IMMIGRATE TO THE YUKON

Yukon has small cities, rugged northern landscapes, forests, rivers, lakes and a climate that features brief warm summers and long cold winters. The Yukon has the smallest population of any Canadian region. Much of the Yukon’s economy is connected to mining, hydroelectricity and tourism. Outdoor life is especially celebrated in Yukon with hunting, fishing, kayaking, ice climbing and dog sledding popular. The cost of housing in the Yukon is generally lower than other Provinces in Canada, but the purchase of supplies can be costly depending on your location.

YUKON NOMINEE PROGRAM

The Yukon Nominee Program offers four streams through which applicants who intend to live in the Yukon can apply for Permanent Residence.  There is no requirement to be working in the Yukon already in order to apply. You will need either a job offer from a Yukon based company, or the ability and intention to establish a business in the Yukon in order to qualify in any of the available categories.

PROGRAM DETAILS

1. Skilled Worker  2. Express Entry  3. Critical Impact Worker 4. Business Nominee     

1. Skilled Worker 

The Skilled Worker Program is for qualified workers who have a job offer from a Yukon employer in a skilled position (NOC 0, A or B).

Applicant criteria:

  • you have a permanent job offer from an employer in the Yukon in NOC 0, A or B, at a wage rate that meets the median wage for that position (no LMIA required)
  • you meet the education and work experience requirements of the NOC for your intended position
  • you have at least one year of work experience related to the position being offered
  • you scored a min CLB 7 for Skill level 0 and A or a min CLB 5 for Skill level B on a valid language test
  • you hold a valid work permit, if currently in Canada

Employer criteria:

  • employer must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada
  • business must have been in operation for a min of 1 year in the Yukon
  • business must have a license to operate and be registered on Yukon’s corporate registry
  • employer must meet minimum advertising requirements to demonstrate there are no local workers to fill the vacant position

2. Express Entry 

The Express Entry Program is for skilled workers who have a job offer from a Yukon employer in a skilled position (NOC 0, A or B), and who are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool.
  • the requirements for both the employer and the foreign national are the same as those listed for the Skilled Worker program, plus:
    • the foreign national must show settlement funds to support themselves and their families upon arrival to Canada
    • the foreign national must meet the requirements to enter the Express Entry Pool
  • you would want to consider this program if you have an Express Entry profile, but your CRS points are not high enough that you will get an invitation to apply for Permanent Residence through the federal system. You will have much faster overall processing if you apply through the Yukon EE stream, rather than the Yukon Skilled worker stream.

3. Critical Impact Worker

The Critical Impact Worker Program is for qualified workers who have a job offer from a Yukon employer in a semi-skilled position (NOC C or D).

Applicant criteria:

  • you have a permanent job offer from an employer in the Yukon in NOC C or D, at a wage rate that meets the median wage for that position
  • you meet the education and work experience requirements of the NOC for your intended position, with a minimum of High School completed
  • you have at least 6 months of work experience related to the position being offered
  • you scored a min CLB 4 on a valid language test
  • you hold a valid work permit, if currently in Canada

Employer criteria:

  • employer must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada
  • business must have been in operation for a min of 1 year in the Yukon
  • business must have a license to operate and be registered on Yukon’s corporate registry
  • employer must meet minimum advertising requirements to demonstrate there are no local workers to fill the vacant position

4. Business Nominee     

The Yukon Business Nominee Program is for high net worth individuals with business management experience who wish to own and operate a business in the Yukon.  Applicants who meet the criteria under this program receive a 2-year work permit to enable them to establish themselves and their business in the Yukon.  At the end of this period, if they have successfully met the criteria of the program, they are issued a nomination certificate that enables them and their family members to apply for Permanent Residence.

Personal Eligibility

  • you score at least 65 points on the assessment grid
  • you have completed a min of High School education
  • you have at least 3 years of entrepreneurial or business management experience
  • you have at least 5 years work experience that is related to the proposed business
  • you have never been refused by IRCC
  • you have no active applications for other provincial nominee programs
  • you have a min net worth of CAD $500,000 obtained through legal means (documented)
  • you have a min CAD $300,000 in liquid assets
  • you intend to live in Yukon while managing your business
  • your position within your business is NOC 0 or A
  • you will apply to Yukon Nominee program before starting business operation in Yukon
  • you can demonstrate a planned investment of min CAD $300,000 in capital investments within the first 2 years of business operations

Business Eligibility

  • you may start up a new business or purchase an existing business, but you must be the one running the company
  • the business must fall within one of these categories:
  • Information technology
  • manufacturing
  • value-added processing
  • forestry
  • tourism products, attractions, services and facilities
  • energy
  • mining or mineral development
  • agriculture
  • cultural industries
  • film and video production

The following categories of business are not eligible:

  • passive investments
  • retail, wholesale operations, distribution operations
  • restaurants
  • financial services
  • business, consultation and personal services
  • most professional services
  • real estate
  • holding companies
  • gas stations

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