Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.
The following table presents local and regional labour market events and announcements for the selected Province or Territory which can complement your job search and career exploration.
Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018
- The 2018-2019 federal budget included several northern focused investments, including $161.2M for Inuit skills training, $20.6M for arctic research, and a one-year extension of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit to encourage mineral exploration
- The Kivalliq Inuit Association plans to build a new cultural centre in the Chesterfield Inlet this summer. The centre will include a tool shop, sewing room, space to clean animal hides, visitor centre and offices.
- The Nunavut government is offering aviation scholarships for Nunavut residents seeking to train as pilots, aircraft maintainers, flight attendants, or in airline or airport operations
- Sabina Gold & Silver Corp recently announced the resumption of its drill program at its Back River gold project. Additional surveying and sampling work will also be undertaken over the spring and summer period.
Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018
- According to a Statistics Canada survey, Nunavut recorded the highest proportion of long-term job vacancies across the country due to its remoteness and challenging environment in recruiting qualified workers
- The Black Heart Café is scheduled to open in Iqaluit in March and will be recruiting local staff to work at the 45 seat establishment
Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018
- Sabina Gold & Silver recently resumed its $94.5M advanced exploratory drilling program at its Back River gold mine in the western Kitikmeot Region. Additional pre-development infrastructure activities at the camp and mine sites are also slated to begin.
- New funding from the federal government will permit Iqaluit's Qayuqtuvik Food Centre to hire additional staff and restart Inclusion Café, a skills development program for people with disabilities and underemployed local Inuit
Week of Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2018
- A former military base on Nunavut's Resolution Island will see additional cleanup this summer. Priority will be given to collecting and disposing of hazardous debris, waste fuel and contaminated soil.
- Transport Canada's $12.6M investment in the Iqaluit marine facility will soon enable northerners to complete their training closer to home. The acquisition of a new lifeboat simulator and training vessels will allow for advanced deep sea training.
- Silver Range Resources Ltd. has been awarded prospecting permits at its Tree River gold property southeast of Kugluktuk. The company intends to undertake further sampling, mapping and prospecting in the coming season.
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The Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp., the Inuit training and employment division of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., is struggling with a shortage of staff to process 37 applications for training proposalsThree community development projects in Nunavut are the recipients of a combined $240,000 in awards from the Arctic Inspiration PrizeThe Government of Nunavut is seeking proposals for targeted employment and training initiatives for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The program includes training for persons living with a disability and out-of-school youth aged 15-30.
The Pinnguaq Association is expanding the Te(a)ch program that teaches computer science skills following a $1.7M commitment from the Government of Canada. The program is expected to be offered to Nunavut youth in at least 15 communities.North Arrow Minerals is planning a drilling and exploration program at its expanded Nunavut Mel diamond project starting in May 2018The Government of Nunavut is taking over responsibility for the administration of practical and written tests for regular and learner drivers licences, following the implementation of new legislation. Previously the tests were administered by the RCMP.
The proposed $500M Grays Bay project in western Nunavut is headed to the Nunavut Impact Review Board for a full environmental review. The Government of Nunavut has committed $2M for the review process.TMAC Resources Inc. is hoping to start construction in 2019 on its Hope Bay Phase 2 gold mine project, pending the receipt of permits. The mine is expected to employ about 800 people during operation, with a lifespan projected to 2032.The Government of Nunavut is seeking proposals that will support the planning and delivery of sport, physical activity and recreation initiatives
The Government of Nunavut is offering up to $8,000 to prospectors to help pay for assistant wages, materials and supplies when out looking for minerals
The Government of Nunavut is seeking proposals for projects that promote, protect or preserve and revitalize the culture, language, arts and heritage of NunavutIqaluit and Arviat are receiving funds under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to support facilities upgrades, with additional funding from the communitiesThe Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and the Government of Nunavut are jointly providing $403,000 to expand the solar panel installation on the arena complex in KugluktukThe Government of Canada has selected Rankin Inlet as the site of Canada's first Arctic inshore rescue boat station. The station is projected to open in mid-June 2018.The Government of Canada is providing $1.7M to Nunavut over the next four years to help communities adapt to climate change. The Government of Nunavut and communities are selecting the projects to receive funding.Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is offering up new scholarship funds for Nunavut Inuit post-secondary students. The funds come from the remainder of the money set aside for common experience payments by the Residential School Settlement Agreement.
