The goal of 211 Nunavut is to make it easy for people to get reliable information about the programs and services available to them.
211 Nunavut was developed by the Nunavut Department of Health in partnership with United Way of Canada and 211 Northern Region.
In the near future, 211 Nunavut will expand its capacity to offer information in Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun and French.
211 is designed to help people find information to deal with life’s challenges by establishing a central gateway to community, social, non-clinical health and related government services.
211 began in Atlanta Georgia, in 1997. The service is now available to more than 90% of people living in the United States, including Alaska.
Toronto launched Canada’s first 211 service in 2002. Currently, more than 60% of Canadians have access to 211 telephone and online service. In addition, two provinces – Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick - have recently created 211 websites. Like 211 Nunavut, these 211 websites enable online searching for programs and services.
United Way of Canada’s goal is to provide 211 telephone and on-line information services to Canadians across the country, as resources become available.