NHS Focus on Geography Series – Yellowknife


Aboriginal Peoples

Demographic characteristics of Aboriginal people

In 2011, 25.4% (4,780) of the population of Yellowknife had an Aboriginal identity.Aboriginal Peoples Footnote 1 Of those, 57.4% (2,745) reported a First Nations identityAboriginal Peoples Footnote 2 only, 24.6% (1,175) reported a Métis identity only, and 15.5% (740) reported an Inuit identity only. An additional 105, or 2.2%, reported other Aboriginal identities and 20, or 0.4%, reported more than one Aboriginal identity.

Table 1 – Population by Aboriginal identity, Yellowknife

Table summary

This table presents the population by Aboriginal identity. The column headings are: population; Yellowknife and Northwest Territories. The columns Yellowknife and Northwest Territories are divided into number, percentage of total population and percentage of Aboriginal identity population. The rows are: total population; Aboriginal identity population; First Nations single identity; First Nations single identity (Registered or Treaty Indian); First Nations single identity (not a Registered or Treaty Indian); Métis single identity; Inuit single identity; multiple Aboriginal identities; Aboriginal identities not included elsewhere; non-Aboriginal identity population.

Table 1 – Population by Aboriginal identity, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Population Yellowknife Northwest Territories
Number % of total population % of Aboriginal identity population Number % of total population % of Aboriginal identity population
Total population in private households 18,830 100.0 ... 40,800 100.0 ...
   Aboriginal identity population 4,780 25.4 100.0 21,160 51.9 100.0
      First Nations single identity 2,745 14.6 57.4 13,345 32.7 63.1
         First Nations single identity (Registered or Treaty Indian) 2,465 13.1 51.6 12,575 30.8 59.4
         First Nations single identity (not a Registered or Treaty Indian) 280 1.5 5.9 775 1.9 3.7
      Métis single identity 1,175 6.2 24.6 3,245 8.0 15.3
      Inuit single identity 740 3.9 15.5 4,340 10.6 20.5
      Multiple Aboriginal identities 20 0.1 0.4 45 0.1 0.2
      Aboriginal identities not included elsewhere 105 0.6 2.2 180 0.4 0.9
   Non-Aboriginal identity population 14,050 74.6 ... 19,640 48.1 ...

In general, the Aboriginal population in Canada is younger than the non-Aboriginal population.

In Yellowknife, Aboriginal children aged 14 and under represented 32.4% of the total Aboriginal population and 40.7% of all children in Yellowknife. Non-Aboriginal children aged 14 and under accounted for 16.0% of the non-Aboriginal population.

The age distribution of First Nations people, Métis and Inuit is shown in table 2.

Table 2 – Age distribution by Aboriginal identity, Yellowknife

Table summary

This table presents the population by Aboriginal identity and distribution by various age groups. The column headings are: population; Yellowknife and Northwest Territories. The column percentage distribution by age groups is shown for Yellowknife and Northwest Territories and is further divided into: total - age groups; 0 to 14 years; 15 to 24 years; 25 to 64 years; 65 years and over. The rows are: total population; Aboriginal identity population; First Nations single identity; First Nations single identity (Registered or Treaty Indian); First Nations single identity (not a Registered or Treaty Indian); Métis single identity; Inuit single identity; multiple Aboriginal identities; Aboriginal identities not included elsewhere; non-Aboriginal identity population.

Table 2 – Age distribution by Aboriginal identity, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Population Yellowknife Northwest Territories
Total – Age groups 0 to 14 years 15 to 24 years 25 to 64 years 65 years and over Total – Age groups 0 to 14 years 15 to 24 years 25 to 64 years 65 years and over
Percentage (%) distribution by age groups Percentage (%) distribution by age groups
Total population in private households 100.0 20.2 15.5 61.2 3.1 100.0 22.2 16.1 56.3 5.4
   Aboriginal identity population 100.0 32.4 20.2 44.2 3.0 100.0 28.5 19.4 45.8 6.3
      First Nations single identity 100.0 34.4 20.2 42.1 3.1 100.0 29.4 19.4 44.6 6.6
         First Nations single identity (Registered or Treaty Indian) 100.0 33.3 20.3 43.2 3.2 100.0 28.7 19.4 45.1 6.7
         First Nations single identity (not a Registered or Treaty Indian) 100.0 46.4 21.4 33.9 0.0 100.0 41.3 18.1 36.1 4.5
      Métis single identity 100.0 25.5 15.7 54.0 4.7 100.0 24.2 17.3 51.8 6.8
      Inuit single identity 100.0 35.1 27.7 35.8 0.0 100.0 29.1 21.2 44.6 5.0
      Multiple Aboriginal identities 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100.0 44.4 33.3 33.3 0.0
      Aboriginal identities not included elsewhere 100.0 28.6 14.3 57.1 0.0 100.0 25.0 13.9 58.3 5.6
   Non-Aboriginal identity population 100.0 16.0 13.9 67.0 3.1 100.0 15.3 12.6 67.7 4.4

Living arrangements of Aboriginal children

In Yellowknife, 49.4% of Aboriginal children aged 14 and under lived in a familyAboriginal Peoples Footnote 3 with both their parents (biological or adoptive) and 27.1% lived in a lone-parent family.Aboriginal Peoples Footnote 4 Other Aboriginal children in that age group were stepchildren,Aboriginal Peoples Footnote 5 grandchildren living in a skip-generation family,Aboriginal Peoples Footnote 6 foster childrenAboriginal Peoples Footnote 7 or children living with other relatives.

Living arrangements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children aged 14 and under are illustrated in table 3.

Table 3 – Percentage distribution of the population aged 14 and under by living arrangement for selected Aboriginal identity categories, Yellowknife

Table summary

This table presents the percentage distribution of the population aged 14 and under by living arrangement for selected Aboriginal identity categories. The column headings are: living arrangements; percentage distribution of the population for: total Aboriginal identity population; First Nations single identity; Métis single identity; Inuit single identity; non-Aboriginal identity population. The rows are: total population aged 14 and under; children of both parents; stepchildren; children of lone parent; of male lone parent; of female lone parent; grandchildren in skip-generation family; foster children; children living with other relatives.

Table 3 – Percentage distribution of the population aged 14 and under by living arrangement for selected Aboriginal identity categories, Yellowknife
Living arrangements Total Aboriginal identity population First Nations single identity Métis single identity Inuit single identity Non-Aboriginal identity population
Percentage (%) distribution of the population
Table note(s):
Footnote 1

Includes children in a two-parent family where there may also be step siblings or half-siblings present. Also includes children in a two-parent family for whom it cannot be determined if they are stepchildren.

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Footnote 2

Non-relatives may be present.

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Footnote 3

This category excludes foster children.

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Total population aged 14 and under 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
   Children of both parentsTable 3 Footnote 1 49.4 45.0 70.0 46.2 79.4
   Stepchildren 15.2 18.0 10.0 11.5 8.9
   Children of lone parent 27.1 31.2 21.7 19.2 10.6
      Of male lone parent 2.6 3.2 0.0 0.0 1.6
      Of female lone parent 24.5 28.0 20.0 17.3 9.1
   Grandchildren in skip-generation family 1.0 1.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
   Foster children 6.5 4.2 0.0 23.1 0.0
   Children living with other relativesTable 3 Footnote 2,Table 3 Footnote 3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Language and Aboriginal peoples

In Yellowknife, 740 Aboriginal people, or 15.5% of the population who had an Aboriginal identity, responded that they were able to conduct a conversation in an Aboriginal language. In 2011, the Aboriginal language most frequently reported by Aboriginal people was: Tlicho (Dogrib) (280).

