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 Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018
- 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.
Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017
- 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.
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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.
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association in Cambridge Bay is using four large simulators to train heavy equipment operators. Students spend more than 80 hours on the simulators, leading to certification.Aura Silver Resources Inc. is starting a drill program on its Greyhound precious metal property in Nunavut. Agnico Eagle will cover all costs of the drilling and associated work under an agreement with Aura.The Government of Nunavut has approved $81M to replace the Kugaardjuq school in Kugaaruk and to supply portable classrooms as an interim measure. The school building burned down on February 28, 2017.
The Kuugaq Café recently opened in Cambridge Bay, employing eight people. The Ublu Inn has also opened in the same building.The Illagiitugut Iqaluit Girl's Group Home is expected re-open by June 2017, following a nine month closure. Atlantic Youth, a Halifax-based company, will operate the Iqaluit facility.
Peregrine Diamonds is expanding its exploration program at the Chidliak Diamond Project near Iqaluit following a positive economic assessment of a potential open-pit plus underground mining developmentThe City of Iqaluit has granted a permit to the Government of Nunavut to build an addition to the city's existing liquor warehouse, as a first step to the territory's new beer and wine storeNunavut's Department of Education has contracted a policy analysis firm to review the Nunavut Teacher Education Program and to help map out a strategy to recruit more Inuit teachers for the territory's schools
The Government of Nunavut has introduced a 2017-18 budget with a projected $2B in spending. The government plans to build 17 housing units for staff, and 90 units for public housing in 2017, with another 95 public housing units scheduled for 2018.The Government of Nunavut has extended its current medical and duty travel contracts with Calm Air and Canadian North until August 31, 2019The Ungava Tulattivik Health Centre has created an integrated perinatal and early childhood services program in Kuujjuaq. The site offers a one-stop support shop to children from birth until they enter school, and to expectant parents.Kugaardjuq School, the only school in Kugaaruk, was destroyed by fire on February 28, 2017. The school had about 45 staff and 300 students from kindergarten to Grade 12.Crystal Exploration is planning a three-phase diamond exploration program in 2017 at three diamond bearing sites in Nunavut, starting this spring
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd is investing $1.2B to construct two gold mines in the Kivalliq region. The company estimates that the projects will create employment for about 2,000 people, about 714 of whom will be Inuit and 500 of whom will be contractors.
Nunavut's population, with its higher fertility rate, is growing faster than any other territory of province, according to the 2016 Census.The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada are jointly providing approximately $2.36M for water and wastewater infrastructure and a public works building in Kugluktuk
First Air has renewed an agreement with Summit Air, which will expand its use of the charter passenger service across the Arctic. Under the new, four-year agreement, Summit Air will continue to provide charter passenger service and air freighter service.The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada are providing $75.8M for the Qikiqtani Correctional Healing Centre in Iqaluit. Construction is scheduled to start in July 2018.The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut is trying to fill the position of Languages Commissioner of Nunavut and is set to re-advertise the opening. The position has been vacant since June 2016.The Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation is providing more than $3M for 12 training initiatives designed to enhance the preparedness of Nunavut Inuit for employmentQikiqtaaluk Corp, an Inuit-owned business, is closing the Baffin Deli, and the Plateau convenience store and Starbucks, both in Iqaluit. The businesses are closing by the end of March 2017, or sooner.
The Government of Canada has reached a health care funding agreement with the Governments of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon. The federal government will provide the Territories with a total of $36.1M in new financial support.The Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. are hosting community workshops to help Inuit-owned businesses with contracting and procurement processesTMAC Resources has filed a draft environmental impact statement for its Hope Bay Phase 2 Gold Project in western Nunavut. Construction of the project is slated to begin in 2019.The Canadian Northern Development Agency is providing approximately $1.9M to eight Nunavut co-operatives to modernize and expand fuel truck garage facilities. Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. will invest $5.1M, for a total of $7.1M
Aqsaqniq Airways Ltd., in a joint venture with Air Tindi, is offering scheduled passenger service between Yellowknife and Cambridge Bay
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