Larger than life and steeped in the rich gold rush history of Canada, Yukon, one of Canada’s three territories, is home to the highest mountain in Canada – Mount Logan. In addition to being known for the rare beauty of the northern lights and the Yukon Quest (dog race), Yukon is known for its culture, art, and language. Whether you enjoy story-telling or pan-handling for gold, you will find this francophone community welcoming of both individuals and families. Transportation is often a highlight with some areas accessible only by float plane, train or horseback, although automobiles are certainly commonplace to other regions. Here, the wilderness is at the backdoor, friends, and neighbors are willing to lend a hand and the term living off the land takes on profound meaning.
Economic drivers of Yukon include agriculture, energy, film and sound, fishing, forestry, mining, and tourism. The demand for jobs in Yukon is driven by the needs of the territory’s employers and is further driven on a micro-scale by each local labor market.
The Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) is the Yukon’s Provincial Nominee Program. Prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the territory may receive a Yukon Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow them to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The YNP consists of four programs:
- Yukon Express Entry (YEE) is for those eligible under the federal Express Entry pool who are interested in living and working in Yukon. This stream allows Yukon to nominate individuals who are already in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool and who have the necessary education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other factors to help them settle successfully and integrate into Yukon’s labor market and communities. YEE applicants are drawn from the pool on the basis of nominations arising from valid job offers for permanent, full-time work from eligible Yukon employers.
- Skilled Worker allows Yukon employers to sponsor foreign skilled workers for Canadian permanent residence. Sponsored applicants must be working in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B occupation.
- Critical Impact Worker is to help employers sponsor workers for immigration who have experience in a semi-skilled or unskilled occupation in high demand. Sponsored applicants must receive a job offer from a Yukon employer; however, they are not required to be in Yukon at the time of application.
- Business Nominee is for individuals with proven business experience who want to start a new business, partner with an existing business, or purchase and operate an existing business in Yukon. Applicants should be ready to make a significant investment in their Yukon-based business.
If living in Yukon appeals to you, we can help determine the best program to apply under.