Training and Jobs

Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnership (Q-STEP)

Increasing Employment and Training Opportunities for Inuit

In 2017, QIA in partnership with Bafflinland Iron Mines Corporation, the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and Kakivak Association, launched a four-year Inuit employment and training project: Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnership (Q-STEP).

Q-STEP provides certified and transferrable skills through training programs for Inuit across the Qikiqtani Region. The following training is offered through Q-STEP:

  • Work Readiness Training
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Mining Skills for Employment
  • Trades Apprenticeships
  • Mining Essential/General Skills

The primary goal of Q-STEP is to increase Inuit employment in the Qikiqtani Region in industries such as mining. Q-STEP also delivers training programs to unemployed Inuit, with a focus on women and youth (ages 18-30).

To access programs through Q-STEP you must register with QIA’s labour pool database, Tuttarvik.

For more information on how to register with Tuttarvik, please contact QIA at Tuttarvik@QIA.ca or register online through the Tuttarvik website.

To learn more:

Visit Tuttarvik.qia.ca

The Mary River Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement

Q-STEP apprenticeship FAQs

Q-STEP videos

Tuttarvik

Connecting Inuit to employment, education and skill development opportunities

In 2017, QIA launched Tuttarvik, an online labour pool database. Tuttarvik is a central resource to assist employers in recruiting Qikiqtani Inuit for employment or training opportunities.

Tuttarvik includes a job posting board and several free online learning courses.

The Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnership (Q-STEP) program is one opportunity available through Tuttarvik.

For more information on how to register with Tuttarvik, please contact QIA at Tuttarvik@QIA.ca or register online through the Tuttarvik website.

To learn more:

Visit Tuttarvik.ca

Business capacity and start-up fund

Strengthening Inuit Business

The Mary River IIBA created the Business Capacity and Start-Up Fund. Inuit can use this Fund to improve their business or start a new business.

QIA and Baffinland each contribute $275,000 per year to the Fund. Inuit firms can access this money through the QIA non-profit subsidiary, Kakivak Association.

Eligible businesses must:

  • Be registered on the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Inuit Firm Registry
  • Operate in the Qikiqtani Region (priority is given to businesses in the impacted communities)
  • Be at least 51 per cent Inuit owned and controlled
  • Have a net worth of less than $1 million

To learn more or to access the application:

Contact: Kakivak Association

Business Capacity Start-up Fund Guidelines

The Mary River Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement

Contact your Baffinland or QIA Community Liaison Officer

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