The Government of Nunavut is proposing new regulations for the sport hunting of caribou herds that are not already protected by harvest limits. The plans include a new quota system for non-residents hunting caribou.The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is providing $1M in new capital to the Nunavut Community Futures Association. The money will be used for loans to small- and medium-sized businesses.Sabina Gold and Silver Corp has received a project certificate from the Nunavut Impact Review Board for its Back River gold mine project. The company has also partnered with a major Chinese gold producer, the Zhaojin International Mining Co. Ltd.
The Tassiugarjuaqmi Mamisarviksamik Qanurturtiit elders' committee on justice services has recommended that the Qikiqtani Correctional Healing Facility include programming and classrooms for traditional artisans and hospitality trades like cooking
Polar Knowledge Canada is providing approximately $8.1M for 41 projects between 2017 and 2019 related to polar scientific technology and the collection of Inuit traditional knowledge
The Nunavut Water Board has started public reviews of water licenses for the Back River Gold Project in Kitikmeot. Sabine Gold and Sliver Corp. recently received approval for the mine from the Government of Canada.Hurtigruten, a Norwegian cruise, ferry and cargo operator, is planning to enter the Northwest Passage cruise market in September of 2018. The MS Fram, with a capacity of 318 passengers, will stop in several Nunavut communities.
The City of Iqaluit is moving to revamp its business licensing bylaw with plans for a licensing website and online business registry by March 31, 2018
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Qikiqtaaluk Corp. have signed a lease agreement to develop a 40-acre parcel of Inuit-owned land in Iqaluit. The development is expected to cost between $300M and $400M.Peregrine Diamond Ltd. is planning to build a dense media separator plant at its proposed Chidliak diamond mine site near Iqaluit, following new drilling results showing more extensive potential diamond deposits
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is launching the new Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnerships, a $19M employment program for Baffin Inuit. The program aims to train 360 Inuit between now and March 2021 for work in the mining sector.
Sarliaq Aviation Ltd and Quebec's Nolinor Aviation have signed a new 10-year agreement with Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. to transport employees and supplies to the mining company's projects in the Kivalliq regionThe Government of Canada is providing $1.6M in interim funding for the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory on Ellesmere Island. The station is currently manned for 11 months of the year.The Nunavut Impact Review Board has granted conditional approval to Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd's Whale Tail gold mine project. Agnico Eagle plans to begin construction in early 2018 and start producing ore from the open pit by the end of that year.
The Qulliq Energy Corp. is currently requesting proposals for a feasibility study on geothermal power in Nunavut. The company hopes to reduce its operational and maintenance costs by harnessing geothermal energy.
Canadian North is re-introducing its Wednesday flights to the Kitikmeot region starting November 15, 2017. The added flight is in response to a strong demand for both passenger and cargo service.Development of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay is bringing 50 jobs and a $26.5M yearly operating budget. The project has also led to local infrastructure including a water treatment system, tank farm and airport expansion.The Government of Nunavut is inviting applications for the January 2018 Getting Ready for Employment and Training program. The 14-week program provides training in essential skills, computers, personal portfolio development and work readiness.
Baffinland's Mary River iron mine shipped a record amount of 4.1M tonnes of iron ore in its most recent shipping season, which just ended. The mine has applied to increase its shipping allowance from the current 4.2M tonne maximum to 12M tonnes.The Kitikmeot Inuit Association and Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. have signed a comprehensive agreement for Sabina's Back River mine. The agreement includes provisions for training, employment, business opportunities and direct economic benefits.
North Arrow Minerals is planning to mobilize an exploration drill and camp to its Mel Diamond Project on the Melville Peninsula in the spring of 2018. The company is also staking additional mineral claims to expand the project.Celebrity Cruises has selected Canadian North Airlines as the official airline partner for its inaugural Western Canada cruise program in 2018. The airline is a subsidiary of the Inuvialuit Development Corporation.
