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. To the east it shares boundaries with the Northwest Territories, British Columbia to the south and the U.S. and Alaska to the west.

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 comprised of European descendants or of mixed aboriginal and immigrant descent.

Yukon Provincial Nominee Program (YPNP)

Due to the fact that Yukon is very sparsely populated, it holds plenty of opportunities for skilled and semi-skilled immigrants.

One of the main immigration programs for the Yukon is the Yukon Provincial Nominee Program (YPNP). The YPNP has various programs under which an individual may qualify for immigration, below are some these programs:

Yukon Express Entry (YEE)

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 successfully and integrate into Yukon’s labour market and communities.


YPNP applicants with the intention of investing at least $150,000 into a business venture in the province may qualify under this program if they have the following:

A minimum net worth of at least $250,000
Made at least one visit to the Yukon before the submission of their application
Have basic proficiency in English or French
Have the required experience, skills and education to carry out their business plan

Self Employed

Foreign nationals who are professionals with the appropriate license or accreditation in Yukon can practice their profession in an occupation where there is a labour shortage if the applicant has basic language proficiency. The applicant must also have visited Yukon and demonstrated that they have knowledge of Yukon’s social, economic and geographic climate. In addition, applicants must have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their family for six months. Applicants must also prepare a detailed business plan describing their business venture.

YPNP Skilled Worker Program

Individuals who have received a permanent, full-time job offer in a skilled occupation from an employer in Yukon are eligible for this program if they are qualified for the job (language skills, work experience etc.) and have the appropriate license or accreditation required.

YPNP Critical Impact Worker

Individuals who have received a full-time permanent job offer in a low-skilled or unskilled occupation from an employer in Yukon, may qualify for this program if they meet the following requirements:

The applicant must 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
Obtain a minimum score of 55 points on the Yukon Nominee Program Pre-Assessment points grid
The applicant must have sufficient settlement funds or support systems in the Yukon
The applicant must have basic English or French language proficiency

Basic Requirements for the Yukon Express Entry Application Process

For Immigration Through Yukon's Express Entry, Candidates Are Required 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

Overall Basic Requirements

Note that the Yukon employer plays an important role in this process and a valid employment offer from the employer leads to a nomination through the Express Entry. The candidate will subsequently receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence through the IRCC.

The YEE Has 10 Steps in Its Application Process, They Are as Follows:

1. The employer finds a suitable foreign skilled worker
2. The employer offers the foreign national a job after demonstrating there is no Canadian or permanent resident available or suitable for the position
3. The worker meets the requirements for one of the three federal economic immigration programs
4. The worker completes an online application in IRCC’s Express Entry (EE) system and enters the EE candidate pool. The worker obtains an EE profile number and, if applicable, a Job Seeker Validation Code
5. The worker proves that he or she has sufficient settlement funds
6. The employer and worker jointly complete and submit the Yukon Express Entry application form
7. The worker receives an ITA from IRCC
8. The worker provides all necessary documents to IRCC to complete the permanent residence application
9. IRCC and Yukon’s Immigration Unit verify the worker’s documents
10. The worker receives permanent residence