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  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    • The Government of Nunavut is piloting a new Summer Employment program for Nunavut Students. The program provides 50% of wages for students between the ages of 15 and 30, and will run until September 3, 2016.
  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    • First Air announced that it will no longer offer service to Coral Harbour
  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    • The Government of Nunavut is proposing reforms to its income assistance program including changes that will encourage recipients to work or take training, based on the Report on the Review and Reform of Income Assistance and Economic Development.
    • First Air is dropping flight service from Iqaluit to Coral Harbour starting July 14, 2016. The airline is also adding a new flight to Cape Dorset.
    • Advisian will start collecting geotechnical and environmental baseline data in the fall of 2016 to prepare for construction of a deep water port in Iqaluit
    • Construction on the proposed Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016, with an opening planned for the spring of 2018
  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    • The Nunavut Impact Review Board rejected the Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.'s Back River Gold Mine Project over concerns of climate change and potential impacts to caribou herds
    • TMAC Resources expects that the Doris North gold mine will create hundreds of jobs during the construction and operations phase of the project. The company is planning to add two additional mine sites that would extend the project from 6 to 20 years.
    • The Nunavut General Monitoring Plan is now accepting funding proposals for research activities in 2016-17
  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    • The Government of Nunavut is calling for funding proposals aimed at reducing homelessness
    • The Government of Nunavut is committing $5M for a mental health transition home in Cambridge Bay as part of a wider suicide prevention strategy
    • The Government of Nunavut will pursue a joint venture or partnership that would partner Nunavut Arctic College with an established university, following the results of a feasibility study for a territorial university
    • The Nunavut Research Institute is seeking funding proposals for $2M earmarked for projects focusing on marine safety in the territory
    • The Nunavut Food Security Coalition is now accepting funding proposals for projects that address food security in Nunavut
    • The Government of Canada announced $69M for mental health supports in Indigenous communities in Nunavut, Manitoba, and Ontario. The aid will target communities that are located in isolated areas and facing mental health and suicide crises.
  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    • The Government of Nunavut is soliciting training and employment initiatives proposals for 2016-17
    • Northern Aviation Scholarship applications are being accepted for training as a pilot, aircraft maintainer, flight attendant, or in airline or airport operations
  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    • The first Nunavut Government Employees Survey is underway this month for territorial and federal employees in Nunavut
  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    • The Government of Nunavut and Greenland have struck an agreement that will allow students to study in both locations and receive credit for coursework. The students will be able to study in Inuktitut, Greenlandic and in some cases English.
    • CanNor has launched the second phase of funding for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The program commits $6.4M for the North to renovate, expand and improve community and cultural infrastructure.
  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    • The Government of Nunavut revamped its Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti policy to provide preferential bidding rules for government contracts
    • The Inclusion Café and the Iqaluit soup kitchen are joining forces to create a non-profit social enterprise that will serve as a community hub. The group plans to hire a full-time coordinator and a full-time job coach.
    • The Government of Canada is seeking proposals under the $5.7M Certification and Market Access Program for Seals. The program was created to help Indigenous communities market seal skin products
  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    • GoSarvaq, a company providing seats for sale on passenger flights between Iqaluit and Ottawa at discount prices, is closing prior to its first scheduled flight.
  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    • The Grizzlies is one of four recent films shot in different locations around Iqaluit. The growth in the industry is prompting the city to consider adopting a film permitting system.
    • Agnico Eagle Mines and the Baker Lake high school have partnered to offer the Trades Awareness and Skills Knowledge program. The program gives students a week to experience what it would be like to work in a trade when they get older.
    • Northern Transportation Company Ltd has filed for creditor protection as it restructures and attempts to secure additional financing. The Inuvialuit-owned company is now under the supervision of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    • The Nunavut Impact Review Board has approved the expansion of an open mine pit at Agnico Eagle Mine's Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake. The company plans to start mining the new areas in 2017.
    • The design contract for a $20M expansion of Nunavut Arctic College's Iqaluit campus has been awarded. The building is scheduled to open by August 2019 with space for 259 students and 37 staff members.
    • TMAC Resources anticipates a 2017 opening for its Doris North gold project. The company expects to receive a decision from the Nunavut Impact Review Board and the Nunavut Water Board on the project certificate amendment by the end of May 2016.
    • A recently released survey from Nunavut Tourism found that in 2015 the majority of visitors to the territory were business travellers. Only seven percent of the visitors were classified as tourists.
    • Summit Air Kitikmeot signed a three-year contract with TMAC Resources Inc. that will provide transportation of mining crews to TMAC's Hope Bay Project south of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    • Defence Research and Development Canada is planning to spend $133M over five years to research and develop a new system to improve Canada's Arctic surveillance
    • Qikiqtaaluk Environmental was approved for an environmental waste processing facility in Iqaluit by the Nunavut Impact Review Board. The company must still obtain a water licence from the Nunavut Water Board in order to proceed.
  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    • Arctic UAV, a Nunavut drone service, is planning to hire pilots, technicians, and data managers capable of processing their videos, photos and dates - jobs that they hope will go to people living in Nunavut
    • The Nunavut Impact Review Board has rejected a proposal by Dunnedin Ventures for the Kahuna Diamond Project near Chesterfield Inlet
    • Qulliq Energy Corp plans to have a new power plant in Pangnirtung by the spring of 2017. The previous facility burnt down in April 2015 .
  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    • The Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit is undergoing renovations at a cost of $735,600. The work is expected to be complete by October 2016.
    • The Government of Nunavut is now accepting applications to the Nunavut Prospectors Program
    • The Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce held a job fair in Cape Dorset on March 30, 2016. The event attracted 10 employers and approximately 400 attendees.
  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    • The Government of Nunavut has issued an open request for a new agency contract to supply health professionals across the territory. The government is seeking new rates for community health nurses and licensed practical nurses.
    • The Government of Nunavut has passed legislation to provide $15.5M for port projects in Iqaluit and Pond Inlet. The next few months will see planning, environmental work and engineering design for both marine infrastructure projects.
    • Rankin Inlet is set to become the home of a new $25M indoor hockey arena. Construction is slated to begin in 2017 with the arena being completed in time for the 2018-19 season.
  • Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016

    • Parks Canada is providing $16.9M over five years towards investigations into Franklin expedition ships and a visitor and field research centre in Gjoa Haven
    • The Government of Nunavut is committing $17.75M to upgrade fuel tank farms in 13 communities across the territory
    • The Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association are hosting a sporran making workshop in Pangnirtung. Two Halifax-based instructors will show how to make the pouches using locally-harvested seal skin.
  • Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016

    • Construction is expected to begin this summer on a new $2.8M church for St. Stephen's Anglican Parish in Kuujjuaq
    • The federal and Nunavut governments have signed a bilateral agreement that will provide approximately $2M for the development of projects and programs related to sport participation
    • The City of Iqaluit has implemented a two-year wage freeze for senior staff and non-union workers that will affect 10 to 15 city employees
    • The Government of Nunavut is planning to resurrect a law school program in the territory for 2017, in cooperation with Nunavut Arctic College
  • Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016

    • The minimum wage in Nunavut is increasing to $13 per hour on April 1, 2016
    • The Hamlet of Igloolik has issued three layoff notices in response to a budget deficit
    • The Government of Nunavut has partnered with other agencies to create Resiliency Within, the one-year Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy Action Plan
    • Health Care Centres in Nunavut are facing a severe shortage of permanent, full-time nurses. The Government of Nunavut can use agency nurses to fill long vacant positions.
  • Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016

    • The Government of Nunavut is providing four modular classrooms in Cape Dorset as a temporary replacement for the Peter Pitseolak High School that burned down in September 2015
    • Five infrastructure projects in Nunavut will receive over $50M through joint federal, territorial and municipal funding
    • The Government of Nunavut is increasing social assistance spending for 2016-17 by 20% and adding $21M for front-line health delivery
    • The Canadian Coast Guard is planning six more volunteer marine rescue units in Nunavut and another six in Nunavik
    • Nunavut's Department of Health is seeking $2.24M to provide 24-hour security at 10 health facilities across the territory
  • Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2016

