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Employment Support

Support services are available to help you and your families, and guide you to new employment and training opportunities.

Training courses by your territorial government and related agencies will help you gain skills for work in fisheries and marine industries, trades and technology, administration and management, healthcare and education, to name a few.

Some of these programs offer financial support during training. Nunavut Arctic College, and fisheries and marine training programs even offer job placement upon completion.

If you are in need of support, or seeking better employment opportunities, see the information and links below.

Employment Insurance:


The Government of Canada provides Employment Insurance (EI) benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and able to work, but can't find a job.
Apply for EI benefits as soon as you stop working to see if you are eligable.

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Income Assistance:


The Government of Nunavut offers Income Assistance to help Nunavut families and individuals who are unable to provide for themselves due to specific circumstances.

Contact an income assistance worker to see if you are eligible.


Where to start

Community Contacts

Check List of Required Documents

Qikiqtani:       867-473-2615           1-800-567-1514

Kivalliq:          867-645-5040           1-800-953-8516

Kitikmeot:      867-983-4032           1-800-661-0845


Training Opportunities:

Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium

The NFMTC offers training certified by Transport Canada, in English, to Nunavut beneficiaries for careers in the marine and fishing industries. Expenses related to training are covered.


Application Form

Nunavut Arctic College

Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) offers general courses to prepare students for entry into the workplace, and training programs that open employment opportunities for specific skills. Some programs are free
and may provide income support during training.

NAC Program Overview

Kakivak Association

The Kakivak Association’s Training and Employment Department offers sponsorships and financial support for Inuit students and trainees of the Baffin region. Kakivak’s programs support Inuit participation in training opportunities on the job, through sponsorships and subsidies.

Training Program Overview

Individual Sponsorship Program


Community Contacts and Resources:

  Arctic Bay
  Cambridge Bay

Clyde River

  Gjoa Haven
  Hall Beach
  Pond Inlet

Counselling Support


The Kamatsiaqtut Nunavut Help Line offers help if you’re struggling with difficulties related to work, home or school and feeling overwhelmed, or if you are concerned about the well-being of someone you know.

Call the Kamatsiaqtut Helpline at 1-800-265-3333, and in Iqaluit 979-3333.