Landscape shot of houses in Nunavut
Home construction

Aug. 08/20 — Aug. 15/20

Nunavut - Iqaluit

Volunteer on this build opportunity in Iqaluit whilst giving a "hand up" to families in need

Is this build opportunity for me?

  • Home Construction Home construction
  • Weather Warm
  • Calendar August 8 - 15
  • Language English
  • Budget ~$1,865 + air transportation + non-build activities

According to a 2017 senate committee report on housing in the Canadian Arctic, the majority of residences in Nunavut are owned by the territorial government. Access to the homes are offered as an incentive to permanent employees. This makes rent steep on the private market. A 2018 Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation report found the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Nunavut was $2,648.

Two-thirds of the Nunavut population can't secure housing with some sort of assistance from the government or their employer, according to that CMHC report. As of 2016, 36.5 percent of the Nunavut population was in "core housing need." That's more than double the rate in any other Canadian province or territory.

According to the Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC), the territorial government organization that manages housing, Nunavut needed 3,545 more homes as of 2016. This is the most recent date the NHC can provide but those needs are only growing.

In August, the federal government finalized a Canada-Nunavut Housing Agreement. That includes already committed funds, like the $240 million over 10 years earmarked in 2017 for housing in Nunavut under the National Housing Strategy. Those funds pay to build around 48 housing units each year.

Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit

Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit is a community‐based, charitable, nonprofit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Research shows that housing that is affordable and adequate leads to better outcomes for families in the areas of health, education, and emotional well-being.

Habitat Iqaluit became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada in 2005. The local Habitat is dedicated to improving housing conditions for people who are gainfully employed but are unable to afford a down payment due to the cost of housing in the North. Over the last seven years, Habitat Iqaluit:

  • Built its first home in 2007 with the assistance of two teams of Global Village volunteers.
  • Built a second home in 2009 with the assistance of three more Global Village teams.
  • Hosted seven Global Village teams in 2017 to coincide with Canada 150.
  • Developed a strategic plan to build a further eight homes by 2020.

Habitat building or in-country schedule

Day 1: Saturday, August 8
Arrive in Ottawa
Day 2: Sunday, August 9
Depart for Iqaluit/ cultural day
Day 3-6: Monday, August 10 - Thursday, August 13
Build days
Day 7: Friday, August 14
Final build day and farewell
Day 8: Saturday, August 15
Depart Iqaluit
(The above itinerary may be subject to changes)

Habitat individual donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 8 day opportunity to build with Habitat Yukon is approximately

$1,865 (1) + air transportation (2) + non-build activities (3)

(1) The Habitat individual donation covers all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support to the project and programs of the local Habitat for Humanity organization: room and board, orientation materials, transportation, traveler's medical insurance, and a donation to Habitat Iqaluit and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village programs. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation.

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Ottawa-Iqaluit and must be done in consultation with the team leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3) The costs of any non-build activities will be determined by the team leader, not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Team Leader: Brenley Crawford

Hi! I'm Brenley and I live in Mississauga. I'm a firm believer in Habitat for Humanity's "hand up, not a hand out" philosophy. I have been involved with my local Habitat for over ten years: sitting on a variety of committees, helping on build sites, and volunteering at a local ReStore. I participated on my first Global Village build in 2014 and have been hooked ever since! Iqaluit will be my twelfth GV build, and my tenth as a team leader. My previous international builds (Zambia, New Zealand, El Salvador, the Philippines, Honduras, Fiji, Nicaragua, Malawi, and Cambodia), as well as my Canadian builds (Halifax, Neyaashiinigmiing) were all unique and rewarding, offering the opportunity to build several different types of housing, as well as to experience and interact with cultures and people around the world as well as here at home.

I'm excited to be leading a team to Iqaluit this August. If you are flexible, can go with the flow, have a good sense of humour and are looking for an adventure in Canada's north this summer, consider joining this team to help build a home for a deserving, local family. No construction experience is necessary; just a commitment to working with a team of like-minded individuals hoping to do a bit of good.

Please feel free to contact me at if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!