    • The City of Iqaluit is moving ahead with proposals to design an upgraded $26M sewage treatment plant and plan for a new landfill. The work is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
    • Baffinland is committing to training Inuit in an effort to meet the goal of 25 percent Inuit employment at its Mary River mine by the end of 2016. The Qikiqtani Inuit Association has a goal of 30 percent Inuit involvement at the site by the end of 2017.
    • The Canadian Forces is planning to expand its Arctic training centre in Resolute Bay to support year-round defence and science operations
  • Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016

    • Agnico Eagle Mines is beginning construction on a 50-km road to a potential open pit gold mine near Baker Lake. The company is also delaying the opening of its Meliadine gold mine near Rankin Inlet until 2020.
    • The Government of Nunavut will be hiring ten new educators in eight communities for the 2016-17 school year. The new positions include teachers, principals, librarians and guidance counselors.
    • The City of Iqaluit is proposing a new residential development with smaller, more affordable homes in an area requiring trucked water service. The project is subject to a final bylaw vote.
    • Big Racks BBQ recently opened in Iqaluit. The restaurant employs 16 staff with the majority from Iqaluit, but two cooks were hired from the south.
  • Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016

    • Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit Society is conducting a survey to identify barriers to employment for persons with disabilities in Nunavut. The organization plans to hold a roundtable with local businesses in September 2016 to share results.
  • Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016

    • Arctic UAV, an Iqaluit-based civilian drone company, is teaming up with ING Robotic Aviation to offer unmanned aerial vehicle services. The company hopes to train local Inuit as drone operators.
    • The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada announced support for the Indigenous seal industry. The $150,000 contribution agreement is the first to be signed under the Certification and Market Access Program for Seals.
    • Nolinor Aviation has partnered with Iqaluit's Sarvaq Aviation, to offer an Iqaluit-Ottawa-Halifax scheduled air service, called Fly Sarvaq. Bookings will be accepted starting in March, with an inaugural flight planned for May 6, 2016.
    • The Piruvik preschool opened in Pond Inlet, operating out of a classroom at Ulaajuk Elementary School. The program offers traditional activities, with children able to build their own qamutik, scrape seal skin and sing or read in Inuktitut.
    • The Baffin Fisheries Coalition, based in Nunavut, is hiring new employees. The cooperative is seeking three full-time executives and crewing staff who are interested in the fishing industry.
    • BHP Billiton signed an agreement to spend $40M over nine years on a copper-zinc project on Somerset Island. The agreement with Aston Bay Holdings, a small junior exploration company, also provides for a $325,000 cash payment from BHP.
    • The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is planning to hire more screening officers for an expanded security area at the new Iqaluit airport. The airport currently has ten full-time and two part-time screening officers.
  • Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016

    • The Government of Nunavut confirmed a funding commitment of $63M from the Government of Canada for the development of a deep water port in Iqaluit by 2020. The territorial government plans to invest an additional $21M.
  • Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016

    • The Nunavut Impact Review Board approved Arctic Ram 2016, an Arctic training exercise for members of Canada's armed forces set for February 10 to 19, 2016. The exercise will involve 240 military personnel and the Canadian Ranger patrol Group.
    • Producers of a film about Kugluktuk's Grizzlies athletics organization are looking for youth from across Nunavut to audition for lead and supporting roles. Crews hope to start filming in mid-April with six weeks of filming expected in Iqaluit.
    • Nunavut has a shortage of qualified audiologists and has only attracted one permanent specialist in the last three years. Small remote communities in the territory also make it a challenge to provide audiology services.
  • Week of Jan 11 - Jan 15, 2016

    • The Sailivik Society is proposing to build and run an 80-person care facility for elders in Iqaluit. The facility would include long-term care beds, assisted living accommodations, beds for dementia patients, and hospice programs.
  • Week of Jan 04 - Jan 08, 2016

    • Getting Ready for Employment and Training, a territorial employment skills program designed to help Nunavummiut transition from income assistance, produced its first batch of graduates in December 2015
    • Canada Post hired seven seasonal employees and brought in a temporary postmaster for the vacant position at the Iqaluit post office to handle the Christmas rush. Regular staff have also worked overtime to deal with an increase in mail volume.
  • Week of Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2015

    • Baffinland Iron Mines laid off 23 people in October and November 2015, primarily in administrative, procurement and managerial roles. The company also hired 26 new workers within the last two months, eight of whom are Inuit.
    • Canadian North reinstated afternoon flights on its Ottawa-Iqaluit route as part of its codeshare agreement with First Air, after dropping them in the fall of 2015. Afternoon flights will begin again on January 11, 2016.
    • The Government of Nunavut has doubled the total allowable harvest of caribou on Southampton Island from 800 animals per year to 1,600. The territorial government hopes the added tags will encourage hunters to go through their hunters and trappers organizations.
  • Week of Dec 07 - Dec 11, 2015

    • The Government of Nunavut is soliciting bids for the development of a colorectal cancer screening program in the territory. Work on the project is expected to start in January 2016, with the aim of presenting a business case in May.
  • Week of Nov 30 - Dec 04, 2015

    • The Hamlet of Arviat opened a new $10M facility that will house staff offices and a larger council chamber. The new space allows for more public meetings and participation.
    • The City of Iqaluit stopped plans for a $4.2M road project to a new landfill site due to financial deficits. Both the road and landfill projects are on hold until the city's finances improve.
    • The Government of Nunavut plans to hire more Inuit staff to work in correctional facilities, in response to a recent report. The new approach to hire more Inuit staff is an effort by the Department of Justice to remove barriers to employment.
  • Week of Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2015

    • The Office of the Language Commissioner in Nunavut has highlighted a lack of competent Inuktut translators as an issue for private businesses. A recent report calls for an accredited translation bureau for all Nunavut's official languages.
    • The Ilisaqsivik Society plans to expand the Naujaaraaluit Hotel in Clyde River from its current eight-room capacity and add a restaurant. The society also plans to employ local hunters as guides for tourists.
    • The Winnipeg Art Gallery is scheduled to receive more than 7,000 Inuit art pieces on loan from the Government of Nunavut over the next five years. The gallery plans to display the art, make digital copies and possibly tour the exhibits.
    • The Government of Nunavut has recently renewed a five-year agreement with the Province of Manitoba that includes an expanded hydro-electric network to reduce the use of diesel fuel in the territory.
  • Week of Nov 16 - Nov 20, 2015

    • The North West Company, which runs Northern and NorthMart stores, has launched Healthy Horizons, a non-profit organization that will fund programs aimed at promoting education, nutrition and active lifestyles for youth in 132 northern communities
    • The Department of Justice in the Government of Nunavut is lacking the proper staffing, relevant training and adequate infrastructure to provide rehabilitative programming to prisoners, according to a recent report
    • Nunavut Arctic College has reported a recent decline in graduation rates. However, 60 percent of the college's 2014 grads are now employed, with the vast majority of them working full-time.
  • Week of Nov 09 - Nov 13, 2015

    • Mining companies in Nunavut have increased their spending on exploration and development of mineral deposits by 30 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, spending decreased in both Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
  • Week of Nov 02 - Nov 06, 2015

    • The City of Iqaluit has amended a bylaw that allows for the development of Inuit-owned land in the city. The Qikiqtani Inuit Association has plans for a conference centre, more than 150 residential units, and mixed commercial buildings.
    • The Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit is scheduled for $68M in renovations with funding from the Government of Nunavut. The Nunavut Court of Justice will also undergo $1M in renovations for 2016-2017.
    • Lynx Mobility has announced that it will be terminating its cellular services in Gjoa Haven, Sanikiluaq and Cape Dorset, Nunavut, as of December 31, 2015. The service has been operational for just over two years.
    • The Government of Nunavut is now accepting funding proposals for 2016-17, for projects that promote culture, languages, arts and heritage in Nunavut. Non-profit organizations, municipal corporations and individuals can apply.
    • Canadian North and First Air are responding to customer complaints by adding extra flights in the Kitikmeot region. The airlines serve the western Nunavut region through a codeshare agreement.
    • The Government of Nunavut is partnering with Arctic College to deliver Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshops in nine communities before March 31, 2016. The government plans to increase the number of instructors for the program.
    • The Government of Nunavut has committed to provide two social workers for each community to improve child protection services. The government is partnering with Nunavut Arctic College to educate social workers on Inuit societal values by February 2016.
    • Construction of a new $34M high school in Cape Dorset is expected to start in the summer of 2016. The previous school was destroyed by fire in September 2015.
  • Week of Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2015

