Resources for Nunavummiut

Employment Opportunities

Career Development
The Career Development division of the Department of Family Services has the mandate to provide services to the public in order to link people with jobs. This often involves programs that people can use to help them as they undertake education, training or work experience.

Self-Employment Option
If you are unemployed and want to create a job for yourself by starting your own business, the Self-Employment Option can help. This program offers both financial supports and entrepreneurial assistance to eligible individuals. Supports can include receipt of Employment Insurance benefits while you work to start you own business as well as childcare.

Education and Training

We value education and training – they help Nunavut to grow and prosper. Listed below are resources to help point you in the right direction, whatever your goals may be.

Elementary

School Information
This link provides you with information regarding school calendars, contact information, registration, and individual school websites.

Day Care Subsidy
The Daycare Subsidy is available to provide financial support to low-income families who reside in Nunavut to help make child care more affordable while they pursue education or training opportunities outside the home.

Adult

PASS
 Pathway to Adult Secondary School (PASS) graduation gives adult learners a new route to earn the same Nunavut Secondary School Diploma (commonly known as the Grade 12 Diploma) as those students who have completed the high school route.

Financial Assistance
Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students (FANS) is designed to ensure that financial need is not a barrier to higher education. It is for students attending designated post-secondary institutions and academic programs. FANS offers a number of benefits that are intended to help offset the costs of a post-secondary education. Please remember that this program is not intended to cover all of the costs of your education.

Adult Learning and Training
This program helps you while you undertake training or upgrading. It is intended to increase your chances of finding and maintaining employment. ALTS normally only funds training programs that are a year, or less, in duration and that will lead to employment. Generally, training funded under this program falls under two categories: training that directly leads to employment after it is completed and work readiness or upgrading training.

Training on the Job
The Training on the Job program provides a wage subsidy to small and medium sized employers to help them hire and train unemployed or under-skilled workers. The training, which can be up to 52 weeks in length, may be delivered on the job site, at an institution or training provider or as a combination of both. The expectation is that the employer hires the trainee at the end of the training period.

Canada-Nunavut Job Grant
Under the Canada-Nunavut Job Grant (CNJG), eligible employers can receive funding support if they have new or better positions available for trainees and they can make a contribution to the total eligible training costs for each designated trainee. The maximum government contribution to the grant is $10,000 per trainee.

Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification
The Department of Family Services’ Apprenticeship Unit supports skilled workers and apprentices on their way to becoming journeypersons either with or without their Interprovincial Standards Red Seal certification. The Apprenticeship Unit also certifies eligible trade occupations. The Unit is governed by the Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification Act and makes decisions based upon recommendations of the Nunavut Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification Board.

Special Professional Fund
Nunavut residents who have received acceptance in principle into a specialized, limited-seat post-secondary program at a Canadian University may be eligible for a guaranteed placing in that program. Examples are Veterinary Medicine or Optometry.

Income Assistance
The Income Assistance Program is a program of last resort intended to help Nunavut families and individuals meet their basic needs when for various reasons, including disability, illness, low-income or periods of unemployment, when they are unable to provide for themselves.

Resources for Residents

Children

Nunavut Child Benefit
The Nunavut Child Benefit (NUCB) provides low-income families with monthly payments to assist with the cost of raising children. The NUCB is fully funded by the Government of Nunavut and administered by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Seniors

Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit
The Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit (SCSB) is a monthly payment of $175.00 made to low-income seniors in Nunavut.

Senior Fuel Subsidy
The Senior Fuel Subsidy is a program that helps to offset the high cost of heating fuel for seniors who own and live in their homes. Applicants may be eligible for reimbursements on up to a maximum number of liters of fuel as determined by this program. The maximum allowable subsidy is different depending on where the applicant or applicants live. The subsidy ranges from 2,500 and 3,175 liters of fuel per home. An income assessment is done to establish whether your net income of the applicant or applicants is within the program limits.

Housing

Home Purchase Assistance Program
The Nunavut Housing Corporation offers programs to assist Nunavut residents who can afford the ongoing costs of homeownership to secure home purchase financing through CMHC approved lenders.

Home Repair, Renovation and Maintenance Program
The Nunavut Housing Corporation provides programs to assist existing home owners with some of the costs associated with maintaining their homes.

Newcomers

Welcome to Nunavut! We are eager to ensure that you settle comfortably in our land. Listed below are some resources to help you in your big life change:

Tourism / Travel

You will be marvelled by our enormous, natural paradise where ancient customs, unscathed landscapes and an array of fascinating wildlife co-exist. Take a look at what our land has to offer you, we look forward to welcoming you!

For a list of travel resources, or to download a free PDF guide, please visit our official website of Nunavut Tourism.