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) 975-5051

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 acclaimed to represent the constituency of Arviat North-Whale Cove in the 6th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.

The Nunavut Leadership Forum elected Mr. Main to serve on the Executive Council in November 2021. He was formally sworn into office on November 19, 2021. He currently serves as Minister of Health, Minister responsible for Suicide Prevention and Minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corporation.

As a Member of the 5th Legislative Assembly, Mr. Main 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 experiences include 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 several professional positions in his career, including positions 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 and his wife, Amanda Hanson, are the proud parents of Augustus Angmaaq, Odin Ihumatanaaq and Maeve Arnahungaaq.