    • The Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik joined forces to create the Nunavut Inuit Training Corporation in an effort to increase Inuit employment levels in the territorial government
    • The Government of Nunavut is planning to revisit the airline contract for medical services and other services when the current agreement expires in 2016
    • The Government of Nunavut recently implemented new requirements that will ensure companies doing business with the territorial government include Inuit job strategies in their tender submission proposals
    • The Nunavut Housing Corp plans to spend a portion of its $43.8M capital budget for 2016-17 to build 40 new social housing units and 43 staff housing units in communities across the territory
  • Week of Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2015

    • A Quebec researcher was awarded a grant to examine how post-secondary education can be better designed for Nunavik Inuit.
  • Week of Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2015

    • Transition Metals recently announced that it found new potential gold and base metal exploration sites in Nunavut. The company plans to spend $18M in exploration at the sites.
  • Week of Sep 28 - Oct 02, 2015

    • Baffinland Iron Mines Corp, operator of the Mary River project, has temporarily cut wages by 10 per cent in response to low global iron ore prices. The company did not disclose an end date for the wage reduction.
    • The Hamlet of Cambridge Bay is rolling out a municipal recycling program on October 5, 2015. It will become the first Nunavut municipality to start and maintain a curbside recycling program.
    • The Hamlet of Cambridge Bay is planning to build a land farm adjacent to the current landfill site by 2016, for the storage of contaminated soil. Diesel contaminated soil from fuel leaks and spills are a problem in the community.
  • Week of Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2015

    • A partnership between Kitikmeot Corp. and Goetech Drilling Services saw its first group of participants complete training and on-site work experience. The Geotech Ekutak program offered classroom training and work at TMAC's Hope Bay gold project.
    • The Government of Nunavut is launching Getting Ready for Employment and Training, a 12-week Nunavut Arctic College program designed to help prepare income assistance clients for employment opportunities
    • The Government of Nunavut is proposing to increase the total allowable caribou harvest on Southampton Island from 800 to 1,600 animals per year due to caribou population growth. Caribou meat is a growing export out of Southampton to Baffin Island.
  • Week of Sep 14 - Sep 18, 2015

    • The Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board recently approved the Nunavut Brewing Co. to start a commercial operation in Iqaluit. The investment group behind the venture anticipates at least 18 months before production starts.
    • The new $3.2M Naujaaraaluit Hotel in Clyde River recently opened. All three staff, a full-time manager and two three-quarter time front desk/housekeeping employees, were local hires from the community of Clyde River. Training for the employees included reservation procedures, bookkeeping, invoicing and housekeeping rules.
  • Week of Sep 07 - Sep 11, 2015

    • Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit is offering a new course on mining and energy to Grade 10 and 11 students. The course, which teaches students about mining and refining minerals, is based on Alberta curriculum and tailored for Nunavut.
    • Peter Pitseolak High School in Cape Dorset was destroyed by fire on September 6, 2015. Regional and school officials are working on a plan to accommodate approximately 170 grade 7 to 12 students displaced by the fire.
    • A fire at the Iqaluit airport terminal building on September 5, 2015 caused an estimated $1M in damage according to local officials. The terminal, still under construction, is part of a $418.9M build and operate contract for the new airport.
  • Week of Aug 31 - Sep 04, 2015

    • The Government of Nunavut has announced Northern Aviation Scholarships for students interested in a career as a pilot, aircraft maintainer, flight attendant, or in airline or airport operations. The deadline is September 25, 2015.
    • Qikiqtaaluk Fisheries Corporation has immediate openings for Nunavummiut fishermen to fish for turbot and shrimp on its modern factory freezer vessel the Saputi
  • Week of Aug 24 - Aug 28, 2015

    • Unionized staff with the Qulliq Energy Corp and the Government of Nunavut have signed a new collective agreement, ending a Nunavut-wide strike that lasted more than a month. The three-year agreement affects 143 employees of the territory-owned utility.
    • The Government of Nunavut is seeking members for the Nunavut Midwifery Registration Committee. The committee advises on midwifery services, standards, and the incorporation of traditional Inuit midwifery knowledge, skills and judgment.
    • Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd is exploring the option of a satellite open pit at its Amaruq project, which would extend the life of the Meadowbank gold mine. The company has applied to build an all-weather access road between Meadowbank and the Amaruq deposit.
    • The Government of Nunavut has approved a limited harvest of 250 male caribou on Baffin Island, lifting a moratorium on the hunt which was implemented on January 1, 2015
  • Week of Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2015

    • Piksuk Media, a Nunavut film production company is seeking Iqalungmiut to serve as paid extras for the film Iqaluit, to be shot between August 20 and September 25, 2015. The filming will occur in various locations around Iqaluit.
    • A First Nations Bank of Canada Community Banking Centre opened August 18, 2015 in the Kugluktuk Co-op store. The centre's opening brings full-service banking to the community.
  • Week of Aug 10 - Aug 14, 2015

    • Construction on the Iqaluit airport's runway has been completed, allowing Boeing 767 cargo planes, which brought food and other supplies, to once again land at the site. The next step in the $300M airport revitalization is the extension of the apron.
    • Baffinland Iron Mines has shipped out its first load of iron ore from the Mary River mine on northern Baffin Island. Baffinland is currently seeking an extension to the shipping season and expanded port facilties.
    • The Qulliq Energy Corporation and the striking Nunavut Employees Union have reached a tentative deal, potentially bringing an end to a four-week long strike. The 140 workers went on strike in mid-July 2015.
    • Agnico Eagle Mines has announced plans to spend $64M more on its Nunavut projects following news of a strong second quarter. The funds will be spread among its three projects in the territory and on additional exploration work.
  • Week of Aug 03 - Aug 07, 2015

    • The European Union has formally approved the Government of Nunavut's application to become a recognized body under the Indigenous Communities Exemption. The approval will allow Nunavut harvesters to sell sealskin products to the European market again.
  • Week of Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015

    • Nunaview and North Creative Productions, both based in Nunavut, are holding auditions in Pangnirtung and plan to have a casting call in Iqaluit in the coming weeks for a mystery-suspense short film
  • Week of Jul 20 - Jul 24, 2015

    • Construction has started on the $146M naval refueling station at Nanisivik. Almiq Contracting Ltd, the primary construction company on the project, employs between 50 and 60 workers at a local camp.
    • The Government of Nunavut is seeking applications for funding under the new Community Tourism and Cultural Industries Program. The program supports economic development in creative sectors such as music, digital media, writing and performing arts.
    • The City of Iqaluit plans to complete the outside construction of its new aquatic centre by February 2016, pending the arrival of structural steel. Heavy sea ice conditions are hampering transportation in the region.
  • Week of Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2015

    • Baffinland Iron Mines has received approval from the federal government to put in an application to the Nunavut Impact Review Board asking for near year-round shipping of iron ore
    • Mechanical, electrical and line maintenance employees of Qulliq Energy Corporation are on strike over wages. The strike began July 16 in Iqaluit.
  • Week of Jul 06 - Jul 10, 2015

    • Nunavut's Department of Environment is implementing new regulations under the Wildlife Act to uphold Inuit harvesting rights. The regulations are compliant with the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
    • Nunavut hunters will be able to harvest more narwhal whales this summer due to a carry-over of unused tags. This year, 229 tags are available, a 55% increase in allowable harvests over 2014.
  • Week of Jun 29 - Jul 03, 2015

