Due to time constraints, the Yukon Hire Commission was not able to fully research the financial implications of those recommendations that are expected to require additional human resources or funding. It is important to distinguish between the one-time cost of implementing the Commission's recommendations (e.g. amending legislation and policy) and the on-going cost for following the Yukon Hire policy itself (e.g. expanding the Business Incentive Policy). Through established government processes, such as the annual budget and public accounts, the public will be informed of any additional costs arising as a consequence of Yukon Hire.
These initiatives all are necessary for the effective implementation of those recommendations involving training, such as compulsory certification, hiring more apprentices, and long-term planning for skills development required for major capital projects. Yukon people should have the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to take advantage of employment opportunities close to home.
The Yukon Hire Commission was dissolved on December 31, 1997, with the completion of this Final Report. It is important to ensure the impact of the Commission's recommendations is evaluated, however, so that any actions not achieving the intended effect can be corrected or discontinued.
In addition to the scrutiny of the Legislature, the responsibility for evaluating the outcome of the Yukon Hire policy should rest with the new "Labour Unit" or a branch/department designated by Cabinet.
The Yukon Hire Commission's recommendations in almost every instance reflect the direction given by a majority of people and organizations. Considerable time was spent identifying the interests of a wide variety of business people, workers, and communities so that the most straightforward solutions could be developed. The Commission has dealt with the public openly throughout its existence, especially the members of its two advisory committees: the Yukon Hire Policy Committee (external representatives from labour, industry, business and the public) and the Government Advisory and Implementation Working Group (internal representatives from key government departments and Crown Corporations). The process of seeking consensus should lead to significant public and government support for the recommendations.
There is no question that the Yukon will still need to import specialized skills, that people will still move here to live, that training for many skills will not be available here, and that we will not produce everything for ourselves. But with the implementation of the Yukon Hire recommendations, Yukon people and businesses can be assured of a place at the "front of the line" and fairness in their dealings with government on contracting and hiring.