Energy Management Program


Nunavut purchases in excess of 200 million litres of fossil fuel to heat its’ buildings, provide hot water, generate electricity and transport goods and services. Public buildings [residential and commercial] are the Territory’s largest consumer of electricity and heating fuel. This utility bill is a non-discretionary expenditure that consumes funds that could go to other services, such as health and education.

Dated: September 30, 2013

Community and Government Electricity and Heating Bill

The Government of Nunavut’s 518 facilities and 3,500 employees, are spread across 26 remote communities in Canada’s Eastern Arctic.

In 2006, Community and Government Services commercial buildings consumed more than $38 million in electricity and fuel oil. This consumption of energy also impacts the environment, leading to the generation of an estimated 83,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change.

When looking at eco-efficiency solutions, Nunavut’s arctic climate and location, community size, cultural diversity and high cost of shipping and energy all increase the challenge of reducing our energy bill and greenhouse gases.

To this end, the Government of Nunavut developed an Energy Strategy entitled – “Ikummatiit”. Under Ikummatiit the Department of Community and Government Services have launched a series of unique, resource-saving initiatives, which are covered by this website.