    • Nunavut Tourism is expecting nine cruise ship companies to operate twelve ships through the Northwest Passage during the upcoming summer. The majority of cruise ship traffic will stop in Baffin region communities.
    • The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is now accepting proposals for the Ilagiiktunut Fund fall 2015-16 cycle. The fund aims to offset the potential impacts on the communities surrounding the Baffinland Mary River iron mine.
    • The Nunavut Brewing Company Ltd. recently appeared before Iqaluit city council to pitch a brewery for the community. The initial plans are to limit beer sales to bars and licensed restaurants.
    • Schools in Arviat are looking at offering some of the core curriculum courses through the Alberta Distance Learning Centre starting in the fall of 2015. The Arviat District Education Authority is in the process of allocating in-class teacher resources.
  • Week of Jun 22 - Jun 26, 2015

    • The Hamlet of Sanikiluaq started buying eiderdown, feathers from northern eider ducks, from local collectors for its production facility. Sanikiluaq plans to sell cleaned down to European manufacturers as well as parkas and duvets, sewn by local women.
  • Week of Jun 08 - Jun 12, 2015

    • The Arviat District Education Authority is losing 12.5 teaching positions for the 2015-16 academic year due to lower student numbers and consequently, reduced funding. The cuts will be spread across three schools in Arviat.
  • Week of Jun 01 - Jun 05, 2015

    • A recent report from the Government of Nunavut has found that while Inuit employment in the Nunavut public service has improved slightly overall since 1999, in some departments Inuit jobholders have declined
    • A petition has been launched by a concerned parent to keep a dedicated physical education teacher at Aqsarniit Middle School in Iqaluit. The Iqaluit District Education Authority has stated that the allocation of positions rests with the principal.
    • Review of Sanaugait: A Strategy for Growth in Nunavut's Arts and Crafts Sector, a report to the Government of Nunavut on the arts and crafts sector, is recommending increased staff training for economic development officers
  • Week of May 25 - May 29, 2015

    • The Kivalliq Mine Training Society, based in Rankin Inlet, has been awarded $1.7M in federal funding to continue helping Nunavummiut attain jobs in the mining industry. The funds will be used to put Kivalliq residents through training.
    • Until June 15, 2015, Nunavut Arctic College is accepting applications for their online program, Pathway to Adult Secondary School graduation. The program provides everything from a laptop computer to free internet.
    • The Inuit Broadcasting Corp. is set to receive $1.3M from Canadian Heritage to produce 40 hours of new Inuktitut television programming. Five different shows will be filmed and aired in Inuktitut.
  • Week of May 18 - May 22, 2015

    • Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. has recently completed a feasibility study for its Black River gold project. The company estimates that the mine would employ a peak total workforce of about 1,333 when in operation.
  • Week of May 11 - May 15, 2015

    • The Kitikmeot Inuit Association sponsored an emergency medical responder training program in Cambridge Bay from April 13 to May 1, 2015. Course participants were certified on completion.
    • The Nunavut Impact Review Board has recently turned down a proposal by Areva Canada to convert an exploration project into the Kiggavik uranium mine. The project had been under an environmental review since January 2009.
    • Kivalliq Energy Corp., a Vancouver-based uranium exploration company, is set to begin a $1.5M drilling program in June 2015 at its Angilak property. The company also plans soil sampling and geophysical surveying for the 2015 field season.
    • First Air, Canadian North and Calm Air announced a codeshare agreement on selected flights operated by all three airlines starting in June 2015. Codeshare allows a flight operated by one airline to be jointly marketed.
    • Baffinland Iron Mine plans to ship its first batch of iron ore from the Milne Inlet marine terminal starting in mid-July 2015 through to October 2015
    • The Donald Suluk library in Arviat has closed its doors as it waits for funding renewal from the Government of Nunavut. The library employs one librarian and a casual worker, while also offering programs to the community.
  • Week of May 04 - May 08, 2015

    • The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency has signed an agreement with Nunavut's Kakivak Association to provide support and training to Inuit-owned businesses. The agreement includes a $1.5M equity fund.
  • Week of Apr 27 - May 01, 2015

    • TMAC Resources has announced that following a pre-feasibility study, three gold deposits at Hope Bay could be turned into a mining operation lasting 20 years. The project could create hundreds of jobs starting in 2016, according to the company.
  • Week of Apr 20 - Apr 24, 2015

    • The Government of Nunavut will soon be recruiting for 43 new literacy coaches and 10.5 new teaching positions to begin work at schools throughout the territory by the fall of 2015
  • Week of Apr 13 - Apr 17, 2015

    • The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada have launched the Canada Job Grant and are now accepting applications from employers. The program will help Nunavummiut gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs.
  • Week of Apr 06 - Apr 10, 2015

    • The Nunavut Planning Commission has declared that Arctic ice must be protected over industrial development. The decision to disallow ice-breaking will affect mining and shipping activities.
    • With shifted student enrollment, Nunavut schools will gain about a dozen teaching positions and 43 new learning coach positions in the 2015-2016 school year
  • Week of Mar 30 - Apr 03, 2015

    • The Government of Nunavut is offering funding through the Nunavut Mine Training Fund to organizations that can provide mine training for Nunavummiut. The training could encompass environmental monitoring, heavy equipment operation or drilling.
  • Week of Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2015

    • The Government of Nunavut has extended the Nunavut Oral Health Project with $6.9M in funding over three years, providing dental care for children. The funds will also be used to hire additional local dental professionals.
    • The Government of Nunavut is set to finance upgrades to 17 power plants in hamlets throughout the territory. The costs would be covered by an additional $200M in loans, pending approval from the Government of Canada.
    • The Government of Canada has announced $32M to improve health services across Nunavut, including the hiring of clinical dietitians and the implementation of territorial standards for food services in facilities
    • CBC/Radio-Canada will cut 5 positions in the Territories as part of a national reduction of 240 jobs across all areas of operation. According to the company, while some affected employees may be reassigned to other positions, there will be job losses.
  • Week of Mar 16 - Mar 20, 2015

    • The Government of Nunavut has increased funding for health programs in the 2015-2016 budget that will add 100 new positions across the territory. The $317M budget will also increase service levels by funding staff on a 24 hour, 7 days per week basis.
    • TMAC Resources has plans to ramp up activities in 2015 at its Hope Bay gold mine project south of Cambridge Bay. The company will have 15 employees on site during the summer and then start up underground mine development in September 2015.
  • Week of Mar 09 - Mar 13, 2015

    • The Government of Nunavut, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and the Hamlet of Sanikiluaq are jointly investing almost $176,000 to establish a community-based commercial eiderdown operation. The facility will hire and train local people.
    • The Government of Nunavut has announced a change to the medical travel policy which will provide unilingual Inuit elders the option of a paid escort when they travel south for medical reasons. Nunavummiut may also qualify for an escort for other reasons.
    • The Government of Nunavut and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency are providing $1.5M to support the development of the tourism industry in the territory. Jobs will also be created in a number of communities.
    • The Government of Canada is providing money under the New Horizons for Seniors program to community groups in Iqaluit, Cambridge Bay and Rankin Inlet for elder programs
    • Air Greenland has decided not to run any regularly scheduled flights between Iqaluit and Nuuk, Greenland in 2015, citing low passenger volumes. The Government of Greenland has offered financial support to revive the route.
  • Week of Mar 02 - Mar 06, 2015

    • The takeover of air traffic radio operations at small airports across Nunavut by an Ottawa-based company is resulting in the loss of four jobs within the territory, including one position at Nunavut Arctic College in Rankin Inlet
    • The Department of Community and Government Services of the Nunavut Government is planning to hire additional staff to carry out community monitoring and supervise core municipal operations
    • The Nunavut Impact Review Board has issued a project certificate for Agnico Eagle's Meliadine gold project, north of Rankin Inlet. The company has not yet made a final decision on construction of the mine.
    • Construction of the Nanisivik Naval Facility, a deep water refuelling facility for navy ships, near Arctic Bay is now scheduled for completion in 2018. The original timeline for the project had the site operational by 2015.
    • The Government of Nunavut is conducting a needs assessment study for a proposed full service, 24-hour elders' care facility in Rankin Inlet
  • Week of Feb 23 - Feb 27, 2015

    • Baffinland Iron Mines is ramping-up the second phase of its Mary River project, with plans to increase shipping to a year-round basis rather than during the open-water season only
    • The City of Iqaluit has sent prospective lifeguards for their new aquatic centre to Ottawa for training, as the city currently has no pool. The city plans to have the training completed by the scheduled opening of the aquatic centre in 2016.
    • ATS Services, an Ottawa-based company, is taking over operation of all the Community Aerodrome Radio Stations in Nunavut on April 1, 2015. The stations provide airport information and flight advisories at small airports across the territory.
    • Kenn Borek Air, a Calgary-based airline offering polar services, is reducing its trips to the North Pole for private expeditions due to the financial risk involved in rescue missions
    • The Government of Nunavut is planning community consultations during 2015 as it reviews the territorial minimum wage. The wage is currently $11 per hour, unchanged since 2011.
    • The North West Company, a major employer of Inuit and First Nations people in the North, is spending $150M to expand operations. The company expects to hire 125 new permanent employees while also creating employment during the construction phase.
    • The Government of Nunavut plans to hire 43 literacy coaches for schools in the territory as part of a $187M budget for 2015. The budget emphasizes spending on programs in education, language skills and health care.
  • Week of Feb 09 - Feb 13, 2015

    • Recent surveys by Nunavut Sivuniksavut show that well over half of the Ottawa-based college program's graduates are now employed full-time. The program for young Nunavut Inuit is designed to help students prepare for employment or higher education.
    • On February 13, 2015, auditions began in Iqaluit for a $10M independent film production to be shot in Ontario and Iqaluit during the spring of 2015
    • The Hamlet of Pond Inlet is seeking a resident certified mechanic to maintain equipment critical to the operations of the community
  • Week of Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2015

    • Natural Resources Canada has recently released information that indicates a 43% decline in mineral exploration in Nunavut between 2013 and 2014. Most of the investment in Nunavut targeted precious metals.
    • Nunavut Carvings in Iqaluit is experiencing a spike in art sales to the US, which the company partially attributes to a lower Canadian dollar
    • The 4D North Centre in Cambridge Bay, a youth group home, is hiring child and youth services workers and a cook, in preparation for an opening in late January 2015
    • The Meliadine Gold Mine Project, north of Rankin Inlet, has moved forward following the recent approval from the Government of Canada. However, the mine is still subject to final approval from the Nunavut Impact Review Board.
  • Week of Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2015

    • The Nunavut Oil and Gas Summit, held recently in Iqaluit, attracted 80 delegates from industry, governments and Inuit organizations. The summit produced recommendations to address the concerns of Nunavummiut around oil and gas development.
    • The Government of Canada is contributing $450,000 towards the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation's Inuit Film and Video Archive in Iqaluit. The facility will be housed within the new Nunavut Media Arts Centre.
    • Sears Canada is offering job opportunities for displaced Target employees at both the retail and head-office level. Sears is holding special events and career fairs for the former Target employees.
  • Week of Jan 12 - Jan 16, 2015

    • The Government of Nunavut, the Government of Canada and other agencies are combining programs to provide $7.3M for Nunavut fisheries research. The industry employs approximately 370 Nunavummiut on a seasonal basis.
    • Canadian North Airlines is anticipating staff reductions, and an ongoing hiring freeze due to reduced demand for charter services, primarily from Alberta oil companies
  • Week of Jan 05 - Jan 09, 2015

    • The Government of Nunavut has announced a moratorium on the harvest of caribou on Baffin Island, effective January 1, 2015, citing low population numbers
    • The Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay is expecting to fund $7M in projects related to resource development research and climate change monitoring between 2015 and 2018
    • The City of Iqaluit is recruiting volunteer firefighters, which typically comprise two-thirds of its firefighting force. Volunteers will undergo six months of training, with completion scheduled for the beginning of July 2015.
  • Week of Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2014

    • Peregrine Diamonds is planning to start drilling and exploration work at its Chidliak deposit, east of Iqaluit, in January 2015. Crews are currently working on site preparation and the construction of a landing strip.
  • Week of Dec 08 - Dec 12, 2014

    • The Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated are amending and updating a territorial policy developed to increase the participation of Nunavut, Inuit, and local businesses in Government of Nunavut contracting
    • Troymet Exploration Corp., a junior mining firm, is winding up its rare-earth metals and uranium projects in Nunavut, citing cost control measures for the termination
  • Week of Dec 01 - Dec 05, 2014

    • The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada have announced investments to support the Sivummut IV Conference and a renewed Nunavut Economic Development Strategy 2014-24
    • The Government of Nunavut has committed to developing policies on oil and gas development and exploration starting in January 2015, with the potential for territorial revenues through a royalty system
  • Week of Nov 24 - Nov 28, 2014

    • Statistics Canada recently reported that Nunavut had the lowest number of high school graduates in the 2012-2013 school year compared to the previous five years, while student enrolment numbers were relatively steady
    • The City of Iqaluit has awarded a $30M contract to build a new aquatic centre to Kudlik Construction
  • Week of Nov 17 - Nov 21, 2014

    • Sabina Gold and Silver is continuing work on its Black River gold mine project, which includes six-open pit mining areas and one underground mine, pending reviews by the Nunavut Impact Review Board
    • The Government of Canada is supporting geoscience research in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, with a $6.7M investment to generate information on mineral resources
    • The Inuit Learning and Development Program concluded on November 14, 2014, with the graduation of 12 Inuit participants in Iqaluit. The 16-month program provided training and full-time work placements in preparation for public service employment.
    • The community of Sanikiluaq is planning to restart a dormant eiderdown factory and start training new employees in January 2015. The existing facility was shuttered in 2005 when government funding ended.
  • Week of Nov 10 - Nov 14, 2014

    • The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada have signed a five-year extension to the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement, providing an additional $15M for the construction of new housing units
    • Agnico Eagle is planning to more than double its camp size and expand exploration in 2015 at the Amaruq gold project in Nunavut, based on promising results from their 2014 drill program
    • The Nunavut Oil and Gas Summit scheduled for January 12 to 14, 2015, in Iqaluit, is intended to provide a forum for the development of a territorial oil and gas policy
    • The Government of Nunavut has committed $850,000 for renovations at the Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit to deal with safety concerns at the facility
  • Week of Nov 03 - Nov 07, 2014

    • In response to lower world iron ore prices, Baffinland Iron Mines is seeking changes to allow shipping more ore over a longer season from its Mary River mine site
  • Week of Oct 27 - Oct 31, 2014

    • The Government of Nunavut is projecting that most of the $37.8M allocated to capital projects in the Department of Education will be used for school construction and upgrades in 2015 to 2016
    • The Hamlet of Gjoa Haven is struggling with a shortage of nurses at the Community Health Centre, a problem that also exists in other Nunavut communities
    • The City of Iqaluit has agreed to increase the basic taxi fare to $7, with the increase starting possibly in early December 2014, after it passes council readings
  • Week of Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2014

    • The City of Iqaluit is seeking a new building inspector following a recent resignation. In the interim, development permits can be issued but not building permits.
    • Businesses in Cambridge Bay are facing shortages and project delays after a supply barge from the Northern Transportation Company was blocked due to heavy ice conditions
    • The Government of Nunavut plans to spend $205.6M on capital projects in 2015-2016, with $77.3M committed to the Iqaluit Airport Project
    • The First Nations Bank of Canada has opened a banking kiosk inside the Tununiq Sauniq Co-op store in Pond Inlet, with plans for further expansion to other Nunavut communities in the future
  • Week of Oct 13 - Oct 17, 2014

    • The City of Iqaluit has approved the construction of a $2.9M road to service the city's new landfill and a quarry site
    • Nunavut Solutions Grants is providing funding for programs, equipment and services, which will help improve the quality of life for persons with mobility-related disabilities
    • A recent consultant report has found a lack of skilled Nunavummiut to fill jobs at the Baffinland Iron Mines Mary River mine, with almost 80% of the positions going to out of territory workers
    • The First Nations Bank of Canada plans to open a branch in Pond Inlet on October 21 2014, and a branch in Kugluktuk in 2015
  • Week of Oct 06 - Oct 10, 2014

