Yukon was earlier known as Yukon Territory. It lies in the north-western end of Canada.

It is bounded by Northwest Territories to the east. It is bordered by the US state of Alaska on the west. On the Left Coast of Canada, British Columbia borders Yukon in the south. The province extends north toward the Beaufort Sea.

Yukon has the roots of its name in the aboriginal word of Gwich’in, Yu-kun-ah, which means “great river.” It refers to the 3,190 kilometers long Yukon River.

Although the area of the province is 483,450 kilometers, Yukon has a comparatively less population of approximately 40,000 people.

*As per the Yukon Bureau of Statistics’ Population Report [3rd Quarter 2020], the approximate population of Yukon as of September 30, 2020, was around 42,507.

The population of moose in the territory is more than the human population. It has been assessed that there were approximately 70,000 moose in the territory, compared to 40,000 humans living in the same area.

The capital of Yukon is Whitehorse.

Other prominent cities in Yukon include – Carcross, Faro, Dawson, Watson Lake, Carmacks, Haines Junction, Mt Lorne, Pelly Crossing, and Ibex Valley.

Yukon is one of the nine provinces of Canada that participate in the PNP or Provincial Nominee Program.

Yukon has an immigration program of its own, the YNP or Yukon Nominee Program, for the addition of new immigrants who want to take up Canada PR or permanent residency and settle in Yukon.

Yukon PNP streams available
Stream Description
Yukon Express Entry [YEE] Aligned with the federal Express Entry system.
While a connection to Yukon is not required, the candidate will be required to have a full-time, permanent job offer from an eligible employer in Yukon.
Yukon employers – foreign workers cannot apply on their own – might apply to the Express Entry stream if the position that they are hiring for falls under NOC A, B, or 0 categories.
Skilled Worker For skilled foreign workers that wish to take up Canada PR through Yukon.
Employers in Yukon might use this YNP stream for hiring foreign workers for positions that come under NOC A, B, or 0 categories.
As this stream is not linked to the Express Entry system, an Express Entry profile will not be required.
Critical Impact Worker Employers in Yukon might use this YNP stream for hiring foreign workers for positions that come under NOC C or D categories.
Business Nominee For business owners and entrepreneurs that intend running their own business in Yukon.
A 2-step application process that begins with the submission of an application form.
Minimum 65 points to be scored in order to be assessed by the YNP.
Successful candidates are then placed in a pool from which selections are made. Those selected can then proceed to submitting the supporting documentation.
An in-person interview in Yukon is the final step of the process.

The YCP or Yukon Community Pilot was launched by the Yukon federal government in January 2020. The YCP is a federal-territorial permanent residence stream of Canada that offers a work permit.

The Yukon Pilot stream plans to attract and retain immigrants in the territory through testing ingenious approaches for immigration to Yukon.

Through the YCP, the entry of new immigrants in Yukon is facilitated through the granting of open work permits according to the IMP or International Mobility Program.

An immigrant who has a valid YNP nomination in the PR of Canada and more than one job offer from 3 employers for a participating territory in Yukon would be issued an open work permit that is “location-specific.” It does not require getting an LMIA or Labour Market Impact Assessment.

All the employment offers for the foreign national individual should be situated in the same community of YNP. The jobs can either be from the same or different employers.

The work to be done in the job offer should reflect the same NOC or National Occupational Classification code.

Six Yukon communities – Dawson City, Whitehorse, Carmacks, Haines Junction, Watson Lake, and Carcross – participate in the Yukon Community Pilot.

A three-year pilot, the YCP, will be valid until June 2023.

How can I immigrate to Yukon?

There are two ways through which you can immigrate to Yukon –

  • As an entrepreneur.
  • As a worker
What is the Yukon Nominee Program [YNP]?

Yukon is a part of the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] of Canada and inducts immigrants to the territory through the Yukon Nominee Program [YNP].

Is the YNP only for foreign nationals already in Canada?

The YNP accepts applications for nomination for Canadian permanent residence from candidates both within and outside Canada.

Do I need a job offer to be eligible for Yukon PNP?

To be eligible for the Yukon Nominee Program, a foreign national should have a full-time permanent [not seasonal] job offer from an eligible Yukon employer.

They must also fulfil the specific eligibility criteria of their application stream.

How do I know which YNP stream I should apply to?

Individuals who have a valid profile in the system of Express Entry of the IRCC or Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada are eligible for the stream of Yukon Express Entry.

The foreign nationals who do not have a profile in Express Entry would be eligible for:

  • Stream of Skilled Worker – If their occupation is listed in the NOC Skill Type 0, or Skill Levels A or B

Stream of Critical Impact Worker – If their occupation is listed in NOC Skill Levels C or D.

How will I know my NOC code?

The NOC or National Occupational Classification matrix lists the various occupations available in the labor market of Canada. It assigns a 4-digit code for each of the profession.

If a person is offered a job in Yukon through NOC 5121: Writers and Authors, they are assigned Skill Level A, that is. The occupations require a University education.

As a result, they are eligible for the Skilled Worker Stream of YNP.

What is the Yukon Community Pilot?

In the Yukon Community Pilot, valid from January 2020 to June 2023, the eligible candidates will be issued a 2-year open work permit which is location-restricted for working in Yukon.

I am the main applicant under the Yukon Community Pilot. Can my spouse work anywhere in Yukon?

If the principal applicant is employed in Skill Levels A/B positions or 1 NOC Skill Type 0 in Yukon, their /spouse can be issued an open work permit, which is location-specific through the LMIA exemption code C41.

Usually, the common-law partner/spouse is granted a location-specific open work permit in the same community of Yukon as the principal applicant’s job location.

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