With the completion of the Final Report on December 31, 1997, the Yukon Hire Commission was disbanded. Implementation will be the responsibility of the Yukon Government.
Together the recommendations constitute the proposedYukon Hire Policy. The policy's scope is quite broad because it is designed to make the most of territorial government spending. Yukon Hire recommendations will affect government departments, agencies and Crown Corporations, as well as contracts and contribution agreements involving government funds.
The government's Yukon Hire policies would not apply to municipal block funding; municipal projects involving conditional government funds will observe Yukon Hire policies, however. The private sector will not be required to adopt the Yukon Hire Policy.
The Yukon Hire Commission's recommendations can be loosely grouped into two categories: Better Use of Existing Tools, and Developing New Approaches. Most recommendations are straightforward and received general support from stakeholders and the public. Recommendations that deal with enforcement may be more controversial, however. There was strong public support for a centralized enforcement function and support in principle for greater control over hiring on government construction contracts. Highlights include:
The Yukon Hire Commission recommends that when preference is to be given to Yukon people, a person shall be considered a "Yukon Resident" after living here for three months--six months in the case of construction contracts. The proposed Yukon Hire Policy focuses on the benefits a business brings to the Yukon rather than who owns a business; in those cases where preference is to be given to a "Yukon Business," those will be businesses that fulfill at least two of the following criteria: employs Yukon people, has an office in the Yukon, is owned by a "Yukon Resident," or has real property in the Yukon.
The proposed Yukon Hire policy gives preference to Yukon people; it does not exclude non-Yukon people or businesses. The proposed policy relies heavily on incentives to promote Yukon Hire and Yukon Buy. It respects the existing legal framework, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and the Agreement on Internal Trade. The Commission anticipates that the Employment Standards will be the only law that will need to be amended; as well, regulations such as the Fair Wage Schedule and the Contracting Regulations will need to be revised.
The proposed Yukon Hire Policy supports existing government policies and practices respecting employment equity. The proposed Yukon Hire Policy complements the requirement of the Umbrella Final Agreement respecting training and professional development of Yukon First Nations people. Potential links with the Yukon Training Strategy which is now being revised, are identified in the full text of the Final Report.
The Yukon will continue to need to import specialized skills. The proposed Yukon Hire Policy simply promotes preference for qualified Yukon people and businesses, as well as ensuring fair and open government contracting and hiring practices.