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:

  • Yukon Express Entry (YEE)
  • Skilled Worker
  • Critical Impact Worker
  • Business Nominee

1). Yukon Express Entry (YEE)

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).

Minimum 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

Yukon Provincial Nominee Program (Yukon PNP) Processing time

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.

2). YNP Skilled Worker Program

YNP Skilled Worker Program – Under this stream, Yukon employers will nominate foreign nationals working in skilled occupations for Canadian permanent residence.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Yukon Provincial Nominee Program

  • Education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job as per the criteria specified in the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
  • At least one year of related work experience
  • Valid Job offer letter from Yukon Employer
  • Language proficiency
  • Proof of funds

3). YNP Critical Impact Worker Program

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.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Yukon Provincial Nominee Program

  • Education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job as per the criteria specified in the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
  • At least one year of related work experience
  • Valid Job offer letter from Yukon Employer
  • Language proficiency
  • Proof of funds

3). Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)

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.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have a minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD, verified by a Yukon accounting firm;
  • Must have at least $300,000 CAD in liquid assets (cash, bonds, cash derivatives etc.), verified by a Yukon accounting firm;
  • Must provide proof that the claimed net worth and liquid assets has been obtained through legal means;
  • Must submit a Resettlement Plan demonstrating their intent to establish Yukon residency; and
  • Intend to settle permanently in Yukon and actively operate a business in the territory.
  • Must achieve a minimum score of 65 points on the Nominee Assessment Grid (including a minimum of 10 points for language ability)
  • Must have at least three years of entrepreneurial or business management experience
  • Must have at least five years of relevant experience related to the proposed business venture;

Additional Requirements for Year Two in Yukon as a Nominee

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:

  • Year End Financial Statements (Notice to Reader),
  • Person residence rent receipts or mortgage statements,
  • Personal utility receipts,
  • Business rent receipts or mortgage payments,
  • Business utility receipts,
  • List of business suppliers and customers,
  • Other documents required by the YBNP.

Yukon Business Nominee Program Point System

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.

Selection factorPoints
Investment valueMaximum 12 points
Liquid assetsMaximum 8 points
Personal Net WorthMaximum 8 points
AgeMaximum 10 points
Prior VisitMaximum 8 points
Education and TrainingMaximum 20 points
Entrepreneurial/Business Management ExperienceMaximum 10 points
Work ExperienceMaximum 10 points
Language AbilityMaximum 12 points
Location of Proposed BusinessMaximum 5 points
TotalMaximum 103 points
Pass mark:65 Points

Business Resources

Points in this section are awarded based on the amount of investment planned in the business.

Investment Value ($CAD)Points
Less than $300,000Ineligible
$300,000 - $400,0006
$401,000 - $750,0008
$751,000+12

Liquid Assets

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 $300,000Ineligible
$300,000 - $450,0006
$451,000+8

Personal Net Worth

Personal Net Worth points are awarded based on the documented proof of assets less liabilities.

Net Worth ($CAD)Points
Less than $500,000Ineligible
$500,000 - $750,0006
$751,000+8

Age

Points are awarded for age according to the date indicated on the applicant’s passport.

AgePoints
21-4910
50-518
52-536
54-554
56+0

Prior Visit

Points are awarded based on documented proof that the applicant has travelled to Yukon prior to the submission of an application.

Visit DurationPoints
Less than 3 days0
3-6 days4
7-10 days6
11+ days8

Education and Training

Education points are awarded based on the documented proof of completed education and training programs.

 Years of EducationEducation
12Completed secondary school
2013-12-01 00:00:00Completed Post-secondary Program of 1 year 
14-16Completed Post-secondary Program of 2 years
17-18Bachelors
18+Masters or Doctorate

Entrepreneurial/Business Management Experience

Points are awarded based on documented proof of entrepreneurial or business management experience.

YearsPoints
2019-05-03 00:00:008
6+10

Work 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).

YearsPoints
2019-07-05 00:00:008
8+10

Language Ability

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.

LevelPoints
IELTS 7/TEF 5 and above12
IELTS 6/TEF 48
Lower than IELTS 6/TEF 40

Location of Proposed Business

Points are awarded based on the location of the proposed business.

LocationPoints
In Whitehorse and surrounding areas0
In rural communities5

Strategic Sectors List

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:

  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Value-added processing
  • Forestry
  • Tourism Products, Attractions, Services and Facilities
  • Energy
  • Mining/mineral development
  • Agriculture
  • Cultural industries
  • Film and video production

Businesses in the following sectors are not eligible:

  • Holding companies
  • Most professional services
  • Financial services
  • Retail, wholesale operations, distribution operations
  • Passive investments
  • Restaurants
  • Business, consultation and personal services
  • Real estate
  • Gas stations

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