The Coast Guard is recruiting Inuit post-secondary students for search-and-rescue operations in the Arctic on its new inshore rescue boat. The specific location for the rescue boat station has not been announced.The Qikiqtani Inuit Association has developed a strategic plan with more vigorous training to increase Inuit employment at the Mary River mine to 25 percent by 2020. As of this year, only 12.9 percent of employees at the mine are Inuit.
The Hamlets of Arviat and Kugluktuk have partnered with NRStor Remote Communities on new clean energy projects in an effort to reduce diesel use. Solar panels will be installed in both communities by late fall next year.The Nunavut Impact Review Board has given approval to three marine infrastructure projects, subject to terms and conditions. Plans are for a deep sea port in Iqaluit, an adjacent small craft harbour, and a small craft harbour in Pond Inlet.
The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada are jointly providing $7M over three years for early learning and child care programsCanNor has earmarked approximately $2.7M towards geoscience projects focusing on mapping, permafrost infrastructure and seabed analysis, along with the development and promotion of geosciences in NunavutAgnico Eagle Mines Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Nunavut to collaborate on ten priority areas that intend to increase economic opportunity and quality of life for Nunavummiut
The federal government is providing $7.4M for geoscience research for all three territories. These research projects will help provide direction for major infrastructure projects, mining exploration and climate change adaptation.The federal government is providing nearly $50M to Northwestel for the improvement of high-speed internet coverage in 25 communities across Nunavut. The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
The Nunavut Planning Commission is moving forward with an application from Baffinland Iron Mines for expansion of the Mary River Iron Mine. The plans include a railway from the mine to the port of Milne Inlet; and winter sealifts for ore export.The Government of Nunavut opened the new Arctic Bay Health Centre on September 11th. A five-plex residential unit to accommodate staff at the centre will be completed in October.Arctic Fresh, a new online business designed by and for Inuit that offers residents of most Baffin communities a lower-cost way to get store-bought food, has recently started operationsThe Kitikmeot Inuit Association is hosting a job and career fair in Cambridge Bay, Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven and Kugluktuk from October 2 to 5. The association estimates that close to 30 potential employers will be taking part.
Nunavut Arctic College has opened its new $3.87M community learning centre in Whale Cove. The centre has a daycare and three classrooms, including a kitchenette classroom for cooking classes.The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is offering $2,500 scholarships for Qikiqtaaluk Inuit for post-secondary studies. Applicants must already be enrolled in a post-secondary program.The Government of Nunavut is opening the territory's first walk-in beer and wine store on September 6th in Iqaluit. In a 2015 plebiscite, over 77% of Iqaluit residents voted in favour of opening a strictly controlled beer and wine store in the city.
The Nunavut Impact Review Board has accepted a submission by the Government of Nunavut and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association for the Grays Bay Road and Port. Pending the review process, the project will be the only deep water port in the Central Arctic.The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada are providing $0.5M in joint funding for the Whale Cove Emergency Water Supply Project. The community has been subject to boil-water advisories for the last three years.Waters' Edge Seafood and Steakhouse restaurant and the Kickin' Caribou pub in Iqaluit closed permanently on August 25, 2017. The former Hotel Arctic, which housed both establishments, was recently sold to new owners.The Government of Canada is providing $29.9M to build a new Arctic National Aerial Surveillance Program Complex, featuring an aircraft hangar and accommodations unit in Iqaluit. The funding is part of $175M over five years to help protect Arctic waters.
The Government of Canada is providing over $15.7M from the Gas Tax Fund to Nunavut in 2017. The first installment of $7.8M will support 19 infrastructure projects with a focus on water and wastewater improvements.The Government of Canada has opened the Pond Inlet Research Facility. The facility will support wildlife and climate research and monitoring programs, as well as educational and employment opportunities.
