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It is usually recommended that nurses consider renting furnished housing units. Moving all of your personal belongings and furnishings to Nunavut can be very expensive.

Housing

The Department of Health and Social Services and the Nunavut Housing Corporation help nurses to find a place to live. Across Nunavut 56 housing units have been dedicated to housing health professionals and these are allocated by the three regional health authorities – Baffin, Kivalliq and Kitikmeot. These housing units are usually sufficient to meet the housing needs of our incoming nurses. Many health professionals who have worked in Nunavut for some time own their own condos or may, in larger communities, rent privately.

Housing units typically consist of one, two and three bedroom apartments, duplexes, triplexes and townhouses. Housing is usually private, but there may be instances where is it necessary to share accommodations. Every possible effort is made to match people’s requirements with their housing unit.

Rent is heavily subsided by the government. However, for nurses coming from some parts of Canada where rents are low, those nurses will still find the rental costs higher than they currently pay. Average furnished rental costs are:

One bedroom - $1,200
Two bedrooms - $1,500
Three bedrooms - $1,800

Furniture includes, tables and chairs, sofas and large chairs, beds, dressers, refrigerator, stove, washer/dryer and lamps. Furnishings do not include kitchen essentials like dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, toasters, coffee makers, etc.

In most instances heat is included in the cost. The renter pays for other utilities such as electricity, water and sewer, telephone, cable TV and Internet

Nurses have the option of selecting a furnished or a non-furnished housing unit. The monthly rental payments are reduced by approximately $40 - $90 for non-furnished units.

Rent payments are deducted from payroll.

The Nunavut Housing Corporation will offer assistance to anyone interested in getting a roommate in order to reduce his or her living expenses.

It is usually recommended that nurses consider renting furnished housing units. Moving all of your personal belongings and furnishings to Nunavut can be very expensive. Nurses flying in are offered a poundage allowance, as per the collective agreement, but this amount is not enough to move an entire household.

It is also not uncommon for people to wait an average of six weeks for their possessions to arrive. Even though your goods are shipped by air they do not have priority over passengers and their luggage and the move may also entail a number of transfers between airlines. Nurses moving to Nunavut are strongly encouraged to bring all of the basics with them as checked luggage. As a general planning rule, you should pack as if you were going camping – bring basic cookware, toiletries, clothing, and other everyday essentials.

Planning Ahead for Essential House Services

Most housing units do not require deposits, but you will have to make arrangements with the utility companies.

Power is provided by Nunavut Power. It will likely already be connected when you arrive, but you will need to get it put in your name.

Telephone and Internet service is provided by NorthwesTel. You will need to set up an account with them and arrange for a connection. Cell phones only work in Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay and your existing cell phone may not work in Nunavut.

Cable TV is available at the community level by local providers.

Water/sewer services can be arranged with the city or hamlet.

In some communities the Northern Store or the Co-op can help make these arrangements for you. The utilities will require a credit card number or a deposit.