Kativik Regional Government


Nunivaat was initiated by the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) in 2005 to
establish a permanent, public and independent statistics program on the
socioeconomic situation of Nunavik
. Nunivaat is directed by Université Laval.


Study on the Cost of Living in Nunavik – Data collection work under the study is now running at full speed. To date, 76% of the targeted 450 households have been surveyed in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kuujjuaq, Tasiujaq, Salluit, Puvirnituq and Umiujaq. Each randomly selected participating household is asked to collect receipts for two weeks and to complete a diary of daily expenses; in return, the houseolds are paid $100.

Concurrently, as collected data is transmitted, processing work is being performed at Université Laval. Under the Agreement on the Financing of Measures to Reduce the Cost of Living in Nunavik signed in 2013, the Makivik Corporation, the KRG and the Québec government made a commitment to use the results of this study to define effective and long-term solutions to the region’s high cost of living. The results of the study are expected to be ready for release in 2016.


Nunavik in Figures 2015 – The pocket edition of this statistical publication is now available in Inuktitut, English and French online at www.nunivaat.org or from the offices of the KRG in Kuujjuaq and the Nunivaat – Nunavik Statistics Program in Quebec City. Nunavik in Figures 2015 contains recent data for the region on population, language, employment, education, income, prices, dwellings and health care, among many other fields. The full version of the publication is also available online and contains 116 tables and 61 charts, plus references to sources and methods.


Up-to-date data on the region is vital to make informed decisions in all areas of public policy. Changes in census data collected and prepared by Statistics Canada in recent years made it more difficult for Nunivaat to complete this project.




Data and Publications – During the second third quarter of 2015, publications and data were added to or updated on the Nunivaat databank.


New tables

  • Elders profile by village and age group: Age and sex, civil status, highest certificate or diploma, family status, living arrangements, primary household maintainer, dwellings and low-income. These tables were compiled by Nunivaat from the 2011 Census and National Household Survey conducted by Statistics Canada.
  • Nunavik profiles: Families and households, language, population, education, housing, income, labour, mobility and religion. These tables are the first tables compiled by Statistics Canada for the whole region since the 2011 Census and National Household Survey.


Updated table

  • Economic data: Gross domestic product and disposable income for 2012 and over time since 1983, 1991 and 2003).
  • New publications
  • Nunavik in Figures 2015 – Full version, Duhaime, G., S. Lévesque and A. Caron, Canada Research Chair on Comparative Aboriginal Condition, Université Laval, Quebec city, 133 p.
  • Nunavik in Figures 2015 Pocket Edition (Inuktitut-English), Duhaime, G., A. Caron and S. Lévesque, Canada Research Chair on Comparative Aboriginal Condition, Université Laval, Quebec City, 80 p.