Job Market Trends and News


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  • Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    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.
  • Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    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.
  • Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    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
  • Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    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
  • Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    The City of Iqaluit has approved a development permit for a four-storey hotel, with accompanying restaurant proposed by Jam 2016 Investments Ltd.
  • Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    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 2017
    North 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.
  • Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    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 opportunities
    Peregrine 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.
  • Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    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, 2017
    Auryn 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.
  • Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    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.
  • Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    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.
  • Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    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
  • Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    The Government of Nunavut has awarded a five-year medevac contract for the Kitikmeot region to Keewatin Air
    The 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.
  • Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    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 systems
    The Government of Canada is providing $456,000 to the Qaggiavuut Society to help train Nunavut artists in the practical skills of marketing and product development
    Areva 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 Island
    Baffinland Iron Mines is committed to hiring an additional 50 Inuit for permanent positions this year at its Mary River iron mine
  • Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    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 cancellation
    Aura 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
  • Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 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.
  • Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    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.
  • Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    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.
  • Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 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
  • Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    The Government of Nunavut is accepting applications for the Summer Employment for Nunavut Students work experience program, for high school and post-secondary students
    Nunavut 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.
  • Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    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.
  • Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 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.
  • Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    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 development
    The 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 store
    Nunavut'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
  • Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    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, 2019
    The 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
  • Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    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.
  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    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
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    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 employment
    Qikiqtaaluk 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.
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    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 processes
    TMAC 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
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    Aqsaqniq Airways Ltd., in a joint venture with Air Tindi, is offering scheduled passenger service between Yellowknife and Cambridge Bay
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Agnico Eagle Mines Limited is seeking suppliers for a $53M contract to provide Fuel & Jet-A Supply for the Meadowbank Mine in 2017
    Kugluktuk-based Nunavut Qiviut is developing muskox products to supply to customers in Canada and the US. Hunters in Kugluktuk have shown interest in the business, which also provides seasonal part-time jobs in the community.
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    The Nunavut Impact Review Board has issued conditional approval for remediation and stabilization of the old Jericho diamond mine south of Kugluktuk starting in spring and summer of 2017
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    Atii Fitness Centre in Iqaluit has closed its doors pending the opening of the City of Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, which set to open in 2017
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    The Nunavut Impact Review Board has sent a proposal for Baffinland Iron Mines Phase 2 expansion plan for the Mary River iron mine back to the Nunavut Planning Commission
    The Kitikmeot Inuit Association is offering two-week long Inuktut language sessions to youth in five western Nunavut communities in 2017
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Canadian North plans to reinstate its pre-codeshare routes around the Baffin region when the flight sharing agreement with First Air ends in May 2017
    Natural Resources Canada is forecasting that exploration spending in all three territories will drop by 32% in 2016. Exploration expenditures in Nunavut are expected to decline by 49% from 2015 levels.
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    The Government of Canada has committed $10.64M towards the construction of a new Nunavut Arctic College facility at the Iqaluit Nunatta campus. The Government of Nunavut is providing $18.9M for the project.
    Peregrine Diamonds is planning to spend between $15.5M and $17M at the Chidliak diamond mine site in 2017. The company estimates the mine, once fully operational, would create between 275 and 325 jobs, shared between Iqaluit and Pangnirtung.
    The Government of Canada has appointed 22 Deputy Judges to the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court of Yukon, and the Nunavut Court of Justice.
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    First Air has given notice to Canadian North that it will terminate their codeshare agreement, effective May 16, 2017. The codeshare agreement came into effect in 2015, after Canadian North and First Air called off merger talks.
    The defunct Shear Minerals diamond mine near Kugluktuk is set to undergo a $10.5M clean-up starting summer 2017
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    The Nunavut Impact Review Board has provided the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp with a report that outlines environmental deficiencies and waste management issues at the Mary River iron mine
  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Canadian North is cutting flights on its Ottawa-Iqaluit codeshare route that it runs in conjunction with First Air
    The Government of Nunavut has secured more than $80M of previously-announced federal funding for public housing across the territory
    The recently announced $1.5B federal oceans protections plan includes an extension to the Canadian Coast Guard's icebreakers presence in the Arctic earlier and later in the season and creation of a Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary
    The Government of Nunvaut is seeking proposals for projects that promote, protect or preserve and revitalize Nunavut culture, language, arts and heritage
    The Government of Nunavut is opening a beer and wine store in Iqaluit in 2017 as a three-year pilot project
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    The Nunavut Housing Corporation has released its distribution list of 60 housing units for 2017-18. The budget for housing is subject to approval in the current legislative session.
    Iqaluit's Baffin Correctional Centre will be replaced by the Qikiqtani Correctional Healing Centre by 2021. The territory hopes to begin construction on the $75M replacement project in summer 2018.
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    The Government of Nunavut proposed a budget of $200M for capital projects across the territory in 2017-18. Projects being considered under the plan include the $57M Qikiqtani Correctional Healing Centre in Iqaluit.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    The Government of Nunavut is accepting applications for another round of Getting Ready for Employment and Training program which will be offered in Qikiqtarjuaq, Kimmirut, Kugaaruk, Arviat and Hall Beach in 2017
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    The Nunavut Research Institute and Irving Shipbuilding are providing $2M to support nine applied research projects
    The Qikiqtani Inuit Association approved a new revenue policy that will create a $24M legacy fund for its beneficiaries
    A new research study by the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative will study the health of ringed seals in Nunavut's Baffin region. Local Inuit will be trained by the organization to conduct the research.
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    The Government of Nunavut hired WorleyParsons to help set up consultations, organize permits and design both the $85M Iqaluit deep sea port and Pond Inlet's small craft harbour
    TMAC Resources' Hope Bay project is expected to be processing gold early in 2017 according to updates from the company. TMAC has a mill on site and is in the process of assembling and testing the plant.
    Nunavut Arctic College in Cambridge Bay is opening a childcare centre on campus. The Government of Nunavut allocated $38.4M for further capital projects at the college, including a mine training centre.
    The Government of Nunavut opened the way for retail beer and wine outlets in Cambridge Bay and Rankin Inlet. A similar store is planned for Iqaluit.
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    The Government of Nunavut is creating three new positions in its Economic Development and Transportation branch's tourism and cultural industries division. Meanwhile, the territorial government will reduce funding for the Nunavut Tourism association.
    The Government of Nunavut is closing the Illagiitugut Group Home for youth in Iqaluit on September 30, 2016. The facility will be re-opened if a new service provider is found.
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Nunavut's Department of Economic Development is examining changes to marine tourism regulations that would mitigate some of the impacts of larger cruise ships visiting smaller communities
    SmartICE, a sea ice monitoring system developed for coastal communities by researchers at Memorial University in Newfoundland, is being piloted in Pond Inlet
    The Canadian High Arctic Research Station is expected to open in Cambridge Bay on July 1, 2017. The research centre is anticipated to create least 30 new jobs in the region.

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