The Collective Agreement, ratified in June 2008 between the Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Employees Union, provides annual allocations of funds to assist nurses with expenses associated with professional development.
The Government of Nunavut will provide from $3,000 to $6,330 per year to each nurse to help cover professional development expenses. The range reflects the variable costs of travel from communities if funds are needed to travel to attend conferences or workshops outside the territory..
Students of Inuit or other Aboriginal ancestries who are pursuing accredited health studies can apply for a bursary and scholarship awards.
Funds can also be used to cover the cost of distance learning and online courses. All Nunavut communities now have access to High-Speed Internet. Increasing numbers of Nunavut residents are taking advantage of the opportunity to access professional development programs online.