Formerly known as the Yukon Territory, Yukon is found on the north-western side of Canada and is an area of high plateaus and mountains. It shares boundaries to the east with the Northwest Territories, to the south with British Columbia, and the United States state of Alaska to the west. Immigrants who want to make the move to Yukon can do so with the Yukon Provincial Nominee Program (Yukon PNP).
Yukon is especially known for its abundance of mineral wealth, sparse population, and large areas of unspoiled wilderness. Over two-thirds of the total population in Yukon live in Whitehorse, the capital city. Nearly one-third of the population is of aboriginal origin. The rest of the population is made up of European descendants or of mixed aboriginal and immigrant descent. 310 immigrant families made Yukon their new home in 2019 by securing permanent residency through the Yukon PNP.
What Is the Yukon Provincial Nomination Program
Due to the fact that Yukon is very sparsely populated, it holds plenty of opportunities for skilled and semi-skilled immigrants to call it home.
The main immigration program is the Yukon Provincial Nominee Program. The Yukon PNP has various categories under which an individual may qualify for immigration, these include:
The Northwest Territory PNP Operates Through 5 Streams:
|Skilled Worker Program|
|Critical Impact Worker Program|
|Business Nominee Program|
|Yukon Community Pilot|
Eligible candidates who wish to enter the federal Express Entry pool and are interested in living and working in Yukon may apply to the Yukon Express Entry stream (YEE). Yukon introduced an Express Entry stream to its existing immigration programs in March 2015. The stream allows the province to nominate persons who are already in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (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.
To immigrate under this category you will have to:
|Meet the requirements of one of the three federal economic immigration programs;|
|Complete the online Express Entry application to receive a profile number and, if applicable, a Job Seeker Validation Code;|
|Have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and any accompanying family members upon arriving in Canada;|
|Have a valid job offer for permanent, full-time work from an eligible Yukon employer|
|Have a genuine intention to live and work in Yukon|
If you have a job offer for a position included in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) A, 0, or B categories, you should apply for the Skilled Worker stream.
|Have a student visa or a valid Temporary Work Permit (TWP), issued by the relevant authorities if you are already living in Canada when you apply;|
|Not be a visitor or someone who claims refugee status;|
|Have a job offer from an employer in the Yukon that meets all the criteria for nomination;|
|Be able to show proof of work experience or education that qualifies you for the position;|
|Be able to show proof of education credentials as per the program requirements. You will need to have an Education Credential Assessment (ECA) done to show this if you graduated from a school outside of Canada;|
|Meet the language criteria needed to accurately fulfill your position’s duties. For more detailed information on this requirement you can consult the province’s Application Handbook;|
|Have the intention to live and work in the province;|
|Apply for permanent residence within 3-6 months of your employment starting date;|
|Have a minimum of six months of relevant work experience in a full-time position within the past ten years before you apply if you are applying for the Critical Impact Worker Program; and|
|Have a minimum of 12 months of relevant work experience in a full-time position within the past ten years before you apply if you are applying for the Skilled Worker Program|
In addition to the above requirements, if you are applying under the Critical Impact Worker, you need to:
- Have worked for the same employer offering the permanent position on a valid work permit for a minimum of six months prior to the application or obtained a minimum score of 55 points on the Yukon Nominee Program Pre-Assessment points grid; and
- Obtain a minimum score of 55 points on the Yukon Nominee Program Pre-Assessment points grid
One of the requirements to become a permanent resident under the YPNP is that you work in an occupation for at least 30 hours per week. The Yukon Community Pilot allows an applicant with a provincial nomination from the Yukon government to work two or three jobs simultaneously in order to meet that requirement. The jobs must be for continuous (non-seasonal) work in one of the following participating communities:
- Watson Lake
- Dawson City
- Haines Junction
If you are hoping to run your own business in Yukon as a foreign entrepreneur, then the Business Nominee Program is perfect for you. First, however, you need to make sure that both you and your intended business meet an extensive list of requirements.
If you would like to apply for this stream you will have to satisfy all of the following personal eligibility requirements.
|Achieve a minimum score of 65 points on the assessment grid;|
|Have a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent;|
|If your business requires further education, you must have that too;|
|Have a minimum of three years of business management or entrepreneurial experience;|
|Have at least five years of experience relevant to your business;|
|Not be a refugee or refugee status seeker in Canada;|
|Must never have been denied immigration status by the Canadian government;|
|Have no active applications for any other immigration streams or programs;|
|Have a minimum net worth of CAN$500,000, as well as a letter from an accounting firm based in Yukon stipulating you came by the wealth by legal means;|
|Including cash, bonds, and derivatives, have a minimum of CAN$300,000 in liquid assets. You will also need a letter from an accounting firm based in Yukon stipulating you obtained the assets by legal means;|
|Intend to settle, live and run your business permanently in Yukon;|
|Hold a position in your business that falls under the NOC 0 or A identifications;|
|Have not yet engaged in the purchasing or opening of a new business at the time of your application; and|
|Through a business plan, show your intention to invest at least CAN$300,000 in your business within two years.|
In addition to the above requirements, your proposed business must:
- Be a new business or the purchase of an existing business to be managed by you. You may not be a passive investor.
- Fall under one of the prescribed strategic sectors
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