The Policy & Planning Division of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) maintains a list of Inuit firms, as required by Article 24 of the Nunavut Agreement.
Article 24 requires the federal and Nunavut governments to improve the participation of Inuit firms in the economy of Nunavut, improve the capacity of Inuit firms to compete for government contracts, and secure the employment of Inuit at a representative level in the Nunavut work force.
NTI’s Inuit Firm List is a tool to help the two governments meet these goals. For example, the Government of Nunavut’s Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti (NNI) Regulation establishes a preferential bid adjustment of 5% on tendered government contracts for Inuit firms that are at level 1 of Inuit ownership, 10% for Inuit firms that are at level 2 of Inuit ownership, and 15% for Inuit firms that are at level 3 of Inuit ownership.
The Government of Canada is also required to consult the list when issuing contracts regarding Nunavut. NTI’s agreement with the Department of National Defense on the clean-up of DEW-line sites is an important example in which the federal government uses the Inuit Firm List for contracting and subcontracting purposes.
Others who use the Inuit Firm List include:
- NTI, to apply an Inuit bid preference of up to 10% on contracts;
- Atuqtuarvik to determine eligibility for loan and equity financing;
- Kivalliq Partners in Development, Kakivak Association and the Kitikmeot Economic Development Commission to determine eligibility for certain grants and loans;
- NTI and Regional Inuit Associations to maximize Inuit employment, training and business opportunities in land use licenses, leases, exploration agreements and Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreements.
The Inuit Firm List provides opportunities for Inuit firms. If you represent an Inuit firm, it may be important for you to register with the Inuit Firm List.