Population: 35,591
Number of K-12 Schools: 42
Number of K-12 Students: 9,728
Number of K-12 E-Learning Programs: 0
Number of K-12 E-Learning Students: ~1132

Note that these profiles are taken from the most recent edition of the report, please review additional annual profiles below.

K-12 E-Learning Programs

Nunavut does not have its own K-12 e-learning program, but the territory government has entered into agreements with several programs from other provinces.  For example, during the 2015-16 school year the Alberta Distance Learning Center (ADLC) indicated that there were 313 students enrolled in courses they offered.  Although this figure includes students in both K-12 schools and other post-secondary settings.  Additionally, there were 807 students attending three schools in two communities could access an online version of the CISCO program delivered through Connected North.  Contact North is an Ontario-based program that offers an academic and trade-based curriculum to students in K-12, adult basic education, and post-secondary settings.  It is expected that the territory’s participation in Contact North will expand to include six schools in five communities next year.

At present, the Department of Education is not involved in any blended learning initiatives.

Governance and Regulation

The Education Act, 1999 allows various educational bodies to “authorize, supervise and evaluate the use of distance learning programs in the provision of the education program” (p. 75).  Additionally, there are territorial agreements signed with individual distance education programs authorized to provide services to Nunavut students in the K-12 system. At present students wishing to enroll in distance education courses contact their school principal.

The Department of Education is in the early stages of consideration of a delivery plan for distance education that involves several components that once finalized will determine the capacity and direction distance education will take in Nunavut. The is the latest effort that began around 2012 with attempts to develop a ministerial directive regarding access to and delivery of distance education.

Previous Provincial Profiles

History of K-12 E-Learning

When Nunavut was first created in 1999, it continued to utilize the Education Act, 1996 – a piece of legacy legislation from the Northwest Territories.  In this legislature there was a provision that allowed various educational bodies to “authorize, supervise and evaluate the use of distance learning programs in the provision of the education program” (p. 58). This legislation was updated with the Nunavut Education Act, 2008, which only referenced  distance education in  a statement that a university providing “distance learning programs by mail or by electronic means from outside Nunavut to persons in Nunavut” was not considered to be operating in the territory (p. 95).

Since the inception of this study, Nunavut has not had any active K-12 distance education programs.  While the Ministry of Education has stated that there have been pilot programs in the past, there has been no information found or provided about these pilot projects.  Around 2012, the Ministry indicated it was developing a ministerial directive regarding access to and delivery of distance education.

The State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada study has always reported that students from Nunavut have only enrolled in distance education offered through the Alberta Distance Education Centre.


Individual Program Survey Responses

Program Most recent response  Medium  # of Students  # of Teachers  # of Courses 

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Inter-provincial and International

If a student in Nunavut wished to receive credit for a course taken from an online program in another province or territory the process varies depending on where the online program is located. If the online program is located in Alberta, the list of specific transfer credits is available in advance and specific equivalencies are automatically granted (i.e., due to the fact that the Nunavut senior secondary core program is linked to the Alberta course curriculum). If the online program is located in another province or territory the school principal would request the curricular information from the jurisdiction from which the course originates. Where the online course can be shown to be equivalent to an existing credit course contained in the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada Student Transfer Guide, the guide outlines the steps for credit transfer. Finally, using online programs from a jurisdiction other than Alberta would require Ministerial approval. The same process would occur if the online program was located in another country.

As Nunavut does not offer any distance education programs of its own, students from other jurisdictions are unable to enroll in their courses to receive credit.