Legal Counsel (multiple positions)

March 12 2023
Expected expiry date: April 5 2023
Industries Public administration
Categories Administrative, Public, Regulatory, Govt.,
Iqaluit, NU • Full time

Department of Justice – Iqaluit, NU

The Government of Nunavut (GN) was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, and Top Employers for Young People and recent graduates in 2022. With one of the fastest growing and youngest populations in Canada, Nunavut is a dynamic, vibrant territory, committed to becoming an even better place for future generations. As a government, we are strengthening our unique model of governance – one that integrates Inuit societal values, promotes use of the Inuktut language, achieves a representative public service, and collaborates with partners to achieve the promise of Nunavut. The successful applicants will enjoy a competitive salary, medical and dental benefits, a defined benefit pension plan, relocation privileges and opportunities for training and career advancement.

Working within the Legal and Constitutional Law Division of the Department of Justice, under the general direction of the Deputy Minister of Justice and the Director of the Division, you will provide legal services to Cabinet, all government departments and certain public agencies. More specifically, you will provide legal services in relation to commercial law matters, including drafting and reviewing major contracts, contribution agreements, and templates for use by various government departments, as well as legal advice and services in relation to government procurement, labour and employment law, the Nunavut Agreement, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As Legal Counsel, you will also represent the interests of the Government of Nunavut in all court and tribunal proceedings, and in intergovernmental and other negotiations.


As a qualified Legal Counsel, you must:

  • Have a Common Law degree (e.g., JD or LLB) from a recognized Canadian university or have received a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.
  • Be eligible for unrestricted membership in the Law Society of Nunavut and/or be a member in good standing of a Provincial or Territorial Bar.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral English language skills.
  • Demonstrate sound judgment, and a keen understanding of clients’ interests and needs.
  • Have at least two (2) years’ experience doing either similar legal work or work of a type and breadth which demonstrates competence in a Government Legal Counsel environment.


  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: Corporate Commercial Law, Litigation, Environmental Law, Construction Law.
  • Fluency in more than one of the official languages of Nunavut (i.e., Inuktut, English and French).
  • Knowledge of Inuit communities, culture, and land, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, and Inuktut.
  • Experience working in a northern cross-cultural environment.


  • This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.

Compensation & benefits: This position is not included in the Nunavut Employees Union and offers a salary range of $115,073 to $154,369 per annum (commensurate with experience), plus a Northern Allowance of $16,008 per annum. Note: Subsidized staff housing is available.

For more information and to apply

If you are interested in one of these opportunities as Legal Counsel (Reference #05-507722), please contact us or send your resume, by March 31, 2023 @ 11:59 PM eastern time, using one of the following methods: Department of Human Resources, Government of Nunavut, P.O. Box 1000, Station 430, Iqaluit, Nunavut  X0A 0H0. Tel: 867-975-6222. Toll Free: 1-888-668-9993. Fax: 867-975-6220. E-mail: Please include the REFERENCE # in the subject line of your e-mail. Job descriptions may be obtained by fax or e-mail, or online. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Note: An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies. Applicants may submit their resume in any of the official languages of Nunavut (i.e., Inuktut, English or French).

The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit. Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration.

For position details, please visit the Government of Nunavut website at




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