The Inuit Learning and Development Program

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About the 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 Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement.

The ILDP was piloted in 2013–2014 and again in 2016–2017. The program will now be run as a regular pre-employment training program led by Pilimmaksaivik, The Federal Centre of Excellence for Inuit Employment in Nunavut, hosted within CanNor.

Eighteen Nunavut Inuit successfully completed the program in the first two groups of the ILDP. Many of those graduates were successful in gaining permanent employment within the public service in Nunavut. A new ILDP group is expected to start in August 2019 and run until December 2020.

The ILDP is a 16 month program that includes four work rotation placements lasting four months at a time. Participants will get paid work assignments in different positions in the federal public service to gain first-hand experience working for Government of Canada departments and agencies in Nunavut. Pilimmaksaivik partners with the Canada School of Public Service as was well as other training providers to give ILDP participants regular group learning and training focused on skills development needed for Government employment. The participants are also matched with a mentor to assist them throughout the program, as well as on-the-job coaching to help contribute to their success.

The majority of the work placements for the ILDP will be 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.

The 2019–2020 ILDP group will feature a 'science stream' focused on providing Nunavut Inuit with scientific and field work related experience and training.

The ILDP 'science stream' will see a limited number of participants put in scientific work placements carried out by the federal government in Nunavut. This includes: land and resource management, environmental protection, monitoring and research, and/or coordination of environmental programs and policies. Participants interested in this stream do not need to have a higher education in the sciences, only a keen interest in gaining experience in scientific fields.

Participants who complete the 16-month program will gain work experience in several different federal government organizations and will develop a variety of office and client service skills. They will also be more aware of the opportunities available for careers in the public service. Participants will be provided with a personal learning plan that will outline recommended next stages of education and training for advancement in public service positions.

At the end of the program successful participants will be placed in an inventory for consideration for term or permanent jobs within the Government of Canada.

Participating organizations

The following organizations and federal departments are participating in the program:

How to apply

Application forms are available: online, by email at or at the following places:

Iqaluit Rankin Inlet Cambridge Bay

1106 Allavvik Building
3rd floor
Contact person: Delma Autut or Neoma Cox
Email: or

Service Canada
Building 933 1st floor
Contact: Tracy May

Kakivak Employment Centre
Parnaivik Building 924

Service Canada
Contact: Julia Minilgak

Service Canada
Contact: Joanne Avalak-Panegyuk

Kitikmeot Inuit Association
Contact: Michelle Buchan

Please provide the following information when applying:

Assistance in filling out the application form, writing a letter of interest, and preparing a resume is provided at the following locations:

Completed applications can be:

Deadline for applications is at 5:00PM EST on Friday May 17, 2019

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