There is a well-established practice in Canada’s three territories to use employees living outside the territory—defined as “interjurisdictional employees”—to meet regional labour and skills shortages. This need stems mainly from resource development and infrastructure projects. However, interjurisdictional employees work in other sectors as well. And while there is a larger proportion of interjurisdictional workers coming into the territories, each territory also supplies labour to other provinces/territories.
The Borders of Labour: A Profile of the Interjurisdictional Workforce in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut is the first in a series of research products examining the social and economic impacts of fly-in/fly-out labour in Canada’s three territories. To understand the economic and social impacts of fly-in/fly-out labour, it is first necessary to have an understanding of the interjurisdictional workforce operating in the territories. This primer addresses the need to understand what this workforce looks like.