The community of Cambridge Bay was incorporated as a hamlet governed by Mayor and Council in 1984. The hamlet covers an area of some 202 square kilometres (78 square miles) on the south shore of Victoria Island in Nunavut. Cambridge Bay was first settled in the 1920s, when souther traders established posts here, however this is a traditional hunting and fishing area for Inuit families whose camps once dotted the entire Arctic Coast. Our hamlet crest features Arctic char, our local fish, surrounding a symbol of the Northwest Passage, and displaying the Loran beacon and the midnight sun. The Loran beacon was essential in early aviation in this area, originally built in 1947-48 for long range communications it was also used by boats and hunters around Cambridge Bay to find their way back to town. In 2013, the tower was determined to be structurally unsound and was demolished in August 2014. 


Hamlet Facts

The Hamlet of Cambridge Bay is a major employer in the Community.

  •  The Hamlet provides : 
  • 40 Full Time positions
  • 12 Part time positions
  • Casual employees

All employees with the exception of Casuals are Unionized.


Summer Student Program

During the summer  months, the Hamlet also employs Summer Students in the area of Day Camps, Swimming Pool ,Youth Centre, and General Labour positions. 2017 saw 13 summer students hired and all were NLCA beneficiaries.


Overall Stats

Employment  -     52 overall ( excluding Students and Casuals )

                            38 beneficiaries            73%

                            14 non-beneficiaries     27%