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

Yukon Nominee Program

The Yukon Nominee Program was developed to allow the Government of Yukon to nominate potential immigrants based on industrial and economic priorities and labour market conditions; and those who are assessed to have a strong likelihood of successfully establishing themselves in Yukon society.

There are two programs the Yukon Nominee Program offers to supplement a business’ labour needs: the Skilled Worker Program and the Critical Impact Worker Program. Both are administered by the Advanced Education branch of Yukon Education.

The Critical Impact Worker Program and the Skilled Worker Programs are employer driven; designed to assist Yukon employers, sectors or governments to identify and nominate potential qualified immigrants to fill positions that cannot be filled by the territorial or national labour market. Approved nominees will be nominated for permanent residency and, if needed, a letter of recommendation for use by the nominee to obtain a temporary work permit to facilitate temporary entry to Canada while the permanent residency processing takes place.

The typical processing time for Skilled Worker / Critical Impact Worker applications is eight to ten weeks from receipt of a complete application. Processing times will increase with the volume of applications received.

Following Yukon Nominee Program processing, the applicant and accompanying family members must satisfy Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) clearance requirements for medical, security, criminal and visa authorization in order to live and work in Canada. The CIC process is separate from the Yukon Nominee Program process and will take additional time to complete.

For more information about the Skilled and Critical Impact Worker Programs, please visit the Advanced Education’s branch website or contact yukon.nominee@gov.yk.ca.

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