In 2011, 14.6% of the Aboriginal identity population reported an Aboriginal language as mother tongue, defined as the first language learned at home in childhood and still understood.

As well, 12.0% of Aboriginal people reported speaking an Aboriginal language at home: 0.7% spoke it most often while another 11.3% spoke it on a regular basis.

Linguistic characteristics of First Nations people, Métis and Inuit are shown in tables 4 to 6.

Table 4 – Number and proportion of Aboriginal identity population, First Nations people, Métis and Inuit for selected Aboriginal language indicators, Yellowknife

Table summary

This table presents number and proportion of Aboriginal identity population, First Nations people, Métis and Inuit for selected Aboriginal language indicators. The column headings are: selected Aboriginal language indicators; total Aboriginal identity population; First Nations single identity; Métis single identity; Inuit single identity. The last four columns are divided into number and percentage of population. The rows are: ability to conduct a conversation in an Aboriginal language; Aboriginal language as mother tongue; Aboriginal language spoken at least regularly at home; Aboriginal language spoken most often at home; Aboriginal language spoken regularly at home.

Table 4 – Number and proportion of Aboriginal identity population, First Nations people, Métis and Inuit for selected Aboriginal language indicators, Yellowknife
Selected Aboriginal language indicators Total Aboriginal identity population First Nations single identity Métis single identity Inuit single identity
numberTable 4 Footnote 1 % of population number % of population number % of population number % of population
Table note(s):
Footnote 1

The estimates for the three Aboriginal groups do not add to the total Aboriginal identity population because only selected Aboriginal identity categories are shown.

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Footnote 2

This category excludes individuals who reported speaking one Aboriginal language most often at home and speaking another Aboriginal language regularly at home. These individuals are included only in the category 'Aboriginal language spoken most often at home.'

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Ability to conduct a conversation in an Aboriginal language 740 15.5 545 19.9 15 1.3 180 24.3
Aboriginal language as mother tongue 700 14.6 535 19.5 20 1.7 145 19.6
Aboriginal language spoken at least regularly at home 575 12.0 405 14.8 0 0.0 160 21.6
   Aboriginal language spoken most often at home 35 0.7 30 1.1 0 0.0 0 0.0
   Aboriginal language spoken regularly at homeTable 4 Footnote 2 540 11.3 375 13.7 0 0.0 160 21.6

In Yellowknife, 93.9% of the Aboriginal identity population reported that they were able to conduct a conversation only in English or only in French. Additionally, 6.0% of Aboriginal people reported that they were able to conduct a conversation in both of Canada's official languages. The other 0.0%, or 0, reported that they were not able to conduct a conversation in either of these two languages.

Table 5 – Percentage distribution of the population by knowledge of official languages for selected Aboriginal identity categories, Yellowknife

Table summary

This table presents the percentage distribution of the population by knowledge of official languages for selected Aboriginal identity categories. The column headings are: knowledge of official languages; percentage distribution of the population for: total Aboriginal identity population; First Nations single identity; Métis single identity; Inuit single identity; non-Aboriginal identity population. The rows are: total population; English only; French only; English and French; neither English nor French.

Table 5 – Percentage distribution of the population by knowledge of official languages for selected Aboriginal identity categories, Yellowknife
Knowledge of official languages Total Aboriginal identity population First Nations single identity Métis single identity Inuit single identity Non-Aboriginal identity population
Percentage (%) distribution of the population
Total population in private households 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
   English only 93.9 95.4 88.9 95.3 81.2
   French only 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3
   English and French 6.0 4.6 11.1 4.7 17.9
   Neither English nor French 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6

In Yellowknife, among the 740 Aboriginal people who reported being able to conduct a conversation in an Aboriginal language, 78.4% reported that same language as their mother tongue. The other 22.3% reported a different language, such as English or French, as mother tongue, which suggests these individuals have acquired an Aboriginal language as a second language.

On the other hand, among the 700 Aboriginal people who reported an Aboriginal language as mother tongue, 17.1% could no longer conduct a conversation in this language, despite the fact that they still understand it.

Table 6 – Population who reported an ability to conduct a conversation in an Aboriginal language that is not their mother tongue and population who reported an Aboriginal mother tongue but who could not conduct a conversation in that language, for selected Aboriginal identity categories, Yellowknife

Table summary

This table presents the population who reported an ability to conduct a conversation in an Aboriginal language that is not their mother tongue and the population who reported an Aboriginal mother tongue but who could not conduct a conversation in that language, for selected Aboriginal identity categories. The column headings are: selected Aboriginal identity categories; persons reporting an ability to conduct a conversation in an Aboriginal language that is not their mother tongue; persons reporting an Aboriginal mother tongue but who could not conduct a conversation in that language. The last two columns are divided into number and percentage of population. The rows are: total Aboriginal identity population; First Nations single identity; Métis single identity; Inuit single identity; non-Aboriginal identity population.

Table 6 – Population who reported an ability to conduct a conversation in an Aboriginal language that is not their mother tongue and population who reported an Aboriginal mother tongue but who could not conduct a conversation in that language, for selected Aboriginal identity categories, Yellowknife
Selected Aboriginal identity categories Persons reporting an ability to conduct a conversation in an Aboriginal language that is not their mother tongue Persons reporting an Aboriginal mother tongue but who could not conduct a conversation in that language
numberTable 6 Footnote 1 % of population numberTable 6 Footnote 1 % of population
Table note(s):
Footnote 1

The estimates for the three Aboriginal groups do not add to the total Aboriginal identity population because only selected Aboriginal identity categories are shown.

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Total Aboriginal identity population 165 22.3 120 17.1
   First Nations single identity 95 17.4 80 15.0
   Métis single identity 0 0.0 10 50.0
   Inuit single identity 55 30.6 25 17.2
Non-Aboriginal identity population 10 66.7 0 ...

Note(s):

Footnote 1

Aboriginal identity: The term 'Aboriginal identity' refers to whether the person reported being an Aboriginal person, that is, First Nations (North American Indian), Métis or Inuk (Inuit) and/or being a Registered or Treaty Indian, (that is, registered under the Indian Act of Canada) and/or being a member of a First Nation or Indian band. Aboriginal peoples of Canada are defined in the Constitution Act, 1982, section 35 (2) as including the Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.

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Footnote 2

Respondents self-identified as 'First Nations (North American Indian)' on the NHS questionnaire; however, the term 'First Nations people' is used throughout this document.

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Footnote 3

Family: The term 'family' in this document refers to the census definition of 'census family,' but for simplicity, the term 'family' is used throughout this report. A census family is composed of a married or common-law couple, with or without children, or of a lone parent living with at least one child in the same dwelling. Couples can be of the opposite sex or of the same sex.

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Footnote 4

Lone parents: Mothers or fathers, with no married spouse or common-law partner present, living in a dwelling with one or more children.

Aboriginal Peoples Return to footnote 4 referrer

Footnote 5

Stepchild: A stepchild is a child in a couple family who is the biological or adopted child of only one married spouse or common-law partner in the couple, and whose birth or adoption preceded the current relationship.

Aboriginal Peoples Return to footnote 5 referrer

Footnote 6

Skip-generation family: A census family that consists of grandparents and grandchildren without the presence of parents in the home.

Aboriginal Peoples Return to footnote 6 referrer

Footnote 7

Foster children: The population in private households who have been reported as foster children on the NHS questionnaire. Foster children are considered as 'other relatives' outside of a census family.

Aboriginal Peoples Return to footnote 7 referrer

Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity

Immigrant population

According to the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS), 2,215 (11.8%) of the population of Yellowknife were foreign-born (immigrants), 16,340 (86.8%) were Canadian-born (non-immigrants) and 275 (1.5%) were non-permanent residents.Ethnocultural Footnote 1 In comparison, the proportion of the population of Northwest Territories who were immigrants was 7.1%, 92.1% were non-immigrants, and 0.8% were non-permanent residents.

Figure 1 Percentage of Canadian born (non-immigrants), foreign born (immigrants) and non permanent residents in Yellowknife (City)

Figure description

This vertical bar graph shows the percentage of Canadian born (non-immigrants), foreign born (immigrants) and non-permanent residents. The y-axis is the percentage of population and the x-axis, from left to right, shows Canadian born (non-immigrants), foreign born (immigrants) and non-permanent residents.

Of the immigrants living in Yellowknife in 2011, 650 came to Canada between 2006 and 2011. These recent immigrants made up 29.3% of the immigrants in Yellowknife.

The most common countries of birth of immigrants living in Yellowknife were: Philippines (accounting for 23.9% of the immigrant population in Yellowknife) and United Kingdom (7.9%). In comparison, the top countries of birth of immigrants living in Northwest Territories were: Philippines (accounting for 21.9% of the immigrant population in Northwest Territories), and United Kingdom (9.7%).

In 2011, among Yellowknife's immigrant population, 61.4% spoke English and/or French most often at home. Meanwhile, the three most frequently reported non-official languages spoken most often at home by immigrants in Yellowknife were Tagalog (Pilipino,Filipino), Shona and Arabic. This compared to the top three non-official languages for immigrants in Northwest Territories, which were Tagalog (Pilipino,Filipino), Arabic and Shona.Ethnocultural Footnote 2

Table – Immigrants by non-official languages spoken most often at home, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents the most common non-official language spoken most often at home for immigrants. The column headings are: immigrants by non-official language spoken most often at home with the selected geography showing both numbers and percentages. The rows are: the most common non-official language spoken most often at home.

Table – Immigrants by non-official languages spoken most often at home, Yellowknife (City)
Immigrants by non-official language spoken most often at homeEthnocultural Footnote 2 Yellowknife (City) Northwest Territories
Count % Rank Count % Rank
Tagalog (Pilipino,Filipino) 280 12.6 1 310 10.8 1
Shona 110 5.0 2 105 3.6 2
Arabic 85 3.8 3 105 3.6 2

Visible minority population and ethnic origins

The 2011 NHS estimated that 2,220 individuals in Yellowknife belonged to a visible minority group, accounting for 11.8% of its total population.Ethnocultural Footnote 1 In comparison, visible minorities comprised 6.7% of Northwest Territories's population.

The largest visible minority groups living in Yellowknife were Filipino and Black. In Northwest Territories, the largest visible minority groups were Filipino and Black.

The three most frequently reported ethnic origins in Yellowknife, for people reporting either one or multiple ethnic origins, were English, Scottish and Canadian. This compared to the top three in Northwest Territories, which were First Nations (North American Indian), Scottish and English.

Table – Most frequently reported ethnic origins, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table shows the most common ethnic origins. The column headings are: ethnic origin along with the selected geography showing both numbers and percentages. The rows are: the most common ethnic origins.

Table – Most frequently reported ethnic origins, Yellowknife (City)
Most frequently reported ethnic origins Yellowknife (City) Northwest Territories
Count % Rank Count % Rank
   English 3,775 20.0 1 5,585 13.7 3
   Scottish 3,750 19.9 2 5,685 13.9 2
   Canadian 3,595 19.1 3 5,240 12.8 4

Religion

According to the 2011 NHS, 64.7% of the population in Yellowknife reported a religious affiliation, while 35.3% said they had no religious affiliation.Ethnocultural Footnote 1 For Northwest Territories as a whole, 69.5% of the population reported a religious affiliation, while 30.5% had no religion.

The most frequently reported religious affiliation in Yellowknife was Roman Catholic, reported by 5,880 (31.2%) of the population. Other frequently reported religions included: Christian, n.i.e. (8.4%) and Anglican (7.0%). In comparison, the top three most frequently reported religions in Northwest Territories were: Roman Catholic (reported by 38.7% of the population of Northwest Territories), Anglican (10.2%) and Christian, n.i.e. (6.3%).

Table – Most frequently reported religions, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table shows the most common religions. The column headings are: religion along with the selected geography showing both numbers and percentages. The rows are: the most common religions.

Table – Most frequently reported religions, Yellowknife (City)
Most frequently reported religions Yellowknife (City) Northwest Territories
Count % Rank Count % Rank
Total population in private households 18,830 100.0 ... 40,800 100.0 ...
   Total reporting a religious affiliation 12,185 64.7 ... 28,345 69.5 ...
      Roman Catholic 5,880 31.2 1 15,775 38.7 1
      Christian, n.i.e. 1,575 8.4 2 2,560 6.3 3
      Anglican 1,320 7.0 3 4,165 10.2 2
   Total not reporting a religious affiliation 6,645 35.3 ... 12,455 30.5 ...

Note(s):

Footnote 1

For details on the concepts, definitions, universes, variables and geographic terms used in the 2011 National Household Survey, please consult the National Household Survey Dictionary, Catalogue no. 99-000-X. For detailed explanations on concepts and for information on data quality, please refer to the reference guides found on the NHS website.

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Footnote 2

These counts include both single non-official language responses and multiple language responses. A multiple language response is a combination of non-official language response with a response of English and/or French.

Ethnocultural Return to footnote 2 referrer

Education

Educational attainment Education Footnote 1

In 2011, 67.3% of the 12,105 adults aged 25 years and over in Yellowknife had completed some form of postsecondary education, compared with 59.6% at the national level.

Of the population aged 25 years and over in Yellowknife, 34.9% had a university certificate or degree. An additional 22.5% had a college diploma and 9.9% had a trades certificate.

The share of the adult population that had completed a high school diploma as their highest level of educational attainment was 21.1%, and 11.6% had completed neither high school nor any postsecondary certificates, diplomas or degrees.

Table 1 – Population aged 25 and over by highest level of educational attainmentEducation Footnote 1, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories, Canada

Table summary

This table presents the population aged 25 years and over by highest level of educational attainment. The column headings are: highest level of educational attainment; Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Canada, which are divided in number and percentage. The rows are: total population aged 25 years and over; no certificate, diploma or degree; high school diploma; a subtotal for postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree: trades certificate which is a subtotal of the rows for trades certificate or diploma (other than apprenticeship) and registered apprenticeship certificate; college diploma; university certificate below bachelor; university degree which is a subtotal of the rows for bachelor's degree; university certificate above bachelor; degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry; master's degree; earned doctorate.

