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Nunavut Prospectors Program (NPP)

Qualified prospectors may apply for a contribution of up to $8,000 per year to cover basic expenses while exploring for new mineral occurrences in Nunavut. This financial support applies to project-related expenses such as fuel, vehicle maintenance, food allowance while in the field, assistant wages, prospecting supplies, and mineral assay costs.

To qualify for NPP support, you must:
• Be a Nunavut resident
• Be of legal age (18 or older)
• Have prospecting experience or have completed the Introduction to Prospecting course

Application deadline: April 28, 2023

Resident Geologists based in Cambridge Bay and Arviat administer the NPP, and are available to advise prospectors on their individual projects. The Resident Geologists also offer introductory prospecting courses in every Nunavut community. Completion of the prospecting course will fulfill the experience requirement for NPP support (if you have no prior prospecting experience).

NPP contribution agreements are awarded on a one-year basis. People may apply in subsequent years. Applications are reviewed in April for the coming work season.

For more information refer to the NPP Guidebook (download below) or contact the Resident Geologist or Community Mining Advisor closest to your community. 

Hugh MacIsaac
Resident Geologist
Department of Economic Development and Transportation
Box 2420
Cambridge Bay, NU
X0B 0C0
Toll-free 1-888-975-5999
Direct line: (867) 983-4224
Fax: (867) 983-4011

Nunavut Prospectors Program Basic Information
Application form only



Contact Name: 
Economic Development and Transportation