There are numerous economic opportunities in Cape Dorset in sectors ranging from renewable resources to Inuit Art and Tourism. Below you will find a list of the major economic activities, as well as important information for entrepreneurs considering development opportunities in the area, from transportation and communication to education and policing.


The Economy  
Major Activities Carving, print-making
Co-operatives West Baffin Eskimo Co-op Limited
Renewable Resources Artic Char, clams, shrimp
  Marine Mammals: Beluga whale, right whale, killer whale, harbour seal, harp seal, harbour seal, bearded seal, walrus
  Game: Caribou, polar bear, fox, wolf, arctic hare, goose, duck, ptarmigan
  Quotas: Caribou 300, Polar bear 10
Other Resources Soapstone, marble, medium-level uranium potential area
Art Carvings, stonecut and lithograph prints, drawing by world reknown artists
Tours Boat, dogsled, snowmobile, walking and hiking tours

Other Useful Information

Cost of living is 65% greater than Montreal
Food prices are 69% greater than Yellowknife

Business Clothing manufacturing, arts and crafts making, taxi, hotels, building contractors, restaurants, general retail, outfitter, tour packagers
Power Nunavut Power Corporation 1800 kw diesel
Water Pipeline from Tee Lake, 1.5 km [1 mile] to settlement, chlorinated and trucked to houses
Sanitation Sewage pumped from each house
Fuel Tank farm north of community stores diesel, heating, gasoline and airplane fuel
Transportation Regular by-weekly flights by First Air and Kenn Borek Air
Communications Canada Post, NorwesTel telephone, CBC Radio [community], CBC Television
Protection Services Police: RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] 4 person detachment
  Fire: 25 person volunteer fire brigade, triple combination pumper, fire hall
Medical 4 bed fully equipped, 11 person Community Health Centre with residential quarters attached
Social Services Social Services run by Government of Nunavut , 4 social workers, Youth Justice Committee
Education Sam Pudliat School, K-6
Peter Pitseolak School, 7-12
school year: mid-August to mid-June
vocational and continuing education: Arctic College
Housing 250 residential housing units
Accommodation Dorset Suites
Recreation and Culture Community Hall, school gymnasium, playgrounds, arena, Youth Centre

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