City of Iqaluit wants residents’ thoughts on 20-year plan for growth

General plan intended to be a guide for how the city will develop; document expected to be approved later this year

Residents gather to write down their opinions on what the City of Iqaluit’s next land-use plan should address. Another open house is on June 9 at the Aquatic Centre from 6 to 8p.m. (Photo by David Lochead)

By David Lochead

About 10 people scanned through pictures and written questions that were placed on tables at the Elders’ Qammaq on Wednesday night, for the City of Iqaluit’s first of two open houses as it prepares a new general plan.

Among them was François Fortin, head of Iqaluit’s Aniirajak Ski and Adventure Club, who said he came out to talk about why his club needs to secure a permanent land use permit.

“This consultation is very important,” Fortin said.

When complete, the city’s next general plan will outline a vision for how the community will grow and develop over the next 20 years, according to the municipality’s website.

It will essentially be a decision-making guide for city council and staff to address a range of issues such as housing, infrastructure, and protection of the land.

Through zoning bylaws, it will also designate lands for different purposes, such as residential, commercial, or open space where the land is protected from development.

It will be supported by policies to ensure each land’s designation aligns with the city’s vision, whether that’s on how to manage water and sewage, or how and where to encourage new commercial business.

A second open house for Iqalummiut was held Thursday night.

Republic Urbanism, an urban planning consultancy, organized the open houses and is gathering information to provide to the city as the municipality works its way through the new plan.

For Fortin, his ski club’s temporary land use permit is becoming untenable.

The club is growing in popularity and a cabin will help meet the growing membership demand, but that can only be done with a permanent land use permit, he said.

“It’s a very insecure position for us,” Fortin said.

For Sandi Chan, who has lived in Iqaluit since 2013, lack of public washrooms is an issue she wants to see resolved.

As an example, she cited the scenario of waiting in line at Canada Post with no access to a restroom. It’s not up to Canada Post to provide that service, she said, so if there was a public washroom nearby “that would be really helpful.”

Through the first hour of the open house Wednesday, few if any Inuit dropped in, even though Inuit comprise approximately half the city’s population, according to the City of Iqaluit’s website.

More consultation events will be held if the city’s population is not represented well enough in the initial gathering of information, said Michelle Blom of Republic Urbanism.

This first phase, which involves gathering city residents’ opinions on growth-related issues, should end in approximately a month, said Jesse McPhail of Republic Urbanism.

City council is expected to approve a new general plan for the municipality by November, according to the city’s website.


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(11) Comments:

  1. Posted by 975 on

    More houseings for inuits and no more people in iqaluit that only here cos they get kicked out of there own community send them to ottawa instead also would be nice to get a Mcdonald

  2. Posted by wondering on

    Again? what happen to the last one and the one before that?

  3. Posted by Facebook Open House on

    “Through the first hour of the open house Wednesday, few if any Inuit dropped in, even though Inuit comprise approximately half the city’s population, according to the City of Iqaluit’s website.”

    No worries, thats what the City’s official public forum “Iqaluit Rant & Rave” is for.

  4. Posted by Our Priorities on

    Dear City,

    Please sink all available funds into the creation of the biggest and best indoor amusement park for the children of Iqaluit. They need it. It wil add so much to the value of every homeowner’s property.
    Don’t worr about developing building lots. We already have too many people in Iqaluit. If the GN or the federal government really wants more housing in Iqaluit, they will come up with the money for the development of building lots.
    Your obligation is to the homeowners. That’s why we are the only ones allowed to vote on such matters.
    If, by chance, there is extra money, spend it repaving the roads, so our cars don’t break down so often, and maybe a traffic light at the four corners intersection. Iqaluit’s rush-minute is becoming tedious.

    • Posted by Make Iqaluit great again on

      I like your ideas!
      I’m sure the city could come up with some woke excuses to get $$$ from the feds.
      Proposal 1: Climate change is affecting negatively our roads. Please sent money to repave them
      Proposal 2: Dust from our roads are exacerbating repiratory diseases. Please release the leftover emergency Covid funds so we can pave our dusty city.

  5. Posted by Iqaluitmiuta on

    Have at it build roads right across Baffin and put plenty of room for houses with all the Iron ore bring it on Baffin land rail road …..

  6. Posted by Frobisher bay on

    Build roads right across Baffin island & put lot’s of house think Baffin land or rail road think big

  7. Posted by In 20 years on

    Will the mayor still be giving people the Stanky leg?

  8. Posted by Mass Formation on

    “few if any Inuit dropped in”. Was the public made aware of this event or was low attendance intentionally wanted to take away the local people’s voice? Then city in 5 months city can say they had public consultation and public approved the southern consultants plan. Where is the 5.. 10-year plan? If the mine (s) close, shortages of food, outrageous food prices, gas, airline fuel continue to skyrocket. How many people from smaller Hamlets will move to the city? Doesn’t the World Economic Form (WEF) demand this? Is the Nunavut Gov hush-hush considering closing and moving some communities to Iqaluit because won’t be able to afford to keep them open? Plus, how many people will mass exit Iqaluit and not replaced because Iqaluit’s new-normal extreme cost of living? Where’s the current plan being proposed online?

  9. Posted by sealmeat on

    Develop the beach front, not with buildings, but for people to enjoy the area, especially in the spring and summer; family, friends sitting down and perhaps enjoying a meal while watching boaters come in. Set up an open market where fresh country food can be bought or given away free.

  10. Posted by Lives in iqaluit on


    BUILD ALL THE HOUSES…there it’s completed.

    The only thing this city should focus on is septic/water for an expansion and then planning to build houses for everyone to buy. It’s nice to have all the extra things, but more housing will let us afford more buildings for its citizens.

    “Build it and they shall come” haha

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