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Guidelines for Non-Nunavut Residents to Enter for Economic Activities

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by ahnationtalk on July 8, 202029 Views


To ensure the ongoing wellbeing of Nunavummiut, travel into the territory for non-Nunavut residents is currently restricted. At present, non-residents can apply to the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) for an exemption to the order but must be able to provide clear justification to support their request.

This process is intended to support non-Nunavut residents in completing economic activities, such as prospecting or mineral exploration, academic research, or lodge or cabin maintenance, among others.

The CPHO will continue to require endorsement from the hamlet(s) prior to allowing non-residents of Nunavut entry to any Nunavut hamlet, municipality, or populated area.

For requests to enter Nunavut without entering any hamlets or populated areas (ie by private charter to complete mineral exploration activities), the CPHO has deferred the decision to the landowner. Applicants must be prepared to show proof of endorsement from the landowner (Crown-Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, or the relevant regional Inuit association) during the review process.

Non-residents wishing to enter Nunavut can send their request to the CPHO’s office at:

cphotravelrequests@gov.nu.ca for decision.

Requests to travel will be assessed by the CPHO’s office under two streams:

  1. Non-residents requesting to transit or spend time in any hamlet, municipality, or populated area
  2. Non-residents requesting to enter remote or non-populated areas of Nunavut via private transportation

Non-resident travellers will need to submit an exemption request regardless of the nature of their travel plans.

Requests to enter a hamlet or populated area:

Non-residents requesting to transit or spend time in any hamlet, municipality, or populated area must isolate for 14 days in a GN-run southern isolation hub prior to flying to Nunavut. Applicants must include:

  • Names of all travellers requesting the exemption.
  • Requested dates of travel.
  • Brief summary of reason for travel.
  • Proof of consent by the hamlet or municipality.

Requests to enter a remote or non-populated area:

Non-residents requesting to enter remote or non-populated areas of Nunavut via private transportation and without coming into contact with Nunavummiut may be permitted to enter Nunavut without completing the 14-day isolation period in a southern hub. An employer may submit a request on behalf of multiple employees, however the names of all employees must be clearly included in the request. Applicants must include:

  • Names of all travellers requesting the exemption.
  • Requested dates of travel.
  • Brief summary of reasons for travel.
  • Proof of consent of activities by the landowner.
  • A contingency plan detailing how the applicant will avoid contact with hamlets or populated areas in the event of a health or safety emergency.

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