Community and Government Services (CGS) works in partnership with community governments and assists them in building their capacity so that they can meet the needs of their residents. We provide programs and funding that support core municipal operation, infrastructure development, and land development. Support is provided to ensure training for councils and municipal employees is available.
CGS provides a range of central services to other government departments and agencies to support the efficient and effective operation of their program and services. That includes procurement, sealift logistics and contracts services, property management and maintenance, technical and project management related to infrastructure construction, and information and records management services.
CGS is also responsible for services directly related to the public. That includes fire safety promotion, inspection and training; electrical and mechanical inspections of buildings; emergency management services including search and rescue coordination and training; consumer affairs; and acquisition and distribution of petroleum products for communities. These services require direct contact with community governments, the business community and the public.
The Department of Community and Government Services believes we have a key role to play in supporting self-governing, sustainable communities that serve the social and cultural needs of their residents and contribute to Nunavut’s economic growth and social, cultural and environmental well-being.
We see a department that contributes to that vision by efficiently providing appropriate programs and services directly to communities and their residents and indirectly through the central government services provided to other departments and agencies.
Principles and Values:
The Department of Community and Government Services believes that:
- Supporting Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) is the context in which we develop an open and responsive department, incorporating traditional activities and values in our programs and services;
- Partnering with community governments and stakeholders is the basis of developing cooperative, working relationships;
- Training and learning promotes healthy, self-governing, and sustainable communities by building capacity. This will strengthen Nunavut and allow for increased self-reliance and community empowerment.
- Demonstrating a service orientation to our clients means timely responses, a problem solving focus and maintaining a positive, helpful attitude. This is a key to providing efficient and effective services to communities and client departments.