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Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

The Yukon Nominee Program is a government immigration program that selects applicants who demonstrate they have the potential and the desire to immigrate and settle themselves and their families in the Canadian Territory of Yukon.

Under the Yukon Nominee Program, you may qualify under one of the following categories:

Skilled Worker Program

Below is the eligibility requirement under Skilled Worker program:

  • The employer must be a registered business, industry association or a local, municipal, First Nation or Territorial government in Yukon that has been registered and operational for a minimum of one year.
  • Except for those occupations included in the Skills Shortage List, the employer must verify the need for the position and provide proof that they have tried to recruit locally and nationally to fill the position.
  • The offer of employment must:
    • Be for a permanent full-time position.
    • Be in a trade or skill that falls into skill levels O, A or B of the National Occupational Classification Matrix.
    • Must not conflict with existing collective bargaining agreements.
    • Must meet the minimum requirements of territorial labour standards and must provide a comparable industry rate of pay.
  • The nominee must
    • Have the required certification or accreditation for the specific trade or occupation.
    • Be licensed or accepted by the Territorial body governing for the occupation or trade, if applicable.
    • Be able to conduct basic communications in either English or French, depending on the official language of the work place.
    • Not be a refugee claimant.

Since you need a job in order to apply under the Skilled Worker program, we invite you to start your job search with our free Canada Job Search Tool.

Critical Impact Worker Program

Below is the eligibility requirement under Skilled Worker program:

  • The employer must be a registered business, industry association or a local, municipal, First Nation or Territorial government in Yukon that has been registered and operational for a minimum of one year.
  • The employer must verify the need for the position and provide proof that they have tried to recruit locally and nationally to fill the position.
  • The offer of employment must:
    • Be for a permanent full-time position.
    • Be in a trade or skill that falls into skill level C or D of the National Occupational Classification Matrix. These occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training or on-the-job training.
    • not conflict with existing collective bargaining agreements.
    • meet the minimum requirements of territorial labour standards and must provide a comparable industry rate of pay.
  • The nominee must:
    • Have a temporary work permit and have worked in the position for six months OR obtain a score of 45 or better on the Pre-Assessment,
    • Prove sufficient financial supports or settlement supports in Yukon, 
    • Have the required work experience for the specific occupation,  
    • Be able to conduct basic communications in either English or French, depending on the official language of the work place, and
    • Not be a refugee claimant.

Since you need a job in order to apply under the Critical Impact Worker program, we invite you to start your job search with our free Canada Job Search Tool.

Business Nominee Program

Yukon is seeking people with at least five years business experience who can start a new business, partner with an existing business, or purchase and operate an existing business in order to enhance the production and marketing of goods, services, exports, technology or research in the priority sectors.

Eligibility is restricted to applicants who:

  • Have a minimum of five (5) years of senior management or direct entrepreneurial experience in a business similar to the one proposed. The immigrant entrepreneur will be required to submit a resume or CV (curriculum vitae), letters of recommendation, financial statements and other documents to support his/her experience.(Working as a manager or an employee in a corporation does not necessarily provide skills to own and operate your own business.)
  • Have a minimum net worth of CDN$250,000, including minimum liquid assets of CDN$150,000. Liquid assets include, for example: cash, demand deposits with a financial institution, term deposits, tax shelters convertible to cash, and readily marketable investments including publicly traded stocks and bonds.
  • Have visited Yukon at least once, and, as a consequence, have an understanding of Yukon's business and social environment. Business applicants must meet with one of the program's officers in the Business and Industry Development Branch during this visit.
  • Can demonstrate reasonable communication skills in one of Canada's official languages in order to operate a business in Yukon.

For more information on Yukon Nominee Program (YNP), see our Yukon Nominee Program FAQ.

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