Table 1 – Population aged 25 and over by highest level of educational attainment
Highest level of educational attainment Yellowknife Northwest Territories Canada
Number % Number % Number %
Total – Population aged 25 years and over 12,105 100.0 25,180 100.0 22,935,460 100.0
No certificate, diploma or degree 1,400 11.6 6,175 24.5 3,956,620 17.3
High school diplomaEducation Footnote 2 2,555 21.1 4,610 18.3 5,300,080 23.1
Postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree 8,145 67.3 14,395 57.2 13,678,765 59.6
Trades certificateEducation Footnote 3 1,200 9.9 2,895 11.5 2,744,380 12.0
Trades certificate or diploma (other than apprenticeship) 630 5.2 1,505 6.0 1,596,595 7.0
Registered Apprenticeship certificateEducation Footnote 4 570 4.7 1,390 5.5 1,147,790 5.0
College diplomaEducation Footnote 5 2,725 22.5 5,375 21.3 4,487,520 19.6
University certificate below bachelorEducation Footnote 6 400 3.3 655 2.6 1,100,325 4.8
University degreeEducation Footnote 7 3,820 31.6 5,475 21.7 5,346,530 23.3
Bachelor's degree 2,690 22.2 3,860 15.3 3,347,425 14.6
University certificate above bachelorEducation Footnote 8 215 1.8 345 1.4 571,525 2.5
Degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry 70 0.6 85 0.3 151,715 0.7
Master's degree 770 6.4 1,105 4.4 1,068,190 4.7
Earned doctorate 65 0.5 80 0.3 207,680 0.9

Overall, successive generations of Canadians have been completing high school and attaining postsecondary qualifications in increasing proportions. In 2011, 41.7% of Canadians aged 65 years and over had a postsecondary credential; this compares with 69.5% among adults between the ages of 25 and 44. As well, 35.7% of those aged 65 years and over had not completed any certificate, diploma or degree compared with 9.5% of individuals aged 25 to 44.

In Yellowknife, 52.2% of those aged 65 years and over had a postsecondary credential, compared to 69.9% of adults between 25 and 44 years of age; 27.8% of individuals aged 65 years and over had no certificate, diploma or degree, compared to 9.1% of 25 to 44 year-olds.

Yellowknife (City) – Proportion of the population aged 25 years and over by level of educational attainment and age groups

Figure description

This vertical bar graph shows the proportion of the population aged 25 and over by level of educational attainment and age groups. The age groups are: 25 to 44, 45 to 64 and 65 and over. The y-axis is the percentage of the population and the x-axis is level of educational attainment including: No certificate, diploma or degree; High school diploma; Trades certificate; College diploma; university#lang EQ "E" ? "Education Footnote" : "Scolarité Note de bas de page"# 10. University refers to all university certificates, diplomas and degrees including university certificates below the bachelor level, Bachelor's degrees and university certificates and degrees above the bachelor level.

Major field of study

Table 2 – Most common fields of studyEducation Footnote 9 for the population aged 25 years and over with postsecondary qualifications, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories, Canada

Table summary

This table presents the five most common fields of study for the population aged 25 years and over with postsecondary qualifications. The column headings are: field of study; Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Canada, which are divided in number, percentage and rank. The rows are: the five most common fields of study.

Yellowknife (City) – Proportion of the population aged 25 years and over by level of educational attainment and age groups Table 2 Canada, #currentGeo# – Most common fields of study for the population aged 25 years and over with postsecondary qualifications by level of educational attainment
Field of study Yellowknife Northwest Territories Canada
Number % Rank Number % Rank Number % Rank
Business, management, marketing and related support services 1,500 18.4 1 2,655 18.4 1 2,787,405 20.4 1
Health professions and related programs 880 10.8 2 1,460 10.1 2 1,773,600 13.0 2
Education 675 8.3 3 1,355 9.4 3 1,073,770 7.8 3
Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians 450 5.5 4 870 6.0 5 698,585 5.1 4
Construction trades 390 4.8 5 930 6.5 4 554,335 4.1 7

Location of studyEducation Footnote 11

In 2011, there were 8,145 residents of Yellowknife aged 25 years and over with postsecondary credentials. Of these graduates, 14.7% had studied in Northwest Territories, 72.7% had studied in another province or territory and 12.6% had studied outside Canada. Nationally, 72.5% of graduates had studied in the same province/territory in which they lived in 2011, 10.4% had studied in another province or territory and 17.1% had studied outside Canada.

In all provinces, individuals with trades or college certificates were more likely than those with university credentials to have earned their highest certificate, diploma or degree in the province in which they lived in 2011.

Table 3 – Population aged 25 years and over with postsecondary qualifications by location of study and by level of educational attainment, Yellowknife (City)

Table summary

This table presents location of study compared with the province or territory of residence in 2011 for the population aged 25 years and over with postsecondary qualifications by level of educational attainment. The column headings are: educational attainment; location of study divided into studied in Northwest Territories, studied in another province / territory, studied outside Canada further divided in number and percentage. The rows are: total population aged 25 years and over with postsecondary qualifications; trades certificate; college diploma; university.

Table 3 – Population aged 25 years and over with postsecondary qualifications by location of study and by level of educational attainment, Yellowknife (City)
Educational attainment Location of study
Studied in Northwest Territories Studied in another province/territory Studied outside Canada
number % number % number %
Total population aged 25 years and over with postsecondary qualifications 1,195 14.7 5,925 72.7 1,030 12.6
Trades certificate 415 34.6 725 60.4 60 5.0
College diploma 595 21.8 1,855 68.1 270 9.9
University 180 4.3 3,340 79.1 695 16.5

Note(s):

Footnote 1

The terms 'Educational attainment,' 'level of educational attainment' and 'highest level of educational attainment' used in this document refer to the Highest certificate, diploma or degree completed by a person. The portion of the population that completed each type of education noted is the portion that completed it as their highest certificate, diploma or degree.

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Footnote 2

'High school diploma' refers to 'secondary (high) school diploma or equivalent.'

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Footnote 3

'Trades certificate' refers to 'apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma,' and is an aggregation which includes both 'Registered Apprenticeship certificate' as well as 'trades certificate or diploma (other than apprenticeship).'

Education return to footnote 3 referrer

Footnote 4

'Registered Apprenticeship certificate' includes those with a certificate of qualification/journeyperson's designation.

Education return to footnote 4 referrer

Footnote 5

'College diploma' refers to 'college, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma.'

Education return to footnote 5 referrer

Footnote 6

'University certificate below bachelor' refers to 'university certificate or diploma below bachelor level.' Comparisons with other data sources suggest that this category was over-reported in the NHS. It is recommended that users interpret the results for this category with caution. For further information, please refer to the Education Reference Guide, National Household Survey.

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Footnote 7

'University degree' refers to 'university certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above.'

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Footnote 8

'University certificate above bachelor' refers to 'university certificate or diploma above bachelor level'.

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Footnote 9

'Field of study' in this table is classified based on the 2-digit series from the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Canada 2011. It is the major field of study for the highest postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree completed by the person.

