Can I claim as a Nunavut resident?

I have been working for a company in Nunavut for about 16 months now. I am generally there in Nunavut, living in a number of different places, provided for by my employer, for much more time during the year than I am at, what used to be my primary residence in BC. The job is supposed to be an 8 week in, 2 week out shift, but it generally varies, with both times often being a bit longer. I have a postal box in a community.

As I am spending more time in Nunavut than in BC, can I claim as a Nunavut resident and also claim the Northern Living Allowance? I have read the detailed line about claiming this, but am unsure if I qualify or not. I do not often feel like I have a primary residence any more as I move around so often, but am spending the majority of my time in Nunavut.

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There are a number of factors to consider when determining primary residence.  Where do you get your mail, in what province is your vehicle registered, where does your family live, how often do you go home, etc. If Nunavut is "home", you would have a permanent residence, and travel from there, rather than from BC.

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