Qulliq Energy Corp. has formally requested approval from the Government of Nunavut to build a $31.4M power plant in Kugluktuk. Once approved, construction could begin in 2019, with an expected completion date in 2021.Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada is funding construction of a new child care centre in Iqaluit. Tundra Buddies Day Care Society will operate the centre when it opens in 2019.The City of Iqaluit is hiring paid fitness instructors for its Aquatic Centre after the city did not renew the contracts of volunteer instructors. The jobs will be 10-month terms with flexible part-time hours.Construction has begun on a new high school in Cape Dorset. The school will cost approximately $34M to build and is expected to open in the 2018-19 school year.
Iqaluit's new $300M airport terminal is expected to open on August 9. The new terminal is eight times the size of the previous terminal and is expected to serve Nunavut for the next 50 years.The new High Artic Research Station in Cambridge Bay is nearing completion. The $250M station will accommodate Canadian and international scientists. Other objectives that the station will focus on include knowledge sharing, business incubation and educational programming for kids.
Transport Canada has awarded a $5.5M contract to Kudlik Construction to clean up hazardous materials at the Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park in Iqaluit. The project is set to begin at the end of July, with most of the work to be completed before winter.Tundra Buddies Daycare Society announced plans for a new daycare in Iqaluit. The new 60 space facility is expected to open in spring or summer of 2019.The Nunavut Impact Review Board has approved Sabina Gold and Silver Corporation's Back River gold mine project proposal in Kitikmeot. Once all the necessary permits are secured, the $400M project could begin construction in the fall 2018; and is expected to employ about 800 people during production.
The Government of Nunavut offered the first ever Educational Leadership Course in Inuktitut to Inuktitut speaking educators from July 15-20. The course provided participants with a deeper understanding of community-based leadership in Nunavut.Nunavut is welcoming 14 cruise ships to 12 communities across the territory this summer. Various employment opportunities in tourism will be created for local residents.Iqaluit-based, Arctic UAV, has been awarded a two-year $300,000 contract from Transport Canada to formulate rules and regulations on aerial drone use in Canada
Red Bull is planning to film extreme sports activities, such as mountain biking, and do aerial photography in Nunavut. The company also plans to establish a base camp, which will be operated by the Arctic Kingdom tour company.The Government of Nunavut is publishing online cruise ships itineraries with passenger information and dates in anticipation of the upcoming tourist season
The City of Iqaluit has approved a development permit for a four-storey hotel, with accompanying restaurant proposed by Jam 2016 Investments Ltd.
The Hotel Arctic in Iqaluit is slated for closure, pending the successful sale of the property. According to the Northern Apartment Real Estate, the sale will be finalized on July 28, with the hotel closing for good on the same day.Aura Silver Resources Inc. expects to resume drilling at its Greyhound gold property following receipt of the spring drilling assay results in July 2017North Arrow Minerals Inc. has started a $3.2M exploration program at its Naujaat and Mel Diamond Projects. The program consists of drilling, mini-bulk sampling, detailed prospecting and geophysical surveys.
The Government of Nunavut is offering the Cruise Ready! Workshop to prepare community members for the upcoming cruise ship season and highlight the potential economic opportunitiesPeregrine Diamonds Ltd. is starting its summer drilling program at the Chidliak Diamond Project near Iqaluit on July 5, 2017. The company is also collecting environmental base line data as part of the 2017 work program.
The Government of Nunavut has launched Destination Nunavut to market and promote the tourism sectors of the territory. The program supports outfitters and other tourism operators.The Government of Nunavut is making changes to its Income Assistance Program effective July 1, 2017Auryn Resources Inc. has started its summer exploration drill program at the Committee Bay gold project. The company is also conducting a regional geochemical survey and drone imagery survey at the Gibson MacQuoid gold project.
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association expects increased Inuit employment at the TMAC Hope Bay gold mine once the project moves to stable production and operations. TMAC declared commercial production in early May.Nunavut Arctic College is launching its first four-year law program in September 2017 with a class of 25 Nunavummiut, 18 of whom are Inuit. The program will be run in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan's College of Law.