Education return to footnote 9 referrer

Footnote 10

'University' in this table refers to 'university certificate, diploma or degree,' and includes all university certificates, diplomas and degrees including university certificates below the bachelor level, bachelor's degrees and university certificates and degrees above the bachelor level.

Education return to footnote 10 referrer

Footnote 11

'Location of study' refers to the province, territory or country of the institution where the highest postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree was completed. Here, location of study is compared with province or territory of residence to indicate whether the location of study is the same province or territory as the person's residence in 2011, a different Canadian province or territory, or outside Canada.

Education return to footnote 11 referrer

Labour

Labour

In Yellowknife, 11,990 people were employed and 765 were unemployed for a total labour force of 12,760 in May 2011. The employment rate was at 79.8% and the unemployment rate was at 6.0%.

Table 1 Total population aged 15 years and over by labour force status, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents the labour force status for the population aged 15 years and over. The column headings are: labour force status; Yellowknife and Northwest Territories. The rows are: total population aged 15 years and over with sub-totals of: in the labour force (number) and not in the labour force (number). In the labour force (number) there are two components: employed (number) and unemployed (number). Rates are also presented for: participation rate (%); employment rate (%); and unemployment rate (%).

Table 1 Total population aged 15 years and over by labour force status
Labour force status Yellowknife Northwest Territories
Table note(s):
Footnote 1

In the past, this variable was called Labour force activity.

Labour: Return to footnote 1-1 referrer

Total population aged 15 years and overLabour Table 1 Footnote 1 15,025 31,750
In the labour force 12,760 23,930
Employed 11,990 21,200
Unemployed 765 2,730
Not in the labour force 2,270 7,825
Participation rate 84.9 75.4
Employment rate 79.8 66.8
Unemployment rate 6.0 11.4

Within Yellowknife, 15.3% of the employed labour force was aged 15 to 24 and 12.1% was aged 55 to 64. This compares to 14.0% and 13.1% respectively for Northwest Territories.

Table 2 Employed labour force by age groups, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents the employed labour force by selected age groups. The column headings are: age groups and Yellowknife and Northwest Territories, which are divided in number and percentage. The rows are: total; age groups; 15 to 24 years; 25 to 34 years; 35 to 54 years; 55 to 64 years; 65 years and over.

Table 2 Employed labour force by age groups
Age groups Yellowknife Northwest Territories
number % number %
Total 11,990 100.0 21,200 100.0
15 to 24 years 1,830 15.3 2,965 14.0
25 to 34 years 3,010 25.1 4,995 23.6
35 to 54 years 5,465 45.6 9,960 47.0
55 to 64 years 1,445 12.1 2,775 13.1
65 years and over 240 2.0 505 2.4

Within Yellowknife, the top occupations were: Administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations; Specialized middle management occupations; Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences. For Northwest Territories as a whole the top occupations were: Administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations; Service support and other service occupations, n.e.c.; Specialized middle management occupations.

Table 3 Top occupations for the employed labour force, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents the top occupations. The column headings are: occupation, Yellowknife and Northwest Territories, which are divided in number and percentage. The rows are: the top occupations.

Table 3 Top occupations for the employed labour force
Occupation Yellowknife Northwest Territories
number % Rank number % Rank
Administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations 955 8.0 1 1,655 7.8 1
Specialized middle management occupations 700 5.8 2 1,110 5.2 3
Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences 685 5.7 3 1,015 4.8 7

Within Yellowknife, the top industries were: Public administration; Transportation and warehousing; Health care and social assistance. For Northwest Territories as a whole the top industries were: Public administration; Retail trade; Health care and social assistance.

Table 4 Top industries for the employed labour force, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents the top industries. The column headings are: industry, Yellowknife and Northwest Territories, which are divided in number and percentage. The rows are: the top industries.

Table 4 Top industries for the employed labour force
Industry Yellowknife Northwest Territories
number % Rank number % Rank
Public administration 2,995 25.0 1 5,415 25.5 1
Transportation and warehousing 1,095 9.1 2 1,635 7.7 5
Health care and social assistance 1,010 8.4 3 1,945 9.2 3

The number of self-employed in Yellowknife amounted to 765 or 6.4% of all total employed workers.

Table 5 Employed labour force by class of workers, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents class of worker. The column headings are: class of worker; Yellowknife and Northwest Territories, which are divided in number and percentage. The rows are: total employed labour force; with subtotals of employee (number and percent) and total – self-employed (number and percent). The total – self-employed there are two components: self-employed (incorporated or unincorporated) and unpaid family worker.

Table 5 Employed labour force by class of workers
Class of worker Yellowknife Northwest Territories
number % number %
Table note(s):
Footnote 1

Includes self-employed with an incorporated business and self-employed with an unincorporated business. Also included among the self-employed are unpaid family workers.

Return to footnote 5-1 referrer

Total employed labour force 11,990 100.0 21,200 100.0
Employee 11,230 93.7 19,895 93.8
Total – Self-employedTable 5 Footnote 1 765 6.4 1,305 6.2
Self-employed (incorporated or unincorporated) 755 6.3 1,295 6.1
Unpaid family worker 10 0.1 10 0.0

In 2011, 1.3% of commuters within Yellowknife used public transit to get to work. This compares to Northwest Territories at 0.8%. 53.1% of the population used a car, truck or van as a driver, while 10.8% used a car, truck or van as a passenger. The average commuting time to work in Yellowknife was 12.9 minutes, this compares to Northwest Territories at 12.0 minutes.

Within Yellowknife, 89.0% of the employed labour force aged 15 years and over worked at their usual place, 3.8% worked at home and 7.2% had no fixed workplace address.

Table 6 Employed labour force by mode of transportation, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents the employed labour force by mode of transportation. The column headings are: mode of transportation; Yellowknife and Northwest Territories, which are divided in number and percentage. The rows are: total employed labour force with a usual place of work or no fixed workplace address; car, truck or van as driver; car, truck or van as passenger; public transit; walked; bicycle; other.

Table 6 Employed labour force by mode of transportation
Mode of transportation Yellowknife Northwest Territories
number % number %
Total employed labour force with a usual place of work or no fixed workplace address 11,535 100.0 20,470 100.0
Car, truck or van as driver 6,130 53.1 10,710 52.3
Car, truck or van as passenger 1,250 10.8 2,115 10.3
Public transit 145 1.3 170 0.8
Walked 2,750 23.8 5,595 27.3
Bicycle 320 2.8 410 2.0
Other 940 8.1 1,475 7.2

Table 7 Average commuting duration for the employed labour force, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents the average commuting duration. The column headings are: average commuting duration; Yellowknife and Northwest Territories. The row includes the average commuting duration.

Table 7 Average commuting duration for the employed labour force
Commuting duration Yellowknife Northwest Territories
Average 12.9 12.0

Table 8 Employed Labour force by time leaving for work, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents time leaving for work. The column headings are: time leaving for work; Yellowknife and Northwest Territories, which are divided in number and percentage. The rows are: total; 5 to 5:59 a.m.; 6 to 6:59 a.m.; 7 to 7:59 a.m.; 8 to 8:59 a.m.; 9 to 11:59 a.m.; 12 p.m. to 4:59 a.m.

