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Isolated Labrador communities get pandemic relief

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The provincial government announced on July 9 that over 1,200 household in Labrador will receive a Pandemic Relief Grant to help with the impacts of COVID-19.

A $250 grant will be issued to households in nine communities: Nain, Hopedale, Natuashish, Makkovik, Postville, Rigolet, Mud Lake, Black Tickle and Norman Bay, for a total of $331,000.

“We have been acutely aware that residents in Labrador’s isolated communities have been more severely impacted by the measures taken to contain COVID-19,” said Premier Dwight Ball in a release. “The Pandemic Relief Grant helps to alleviate those impacts on households in Labrador’s isolated communities.”

According to the release, the five Inuit Community Governments, the Mushuau Innu First Nation, the Local Service District of Black Tickle, the Mud Lake Improvement Committee, and the Norman Bay Recreation Committee compiled lists of eligible households in their respective communities and each of them will be responsible for issuing the Pandemic Relief Grants.

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