockey tournament in Hay River, N.W.T., is scheduled to proceed Saturday. But organizers said Friday afternoon that it cancelled its Friday night event. Organizers posted to Facebook that extra sanitizers will be available in the pavilion​​​​​​, and are asking participants to avoid shaking hands or high fives at the end of a game. The event's gala has been limited to 250 attendees.

Folk on the Rocks posted on its Instagram account Thursday that it is still planning to go ahead for its Yellowknife music festival, scheduled for July, but will monitor the situation.

The Yukon Legislative Assembly was scheduled to recess next week during the Arctic Winter Games, but MLAs will now be sitting through the week.

The City of Iqaluit says facilities and workplaces remain open, but some recreation programs have been cancelled as a precautionary measure. The City said in a release on Saturday that it will reassess cancellations and closures by April 5, and notify the public of any changes. Updated information can be found on the city's website.