Table 8 Employed Labour force by time leaving for work
Time leaving for work Yellowknife Northwest Territories
number % number %
Total 11,535 100.0 20,470 100.0
5 to 5:59 a.m. 420 3.6 545 2.7
6 to 6:59 a.m. 1,340 11.6 1,995 9.7
7 to 7:59 a.m. 3,775 32.7 5,740 28.0
8 to 8:59 a.m. 4,205 36.5 8,260 40.4
9 to 11:59 a.m. 775 6.7 1,945 9.5
12 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. 1,025 8.9 1,970 9.6

Table 9 Employed labour force by place of work status, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents place of work. The column headings are: place of work; Yellowknife and Northwest Territories, which are divided in number and percentage. The rows are: total; usual place of work; worked at home; worked outside Canada; no fixed workplace address.

Table 9 Employed labour force by place of work status
Place of work Yellowknife Northwest Territories
number % number %
Total employed labour force 11,990 100.0 21,200 100.0
Usual place of work 10,670 89.0 18,430 86.9
Worked at home 460 3.8 735 3.5
Worked outside Canada 0 0.0 0 0.0
No fixed workplace address 860 7.2 2,040 9.6

In Yellowknife, 98.4% (12,915) of the population aged 15 years and over who worked in 2010 or 2011 reported English only as the language used most often at work, 1.2% (155) reported French only and 0.2% (20) said they used both official languages (English and French) equally. In addition, 0.1% of the population aged 15 years and over who worked in 2010 or 2011 reported using an official language and a non-official language equally most often at work and 0.2% a non-official language only.

Furthermore, 1.2% (160) of the population aged 15 years and over who worked in 2010 or 2011 reported working in English on a regular basis, 4.0% (525) in French on a regular basis and 0.0% (0) in the country's two official languages on a regular basis. In addition, 0.0% (0) of of the population aged 15 years and over who worked in 2010 or 2011 reported using an official language and a non-official language on a regular basis at work and 2.1% (280) a non-official language only.

In Northwest Territories, 97.5% (24,380) of the population aged 15 years and over who worked in 2010 or 2011 reported English only as the language used most often at work, 0.8% (205) reported French only and 0.1 (20) said they used both official languages (English and French) equally. Furthermore, 0.3% of the population aged 15 years and over who worked in 2010 or 2011 reported using an official language and a non-official language equally most often at work.

As for the language used at work on a regular basis in Northwest Territories, the proportions are as follows: 1.8% (460) reported using English; 2.5% (625) use French; 0.0% (0) use both official languages; 0.1% (20) reported using an official language and a non-official language; and 6.2% (1,555) a non-official language only.

Table 10 Languages used at work, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents the languages used most often and regularly at work. The column headings are: languages used at work; language used most often at work and language used regularly at work for Yellowknife and Northwest Territories, which are divided in number and percentage. The rows are: Total population 15 years and over who worked since 2010; English only; French only; other language only; English and French; English and other language; French and other language; English, French and other language.

Table 10 Languages used at work
Languages used at work Language used most often Language used regularlyTable 1 Footnote 1
Yellowknife Northwest Territories Yellowknife Northwest Territories
number % number % number % number %
Table note(s):
Footnote 1

Other than the language spoken most often.

Return to footnote 1-1 referrer

Total population aged 15 years and over who worked since 2010 13,130 100.0 25,015 100.0 985 7.5 2,655 10.6
English only 12,915 98.4 24,380 97.5 160 1.2 460 1.8
French only 155 1.2 205 0.8 525 4.0 625 2.5
Other language only 30 0.2 345 1.4 280 2.1 1,555 6.2
English and French 20 0.2 20 0.1 0 0.0 0 0.0
English and other language 10 0.1 70 0.3 0 0.0 0 0.0
French and other language 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 20 0.1
English, French and other language. 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
None ... ... ... ... 12,140 92.5 22,360 89.4

In Yellowknife, the non-official languages most used, most often or regularly, with or without an official language, are Tlicho (Dogrib), Tagalog (Pilipino,Filipino) and Inuktitut, which account respectively for 0.3% (85), 0.3% (70) and 0.2% (40) of the population aged 15 years and over who worked in 2010 or 2011.

In Northwest Territories, the non-official languages most used, most often or regularly, with or without an official language, are Tlicho (Dogrib), Slavey, n.o.s. and Dene, which account respectively for 1.7% (840), 0.9% (470) and 0.2% (125) of the population aged 15 years and older who worked in 2010 or 2011.

Table 11 Non-official languages used at work, Yellowknife (City), Northwest Territories

Table summary

This table presents non-official languages used at work. The column headings are: languages used at work; language used at least regularly at work, language used most often at work and language used regularly at work for Yellowknife and Northwest Territories, which are divided in number and percentage. The rows are the top non-official languages used at least regularly at work.

Table 11 Non-official languages used at work
Languages used at work Language used at least regularlyTable 2 Footnote 2 Language used most oftenTable 2 Footnote 2 Language used regularlyTable 2 Footnote 1,Table 2 Footnote 3
Yellowknife Northwest Territories Yellowknife Northwest Territories Yellowknife Northwest Territories
number % rank number % rank number % rank number % rank number % rank number % rank
Table note(s):
Footnote 1

Other than the language spoken most often.

Return to footnote 2-1 referrer

Footnote 2

Percentages calculated over the population aged 15 years and over who worked in 2010 or 2011.

Return to footnote 2-2 referrer

Footnote 3

Percentages calculated over the population aged 15 years and over who worked in 2010 or 2011 and who declared one or more languages used regularly at work.

Return to footnote 2-3 referrer

Tlicho (Dogrib) 85 0.3 1 840 1.7 1 15 0.1 1 210 0.8 1 75 7.6 1 630 23.7 1
Tagalog (Pilipino,Filipino) 70 0.3 2 75 0.1 5 0 0.0 ... 0 0.0 ... 75 7.6 1 80 3.0 5
Inuktitut 40 0.2 3 50 0.1 7 0 0.0 ... 0 0.0 ... 40 4.1 3 50 1.9 7
Chinese languages 20 0.1 4 30 0.1 9 0 0.0 ... 0 0.0 ... 20 2.0 4 30 1.1 8
Vietnamese 20 0.1 4 20 0.0 11 0 0.0 ... 0 0.0 ... 20 2.0 4 25 0.9 10
Income

Income composition

The total income for the population in private households can be broken down into two basic components: market incomeIncome Footnote 1 and government transfers.Income Footnote 2 In Yellowknife, 95.4% of total income was from market income in 2010 and 4.6% was from government transfers. (Aggregate total income for Yellowknife was 931.2 million dollars in 2010.)

Figure 1 Income composition for the population in private households in 2010

Figure description

This stacked horizontal bar figure shows income composition for the population in private households. The y-axis is Canada, Northwest Territories and Yellowknife. The x-axis is percentage of income composition (market income and government transfer payments).

Market income's main component was employment income. In Yellowknife, it accounted for $95.20 of every $100 of market income, similar to the figure for Northwest Territories of $95.00. For the two components of employment income, wages and salaries represented $91.90 and net income from self-employment, $3.20.

The other components of market income were smaller than employment income: in Yellowknife, investment income represented $2.30 per $100 of market income, retirement income, $1.80 and $0.80 came from other private sources of money.

