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In line with our vision and mission, we conduct research that provides new insights and strengthens the foundation for informed decision making. Projects are grounded in critical needs and interests, identified by our roundtable members and Northern stakeholders. Projects examine the issues at hand, identify gaps and lessons learned, and provide policy recommendations. Our publications are listed below—please feel free to read and share them.



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

Published May 2022 

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.

220516-mayo_airports-450x300 Fly-In-Fly-Out Labour and Airport Infrastructure in Canada's North: A Case   Study on the Rankin Inlet and Mayo Airports 

Published May 2022

Important discussions and awareness are taking place around the economic impacts of FIFO labour in Canada’s Northern regions. Northern governments are concerned about jobs and wages being lost to residents from other regions of the country. There are also concerns around the leakage of dollars earned by FIFO workers into Southern regions—money that might otherwise be spent in the North and drive additional economic activity within that region

Territorial Outlook: Surging demand for minerals key to long-term growth

The Territorial Outlook provides the economic and fiscal outlook for each of Canada’s three Northern territories, including output by industry, labour markets, and demographics.


 Summery for Executives: 
 Strong Demand for Minerals will Support Future Economic Growth: Territorial   20-Year Outlook 


Issue Briefing 
Yukon: Resource Development Fuels Growth



Issue Briefing 
Northwest Territories: New Metals, New Opportunities 



Issue Briefing 
Nunavut: Rising Gold Production Spurs Growth

Published May 2022

220325-cool_ideas-450x300 Cool Ideas: Hyperlocal Food Systems to Address Northern Food Insecurity

Published March 2022 

This series aims to raise awareness about emerging opportunities in a thoughtful and creative manner, while weighing the costs and benefits of new systems against their risks and challenges. Promising new technologies could address long-standing, pivotal objectives that Northerners have identified as priorities; they can also be disruptive and carry unintended consequences.

220310-fly_in-450x300 Fly-In, Fly-Out Labour in Canada’s North: Benefits, Challenges, and Social   Impacts

Published March 2022 

The economy in the North is growing—and with it, the need for skilled labour. There are clear benefits to using fly-in, fly-out workers, but the practice also brings a number of important social challenges. The economic boom in Canada’s North is tied to the development of world-class mines and large oil and gas reserves as well as its thriving tourism industry, among other sectors.

220204_Seeking-Equity_450x300 Indigenous Ownership: A New Economic Era


Published February 2022 

Major project agreements are evolving in Canada. Indigenous groups are increasingly seeking equity agreements over other types of arrangements. Why is this significant? Equity gives Indigenous groups whole or part ownership in a company or project.


210902_primer-profile-of-inter-workforceThe Boarders of Labour: A Profile of the Interjurisdictional Workforce in the  Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut 

Published September 2021

How big an issue is interjurisdictional labour in Canada's three territories? This primer is the first in a series of research products examining this issue. 

210629_450x300_indigenous-participation-clean-energyIndigenous Participation in Clean Energy Projects

Published July 2021

Renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency continue to improve in Canada. What happens when Indigenous groups get involved?

210625_900X600_global_recoveryGlobal recovery likely to drive demand for commodities produced in Canadian territories

Published 2021

There are reasons to be optimistic as the territories emerge into a post-COVID-19 world. As the global economy bounces back over the coming years, so too will demand for commodities produced in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon.

210414_450x300_business-northBusiness in the North: Do Indigenous Entrepreneurs Have the Support They Need to Succeed?

Published April 2021

The inventory in this impact paper categorizes the organizations, programs, and services available to Indigenous entrepreneurs in Northern and remote Canadian communities, and assesses whether these are meeting entrepreneurs’ needs.

report cover thumbnailThe Atlin Hydro Project: Making a Meaningful Contribution to Community Health and Well-Being

Published January 2021

This impact paper on the Taku River Tlingit First Nation’s development, operation, and ownership of the Atlin hydro project offers a number of lessons on supporting and pursuing Indigenous participation in clean energy projects.

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Stefan Fournier
613-520-8469 ext 449

Jo-Leen Folz
Council Manager
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Research Team

Adam Fiser
Associate Director
613-526-3090 ext 391

Jane Cooper
Senior Research Associate

Amanda Thompson
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