Benefit, Burden, or Both? The Economic Impact of Interjurisdictional Workers in Canada’s North

The Conference Board of Canada, 23 pages, May 11, 2022
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Analyses were done for Canada’s three territories and Nunavik to determine the impact on the economy if all of the interjurisdictional workforce lived and spent their income where they are employed.

Document Highlights

Many interjurisdictional workers (IJWs) are employed throughout Canada’s North. Often flying in to work in Northern communities, these workers are used to fill open positions across several industries due to the lack of required skillsets in local labour markets. Many of these workers are employed in the construction and the mining and quarrying and oil and gas sectors, though they also fill positions across other industries, such as public administration and accommodation and food services.

The analysis in The Economic Impact of Interjurisdictional Workers: Potential Benefits and Ways Forward aims to determine the economic impact of a scenario where the Northern interjurisdictional workforce resides and spends their income in their territory or region of employment. Separate analyses were done for the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, and the region of Nunavik.

Table of Contents

Key Findings
Input-Output Analysis
Interjurisdictional Workforce in the North
Modelling Results
Infrastructure Requirements
Reducing Reliance on IJWs
Final Thoughts
Appendix A—Input-Output Model
Appendix B—Bibliography

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