TMAC Resources Inc. has started commercial gold production at its Doris North Mine in western Nunavut. Pending a government extension for the site, the Doris North mine will see $61.8M in jobs and contacts over six years.Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit is set to undergo a $20M expansion that will add 37 staff to the facility. The project is waiting to secure a building permit to start construction.Illagiitugut Girls Home, Nunavut's only girls group home, is set to reopen in June 2017 in Iqaluit. Atlantic Youth, the new operator, is in the final stages of hiring and training workers for the facility.The Nunavut Impact Review Board is conducting a second review of the proposed Back River gold mine project in western Nunavut. Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. has plans for a chain of open pit and underground mines in the area.The Government of Canada is providing $15.8M to Nunavut and $19.6M to the Northwest Territories for the preservation of Indigenous languages. The funding covers the period from 2016 to 2020.
The Nunavut Housing Corporation is dealing with mould build-up in 116 public housing units. Professional contractors are required for the work.Silver Range Resources has staked five new gold targets and quadrupled its land position in Nunavut. The company plans geophysical surveys and a regional prospecting program during the spring and summer of 2017.The Government of Nunavut is accepting applications for the Prospectors Program. The program offers up to $8,000 to help pay for wages to assistants, materials and supplies when prospecting for minerals.Sabina Gold & Silver is planning a phase II exploration program consisting of drilling, till sampling, and rock sampling at its Back River Gold Project in late summer/fall 2017
The Government of Nunavut has awarded a five-year medevac contract for the Kitikmeot region to Keewatin AirThe Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. have developed an annual work plan to increase Inuit employment. The plan will complete proposed strategies and plans for Inuit labour, Inuit training and procurement.
The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada are providing $230M in joint funding for nine projects across 19 communities to upgrade solid waste management, and water and wastewater systemsThe Government of Canada is providing $456,000 to the Qaggiavuut Society to help train Nunavut artists in the practical skills of marketing and product developmentAreva Resources Canada has decided to close shop in Baker Lake and has put its office building up for sale. The company intends to keep its Kiggavik uranium project in care and maintenance for an indefinite period.Kivalliq Energy Corporation is planning exploration work during summer 2017, following the acquisition of 15 prospecting permits in the Foxe Fold Belt on central Baffin IslandBaffinland Iron Mines is committed to hiring an additional 50 Inuit for permanent positions this year at its Mary River iron mine
Canadian North has abandoned plans for scheduled air service to Clyde River, Nunavut citing low passenger bookings and limited demand for its freight services as reasons behind the cancellationAura Silver Resources has resumed drilling on its Greyhound property near Aura Lake. Agnico Eagle is covering all costs of this drilling and associated work under the terms of an exisiting agreement.The Government of Nunavut is offering a free, week-long Introduction to Prospecting course in three communities during June 2017
The Government of Nunavut is seeking proposals for projects that will help build the territory's tourism, culture and arts industries. Non-profit organizations, municipalities, tourism outfitters, artist groups and individuals are eligible for funding.Auryn Resources has mobilized equipment and supplies at its Committee Bay gold project. The drilling and regional till sampling programs are expected to start on June 3, 2017.First Air is adding a fourth weekly flight on its Iqaluit-Rankin Inlet-Yellowknife route starting May 21, 2017. The extra flight responds to customer feedback according to the airline.
The City of Iqaluit has committed more than $1M over five years to support local shelters. The money will be used to extend shelter operating hours and for life skills programs.
Sabina Gold & Silver Corp has started its 2017 spring drilling program at the Black River gold project. The company also has a summer drilling program, which is scheduled to commence in August 2017.
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. plans to expand and double its Inuit workforce from 300 to 700 in the next two years, with the expansion of its Meadowbank gold mine and second operation at Meliadine
The Government of Nunavut is accepting applications for the Summer Employment for Nunavut Students work experience program, for high school and post-secondary studentsNunavut Tunngavik Inc. has re-launched its harvester support program, which will officially re-open to applicants on April 1, 2017. The revamped program offers subsidies to Inuit harvesters for hunting and safety equipment.The new small craft harbour project in Pond Inlet is adding marine infrastructure that will provide sealift cargo operations in the summer and an inner harbour for small boats. Construction is expected to start in summer 2018.
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