    • Areva Resources Canada has submitted a final environmental impact statement to the Nunavut Impact Review Board for the proposed Kiggavik uranium mine and milling operation west of Baker Lake
  • Week of Sep 29 - Oct 03, 2014

    • First Air has issued layoff notices to nine cargo workers in Iqaluit. Three full-time and six part-time jobs will be cut in November 2014, but the company stated that seven new local positions will be created to replace the affected employees.
    • The City of Iqaluit has secured a $7.5M loan and a $750,000 grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities that will fund the completion of the city's Aquatic Centre, which is currently under construction
  • Week of Sep 22 - Sep 26, 2014

    • The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada have finalized the Canada-Nunavut Job Grant, which will provide funding for skills development and training
    • The MV Nunavik, an unescorted ice-breaking bulk carrier ship, is transporting nickel from Nunavik through the Northwest Passage to China
    • Baffinland Iron Mine has transported its first load of iron ore from the Mary River mine site to the port site on Milne Inlet. The raw ore will be stockpiled until the summer 2015 shipping season.
    • The Nunavut Resource Corporation is examining ways to partner with Arctic Fiber in the development of an undersea fiber-optic cable network for Nunavut
  • Week of Sep 15 - Sep 19, 2014

    • The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation is planning to have a dedicated educational channel for Nunavut, provided through the Nunavut Education Broadcast Society
    • The Government of Nunavut has identified staffing, training, and recruitment as priorities in the Department of Family Services action plan to improve child protection services in the territory
    • The North West Company, a retailer with 500 local employees in Nunavut, is spending $11M to add retail and warehouse space to Northern outlets in Clyde River, Hall Beach and Pond Inlet
    • The Government of Nunavut is holding public consultations on proposals for a beer and wine outlet in Iqaluit. The city has not had a retail liquor store for almost 40 years.
    • The Kugluktuk Visitor Heritage Centre, containing an art gallery and museum, has opened in the Hamlet of Kugluktuk. The majority of the $2.1M cost of the facility was provided by BHP Billiton, a multinational mining company.
  • Week of Sep 08 - Sep 12, 2014

    • The Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board has developed a new management system for beluga whale harvest that eliminates seasonal closures, but to date no quota has been established
    • Sakku Investments has severed its business relationship with First Air and has instead entered into a joint venture with two regional airlines, Calm Air and Keewatin Air
    • MMG Limited is delaying any further development of the $6.5B network of mines along the Izok Corridor unless a partner helps build a port, airport, road and microwave broadband towers
    • The City of Iqaluit has pushed back the construction timeline and subsequent opening date for the new aquatic centre as it struggles with financing for the project
  • Week of Sep 01 - Sep 05, 2014

    • First Air is dropping regularly scheduled flights to Naujaat starting October 1, 2014, but will continue to offer privately chartered flights to the community
    • Taxi companies in Iqaluit are seeking a $1 increase in the flat rate cab fare, as the rates have remained unchanged at $6 since 2007
    • The City of Iqaluit has contracted two Alberta companies, Global Forensics and Hellfire Suppression Services, to deal with the ongoing fire at the city landfill
    • Agnico Eagle Mines is establishing a new 25-man camp and extending the drilling season after promising exploratory results at their IVR Project site northwest of the Meadowbank mine
  • Week of Aug 25 - Aug 29, 2014

    • Dunnedin Ventures is planning to acquire the Kahuna diamond deposit north of Rankin Inlet and undertake exploratory sampling, pending regulatory approval
  • Week of Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2014

    • Carrefour Nunavut, an Iqaluit-based francophone economic development agency, is helping to build a new food co-operative that will bring in fresh produce from southern areas
    • The City of Iqaluit is set to deal with a backlog of development permits and building inspections now that the required staff have been hired in the planning and lands department
    • Air Greenland has shortened its seasonal flight schedule between Nunavut and Greenland because of lower than expected passenger numbers
  • Week of Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2014

    • The Government of Nunavut, the Government of the Northwest Territories, Discovery Air, Keewatin Air and North-Wright Air are joining forces to offer scholarships for training in a variety of aviation careers for northern students
  • Week of Jul 21 - Jul 25, 2014

    • Multi-Klient Invest postponed the seismic testing in the Canadian waters of Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, originally scheduled to start this year, until the summer of 2015
    • Construction is set to begin on the first mosque in Iqaluit, with the building scheduled for completion by December 2014
    • In July, the Iqaluit City council passed motions for a plan to extinguish its two-month-old dump fire, with an estimated cost of $2.2M and help from the territorial and federal governments
  • Week of Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014

    • Construction has started on the $400M Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project. Scheduled for completion in 2017, the project mandates a workforce of at least 15% Inuit employees during the construction phase.
  • Week of Jul 07 - Jul 11, 2014

    • Northern College in Arviat recently graduated eleven students from the surface diamond driller assistant program, which prepares students for work on mine sites
    • Canadian North recently announced that it is now the official airline for the Canadian Football League after signing a new three-year agreement
  • Week of Jun 30 - Jul 04, 2014

    • The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is partnering with Nunavut Tunngavik and the Municipality of Cape Dorset to fund two construction projects that will assist local artists
  • Week of Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2014

    • Agnico Eagle plans to increase its spending on Inuit training programs to approximately $4.3M in 2014, including a growing number of Nunavummiut women at the Meadowbank mine
    • First Air has signed an agreement that will give Cargojet exclusive rights to air cargo lifts from points in southern Canada to Iqaluit, providing a lower cost for food transportation to the north
  • Week of Jun 16 - Jun 20, 2014

    • The District Education Authority in Rankin Inlet is searching for a new school bus service after the current provider, the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre, terminated the busing contract
    • Construction is slated to begin in 2016 on a development along the Road to Nowhere in Iqaluit
  • Week of Jun 09 - Jun 13, 2014

    • Nasittuq Corporation is laying off 240 employees effective July 31, 2014, because it lost the contract for the North Warning System, a collection of radar monitoring stations, to Raytheon. In response to the new contract, Raytheon recently held a job fair in NWT.
    • The Hamlet of Cambridge Bay has two new permanent midwives following their recent graduation from a local program offered by Nunavut Arctic College
  • Week of Jun 02 - Jun 06, 2014

    • The Nunavut Impact Review Board has approved the Early Revenue Phase Proposal for the Mary River iron mine
  • Week of May 26 - May 30, 2014

    • Saimavik Studio, the first yoga studio in Iqaluit, recently opened and is offering yoga, pilates and a range of dance classes
    • EllisDon Corp. and NCC Dowland Construction Ltd. have been awarded a joint contract for $84.9M to build the Canadian High Arctic Research Centre in Cambridge Bay, with construction starting in the fall of 2014
  • Week of May 19 - May 23, 2014

    • The Islamic Society of Nunavut and the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation are raising funds to build a mosque in Iqaluit
  • Week of May 12 - May 16, 2014

    • Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. has offered employment to recent graduates of the first Arviat Welding Trade Readiness program offered through Northern College
    • The City of Iqaluit is planning to remove two concrete posts and nuisance boulders that were installed in the downtown core to improve traffic safety in the early 2000s
  • Week of May 05 - May 09, 2014

    • Agnico Eagle is exploring for gold around the Meadowbank Mine, about 110 km north of Baker Lake, in attempts to extend the life of the existing mine
    • Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation is expecting to start mining ore in the summer or fall of 2014, at its Mary River Mine site
  • Week of Apr 28 - May 02, 2014

    • Baffinland Iron Mines has been granted approval from the Government of Canada for a scaled down mine on North Baffin Island, but the project is still subject to approval from the Nunavut Planning Commission
  • Week of Apr 21 - Apr 25, 2014

