Qualify for government employment

Information for Nunavut Inuit not currently employed by the federal government regarding relevant training and learning opportunities.

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How we can help

Pilimmaksaivik coordinates opportunities for Inuit to build the skills and experience needed to qualify for government employment.

These initiatives support the Government of Canada's commitment to developing and implementing a government-wide Pre-Employment Training Plan for all organizations in Nunavut with Article 23 objectives.

Pre-employment training refers to training provided to persons not employed by the federal government. Whenever possible, this training takes into account the specific needs of Inuit candidates including providing instruction in Inuktitut, training opportunities within Nunavut and considering Inuit culture and lifestyle in the design and implementation of all opportunities.

Gain job experience through the Inuit Learning and Development Program

The Inuit Learning and Development Program (ILDP) is a job training initiative aimed at providing Nunavut Inuit with the opportunity to build skills, knowledge and confidence for government employment.

Current status: closed

Pilimmaksaivik is not currently accepting applications for the Inuit Learning and Development Program.

How it works

ILDP is a 16 month program that consists of four work placements lasting four months each. The objective of each work placement is to assign participants to a Government of Canada department or agency that aligns with the personal interests and career objectives.

Work placements are typically based in Iqaluit with at least one placement generally available in Cambridge Bay. Participants who indicate their interest in working in Cambridge Bay may have the opportunity to move between the two communities asneeded for training and events. Participants from communities outside of Iqaluit or Cambridge Bay who are interested in participating are eligible for relocation support.

Why participate

  • Earn salary, Crown housing, vacation leave, vacation travel assistance (for the participant and eligible dependents) and Northern allowance
  • 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 skills development and work experience 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

Participating organizations

The following organizations and federal departments generally participate:

  • Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
  • Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
  • Service Canada (SC)
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
  • Parks Canada (PC)
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
  • Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC)
  • Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR)

Navigate the hiring process

For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to apply to federal jobs:

Find a job

Government of Canada jobs are posted on the GC Jobs website. This website is a platform for departments and agencies across Canada to advertise job opportunities to the public.

When searching for jobs, you can filter your job search by variables such as work locations, job types, departments and agencies and classifications.

To find a Government of Canada job:

Job opportunities are also often advertised on social media. Follow channels like GovCan – North and GCJobs on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on job opportunities in Nunavut.

Create a GC Jobs account

To apply to government jobs online, you will need a GC Jobs account.

To apply offline, reach out to the contact person listed on the job poster or in the social media post.

Apply online

When you apply to a job, you will need to confirm information about your interest in the position.

You will be promoted to update a list of requirements including:

Employee information

Enter information about your current job status.


Once you enter your resume into your GC Jobs account, you can upload your resume to every new job application.

For guidance on how to write your resume:

Cover letter

We recommend that you write a unique cover letter for every job application.

For guidance on how to write a government cover letter:

Screening questions

Screening questions are an opportunity for you to share examples of how you obtained the essential experience and asset criteria listed on the job application.

In your answers, include exactly when, how and where you obtained the necessary experience.

If you answer no to any of the essential qualifications, you will be screened out.

Work locations

Check which work locations you are interested in.


Classification refers to the type and level of work. For example, administrative work is generally classified as "Administrative Services" (AS). If you were in a junior administrative position, your classification could be denoted as "AS-02" (Administrative Services, level 2). This reflects your group and level, which corresponds to your pay rate and job description.

In this section, you select which classification you are applying to.


All Government of Canada jobs require a minimum level of education. This education requirement varies from job-to-job depending on a variety of factors including the nature of the work and the skills and knowledge necessary to do it. In some cases, employers will accept a combination of other experience (e.g. training, courses, life experience) instead of the formal education requirement.

When searching jobs, identify the education requirement in the job poster. In your application, you will be asked to prove that you have met this level of education.

About one-third of all federal positions in Nunavut require some form of post-secondary education. Many Government of Canada positions in Nunavut require post-secondary education, especially in technical fields like physical sciences, law and biology.

Pilimmaksaivik works with hiring managers and human relations practitioners to ensure alternate experience, training and informal education are considered when assessing candidates for federal positions.

When you apply to government jobs, you can consult Pilimmaksaivik for support with understanding education requirements and applying your experience.

For more information on qualification standards:


Indicate your languages along with your oral, reading and written fluency in each.

Employment equity

If you are an Inuk enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement, you are encouraged to self-identify in this section.

Nunavut Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement who are found qualified will be considered ahead of all other applicants.

Pass the assessment

If you are screened in to a job competition, the next step is the assessment, which could include an exam, interview and reference checks.

Exams are created by the hiring manager and supporting HR practitioners and assess essential and asset experience, skills and knowledge.

Interviews are generally conducted by a panel of 3 people from the organization. You will be asked questions about the qualifications, and your answers will be given a rating.

You will be asked for several references. Include the name and contact information of 3 reliable, recent supervisors, colleagues or peers.

Tip: use examples from non-job related skills, knowledge and experience

When providing examples of your skills, knowledge and experience during an exam or interview, you are generally expected to speak about your past work experience. However, you can also use examples of volunteer or on the land or other experience. Be sure to explain how it is directly related to the question you are asked.

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