Yukon is one of Canada’s three territories, along with the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. It is full of breathtaking scenery, and though its population is small, its communities are welcoming. Yukon’s territorial capital and largest city is Whitehorse, which is home to just over 25,000 of the Yukon’s more than 35,000 people.
If you are interested in immigrating to Yukon, you must learn about the territory’s immigration system, the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP).
If you have the right skills, education, and experience to contribute to Yukon’s economy, you can apply to the YNP for a nomination to become a permanent resident.
Individuals from both within and outside of Canada are eligible to apply for the YNP. To qualify, an individual must:
- Have a job offer for a full-time, year-round job from an eligible Yukon employer and
- Meet the criteria specified in one of the YNP’s immigration streams.
The following are streams of the Yukon Nominee Program:
- Critical Impact Worker stream: For individuals with the education and work experience for the job at Skill Level C or D under the National Occupation Classification (NOC), a valid language proficiency test completed in the last two years, and at least six months of work experience related to the job.
- Skilled Worker stream: For individuals with the education and work experience for the job at Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B under the National Occupation Classification (NOC), a valid language proficiency test completed in the last two years, and at least one year of work experience related to the job.
- Express Entry: For individuals who have an up-to-date profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system, and have received a job offer for a full-time, year-round job from an eligible Yukon employer. Individuals must also plan to reside in the Yukon.
- Yukon Community Program: This is a pilot program for individuals with an eligible nomination for permanent residence from the Yukon. It allows for a two-year open work permit that lets individuals work for up to three different employers in one of a list of Yukon communities. Individuals must have two or three job offers in the same eligible community, and the job hours added up must equal at least 30 hours per week.
Please note that the YNP does NOT play a role in recruitment or maintain a list of eligible employers. Individuals seeking employment should browse online job sites to find suitable positions in the Yukon.
If you receive a job offer from an eligible employer in the Yukon, be aware that employers can NOT charge, collect a fee, or otherwise receive financial gain from nominating a foreign worker.
Once you know which stream you meet the requirements for, application forms for immigration can be found on the Government of Yukon’s website. Both the employer and the individual must complete and supply any and all required documentation. Processing times may vary and depend on the number of applications received.