    • The Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasauqtiit Society, a group based in Iqaluit that advocates for the rights of Nunavummiut with disabilities, is creating the Inclusion Café to provide employment for its members and a social gathering place for Iqalummiut
    • Fuel supply problems, due to equipment failure, have planes grounded at the airport in the Hamlet of Taloyoak. Local staff have been unable to deliver fuel from a tank farm to the airport because of a broken fuel truck.
  • Week of Apr 14 - Apr 18, 2014

    • The two Inuit-owned companies that control Canadian North and First Air are planning to merge the two airlines which provide services across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
    • First Air has fired two pilots in charge of a scheduled flight from Rankin Inlet to Iqaluit that veered several hundred kilometers off course on March 31, 2014
    • The City of Iqaluit has broken ground on the $30M Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, expected to open in 2016
  • Week of Apr 07 - Apr 11, 2014

    • Nunavut Tunngavik is discontinuing the harvesters support program, which provided financial assistance to hunters, while a review is conducted with a long-term plan to extend the pool of money
    • The City of Iqaluit and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency are partnering to evaluate a new waste management project in Nunavut, a solid waste gasification system that will reduce the biomass, and produce thermal energy and gas for heating buildings
    • The Government of Nunavut has renewed an agreement until 2024 that will provide federal Gas Tax Fund money for infrastructure projects across the territory
    • Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. has signed a mineral production lease agreement with Agnico-Eagle Mines, allowing the extraction of gold from Inuit-owned lands near the Meadowbank Mine, in exchange for royalties and fees
  • Week of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014

    • The Nunavut Mining Symposium is set to run from April 7th to April 10th, 2014, in Iqaluit
  • Week of Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2014

    • The Government of Nunavut is seeking three new Deputy Ministers following recent resignations. There is one position in each of Health, Environment and Justice.
  • Week of Mar 17 - Mar 21, 2014

    • Fire has destroyed the only school in Aupulak, Nunavik, a community of 175 people
    • Carrefour Nunavut held a forum on March 20, 2014 in Iqaluit to help employers recruit, integrate and retain qualified staff in Nunavut
    • The Sanatuliqsarvik trades school in Rankin Inlet has graduated its first journeyman oil burner mechanic, with an inter-provincial Red Seal certification
    • The Canadian High Arctic Research Station already has one employee and is expected to create at least 50 new positions when it opens in Cambridge Bay in 2017
  • Week of Mar 10 - Mar 14, 2014

    • The Hamlet of Cape Dorset is set to have its 50-year-old power plant replaced as soon as a site is located, according to the Qulliq Energy Corporation
    • According to Workopolis, Nunavut has the highest percentage of job seekers searching for work outside their current location
    • In a move to hire more Inuit employees, The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services are promoting employment and training opportunities for beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement
    • Baffinland Iron Mines has constructed a temporary ice landing strip near its Mary River project, in order to service the mine while the permanent landing strip is being expanded and upgraded
    • The Nunavut Housing Corporation is looking for contractors to build 80 housing units by the summer of 2015
    • The Government of Nunavut is anticipating spending close to $30M for a new airport in Iqaluit as part of its $150M 2014-15 capital budget. The total airport construction cost is estimated at $107M, with completion in 2019.
    • The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is investing $10.7M into a First Nations Inuit and Métis cancer control initiative, which will span three years. The project will provide culturally relevant services and at-home care.
    • The Rankin Inlet Fitness Society has opened a fitness centre and is planning a stand-alone facility if membership warrants increased space
  • Week of Mar 03 - Mar 07, 2014

    • Nexus Coastal Resource Management is hiring for work on seismic surveys off the east coast of Baffin Island starting in August 2014
  • Week of Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2014

    • The Nunavut Housing Corporation has $60M in housing repairs on its books, but is finding a shortage of contractors willing to complete the work, and often no contractors in some remote communities
    • The Kautaapikkut mining strategy, a coalition of regional organizations and mines, plans to double the number of Inuit employed in the mining sector and prioritize the hiring and retention of Nunavimmiut women and youth
    • The Regional Wildlife Organizations in Kitikmeot, Kivalliq and Qikiqtaaluk have approved an interim narwhal carry-over policy for tags not used by hunters in 2013
  • Week of Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014

    • Quinan Construction Limited will be completing the renovations at the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit, resuming work that stopped in April 2013 when the original contractor fell into receivership
    • Nunavut is expected to see $419M from the Building Canada Plan for infrastructure developments between 2014 and 2015
  • Week of Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2014

    • First Nations Bank has hired two local staff and is opening a branch inside the Arctic Co-op's grocery store in Baker Lake in February 2014
    • The shortage of jobs in Arviat has spurred an entrepreneur to open a new restaurant serving country food
    • The Government of Nunavut is partnering with Carrefour Nunavut to enhance the employability services available to Francophone Nunavummiut
  • Week of Feb 03 - Feb 07, 2014

    • Agnico Eagle is developing programs to hire more Inuit into skilled jobs and management positions as it expands its mining operations in Nunavut
    • Starting June 13, 2014, Air Greenland is resuming summer flights between Iqaluit and Nuuk, the capital of Greenland
  • Week of Jan 27 - Jan 31, 2014

    • The City of Iqaluit is moving forward with a new waste management and incinerator facility at a cost of almost $14M, with completion by 2015 or 2016
  • Week of Jan 20 - Jan 24, 2014

    • Heavy duty mechanics are in high demand throughout Nunavut but many smaller, isolated communities are finding it difficult to attract qualified candidates
    • The Hamlet of Arviat and Northern College are partnering to offer the Welder Trade Readiness program, designed to train students as welder helpers in the mining and construction industries
  • Week of Jan 13 - Jan 17, 2014

    • The City of Iqaluit is seeking trained staff for its Public Works Department amid possible staff shortages resulting from mine developments in the territory
    • The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is providing $360,000 to enhance the Nunavut fishing industry, create jobs and provide training through the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium
  • Week of Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2013

    • Arctic Cotton, a new cloth diaper business recently opened shipping baby products throughout the Nunavut Territory
    • The Government of Nunavut, working in cooperation with the Nunavut Film Development Corporation, is providing $200,000 to support the use of the Inuktut language in new media productions
  • Week of Dec 16 - Dec 20, 2013

    • The City of Iqaluit has approved a new $30M swimming pool and recreation facility adjacent to the multipurpose Arnaitok Complex. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2014 and be complete by mid-2016.
    • Canada Coal Inc. has withdrawn all project applications submitted to the Nunavut Impact Review Board, and plans to delay all exploration activity on Ellesmere Island for at least one year
    • Qulliq Energy Corporation is seeking $7.9M in funding to replace the aging power plant in Grise Fiord, built in 1963. Construction is planned to begin in 2015, with the generating facility operational in 2017.
    • Arctic Connection is opening a convenience store and pizza counter in Arviat before the end of 2013, creating 24 new jobs, half of which will be full-time positions. The company has plans for additional stores in Whale Cove and possibly Churchill, by April 2014.
  • Week of Dec 09 - Dec 13, 2013

    • The Government of Nunavut, World Wildlife Fund, and Parks Canada have partnered to begin offering a Polar Bear Guard Training Course in Iqaluit
  • Week of Dec 02 - Dec 06, 2013

    • Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. has announced that their Chidliak diamond project near Iqaluit could be one of the richest in the world. The company plans to accelerate its drilling programs in 2014 and 2015 to move the project forward.
    • The Kativik Regional Government is launching the Succession Management Program in 2014 to develop Inuit employees for its management positions. Data from October 2013 indicates that Inuit comprise 63% of the government workforce, and 29% of its management positions.
  • Week of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013

    • Ice Wireless has announced the launch of high-speed wireless service for smartphones and tablets in Iqaluit. The company currently has two towers in the city providing 3G connectivity, with the potential for 4G speeds to southern regions.
  • Week of Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2013

    • Nunavut fishers will have increased opportunities to catch Greenland halibut off the northeast coast of Baffin Island in 2014. The total allowable catch increase of 1,500 tonnes will be awarded entirely to the Nunavummiut.
  • Week of Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2013

