Job Market Trends and News


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  • 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.
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    The Kitikmeot Health Centre is opening a seven-bed continuing care facility in Cambridge Bay in spring 2017
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The Government of Canada provided Nunavut $7.875M for community infrastructure projects through the federal Gas Tax Fund, representing the first of two installments. In total, Nunavut will receive more than $15.7M this year through the federal program.
    The Bremen, a Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' ship with 150 passengers, made a port of call in Cambridge Bay on August 31. Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour, another cruise ship is also scheduled to stop in the community.
    The Government of Canada and the Government of Nunavut are investing more than $68M in infastructure projects related to community water and wastewater systems
  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    The City of Iqaluit is making emergency infrastructure repairs, worth $150,000, to the city's water infrastructure at five municipal facilities
  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is providing $373,000 to Co-ops in Whale Cove and Chesterfield Inlet to upgrade garages used for fuel delivery trucks
    The Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Employees Union have reached a tentative settlement on a new collective agreement. Ratification of the agreement is expected to take at least one month.
    Nunavut Arctic College, through the Government of Nunavut, has awarded the design and delivery of a new law degree program to the University of Saskatchewan
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    The Government of Nunavut is adding eight teaching positions across the territory for the coming school year
    The Hamlet of Kugluktuk and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency are partnering to provide $300,000 for improvements to the recreation complex in Kugluktuk
    The Government of Nunavut released the guide to In-Demand Career Options that highlights Nunavut's most in-demand career opportunities and provides information on the education, training, and skills needed for those jobs
  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    The Government of Nunavut is offering the Getting Ready for Employment and Training program in five communities starting on September 12, 2016.
  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    Areva Resources Canada has officially suspended its Kiggavik uranium project following a recent regulatory decision
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    The Government of Nunavut is seeking proposals for a new air ambulance service contract in western Nunavut's Kitikmeot region
    Parks Canada is renovating and expanding facilities at the Quttinirpaaq National Park on Ellesmere Island. In addition, the aviation fuel storage on site is also being upgraded and will be able to store up to 160,000 litres of fuel.
    The City of Iqaluit has approved a permit for the Nunavut Brewing Company to build a craft brewery and start production in 2017. The brewery is expected to initially employ six people.
  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016

    The federal government recently granted an additional $1.5M to the Kakivak Association, bringing the total funding up to $3M. The grants will be used in assisting small and medium Inuit-owned businesses in the Baffin area.
  • 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

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