Top Jobs in Yukon Canada

If you are interested in immigrating to Canada, and you would want to live and work in the Yukon Territory, congratulations. Not only are you braver and more adventurous than immigrants who head straight for the major cities like Vancouver and Toronto, but you are also opening up the opportunity for an extremely unique life experience for yourself and your loved ones. The Yukon is not a major receiver of new immigrants, but much like in the Klondike gold rush that started major settlement in the territory, immigrants continue to arrive to enjoy the prospect of economic benefits.

As a region that is always looking to expand, the provincial government is also very open to new immigrants who want to become permanent residents, especially in the smaller communities around the capital city of Whitehorse. Find out more about the jobs in Yukon and what it would be like to work there, or get started on your application right away.

The in-Demand Jobs in Yukon, Canada

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There are around 42,000 people in the Yukon province, of which 25,000 live in the Capital city of Whitehorse and its surrounding communities. Because the Yukon has a rather small population in comparison to the rest of Canada, naturally there isn’t a massive diversity of opportunities, but there are plenty of opportunities. It is important to research available jobs in the province to be confident in your ability to secure a job when you arrive there, or even better, before the time.

To help you get an idea of what the most popular jobs in the territory are, here are some of the top jobs in Yukon, Canada.

Top Jobs in Yukon, Canada
NOC 0, A & BNOC C & D
Industrial engineer - $74,880 per annumCook - $41,600 per annum
Early childhood educator - $43,680Food & beverage server - $33,280 per annum
Bookkeeper - $52,000 per annumKitchen helper - $33,280
Millwright - $70,720 per annumBaker - $35,360 per annum
Welder/Fitter - $58,240 per annumCleaner - $33,280 per annum
Restaurant manager - $50,000 per annumHotel clerk - $46,800 per annum

For more information on in-demand occupations in the Yukon and other provinces visit our in-Demand Jobs page.

Working in Yukon, Canada


It is important to keep in mind that the workplace culture in the Yukon may be a little different from your home country, so do your best to adapt quickly. There may be additional safety requirements surrounding items such as personal protective equipment. You might also find a more casual relationship between employers and employees.

Depending where you come from in the world, there are a few things about life in Yukon that you will find very different from your home country.

The Workplace

Employers traditionally give new hires an orientation, which will take place on your first day and give you valuable information about the workplace, safety and what will be expected of you. You may also undergo some training to familiarize yourself with the systems and procedures of your new workplace. Make sure that if you undergo any formal training, that you note the dates and keep the certificate.

Most workplaces in Yukon have a 3-6 month probationary period to ensure you are a good fit for the business. Try to check in regularly with your supervisor to make sure you are meeting expectations.

You will need to be able to speak English or French if you want to live and work in Yukon. Something to keep in mind is only 13% of the province can speak French, so English is the preferred language. Make sure your English proficiency is good, as it will open more opportunities, make doing your job a lot easier, and as you will find out below, is key to your staying in Yukon.

Life in Yukon is different from almost anywhere else, people work hard, are paid well and there is an incredibly strong sense of community. Communities are welcoming to foreigners who will add value and diversity to their community. Learn more about life in Yukon here

Life in the Yukon

Our winters get cold, very cold, and unless we are snowed in, the cold is never an excuse to miss work. In the capital city of Whitehorse, it can drop as low as -21 degrees celsius in the winter. Make sure you bring all of your warm clothes and enough money to supplement your winter wardrobe with more robust clothing.

Be prepared for very little daylight in the winter too. The sun will rise around 10:00am and set at around 5:00pm giving your average winter day about 7 hours of sunlight.

In the summertime, however, life in Yukon is better than nearly anywhere else in the world. The sun just about never sets! Daylight hours are from 04:30am to 11:30pm, and then the sun only dips just below the horizon for 5 hours, leaving the territory in a beautiful twilight for your resting hours.

How to Move to Yukon, Canada

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When you have secured a job offer in the Yukon, you can apply for permanent residency to the Yukon Nominee Program in either the Skilled Worker stream if your occupation is classified as NOC 0, A or B or to the Critical Impact Worker stream if your occupation is classified as NOC C or D. There are a few requirements you must meet for these two immigration programs.

Skilled Worker Stream

To be eligible for permanent residency you must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet any educational requirements for the occupation you are working in and hold at least a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent thereof;
  • Show you have previously worked for at least 6 months in your occupation;
  • Hold a valid temporary foreign work permit for the whole time you work in Canada until you become a permanent resident; and
  • Score a minimum of 4 on your English Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test, the IELTS course, or a minimum of 3 on the French CLB test, the TEF course.

Critical Impact Worker Stream

To be eligible for permanent residency you must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the educational and experience requirements of the occupation as required under the NOC;
  • Have at least one year of work experience in your occupation
  • Hold a valid temporary foreign work permit for the whole time you work in Canada until you become a permanent resident; and
  • Score a minimum of 6 on your English Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test, the IELTS course, or a minimum of 4 on the French CLB test, the TEF course. If you work in a skilled trades occupation, the English CLB requirement score is 5 and the French CLB requirement score is 3.

How We Can Help You Immigrate to Canada

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Choosing to start a new life in Canada is a challenge, but a smart one. Choosing the Yukon for your new adventure is an even more exciting and unique challenge. If you are looking for a job in Yukon, and you’re persistent, you’ll find one. The next obstacle will be your endeavour for permanent residency. This is where we can help you.

When you choose to use our expert and government-trusted services, you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms and submit them to the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late?

All you have to do is fill out our application form to receive your eligibility assessment and let us take care of the rest. It’s just that simple! Your Canadian journey starts here.

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