    • Nunavut regulators have approved the Nanasivik Naval Facility near the Arctic bay. Construction will being next year.
    • Arviat has been running a local diamond-driller training program through Northern College. Of the 43 graduates since 2011, 60% are currently employed in the field.
  • Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2013

    • The Nunavut Review Board will be reviewing Baffinland's changed plans for the Mary River Mine
  • Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2013

    • Baffinland Iron Mines received approval to building its mine at Mary River. The company will also provide extensive training and recruitment initiatives to help Inuit from north Baffin communities get jobs with the project.
  • Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2013

    • The Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Baffin Iron Mines Corporation have signed an Inuit impact benefit agreement concerning the Mary River iron-ore project
  • Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2013

    • A year-round military Arctic Training Facility has opened in Resolute and will accommodate up to 140 military personnel. Meanwhile, the tendering process for the construction of a navy facility at the old Nansivik mine site has begun.
  • Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2013

    • Elgin Mining has put the Lupin Mine project on hold due to falling commodity prices
  • Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2013

    • Air Greenland is facing a lack of interest in its flights from Iqaluit to Nuuk
    • Telephone service provider Iristel has opened wire-line phone service to Iqaluit, making it Nunavut's second wire-line phone service
  • Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2013

    • Arctic Fibre will start route surveys in August as part of their plan to extend broadband communications to seven locations in Nunavut
    • Agnico-Eagle is slashing spending on its proposed Meliadine gold mine, near Rankin Inlet, by $35M over two years
  • Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2013

    • Northquest is starting an exploration program on the Pistol Bay Gold Project in Nunavut. Drilling will take place between mid-July and August.
  • Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2013

    • The government of Nunavut has selected the Arctic Infrastructure Partners to build and operate the new $300M airport. Construction is expected to being in spring 2014, with completion coming in 2017.
  • Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2013

    • The Frobuild hardware store in Iqaluit will be closing this September
  • Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2013

    • The Northern Jobs and Growth Act, which makes the review process for major northern projects more efficient, has become federal law
    • Tim Horton's has opened a new kiosk in Rankin Inlet
  • Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2013

    • Architects have revealed their plans for the new $142M arctic research station in Cambridge Bay
    • Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. has scaled-down their plans for an iron mine near Mary River
  • Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2013

    • The federal government has begun the tendering process for the new arctic naval facility in Nanisivik
  • Week of May 27 - May 31, 2013

    • Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. recently raised $20M for increased exploration at the company's Black River gold project in Nunavut's Kitikmeot region
    • Qulliq Energy Corp. has cancelled this summer's work on Iqaluit hydro-electric projects due to one of its contractors failing to meet its conditions
  • Week of May 20 - May 24, 2013

    • The Akausisarvik Mental Health Treatment Centre in Iqaluit, which recently opened, will employ 18 people once it is fully staffed
    • The federal government will be spending $32M over five years on the Climate Change and Atmospheric Research program in the North. From this investment, $5M will go to keeping the Eureka laboratory open.
    • Eleven Nunavut communities slated for new public housing in 2014
  • Week of May 13 - May 17, 2013

    • Nunavut Arctic College will use $1.1M in federal funds to train more early childhood educators over the next two years
    • A $23.5M health centre in Repulse Bay has officially opened. The centre contains 5 apartment units for nurses and social workers.
  • Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2013

    • Elgin mining shuts down camp at Lupin gold mine until 2015 due to falling gold prices
  • Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2013

    • Xstrata Zinc and Sabina Gold and Silver are considering restarting the shelved $270M Bathurst road and port project
    • Retention numbers among Inuit staff have improved at Meadowbank mine in Nunavut
    • TMAC Resources is proceeding with plans to revive Kitikmeot gold mine project near Cambridge Bay
    • Due to changing commodity prices, MMG has halted the review process of its proposed Izok mine, so as to change the scope of the project. The original proposal would have created 1140 construction jobs and 710 jobs operating the mine.
  • Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2013

    • Chinese firm, MMG, aims to have a zinc-copper project in Nunavut running by 2018
  • Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2013

    • Federal Budget announcements: $100M for 250 Nunavut housing units over the next 2 years, $116M for a Nanisivik naval facility over the next 5 years, and $77M for the new Iqaluit airport terminal
  • Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2013

    • Hiring of short-term contract doctors increasing in Nunavut
  • Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2013

    • Daycare may soon open in Igloolik, Nunavut
  • Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2013

    • Cambridge Bay has been chosen as the site for the new Canadian High Arctic Research Station, to be constructed by 2017
    • Federal government to open new northern areas for oil and gas exploration
  • Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2013

    • The federal and territorial governments are teaming up with Nunavut Tunngavik to pilot a work experience program for Inuit interested in public sector jobs
  • Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2013

    • A new jail has opened in Rankin Inlet
  • Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2013

    • CanNor invests $1.6M in community infrastructure projects in Nunavut
  • Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2013

    • NorthwestTel to modernize northern communications
  • Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2012

    • Resuming on January 18, 2013
  • Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2012

    • The Qikiqtani Hospital in Iqaluit will begin a $32M renovation on January 2. Once the upgrades are complete in May 2014, the hospital will hire approximately 10 new staff members in areas such as housekeeping and dietary nutrition.
  • Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2012

    • The federal government has approved Baffinland¿s Mary River Project, a planned open-pit iron mine
  • Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2012

    • The Kivalliq Inuit Association signed a new Inuit Impact and Benefits Agreement with Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. for the Meadowbank gold mine. As a result, Inuit throughout the Kivalliq region will receive priority hiring at the mine.
  • Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2012

    • Canada Coal's 2012 exploration shows there is a good supply of thermal coal on the Fosheim Peninsula.
  • Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2012

    • Newmont Mining Corp. has placed its Hope Bay gold mine project into full shutdown. About 150 local residents are out of work due to the lack of mining and affiliated business within the community.
  • Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2012

    • A new agreement between the Kitikmeot Inuit Association and the Northwest Territories Mine Training Society allows for delivery of mine-related training in the Cambridge Bay area
  • Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2012

    • Nunavut Resources Corporation received a $1M commitment from the Kitikmeot Inuit Association for mineral exploration near Cambridge Bay
    • Diavek Diamond Mine has laid off more employees as a result of the transition to an under-ground operation in Nunavut
    • Baffinland Iron Mines has approval to proceed with the $4 billion Mary River iron-ore mine. The project is expected to create 5,000 construction jobs, 950 permanent jobs, and billions in royalty dollars for Nunavut.
  • Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2012

    • The Kiggavik Project Exploration site in Nunavut closes for the season
  • Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2012

    • Greenland's premier visited Nunavut to strengthen economic ties
  • Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2012

    • Diamond exploration continues in Nunavut
  • Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2012

    • Cruise ship arrivals boost local economies in Nunavut
    • Correctional facility in Rankin Inlet to open this fall
  • Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2012

    • Environmental review process initiated for Nunavut gold project
  • Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2012

    • Review of massive Mary River iron mine project nears conclusion
  • Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2012

    • Government of Nunavut describe the current state of natural resource development
  • Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2012

    • Offshore seismic testing planned in the Baffin Bay-Davis Strait area
  • Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2012

    • Federal government announced a two-year investment of just over $400,000 for Niqitaq Fisheries Limited
    • Government of Nunavut published its uranium policy statement
  • Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2012

    • Federal government funds potential port development in Nunavut
  • Week of May 21 - May 25, 2012

    • More intensive mineral exploration slated for Nunavut¿s Belcher Islands
  • Week of May 14 - May 18, 2012

    • Junior exploration company searches for gold in southern Kivalliq region
  • Week of May 07 - May 11, 2012

    • Mining supports career prospects for youth in Nunavut
  • Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2012

    • Northern colleges collaborate with universities
  • Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2012

    • The Arviat Diamond Driller¿s Training Program provides workers to fill jobs with drilling contractors in the Kivalliq region
  • Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2012

    • Diamond exploration continues in Baffin region
  • Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2012

    • Second exploration season begins in Nunavut
  • Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2012

    • Rankin Inlet correctional facility will open in the fall
    • Work starts on new Rankin Inlet-Meliadine road in Nunavut

Economic/Environmental Scan

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