• Yukon is open for business.
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises continue to be Yukon’s largest private sector employer.
  • Yukon’s workforce is highly educated, skilled, motivated and productive.
  • Yukon has been a site location for a number of feature films including the 20th Century Fox's, "The Big Year" starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black.
  • Partnerships are key to our success.
  • Yukoners enjoy a very high quality of life.
  • Yukon is home to one of the world’s largest iron ore deposits and one of the world’s largest undeveloped lead-zinc districts.
  • Yukon businesses are leading the way.

Government of Yukon

Yukon is a territory with a strong and stable elected government that is similar in many ways to Canadian provinces. Yukon is governed in a manner similar to that of the provinces with a legislative assembly of 19 elected members. The Yukon Party government led by Premier Darrell Pasloski holds the majority of seats in the Yukon Legislative Assembly. Unlike the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Yukon has political parties that run for office in territorial elections. Ministers in the territorial cabinet have responsibility for departments.

The Yukon legislature has the power to legislate in many of the same areas as a provincial legislature including education, health care, social services, recreation, roads and other infrastructure.

Responsibility for land and resource management in Yukon was transferred to the Government of Yukon effective April 1, 2003. The administration and control of most public lands, the resources on those lands (e.g., forests, minerals) and the rights in respect of waters were transferred to the Commissioner of Yukon and the Government of Yukon passed legislation that mirrors previous federal legislation. Title to public lands and water, as well as rights, interests and authorizations previously issued by Canada, are now administered by the Government of Yukon.

Yukon is increasingly taking on a leadership role at national and international tables.  Through its growing relationships with other governments and organizations in Canada and beyond, northern and circumpolar issues are advanced.

Yukon’s premier is a member of the Council of the Federation, a unique and robust institution that unites premiers in their focus on the development of the nation.

In addition, through the Northern Premiers’ Forum the three territories (Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon) continue to work successfully on pan-territorial issues such as health care, climate change adaptation, economic development, and sovereignty and security.

Yukon is at the forefront of land claim negotiations in Canada. As of 2008, 11 of 14 Yukon First Nations have finalized their land claims with Final and Self-Government Agreements in effect, and Yukon’s relationships with First Nations governments continue to develop based on implementation of Final and Self-Government Agreements.

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