The largest and least populated territory in Canada, Nunavut comprises most of the country's Arctic Archipelago and Northern Canada. The largest city and territorial capital is Iqaluit, which has the lowest capital city population in the country. Iqaluit is the territory's transportation, administrative, and communications centre, providing air links with the southern provinces and the most rural Nunavut communities with its modern airport. The capital city also features a port for bringing in supplies. While much of Nunavut remains isolated, Iqaluit has experienced rapid growth to the point of establishing a new public transit system.
Nunavut Job Opportunities
Nunavut's economy is largely government-based consisting of positions like community nurses, librarians, program directors, social workers, instructors, financial operations managers, and wildlife specialists. Iqaluit features a local radio and television station, but the majority of private sector jobs can be found in retail, construction, arts and crafts and tourism. Skilled trades also in high demand, with businesses looking to employ carpenters, rebar steel fixers, concrete finishers, drywall installers, and similar tradesmen to contribute to the territory's self-sufficiency and keep up with its continued development. Wages in Nunavut are also higher than those found in southern Canada to keep up with the higher cost of living.
Nunavut Employment Trends
Due to the territory's isolation, Nunavut's employment levels for the Inuit are disproportionately low compared to the rest of the labour force, and the Inuit consist of over half of the territory's population. This is something the Nunavut government is trying to solve through contract work and preferential hiring, but it may be sometime before Inuit employment levels catch up. Since this is a contributing factor to the unemployment rate, Nunavut has a 12.3 per cent jobless rate, which is much higher than the national average. The territory is still new, however, and development will take some time.