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Foster Care Rates Increase

23 April 2020

Foster Care Rates Increase

The Department of Family Services’ Family Wellness Division is committed to supporting all caregivers, foster parents and kin parents in Nunavut through the provision of a variety of supports including per diems for children in care.

The basic foster care rates for the territory have increased as of April 1, 2020. The table below provides detailed information with regard to the rates applicable to the four zones and respective communities.

Community Foster Care Per Diems

Communities Basic Per Diem Rate  
Zone 1: Arviat, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet $58
Zone 2: Arctic Bay, Baker Lake, Cambridge Bay, Chesterfield Inlet, Gjoa Haven, Sanirajak, Igloolik, Kugluktuk, Naujaat, Whale Cove $60
Zone 3: Kinngait, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Sanikiluaq, Taloyoak $62
Zone 4: Clyde River, Coral Harbour, Grise Fiord, Kugaaruk, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Resolute Bay $65


Foster Care payments are meant to support children who are placed in care, and to assist with the daily costs associated with child rearing, including food, clothing, personal care, general household costs, etc. Daily rates differ by community and reflect the varying levels of living costs across the territory.

For more information, contact your local community social services office.

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Media Contact:

Lucy Aqpik
Communications Specialist
Department of Family Services
867-975-5207
LAqpik@gov.nu.ca