Nunavut businesses, private sector struggle to find space in a closed economy – CBC

Nunavut businesses, private sector struggle to find space in a closed economy – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 4, 202065 Views

‘Collectively we need to work out a way for them to stay alive,’ says business owner Kirt Ejesiak

Jun 04, 2020

This story is part of The COVID Economy, a CBC News series looking at how the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic is affecting jobs, manufacturing and business in regions across Canada.

Faced with COVID-19 related cancellations at his aerial drone imaging company, Iqaluit business owner Kirt Ejesiak started making calls to researchers, mining companies, and anyone else who might be in need of a commercial drone this summer — and more specifically, in need of someone to operate it in Nunavut.

As part of an ongoing public health emergency, travel into the territory has been banned for non-residents since late March.

“We started banging on doors immediately when we heard COVID[-19] was coming,” said Ejesiak, owner of Arctic UAV. “Calling to say, ‘We’re here, you can’t travel, how about we do that for you.'”

Ejesiak’s team recently travelled by snowmobile to De Beers Canada’s Chidliak project, 120 kilometres northeast of Iqaluit, to do survey work at the diamond project.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nunavut-economy-covid-19-in-depth-1.5597026

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