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Nunavut government moves to pay vendors a month after ransomware attack – Nunatsiaq News

5 December 2019

Finance Department now promising prompt payment

The Kitikmeot Chamber of Commerce says that businesses it represents are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Government of Nunavut.

“We have some members stating that they are owed in excess of $500,000 and some have even reported being owed more than $1,000,000 combined from the different GN departments,” wrote Valter Botelho-Resendes, the chamber’s executive director, to Nunatsiaq News.

“When will these business owners see some relief cheques?”

The government only recently regained its ability to pay vendors following the ransomware attack that crippled its computer network on Nov. 2.

The GN is supposed to pay northern vendors after 20 days, but Botelho-Resende said some businesses have been waiting for much longer than that to be paid.

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