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The department provides economic development and transportation services directly or through third party partnerships.

Arts and Crafts

The Department of Economic Development & Transportation funds the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA). NACA uses this funding to promote the growth and appreciation of Nunavut artists and the production of their arts and crafts.


The Department of Economic Development & Transportation provides funding to the Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation. The corporation ensures people have reliable, affordable access to broadband services in every Nunavut community.

Business Development

The department provides funding to businesses through its small business support and strategic investments program.  It also has a guide to starting a business in Nunavut. The department funds the Nunavut Business Credit Corporation. The corporation provides funding to larger businesses that are unable to access sufficient debt capital from commercial sources.

Community Development

The department supports the development of community economies through funding assistance to municipalities and non-governmental organizations.

Under the Strategic Investments Program, the Nunavut Economic Foundations Fund targets community organizations that work to improve the ability of Nunavummiut to participate in Nunavut's economy. The Entrepreneur Development Fund provides financial assistance to community organizations to deliver entrepreneurship and business aftercare services.

All Nunavut communities can receive financial assistance from the department to employ a Community Economic Development Officer, to maintain a community economic development plan, and to implement projects identified in the plan. This support is provided through the Community Capacity Building schedule of the Policy Program Partnerships.

Film, Television and New Media

The Department of Economic Development & Transportation funds the Nunavut Film Development Corporation. The corporation promotes the territory as a destination for film production that provides opportunities for Nunavummiut to work in film, television and new media. It provides funding for the production of film in the Inuit language.

Nunavut Identification Cards

The department provides identification cards to Nunavummiut.

Nunavut Driver’s Licence

The department provides driver’s licences to Nunavummiut who pass their driving course.


The Department of Economic Development & Transportation promotes the territory as a destination to visit. It funds Nunavut Tourism. Nunavut Tourism supports and promotes its members.

Math and Science Awards

The goal of the department’s Math and Science Awards is to encourage and motivate students to pursue interests and careers in math, science and technology. Students in grades 8, 10 or 12 who have a good level of understanding in math and/or science could be awarded up to $350.