Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

Yukon is the westernmost and the smallest of the three territories of Canada. Northwest Territories and Nunavut being the other two. Yukon territory has the smallest population of any province or territory in Canada, with little over 35 thousand people. Whitehorse is the territorial capital and Yukon's only city. Yukon is popular for its wilderness, rich natural habitat and the famous Klondike Gold Rush from the pages of history. It is a great spot for adventure seekers and people who enjoy natural wilderness.

The Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) is run by the Yukon Government in partnership with IRCC. If a qualified employer in Yukon is facing shortage of labour to fill permanent full-time positions among the local public, permanent residents or citizens living in Yukon, they can nominate  foreign nationals who want to work and live there. Internationally trained and experienced foreign workers are selected who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominated to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Yukon. The YNP is sub-categorized into four different programs.

Skilled Worker Program: The skilled worker program under YNP allows qualified employers who follow the territorial employment standards to nominate foreign nationals. These foreign nationals must be skilled to work for a NOC 0, A or B category occupation. Some other requirements for the foreign national applying under this program are:

  • Demonstration of work experience in the field of job for at least one year. This work experience can me outside Yukon.
  • A minimum high school diploma is required. Candidate should also be able to have an education background which is required under the NOC which they are applying.
  • Must maintain a valid work permit and the time of application and throughout the application process.
  • Proof of English or French language ability.
  • Proof of funds required to stay in Yukon.

Express Entry Yukon: Express Entry is an online system introduced by the Canadian government in 2015 which is used to manage Canadian permanent residency applications under three federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker,
  • Federal Skilled Trades, and
  • Canadian Experience Class.

Yukon is managing its own Express Entry (EE) application stream, linked to the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP). Once you qualify for either of the three federal express entry streams, you need to check your eligibility for Yukon’s own express entry program requirements. A valid, permanent, full-time job offer from an eligible Yukon employer to an EE-eligible candidate will trigger a YNP nomination and a subsequent invitation to apply for permanent residence.

You can complete your Yukon Express Entry application form here.

Critical Impact Worker Program: This category under YNP is for qualified semi-skilled or low-skilled workers who fall under NOC category C or D to apply for a nomination. The critical impact worker program helps employers find and sponsor workers in the above mentioned categories to fill in shortages in the labour market. A valid job offer is required by the applicants form an eligible employer in Yukon. This application can be made while being out of Yukon as well. Some other requirements for the foreign national applying under this program are:

  • Demonstrate at least six months of related work experience for the position being filled;
  • Candidate should have an education background and work experience which is required under the NOC which they are applying.
  • Must maintain a valid work permit and the time of application and throughout the application process.
  • Proof of English or French language ability.
  • Proof of funds required to stay in Yukon.

Business Nominee Program: The Business Nominee category under the YNP program is designed to attract and retain skilled workers and entrepreneurs in the province to help in the overall economic development of Yukon. IN order to qualify to apply under this stream, the applicants should be operating a startup or an established business in Yukon. Only investing in a business is not enough. Once they qualify and apply, they are nominated by Yukon for a two-year work permit during which they have to establish themselves, their families and their business. At the end of two years nominees who meet the requirements will be supported by Yukon in their application to Canada for Permanent Residency.