Economic Vitality

A well-educated Francophone population


Education is the key to the vitality of the Francophone community in Yukon. A considerable number of Francophones – 23 percent of them – have gone to university. This percentage is 5 points higher than the overall average for the territory, and by far exceeds the national average for Francophones (16 percent). This reflects the economic profile of a territory which attracts a highly qualified labour force to fill positions in the service industry.
 

Education, 2006, Francophones Aged 15 or Older, Yukon

Education, 2006, Francophones Aged 15 or Older, Yukon

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Yukon Francophone Employment Sectors


A large number of Francophones work in the public service sector; 35 percent of them are active in public administration, education, health and social services. They are also present in the accommodation and food services industry, which provides employment for 10.2 percent of the territory's Francophones.

In Yukon today, 145 Francophones own a business or are self-employed. They account for 15.8 percent of the Francophone labour force. A good number of these business owners employ other people, providing work to Francophones and other inhabitants of Yukon.
 

Labour Force by Sector of Activity, 2006, Francophones, Yukon

 
Number
%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
20
2.2%
Mining and oil and gas extraction
15
1.6%
Utilities
0
0.0%
Construction
55
5.9%
Manufacturing
25
2.7%
Wholesale Trade
20
2.2%
Retail Trade
70
7.5%
Transportation
45
4.8%
Information Industry
25
2.7%
Finance and Insurance
20
2.2%
Real Estate
10
1.1%
Professional Services
65
7.0%
Management of Companies
0
0.0%
Administrative Services
20
2.2%
Education Services
80
8.6%
Health Care
95
10.2%
Arts
40
4.3%
Accommodation
95
10.2%
Other services
60
6.5%
Public Administration
170
18.3%
All sectors
930
100.0%


Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Occupations


Job distribution by type of occupation provides another way of looking at the economic vitality of Francophones in Yukon.

One sector is clearly dominant: sales and services, which employs one out of five Francophones. Another 15.3 percent of the labour force is in the trades; this percentage has decreased somewhat since the last census.

In both of these employment categories, income levels are relatively low. However, this is balanced by the fact that many Francophones are employed in education and government services.
 

Labour Force by Occupation, 2006, Francophones, Yukon

 
Number
%
Management
135
14.8%
Finance, business and administration
120
13.1%
Natural and applied sciences
45
4.9%
Health
50
5.5%
Social sciences, education and government services
150
16.40%
Arts and culture
55
6.0%
Sales and services
185
20.2%
Trades, transportation and equipment operation
140
15.3%
Primary industry occupations
35
3.8%
Manufacturing industries occupations
0
0.0%
All occupations
915
100.0%


Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Income


The average annual income of Francophones in Yukon is $40,552, some $2,000 higher than the territorial average.

A good number of Francophones are in the higher echelons in terms of income; half of them earn over $40,000. The situation of Francophones in Yukon in terms of income is thus reasonably solid.
 

Total Individual Income, 2006, Francophones, Yukon

Total Individual Income, 2006, Francophones, Yukon

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Francophone economic development


The Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité (RDÉE) Yukon provides individuals, businesses and local organizations with a variety of services aimed at stimulating economic development in French in Yukon. RDÉE Yukon is mainly active in tourism, the integration of youth in economic development and the promotion of French-language services. Information : http://www.rdee-yukon.ca.

Throughout the years, the Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) has developed products promoting the contribution of Francophones to Yukon society. The sale of these products brings AFY a step closer to being self-sufficient.
 

  • In 1991, the Société des immeubles franco-yukonnais (SIFY) is established and becomes the owner of the buildings where the offices of AFY, L'Aurore boréale and Les EssentiElles are located.
  • Every year since 1992, AFY has published the Répertoire des services en français du Yukon, which lists services and products offered by the public, parapublic, government, community and private sectors.
  • In 1992, AFY produced the first edition of the board game Klondike, a bilingual trivia game on Yukon. The second edition was released in 1996.
  • In 1995, AFY published a feasability study on the construction of a cultural and community development sector.
  • In 1999, AFY published a new feasability study on the construction of a cultural and community development centre. The principal financial partners were to be the territorial government, Canadian Heritage and Indian and Northern Affairs.
  • In 2003, AFY's economic development sector became a member of the Réseau national de développement économique et d'employabilité (RDÉE) and took the name RDEE Yukon.
  • Since 2003, RDÉE Yukon has carried out its mandate on economic community development. Its tourism sector is quite active in structuring the offer of French-language tourism services and in promoting Yukon on Francophone markets in Canada and throughout the world. Its principal actions include developing a strategic plan for the marketing of tourism, publishing a Yukon tourism guide in French, creating and updating a website (tourismeyukon.ca), attending tourism shows in Europe and receiving Frenchspeaking journalists.
  • The youth sector is another central part of RDEE Yukon. Le Yukon m'appelle, Place aux Jeunes, Direction Yukon are three examples of projects where the Francophone community was recognized for its actions for youth. One concrete result was the establishment of a network of young ambassadors of Yukon.