The main government transfer received in Yellowknife was Other income from government sources with $37.00 of every $100 of total government transfers received, followed by: Employment Insurance benefits ($22.30), Child benefits ($18.20), Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension Plan ($14.70), and Old Age Security (OAS) pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement ($7.80).

Table 1 – Income composition for the population in private households in 2010, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Table summary

This table shows income composition for the population in private households in 2010. The column headings are: income composition, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Canada. The rows are: aggregate total income in millions of dollars which has main components of market income and government transfer payments. Market income is further divided into: employment income in percentage (including wages and salaries in percentage and self-employment income in percentage); investment income in percentage; retirement pensions, superannuation and annuities in percentage; other money income. Government transfer payments is further divided into: Canada / Quebec pension plan benefits in percentage; Old Age Security pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement in percentage; employment insurance benefits in percentage; child benefits in percentage and other income from government sources in percentage. Also included are income taxes paid (as a percent of total income) and after-tax income (as a percent of total income).

Table 1 – Income composition for the population in private households in 2010, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Income composition Yellowknife (CY) Northwest Territories Canada
Aggregate total income (million $) 931.2 1,656.0 1,053,582.1
Composition of total income in 2010 (%) 100.0 100.0 100.0
Market income (%) 95.4 92.3 87.6
Employment income (%) 90.8 87.8 74.7
Wages and salaries (%) 87.7 85.3 70.3
Self-employment income (%) 3.1 2.5 4.4
Investment income (%) 2.2 1.7 4.6
Retirement pensions, superannuation and annuities (%) 1.7 2.0 6.7
Other money income (%) 0.7 0.8 1.7
Government transfer payments (%) 4.6 7.7 12.4
Canada/Quebec Pension Plan benefits (%) 0.7 1.1 3.5
Old Age Security pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement (%) 0.4 1.0 3.1
Employment Insurance benefits (%) 1.0 1.6 1.8
Child benefits (%) 0.8 1.3 1.5
Other income from government sources (%) 1.7 2.6 2.6
Income taxes paid – as a % of total income 17.4 16.4 16.4
After-tax income – as a % of total income 82.6 83.6 83.6

High total income

Among the Canadian population in private households aged 15 years and over, ten percent had total incomes of more than $80,400 in 2010. To be in the top five percent, Canadians needed to have a total income of slightly above $102,300 and to be in the top one percent required just over $191,100, nearly seven times the national median income of $27,800.Income Footnote 3

In Yellowknife, 17.2% percent of the population aged 15 years and over had total income that put them in the top five percent and 1.8% in the top one percent. This compared with 5.0% and 1.0% in Canada.

Table 2 – Population aged 15 years and over by total income, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Table summary

The following table presents the population aged 15 years and over by total income. The column headings are: total income, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Canada. The rows are: population aged 15 years and over by total income (count); without income or less than $27,815 in percentage; without income or less than $12,025 in percentage; $12,025 to $27,814 in percentage; $27,815 and over in percentage; $27,815 to $51,304 in percentage; $51,305 and over in percentage; $80,420 and over (top 10 percent) in percentage; $102,305 and over top 5 percent) in percentage and $191,150 and over (top 1 percent) in percentage.

Table 2 – Population aged 15 years and over by total income, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Total income Yellowknife (CY) Northwest Territories Canada
Population 15 years and over by total income (count) 15,025 31,750 27,259,525
Without income or less than $27,815 (%) 29.6 40.2 50.0
Without income or less than $12,025 (%) 16.4 22.6 25.0
$12,025 to $27,814 (%) 13.1 17.7 25.0
$27,815 and over (%) 70.5 59.7 50.0
$27,815 to $51,304 (%) 16.9 16.6 25.0
$51,305 and over (%) 53.6 43.1 25.0
$80,420 and over (top 10 percent) (%) 32.2 25.8 10.0
$102,305 and over (top 5 percent) (%) 17.2 13.8 5.0
$191,150 and over (top 1 percent) (%) 1.8 1.2 1.0

A national map showing the spatial distribution of persons with total income in the top five percent of persons with the highest total income is also available. Canada. Percentage of population in top five percent of total income in 2010 by 2011 census division (CD)

Employment income

Of those persons with employment income in Yellowknife, 68.7% worked full year, full timeIncome Footnote 4 in 2010 compared to 59.6% in Northwest Territories. The median employment income was $75,774 for these workers ($73,667 for those in Northwest Territories).

The top three most common occupations for those working full-year full-time in 2010 in Yellowknife were Administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations; Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences; and Specialized middle management occupations.

Table 3 – Median earnings of the most common full-year, full-time occupations in 2010, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Table summary

The following table presents the most common occupations for full-year, full-time workers in 2010. The column headings are: population with earnings who worked full-year, full-time in 2010, Yellowknife divided into number and median earnings in dollars and Northwest Territories and Canada divided in median earnings in dollars. The rows are the most common occupations.

Table 3 – Median earnings of the most common full-year, full-time occupations in 2010, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Population with earnings who worked full-year, full-time in 2010Income Footnote 5 Yellowknife (CY) Northwest Territories Canada
number median earnings ($) median earnings ($) median earnings ($)
Administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations 825 68,918 69,329 45,758
Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences 600 81,964 85,219 57,968
Specialized middle management occupations 600 99,144 99,876 80,146

Family income

The median after-tax income of economic families in Yellowknife in 2010 was $119,934, the median for couple families was $130,237 and for lone-parent families, $68,711. For persons not in economic families (persons living alone or with non relatives only), the median after-tax income was $46,428.

These compare to the medians in Northwest Territories of $100,821 for after-tax family income of all economic families, $114,378 for couple families, $54,160 for lone-parent families and $40,769 for persons living alone or without relatives.

Table 4 – Median after-tax income in 2010 for economic families and persons not in economic families, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Table summary

This table shows median after-tax income in 2010 by economic family structure and sex. The column headings are: economic family structure and sex, Yellowknife divided into number and median after-tax income in dollars and Northwest Territories and Canada divided into median after-tax income in dollars. The rows are: all economic families (couple families, lone-parent families, other economic families); persons not in economic families (males, females).

Table 4 – Median after-tax income in 2010 for economic families and persons not in economic families, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Economic family structure and sex Yellowknife (CY) Northwest Territories Canada
number median after-tax income ($) median after-tax income ($) median after-tax income ($)
All economic families 5,055 119,934 100,821 67,044
Couple families 4,155 130,237 114,378 72,356
Lone-parent families 800 68,711 54,160 42,401
Other economic families 105 99,372 66,413 55,484
Persons not in economic families 2,840 46,428 40,769 25,761
Males 1,625 49,922 44,417 28,197
Females 1,210 40,881 35,678 23,917

Figure 2 Median after-tax income in 2010 for Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Canada

Figure description

The following vertical bar figure shows the median after-tax income in 2010 by economic family structure and sex. The y-axis is the median after-tax income in dollars. The x-axis is economic family structure and sex including: all economic families; couple families; lone-parent families; other economic families; persons not in economic families; males not in economic families and females not in economic families.

Families came in different sizes and larger families may have benefited from pooling of resources and economies of scale. In Yellowknife, based on their after-tax income adjusted for family size, 78.3% of the population was in the top half of the income distribution, above the rate of 65.7% in Northwest Territories.

