• 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.
  • Yukon’s workforce is highly educated, skilled, motivated and productive.
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises continue to be Yukon’s largest private sector employer.
  • Yukon is open for business.
  • Yukon businesses are leading the way.
  • 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.

Financial Incentive Programs

Yukon restaurant businessThe Government of Yukon encourages investment in the territory and strives to create a favourable investment environment. A number of priority sectors exist that have unique financial incentives to attract investment, but many incentives exist to help promote all business ventures in Yukon. These incentives come in the form of our competitive tax regime and our numerous funds available to developing or expanding businesses.

Strategic Industries Development Fund (SIDF)

The objective of SIDF is to identify and facilitate the development of strategic industries, projects, and economic infrastructure. A variety of assistance for eligible SIDF projects is available for strategic projects or activities in the preliminary, development and implementation stages. In particular, there are two types of SIDF projects:

1. Strategic Industry Development Projects - Projects that support industry development as a whole. For example: research that identifies and addresses barriers to industry development or identification and feasibility of needed economic infrastructure.
2. Strategic Business Development Projects - Projects that have the potential to generate significant wealth and contribute to the growth of a strategic industry in Yukon. For example: a business development which results in new products that meet market demand.

More information can be found here, or please call the Business and Industry Development branch at (867) 393-7014.

Enterprise Trade Fund (ETF)

ETF stimulates and supports the growth of Yukon business activity through market penetration and expansion and business development. Under this fund eligible Yukon businesses involved in export related operations may receive assistance to:
  • Open new markets;
  • Develop and expand existing markets; and
  • Undertake and implement projects that grow and develop business activities while not creating unfair competition within the local Yukon market.

Subject to the relevant assessment criteria, the ETF is available to all Yukon businesses, for profit and not-for-profit organizations and industry associations.

For more information on eligible activities, funding levels, reporting requirements, and assessment criteria, please click here or contact the Business and Industry Development branch at ETF@gov.yk.ca.

Regional Economic Development Fund (REDF)

REDF facilitates coordinated economic planning at the regional level. Depending on the region of a targeted investment, assistance under the REDF may be available.

Ventures must be the following types of projects or activities:
  • Participation and/or development of regional economic development plans;
  • Opportunity identification;
  • Related research;
  • Needs assessments;
  • Training plans; and
  • Corporate organizational capacity training.

REDF is a fund that provides up to $50,000 to a project (up to 75 per cent of costs) and requires a minimum 15 per cent investment by the owner. For more information on the type of businesses and organizations eligible for REDF support, ineligible activities, funding levels and assessment criteria please read this comprehensive guide

Please click here or contact the Regional Economic Development branch at RED@gov.yk.ca

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