The Honourable John Main

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Arviat North-Whale Cove

Minister of Health

Minister responsible for Suicide Prevention

Minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corporation

Legislative Office

Phone: (867) 975-5151
Fax: (867) 975-

Constituency Office

P.O. Box 242
Arviat, NU
X0C 0E0
Phone: (867) 857-4201
Fax: (867) 857-4205


General Delivery
Whale Cove, NU
X0C 0J0
Phone: (867) 896-9612
Fax: (867) 896-9622

John Main was re-elected by acclamation to represent the constituency of Arviat North-Whale Cove in the 6th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.

Mr. Main was elected to serve on the Executive Council during the November 17, 2021, proceedings of the Nunavut Leadership Forum. He was formally sworn into office on November 19, 2021. He serves as Minister of Health and Minister responsible for Suicide Prevention.

Mr. Main previously sat as a Member of the 5th Legislative Assembly, during which he served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Legislation, Chair of the Standing Committee on Oversight of Government Operations and Public Accounts and Chair of the Regular Members’ Caucus.

Mr. Main was raised in Arviat. Following graduation from high school, he attended Mount Allison University, graduating in 2002 with a degree in economics. Mr. Main’s international educational experience includes a semester of study in Oslo, Norway, in addition to an internship with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France.

Mr. Main has held a number of professional positions in his career. He has worked as a Television Reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Northern bureau, an Economic Development Officer for the Municipality of Arviat and a Regional Business Officer for the Kitikmeot Inuit Association. Prior to his election, Mr. Main was a self-employed economic development consultant.

Mr. Main is a past President of the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the board of directors of the Nunavut Development Corporation. Mr. Main has been an active community volunteer with the Inummariit Music Festival, the Arviat Film Society, the Huvaguuq Radio Show and minor hockey in both Arviat and Cambridge Bay.

John and Amanda Hanson Main are the proud parents of Augustus, Maeve and Odin. Mr. Main’s personal interests include hunting, fox-trapping, fishing, camping and the performing arts.