The following is the first in a three-part series exploring the impacts of a transient population on the lives of Northerners in Canada’s territories. Next week, Part 2 will explore the affects of transience on personal relationships in both a romantic and friendship capacity.
A unique aspect of Canada’s Northern community is the significant presence of a transient population. The opportunity for seasonal work, and the start of many federal and territorial government contracts traditionally leads to an influx of new residents from the Canadian south each spring. However, statistics have shown that individuals who move to the Yukon from the provinces tend only to remain in the territory for an average of three years. With the Northern territories traditionally experiencing the highest population displacement per capita in Canada, this trend has a measurable impact on Northern communities.