The Yukon, a territory in northwest Canada, is bordered on British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Alaska. It is wild, mountainous, and sparsely populated. The economy of Yukon is driven by its natural resources and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada.
Prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the territory may receive a Yukon Provincial Nomination Certificate, after which they can apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Minimum eligibility requirements for employers
Employers must meet the following requirements as an employer:
Minimum eligibility requirements for nominee applicants
To be approved as a nominee applicant, a foreign national must:
Express Entry Stream
Eligible candidates who wish to enter the federal Express Entry pool and are interested in living and working in Yukon may apply under this stream if they have a valid job offer for permanent, full-time work from an eligible Yukon employer. The stream allows the province to nominate persons who are already in IRCC express entry pool and who have the necessary education, skilled work experience, language ability and other factors to help them settle and integrate successfully into Yukon’s labour market and communities.
Skilled Worker Stream
This stream allows Yukon employers to sponsor foreign skilled workers. Candidate must be working in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B occupation. Candidate must have education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job as per the criteria specified in the NOC. The minimum acceptable level of education is a high school diploma. Candidate must have at least one year of related work experience for the position being filled. This work experience may be gained outside Yukon.
Critical Impact Worker Stream
This stream is to help employers sponsor workers who have experience in a semi-skilled occupation (NOC C or D) in high demand in the territory. Sponsored applicants must have a job offer from a Yukon employer; however, they are not required to be in Yukon at the time of application. Candidate must have education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job as per the criteria specified in the NOC. The minimum acceptable level of education is a high school diploma. Candidate must have at least six months of related work experience for the position being offered.
Yukon Community Program
This program is designed to provide flexibility to employers in Yukon communities to address the seasonal nature of employment in the territory. The focus is on retention and economic growth of communities outside of Whitehorse, but employers in Whitehorse can also apply. This program is intended to grow a viable labour market outside Whitehorse with workers who can demonstrate that they intend to settle permanently in an eligible community. This program allows an applicant to work two or three jobs simultaneously.
Small- to medium-sized Yukon community businesses who would otherwise be ineligible for other YNP streams. Employers must demonstrate why other YNP streams do not meet their needs. The program is for employers in Carcross, Carmacks, Dawson City, Haines Junction, Watson Lake and Whitehorse.
Yukon Business Nominee
This program is for individuals with proven business experience and 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. o be eligible under this program an applicant must: