4 Challenges People Relocating To Nunavut Can Expect

Posted by on Apr 4 | 2016

Nunavut is an interesting place to move to as an adventurous professional — it provides a tight-knit but active social life with the alternative for rugged outdoors activities. However, there are some challenges when it comes to adapting to the move which are unique to Nunavut. The relocation may present interesting challenges, but being prepared and having the right services can go a long way to smoothing things out and ensuring that your concentration can stay on the work you’re doing at your new branch.

Relocating To Nunavut

Dressing for the cold

The weather will vary depending on where you’re located in Nunavut, but the fact is much of the year is spent in cold weather. You will want to come prepared for the low temperatures, although if you’re missing an item, you’ll easily be able to purchase it up North. As a general rule of thumb, you should make sure you have the following before you leave:

  • Fur-lined knee-length coat
  • Winter hiking boots
  • Polar mitts
  • Balaclava or wool toque
  • Long johns
  • Wool socks

Increased cost of living

Groceries tend to cost more in Nunavut than the average Canadian will spend for the same product, although compared to high density urban areas, such as Toronto and Vancouver, the difference is less noticeable.

Surprisingly, despite the cold climate, there are foods that are locally grown or manufactured, making it cheaper to buy as you won’t have to pay for shipping and handling. If you tend to eat a lot of fresh food, then there is little you can do to avoid the expense, but there are a few things you could do to keep your diet healthy and interesting:

  • Grow your own fruits and vegetables indoors
  • Buy fruits in season
  • Keep an eye out for weekly sales in local markets

Different options for transportation

There are fewer roads and railways up North, so ground transport happens far less frequently than in other areas with more infrastructure. Air travel, on the other hand is used more often — in fact, the average amount spent on air travel is 2 to 3 times more than the average Canadian, but it’s also important to note that prices are competitive as there isn’t a monopoly on air travel up North.

Moving your possessions

Did you know that Nunavut has a thriving marine transportation industry, shipping thousands of tonnes of cargo in recent years? If you had to plan your relocation on your own, you would have to consider these options, but with the help of a professional moving company, you can focus on other important parts of the move, such as making sure that you and your family are adapting well to the colder changes.

Whether you’re taking a new position with your company or are simply working in a new office temporarily to launch a new product, it’s important that you can get to work as soon as you relocate. Armstrong Moving work directly with your company from the time your new position is offered until the time you’re settled in your new home so you can keep your focus on your new life in Nunavut.



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