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Nunavut: Quick Facts

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  • Capital - Iqaluit
  • Motto - None
  • Flower - Arctic poppy
  • Entered Confederation - April 1, 1999
  • Members of the Legislative Assembly - 19
  • Members of Parliament - 1
  • Senators - 1
  • Population, 1999 - 27,219
  • Average annual family income, 1996 - $31,471
  • Provincial sales tax, 1998 - 0%
  • GDP per capita, 1995 - $28,385
  • Land area out of Canada's total area 67,879 - 20%

Source: Nunavut Tunngavik: ""

Capital City

Iqaluit (on Baffin Island) was chosen capital of Nunavut in 1995, winning over Rankin Inlet (on the west shore of Hudson Bay). Iqaluit is the largest community in Nunavut. It has a population of 4,500 (17% of the population) and is located approximately 2,000 kilometres from Ottawa.


The mean temperature in January is -30C and in July is 15C. Iqaluit, the capital, experiences 24 hours of daylight per day in June, and six hours per day in December.

Time Zone

Nunavut is on Central Daylight Saving time. Nunavut time is the same as Ottawa time during the winter months (October to April) and in the summer months (April to October) Nunavut time is the same as Winnipeg time.

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