Yukon today is home to approximately 30,000 people, living mostly in the capital of Whitehorse. Its economy is composed primarily of mining and tourism. The territory is an ideal place to settle for individuals who value strong communities and the great outdoors. The Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) , Yukon Provincial Nominee Program, Yukon Express Entry, Skilled Worker, Business Nominee Program is run by the Yukon Government in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the “Agreement for Canada-Yukon Cooperation on Immigration.”
This partnership allows Yukon to nominate applicants who qualify to the federal government for permanent residency.
The YNP streams for Skilled Workers and Critical Impact Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Yukon employers, Business Nominee Program.
The Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) is the Yukon’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the territory may receive a Yukon Provincial Nomination Certificate, after which they can apply for Canadian permanent residence with the Government of Canada.
The YNP consists of the following programs:
Express Entry – Yukon added an Express Entry stream to its existing immigration programs in March 2015. This stream allows the province to nominate individuals 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. Candidates who are eligible 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).
Processing times for Yukon Provincial Nominee Program Skilled Worker and Critical Impact Worker applications are 12 to 14 weeks from receipt of a complete application package. Processing times may increase with the volume of applications received.
YNP Skilled Worker Program – Under this stream, Yukon employers will nominate foreign nationals working in skilled occupations for Canadian permanent residence.
YNP Critical Impact Worker Program – The Critical Impact Worker stream is employer-driven and targets prospective immigrants in National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level C or D occupations.
Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP) – The Yukon Business Nominee Program targets individuals with proven business skills looking to own and operate a business in Yukon and make a significant contribution to the community. The Business Plan is submitted after the applicant has received approval in principle on eligibility and on their proposed venture. It must include a detailed outline of how the applicant will establish a successful business venture in one of the industries listed on the Strategic Sector List (see below). The applicant must demonstrate a minimum $300,000 CAD investment in the business with a minimum 33.33 percent (one-third) ownership. In addition, the applicant must demonstrate active and ongoing management of the business.
Nominees are expected to have their business operational and all members of the family residing year-round in Yukon by their second year in the territory for Yukon Business Nominee Program. During this second year, nominees are to produce all documentation to support their application for Permanent Residence.
This documentation includes:
Applicants in Yukon Business Nominee Program are awarded a score based on seven selection factors including Business Resources, Personal Net Worth, Age, Prior Visit, Education and Training, Work Experience, and Language Ability.
To be eligible, candidates must score a minimum of 56 points, including a minimum of 10 points in the Language Ability section.
|Investment value||Maximum 12 points|
|Liquid assets||Maximum 8 points|
|Personal Net Worth||Maximum 8 points|
|Age||Maximum 10 points|
|Prior Visit||Maximum 8 points|
|Education and Training||Maximum 20 points|
|Entrepreneurial/Business Management Experience||Maximum 10 points|
|Work Experience||Maximum 10 points|
|Language Ability||Maximum 12 points|
|Location of Proposed Business||Maximum 5 points|
|Total||Maximum 103 points|
|Pass mark:||65 Points|
Points in this section are awarded based on the amount of investment planned in the business.
|Investment Value ($CAD)||Points|
|Less than $300,000||Ineligible|
|$300,000 - $400,000||6|
|$401,000 - $750,000||8|
Liquid Assets points are awarded based on proof of cash, demand deposits with a bank or financial institution, short-term deposits and readily marketable investments including publicly traded stocks or bonds.
|Liquid Assets ($CAD)||Points|
|Less than $300,000||Ineligible|
|$300,000 - $450,000||6|
Personal Net Worth
Personal Net Worth points are awarded based on the documented proof of assets less liabilities.
|Net Worth ($CAD)||Points|
|Less than $500,000||Ineligible|
|$500,000 - $750,000||6|
Points are awarded for age according to the date indicated on the applicant’s passport.
Points are awarded based on documented proof that the applicant has travelled to Yukon prior to the submission of an application.
|Less than 3 days||0|
Education and Training
Education points are awarded based on the documented proof of completed education and training programs.
|Years of Education||Education|
|12||Completed secondary school|
|2013-12-01 00:00:00||Completed Post-secondary Program of 1 year|
|14-16||Completed Post-secondary Program of 2 years|
|18+||Masters or Doctorate|
Entrepreneurial/Business Management Experience
Points are awarded based on documented proof of entrepreneurial or business management experience.
Points in the work experience category are awarded based on documented proof of relevant experience for the business being proposed (unless it is already demonstrated in the documents provided to show business management or entrepreneurial experience).
Points are awarded for language ability according to documented proof of training and ability in either English or French. The only accepted form of documented proof is an original certificate from either the English IELTS or French TEF programs.
|IELTS 7/TEF 5 and above||12|
|IELTS 6/TEF 4||8|
|Lower than IELTS 6/TEF 4||0|
Location of Proposed Business
Points are awarded based on the location of the proposed business.
|In Whitehorse and surrounding areas||0|
|In rural communities||5|
Only businesses in one of the sectors identified on this list are eligible under the YBNP. If a sector is not on this list, a nominee cannot open or invest in a business within that sector in order to meet their eligibility requirements.
The following are the eligible strategic sectors:
Businesses in the following sectors are not eligible: