Economic Development

The mandate of the Department of Economic Development is to advance economic growth in the Kitikmeot Region through promoting responsible development of the Region’s natural resources; aiding and supporting Inuit-owned business development, and ensuring Kitikmeot Beneficiaries have the skills and training needed to succeed in the workplace.

The Department currently has two main divisions:
i. Business Development; and
ii. Employment and Training.

The Director of Economic Development is responsible for the planning, administration and other functions necessary to further the Department's mandate.

The current Director of Economic Development is Fred Pedersen.

Business Development

The Business Development Division is responsible for:

  • The assessment of applications for financial assistance pursuant to two programs administered by KIA – the Kitikmeot Business Assistance Program (KBAP) and Nunavut Sivummut Program (NS);
  • Assistance to Beneficiaries applying for funding for the above programs, as well as those administered by the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation; and
  • The provision of advice to the Director on community economic and business development.

KIA’s current Business Development Officer is Derek Elias.
Anyone interested in starting a small business is encouraged to contact Derek.

More Information About Business Development

NUNAVUT SIVUMMUT PROGRAM AND APPLICATION FORM

The purpose of the Nunavut Sivummut Program (NS) is to provide one-time grants of up to $2,000 to assist micro businesses, commercial renewable resource harvesters, and artisans to acquire the tools, equipment, parts and/or support required to start-up or expand their business.

Eligibility for funding is limited to individual Inuit who are registered Beneficiaries, pursuant to Article 35 of the Nunavut Agreement, and who are ordinarily resident in a community in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. In some cases, Inuit-owned businesses registered as such with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, or organizations representing harvesters or artisans may be eligible for funding.

An Application Form, as well as Guidelines which address eligible activities, application procedure, administration of funds, other conditions and monitoring, are available for download.

Nunavut Sivummut Application (English)
Nunavut Sivummut Funding Guide (English)

KITIKMEOT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND APPLICATION FORM (KBAP)

The purpose of the Kitikmeot Business Assistance Program (KBAP) is to assist Inuit entrepreneurs to participate in the regional and local economies by providing up to $25,000 in contribution funding. It is expected that KBAP funding will not be the primary source of financing for eligible activities, but rather, used to lever funds from other sources. KIA’s current (2013-2014) KBAP budget is $120,000.

Eligibility for funding is limited to individual Inuit who are registered Beneficiaries, pursuant to Article 35 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and who are ordinarily resident in a community in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut; and to Inuit-owned businesses in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. Inuit-owned businesses must be registered as such with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated.

Funding may also be considered for organizations sponsoring special business or community economic development projects that will provide broad-based benefits to Inuit in the community.

Applicants must generally contribute a minimum of 10% equity toward total project costs as evidence of commitment to the business or project. Acceptable forms of equity include cash, sweat equity, and assets contributed to the project by the applicant.

An Application Form, as well as Guidelines which address eligible activities, application procedure, administration of funds, other conditions and monitoring, are available for download.

KBAP Funding Application (English)
KBAP Funding Guide (English)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (EBD) PROGRAM

The Entrepreneurship and Business Development (EBD) Program is one of two program contribution streams of CanNor’s Northern Aboriginal Economic Opportunities Program (NAEOP). EBD assists Indigenous entrepreneurs and Indigenous businesses through project-based support for activities that help facilitate the establishment or growth of Indigenous businesses.

Please contact KIA’s Business Development Officer, Derek Elias, for more information on this program, or to start an application for financial assistance.

Derek can be reached at 867.983.2458 Ext. 266 or email to business@kitia.ca

OTHER FUNDING LINKS

There are a number of other agencies in Nunavut with responsibility for the provision of advice and financial assistance to Inuit wishing to start or expand a small business. Please contact one or more of the following for more information.

Economic Development and Transportation: https://www.gov.nu.ca/edt
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency: https://www.cannor.gc.ca/eng/
Community Futures: https://www.kcfi.ca/
Atuqtuarvik Corporation: https://atuqtuarvik.com/
Nunavut Business Credit Corporation: https://www.nbcc.nu.ca/
First Nations Bank: https://www.fnbc.ca/Personal/

Inuit Employment and Training

The Inuit Employment and Training Division is responsible for increasing the number of training opportunities delivered in Kitikmeot communities that:
  • Provide Beneficiaries, with transferrable skills leading to increased opportunities for employment;
  • Provide Employers, with prospective employees that have the basic skills for the job and ‘work readiness’ skills to help them be successful employees; and
  • Build confidence in program participants to assist them in entering or re-entering the work force, or in pursuing further training.

To carry out its responsibilities, KIA’s Inuit Employment and Training Division works with a number of training partners such as; the NWT Mine Training Society, Nunavut Municipal Training Organization, Nunavut Arctic College, Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium, and Northwest Community College.

KIA recently signed a 10-year agreement with the federal government to deliver the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program (ISETP) in the Kitikmeot Region. ISETP is designed to help Indigenous people improve their skills and find employment. ISETP provides funding to Indigenous service delivery organizations that design and deliver job training services to First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous people in their communities. KIA is the designated service delivery organization for ISETP in the Kitikmeot Region.

ISETP places emphasis on overall client outcomes, ultimately leading to improved skills, employment and earnings by recognizing incremental successes and capturing the progression of clients along their skills development and employment path. The new approach has a stronger focus on assisting Inuit gain transferrable skills that will support their long-term career success by securing jobs in a wide range of sectors. Another key component of the strategy is a continued focus on providing a comprehensive suite of wrap-around supports to Inuit clients. By addressing barriers to employment, ISETP not only contributes to improved employment outcomes, but also to building stronger Inuit communities.

More information on ISETP is available on the ISETP website.

The Current Manager of KIA’s Inuit Employment and Training Division is Michelle Buchan.

More Information About Inuit Employment and Training

CAREER SERVICES
FOR EMPLOYERS
CHILDCARE SUBSIDY PROGRAM

The KIA Licensed Child Care Subsidy Program has two purposes:

1: To encourage the use of licenced child care centres in the Kitikmeot Region.
2: To assist eligible working Kitikmeot Inuit with the financial cost of enrolling their children in licenced child care facilities.

Childcare Subsidy Application Form (English)
INDIGENOUS SKILLS AND EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAM (ISETP)

ISETP is designed to help Indigenous people improve their skills and find employment. ISETP provides funding to Indigenous service delivery organizations that design and deliver job training services to First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous people in their communities. KIA is the designated service delivery organization for ISETP in the Kitikmeot Region.

ISETP places emphasis on overall client outcomes, ultimately leading to improved skills, employment and earnings by recognizing incremental successes and capturing the progression of clients along their skills development and employment path. The new approach has a stronger focus on assisting Inuit gain transferrable skills that will support their long-term career success by securing jobs in a wide range of sectors.

More information on ISETP is available on the ISETP website.
INUIT POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAM (IPSEP)

KIA’s Inuit Post-Secondary Education Program provides financial and non-financial support to Kitikmeot Inuit students so that they can achieve their post-secondary education goals. Our hope is to eliminate the gap between Inuit and non-Inuit post-secondary education graduation rates. The IPSEP Handbook and two versions of the application form (one fillable on a computer and the other for printing and filling by hand) are available for download below.

KIA IPSEP Application (English)
KIA IPSEP Application Fillable (English)
IPSEP Student Handbook (English)