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  Iqaluit    
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  Population: 5500+
Region: Qikiqtani
Time Zone: Eastern
Postal Code: X0A 0H0
Weather: Environment Canada

Iqaluit, formerly known as Frobisher Bay, is the business and government centre for the Baffin region and as of April 1, 1999, the capital of the new territory of Nunavut. Located on the southern portion of Baffin Island on Koojesse Inlet, Iqaluit is the largest community in Nunavut and the gateway to the Arctic from Eastern Canada. Iqaluit has experienced remarkable growth between the years of 1998 and 2001. Residents have witnessed a surge of new building construction—such as the new legislative building and office buildings, as well as new residences to house the growing population.

Many new companies and government offices have opened their doors to meet the demands of expansion. Economic growth is expected to proceed in Iqaluit in the next five years—however at a steadier pace than the sudden increase experienced in recent years. Growth sectors will be in government, hospitality and tourism, retail trade and the service sector. Service to business and government has been and will continue to be an important aspect of Iqaluit’s economic development. Recognized service sector growth opportunities for Iqaluit are in the areas of real estate, privatization of support services, financial services, mining and exploration, and expediting.


   
       
  Getting There    
  First Air operates daily flights from Ottawa and Montreal to Iqaluit. Canadian North also operates a daily flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit. Both airlines offer service from Yellowknife to Iqaluit, via Rankin Inlet, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.