Legislative Counsel

May 12 2019
Industries Public administration
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Administrative - Public - Regulatory - Govt., Civil law, Family - Human rights - Wills - Trust - Estates
Iqaluit, NU

Legislative Counsel

Department of Justice

If you are a lawyer with experience in conducting legal research and drafting legislation, here's an opportunity to apply your expertise in a high-impact role with the Government of Nunavut (GN).

Based in Iqaluit, NU, and reporting to the Director of the Legislation Division, you will support and assist GN departments during the Legislative process, as well as provide advice and legislative drafting services to the departments, the Legislative Assembly and its Members. As Legislative Counsel, you will also give legal advice and opinions with respect to drafting, the legislative and regulatory processes, Parliamentary procedures, and the interpretation of legislation. The Bills and Regulations drafted by you, as Counsel, will become law and, therefore, have a significant effect on members of the public and the Government.

In this key role, you will be part of a Division that includes other Legislative Counsel, French and Inuktitut legal translators, and the Nunavut Official Editor/Territorial Printer, and will be working with senior officials up to and including Deputy Ministers and Ministers.

Your profile as a qualified Legislative Counsel will include the following highlights:

  • A Common Law degree from a recognized Canadian university, or a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation.
  • Either regular membership in the Law Society of Nunavut, or the qualifications necessary to become a regular member within a reasonable time.
  • Experience in conducting legal research.
  • Experience in drafting legislation, normally acquired by having worked as a legislative drafter or by the completion of a program in legislative drafting, or both; or through experience in statutory interpretation, in providing drafting instructions, or in drafting other complex legal instruments.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills.


  • Fluency in more than one of Nunavut's official languages (Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French).
  • Knowledge of the Inuit language, communities, culture and land, and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.


  • 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 $110,591 to $148,356 per annum, commensurate with experience, plus a Northern Allowance of $15,016 per annum. Note: Subsidized staff housing is available.

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 within legislation and policy, promotes use of the Inuit language, achieves a representative public service, engages with circumpolar neighbours, and collaborates with partners to achieve the promise of Nunavut. As an employer, we're enhancing local education and training initiatives while continuing to provide exciting career opportunities in a unique environment.

For more information and to apply

If you are interested in this opportunity as Legislative Counsel (Reference #05-505123), please contact us or send your resume, by midnight (EDT), June 7, 2019, 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: ****@***.nu.ca 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 the Official Language of their choice (i.e., Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, 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 in French or Inuktitut, please visit the Government of Nunavut website at www.gov.nu.ca/public-jobs

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