In Yellowknife, the percentage of the population in the lowest income decile groupIncome Footnote 6 at 5.9% was lower than in Northwest Territories (8.6%). The percentage of the population in the highest decile group was 36.6%, higher than in Northwest Territories (26.8%).

Table 5 – Population in private households by adjusted after-tax family income in 2010, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Table summary

The following table shows the population in private households by adjusted after-tax income in 2010. The column headings are: percentage of private households in decile groups of adjusted after-tax income in 2010, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Canada. The rows are: population in private households as count, decile groups.

Table 5 – Population in private households by adjusted after-tax family income in 2010, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Population in private households by decile groups of adjusted after-tax income in 2010 Yellowknife (CY) Northwest Territories Canada
Population in private households (count) 18,830 40,800 32,852,320
In bottom half of Canadian distribution (%) 21.7 34.3 50.0
In lowest decile (%) 5.9 8.6 10.0
In second decile (%) 4.3 7.2 10.0
In third decile (%) 3.8 6.7 10.0
In fourth decile (%) 3.2 5.6 10.0
In fifth decile (%) 4.5 6.2 10.0
In top half of Canadian distribution (%) 78.3 65.7 50.0
In sixth decile (%) 5.0 6.4 10.0
In seventh decile (%) 7.2 7.6 10.0
In eighth decile (%) 11.1 10.1 10.0
In ninth decile (%) 18.3 14.8 10.0
In highest decile (%) 36.6 26.8 10.0

Note(s):

Footnote 1

Market income includes income from all non-government sources such as employment, investments, private pensions and spousal or child support payments.

Income return to footnote 1 referrer

Footnote 2

Government transfers include Canada/Quebec Pension Plan benefits, Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement, Employment Insurance benefits, child benefits and other income from government sources.

Income return to footnote 2 referrer

Footnote 3

The population aged 15 years and over without income and those with negative income are included at the bottom of the distribution.

Income return to footnote 3 referrer

Footnote 4

Full-year, full-time: worked 49 to 52 weeks, mainly full-time.

Income return to footnote 4 referrer

Footnote 5

Only the most common occupations with at least 250 persons with earnings who worked full-year, full-time are presented here.

Income return to footnote 5 referrer

Footnote 6

The income decile group provides a rough ranking of the economic situation of a person based on his or her relative position in the economic families adjusted after-tax income distribution. The population in private households is sorted according to its adjusted after-tax family income and then divided into 10 equal groups each containing 10% of the population.

Income return to footnote 6 referrer

Housing

Housing

The number of households in Yellowknife was 6,935. The homeownership rate in Yellowknife was 52.3% - which was higher than the Northwest Territories homeownership rate of 51.5%.

Table 1 – Housing tenure for all households, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Table summary

This table shows the number and percentage of households by housing tenure for Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The column headings are: housing tenure; Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Canada showing number and percentage. The rows are: total households; owner and renter.

Table 1 – Housing tenure for all households, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Housing tenure Yellowknife (CY) Northwest Territories Canada
number percentage percentage percentage
Total households 6,935 100.0 100.0 100.0
Owner 3,625 52.3 51.5 69.0
Renter 3,300 47.6 47.5 30.6

Yellowknife – AffordabilityHousing Footnote 1

Households in Yellowknife that paid 30% or more of household total income toward shelter costs represented 16.4% of non-farm, non-reserve households with total income greater than zero. This proportion was higher than the Northwest Territories proportion (14.2%).

A lower proportion of owner households paid 30% or more compared to tenant households in Yellowknife (10.7% for owners versus 22.5% for renters).

Households in Yellowknife paid an average monthly shelter cost of $1,747 – which was higher than the Northwest Territories amount of $1,331. The average monthly shelter cost for tenant households was $1,378, this was lower than the average monthly shelter cost for owner households of $2,083.

Table 2 – Housing affordability for non-farm, non-reserve households, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Table summary

This table shows the percentage of households spending 30% or more of 2010 total income on shelter costs for the selected geography. The column headings are: housing indicator; housing tenure; Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Canada. The rows are: percentage of households spending 30% or more of 2010 total income on shelter costs and average monthly shelter cost ($). Both are further divided into total, owner and renter.

Table 2 – Housing affordability for non-farm, non-reserve households, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Housing indicator Housing tenure Yellowknife (CY) Northwest Territories Canada
Percentage of households spending 30% or more of 2010 total
income on shelter costsHousing Table 2 Footnote 1
Total 16.4 14.2 25.2
Owner 10.7 10.3 18.5
Renter 22.5 18.4 40.1
Average monthly shelter cost ($) Total 1,747 1,331 1,050
Owner 2,083 1,575 1,141
Renter 1,378 1,069 848

Table note(s):

Footnote 1

Excludes households with zero or negative income in 2010.

Housing: Return to footnote 2-1 referrer

Yellowknife – Need for major repairsHousing Footnote 2

In Yellowknife, 9.4% of households reported living in dwellings that required major repairs. This was lower than the Northwest Territories proportion of 17.2%. The proportion of households reporting major repair requirements was higher for owners than renters (10.2% for owner-occupied dwellings and 8.6% for renter-occupied dwellings).

Table 3 – Need for major repairs by housing tenure, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Table summary

This table shows percentage of households who reported that their dwelling was in need of major repairs. The column headings are: housing indicator; housing tenure; Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Canada. The row under housing indicator is: percentage of households reporting that their dwelling was in need of major repairs, which is further divided into total, owner and renter.

Table 3 – Need for major repairs by housing tenure, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Housing indicator Housing tenure Yellowknife (CY) Northwest Territories Canada
Percentage of households reporting that their dwelling
was in need of major repairs
Total 9.4 17.2 7.4
Owner 10.2 19.0 6.4
Renter 8.6 15.2 9.1

Yellowknife – Suitability

In Yellowknife, 8.0% of households lived in dwellings that were not suitable; that is, the dwelling was crowded because there were not enough bedrooms based on the National Occupancy Standard.Housing Footnote 3 This was lower than the Northwest Territories proportion of 10.8%. The proportion of households living in dwellings that were not suitable was lower for owners than renters (3.9% for owner households and 12.4% for renter households).

Table 4 – Housing suitability by housing tenure, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Table summary

This table shows percentage of households living in dwellings that were not suitable. The column headings are: housing indicator; housing tenure; Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Canada. The rows are: percentage of households living in dwellings that were not suitable, which is further divided into total, owner and renter.

Table 4 – Housing suitability by housing tenure, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Housing indicator Housing tenure Yellowknife (CY) Northwest Territories Canada
Percentage of households living
in dwellings that were not suitable
Total 8.0 10.8 6.0
Owner 3.9 8.6 3.8
Renter 12.4 12.9 10.6

Note(s):

Footnote 1

In 1986, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the provinces agreed to use the 30% threshold to measure affordability for the purposes of defining need for social housing. This agreement was reached during the development of the federal/provincial social housing programs.

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Footnote 2

The need for major repairs is based on the judgment of the respondent. Examples of major repairs provided to respondents included defective plumbing or electrical wiring, structural repairs to walls, floors or ceilings, etc.

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Footnote 3

Housing suitability and the National Occupancy Standard (NOS) were developed by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) through consultations with provincial housing agencies.

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