Labour Market Coordinator
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The Framework

The Labour Market Framework for Yukon

In 2008, the Government of Yukon developed a Labour Market Framework for Yukon (“The Framework”). The Framework outlined strategies that needed to be developed if Yukon was to take a more strategic approach to addressing labour market issues in the territory.


In order to more effectively develop these strategies for all Yukon, labour market stakeholders were invited to provide their feedback on the development of the strategies at a symposium, held in October 2008. The event brought together individuals representing business, industry, all levels of government (federal, territorial, municipal and First Nations), non-governmental organizations, under-represented labour market groups and employees affected by labour market demands.

The symposium provided an excellent opportunity for participants to discuss current and future labour market challenges and solutions. Building on the success of the event, and to ensure stakeholder participation in the planning and implementation of the strategies identified in the Framework, the Yukon government created stakeholder working groups. These stakeholder working groups drafted the following five strategies to support Yukon’s economic growth over the next 10 years:

Vision and Guiding Principles

The Framework’s vision is: “An inclusive and adaptable labour market that meets the demands of a strong, diversified economy and provides opportunity for a better quality of life for Yukoners.” Each strategy developed under the Framework supports this vision.

The Labour Market Framework also established principles to guide the development of the strategies. The principles are described below:
  • Adaptable: responds to changes in the economy through innovation and flexibility;
  • Inclusive: embodies an holistic approach that considers the interests of individuals, workers, and employers;
  • Builds on strengths and successes: recognizes the positive activities already underway in Yukon to attract, retain, educate and train people for the labour market, while remaining open to new ideas;
  • Accountability: focuses on results; and
  • Collaboration: emphasis on partnerships.

The Four Pillars

The Framework strategies address four key areas of labour market development. These four “pillars” include: training and development, recruitment, retention and labour market information. The diagram shows the four pillars and how they relate to the Framework Strategies.


During the drafting of the Framework Strategies, it became apparent that while a strategy was needed for each of the four pillars of labour market development, the Strategies must be inter-related and inter-dependent in order for meaningful action to take place.

These are just a few examples of how the Framework Strategies overlap:
  • Bridging programs that enable immigrants to integrate into the labour force effectively are skills training initiatives that promote recruitment and retention.
  • Labour force information is an essential contributor to enabling effective career development for Yukoners, expansion for local business and integration programs and services for immigrants.
  • An important element of recruitment and retention of workers is the provision of suitable workplace training programs, developed according to what needs are identified through labour market information.
The Labour Market Information Strategy plays an over-arching role in that it provides the data to support the implementation of strategies for training, immigration, recruitment and retention. Also of note is that many of the challenges and opportunities for recruitment and retention are shared, to the point where one document was created to set out the strategic direction for both recruitment and retention in Yukon.