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Government of Yukon begins engagement on Yukon Labour Market Development Strategy

Press Release

March 19, 2024

Labour market needs have been rapidly evolving and like many jurisdictions across Canada and around the world, the Yukon is experiencing an ongoing labour shortage.

In order to meet future labour market challenges the Government of Yukon will conduct a multi-staged public engagement to develop a future Yukon labour market strategy. Engagement will seek to define the priorities, challenges and opportunities faced by the Yukon labour market.

Yukoners’ perspectives will help create an approach to address labour market challenges, identify policy responses and guide government programing, better positioning the territory to be a jurisdiction where Yukoners can find jobs and where business needs are met.

Recognizing that this is a wide-reaching issue of great importance to many, the Yukon government will begin this engagement by conducting targeted engagement with partners and key stakeholders, beginning in March 2024.

These targeted engagement sessions will involve speaking with public and private sector employers, Yukon First Nations governments, communities, stakeholder groups and workers and individuals in and out of the labour market including underrepresented or equity seeking groups, as well as unions and industry organizations.

Once targeted engagements are complete, a public survey will be available to all Yukoners on in fall 2024. A What We Heard report will be published afterward.

Information collected from the engagement will help inform the future strategy, as will ongoing research of best practices, which is being conducted by the Government of Yukon’s Department of Economic Development.

We’re looking forward to hearing from partners, stakeholders and Yukoners as we establish new processes for setting labour market priorities, and adapt programs to address the significant economic, demographic and cultural shifts that have occurred in Yukon’s labour landscape in the past several years. I encourage Yukoners to participate in the survey when it is available. Your thoughts, concerns and ideas will help us prepare for the workplaces and labour market of tomorrow.

Premier and Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai

Quick facts

  • The unemployment rate in the Yukon has been consistently lower than the national average. In January 2024, the Yukon’s unemployment rate was 4.9 per cent, compared to Canada’s 5.7 per cent.
  • Despite this, according to the Yukon Employment and Skills Survey and Labour Market Demand Survey, the number of working age Yukoners not actively engaged in the labour market exceeds the number of posted unfilled jobs in the Yukon.
  • Premier Pillai’s 2023 mandate letter for Economic Development includes addressing labour challenges by beginning consultation on a new labour market strategy. This engagement contributes to this ongoing work.

Media contact

Jordan Owens
Cabinet Communications

Damian Topps
Communications, Economic Development



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