Inuit Learning and Development Program (ILDP): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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General information

Q.1) What is the Inuit Learning and Development Program?

The Inuit Learning and Development Program (ILDP) is a pre-employment and job training initiative aimed at helping Nunavut Inuit develop skills for potential jobs in the federal public service in Nunavut. This program supports the Government of Canada's efforts to build and maintain a representative public service in Nunavut, including meeting its obligations under the Nunavut Agreement.

Q.2) When does the next group start?

The next round of applications for the program will be accepted in 2021.

Q.3) How long does the program last?

The ILDP is a 16 month program consisting of four paid work placements lasting four months each.

Q.4) Where does the ILDP take place?

The majority of work placements are based in Iqaluit. However, there will be a few rotations based in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, which would require participants to move between Iqaluit and Cambridge Bay during the program.

Relocation support will be available for participants applying outside of work placement communities. During the training program, participants will also receive (in addition to their salary) housing, vacation leave, vacation travel assistance (for themselves and eligible dependents), and support for training outside of the participant's work placement community.

Q.5) What kind of training is offered?

Participants will receive on-the-job training as well as coaching and mentoring. They will also participate in structured classroom learning and online training. Participants will also be provided with informal learning opportunities (i.e. guest speakers, learning from Inuit elders). Both formal and informal training will focus on skills development for government employment as well as Inuit culture and history. Some examples of specific training topics include orientation to Government of Canada, written and oral communication and briefing skills, interview and job search skills, team building, computer skills, Inuktitut language skills, resilience and workplace wellbeing, Inuit societal values and history, managing pressure and stress, and problem solving. Any travel required for training will be covered by the program.

Q.6) What kind of work placements can be expected?

Placements may include entry level positions such as administrative assistants, clerks or finance officers, or environmental technicians. For those individuals selected to participate in the 'science stream', work placements will be focused on gaining exposure to a variety of federal responsibilities in areas such as land and resource management, environmental protection, monitoring and research, as well as the coordination of environmental programs and policies.

Q.7) What are the pay and benefits for ILDP participants?

Participants are paid as term employees, which is approximately $43,078 per year plus applicable isolated post allowances (or 'northern allowances'). Depending on whether participants have dependents, isolated post allowances range from an additional $18,000/year to $32,000/year. Participants will also be eligible for vacation travel assistance (VTA) payments at 3 different points during the 16-month program, for themselves and for each eligible dependent. Relocation assistance is available to those applying from outside of placement locations. Applicants may wish to review the Relocation Directive.

Q.8) Is housing provided?

Subsidized housing is available to participants and eligible dependents. While accommodations are partially subsidized, participants will be required to pay rent which will be deducted from their regular pay. For those participants who will take part in one or more 4-month work placements in Cambridge Bay, subsidized housing will be available, but may involve shared accommodations with other participants or federal employees.

Applying for the Inuit Learning and Development Program (ILDP)

Q.1) Who is eligible to participate?

This opportunity is open to Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement. If you have a high school diploma or equivalent, and/or a college diploma or university education, they will be considered an asset. Nunavut Inuit residing in Nunavut or in any other Canadian location are encouraged to apply.

Q.2) What if I don't have a high school diploma?

Applicants without a high school diploma may be considered for the ILDP if they have some equivalent volunteer and work experience.

Q.3) Can I get help filling out an application form?

Yes, contact Pilimmaksaivik for assistance filling out an application form.

Q.4) Where do I send my completed application form?

Completed application forms can be sent to one of the following:

  • Email:
  • Mail: Pilimmaksaivik Office, PO Box 610, Iqaluit NU, X0A 0H0
  • Drop-off: Pilimmaksaivik Office 3rd floor building 1106 Iqaluit, NU
  • Fax: 867-975-3740

Once you submit your application form, Pilimmaksaivik will let you know if anything else is required.

Q.5) What criteria will be used to select the participants in the program?

We are looking for participants who are:

  • Able to communicate both in writing and orally in English (the ability to communicate in Inuktitut is an asset)
  • Organized and adaptable
  • Dedicated and enthusiastic towards personal learning and development
  • Active listeners with good reading skills
  • Positive, determined, and show initiative
  • Open and willing to work with a learning partner such as a mentor and a coach
  • Comfortable using technology such as computer and office equipment
  • Applicants will be expected to participate in on-the-job learning and training during regular work hours, Monday through Friday
  • Applicants should be available to work for the duration of the Program

Please note: Applicants must be able to obtain a Reliability Security clearance. Having a criminal record does not automatically disqualify you from eligibility into the program. Potential participants will be interviewed in person or by telephone.

Q.6) When will participants be notified that they have been selected?

Participants are generally notified six weeks after the application closing date.

Q.7) Do participants select their Government of Canada placements?

The program coordinators will attempt to match the skills and aspirations of participants to positions available in host organizations to maximize the benefits for both the participants and the host employers.

Q.8) Will participants be paid for travel costs for interviews?

Travel costs for applicant interviews will not be covered if outside of Iqaluit. Interviews may be done by telephone for applicants outside Iqaluit to minimize costs.

What to expect

Q.1) What are the participants' responsibilities during the program?

Participants are expected to attend all learning events organized as part of the program and are expected to attend their work placement regularly and punctually according to the hours of work set out for their position. They will be expected to undertake assignments that require reading, writing and computer skills. They will also be expected to work with the coach and mentor assigned to them.

Q.2) What do the formal learning sessions involve?

Formal learning will include IT training, values and ethics, client service skills, and communications, as well as sessions on the Nunavut Agreement and the roles of the Government of Canada.

For those selected to participate in the 'science stream', land-based training may be offered such as environmental sampling and monitoring, wilderness first aid etc.

Q.3) Will there be any mentors or coaches to assist participants?

Coaches will support participants in their individual work placements and will change with each rotation by providing training in job skills specific to each position. Mentors will be assigned to each participant for the duration of the program. Mentors will be other public servants who can give advice about setting goals, identifying resources, and finding opportunities for further educational and professional development.

Q.4) What are the program benefits?

Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement who participate in the ILDP will:

  • Gain first-hand experience working within a variety of Government of Canada departments and agencies in Nunavut.
  • Become more aware of career opportunities in the public service.
  • Access training and education focused on skill development needed for federal employment.
  • Receive guidance from a mentor throughout the duration of the Program as well as on-the-job coaching.
  • Have the opportunity to be placed into an inventory for consideration for term or permanent jobs within the Government of Canada.
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