Update on Cabin Construction

September 20, 2022

Public Service Announcement
Update on Cabin Construction
September 20, 2022 – Iqaluit, Nunavut

The City is providing an update on cabin construction, as per council motion #20-339, which directed City staff to conduct background research, consultation and implementation of a Cabin Policy.

Residents are advised that at this time, all cabin construction on Municipal Lands is unauthorized until the City finalizes cabin regulations and establishes a process for cabin approvals.

The City is determining options to regulate cabin development on Municipal Lands. The community will have an opportunity to provide feedback prior to any decision taken by Council when these decisions are ready.
City Staff will be attending the Nunavut Trade Show at the AWG Arena on September 22nd to conduct outreach on the Cabin Policy. A Cabin Policy survey is also planned for October. Please email planning@iqaluit.ca to be added to the mailing list to be notified when the survey opens.

Residents seeking permits to construct cabins, may explore opportunities on Federal Lands or Inuit Owned Lands.

To acquire a Recreational Cabin Lease from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC), contact the Lands Administration Office by email at landsmining@aandc-aadnc.gc.ca or by phone at 867-975-4283.

To obtain permission to construct a cabin on Inuit Owned Land, contact Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) by email at registry@qia.ca or by phone at 1-800-667-2742. QIA also has an online application portal for cabins at https://apps.qia.ca/appform/.

A moratorium is in place for new cabin construction in Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park and Qaummaarviit Territorial Park. This moratorium will be lifted once a Management Plan for these Parks has been approved. For further inquiries regarding cabin construction in Territorial Parks, please contact parks@gov.nu.ca or 867-975-7700.


For additional information, please contact:

Geoffrey Byrne
A/Communications and Customer Service Manager
City of Iqaluit
867-979-5619 | g.byrne@iqaluit.ca