Identifying Yukon’s talent advantage

Green forested hills, snowcapped mountains and clouds at Lake Laberge, Yukon Territory, Canada are mirrored on water surface on beautiful summer day

Like many communities and countries around the world, the Yukon government has recognized its people as one of its most valuable resources. The ability of local businesses to access talent as and when it’s needed is a significant contributor to Yukon’s competitive positioning and economic sustainability. To build a robust labour market, Yukon needed an accurate understanding of the labour supply available and its alignment to local labour demand.

In June 2012, we worked with Michael Pealow Consulting to create a strategic work plan for the Yukon Labour Market Framework. The Framework is built on four key pillars: a Labour Demand Study, a Labour Supply Study, a Migration Study and an LMI Needs Study. In 2014, the Government of Yukon contracted us to build on the work done in 2012 by undertaking a Labour Supply Study and a Migration Study.

A clear view of Yukon’s talent supply and demand

To develop the Labour Supply Study and the Migration Study, we conducted a thorough analysis of the local labour supply based on quantitative data and qualitative input from local stakeholders (government, Chambers, business groups, and employment support organizations), key informants (business leaders, Aboriginal leaders, and not-for-profit intermediaries), labour force participants, and those preparing or planning for entrance into the labour market. We also completed a comprehensive assessment of the migration patterns related to the Yukon labour market, gaining a better understanding of where talent was being drawn from. This study also examined the geographic regions Yukon talent was relocating to.

The Yukon Labour Market Supply and Migration Study provides a greater understanding of Yukon’s labour supply and demand and the level of alignment within the territory. This understanding is further informing secondary and post-secondary programming, development of training and professional development opportunities, policy and program design, career pathways, and other initiatives to tackle challenge areas and gaps.