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Yukon Immigrants Nominee Program (YNP)

Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

The Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) offers individuals who wish to settle in Yukon four pathways to become Canadian permanent residents:  


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  1. Yukon Express Entry
  2. Yukon Skilled Worker 
  3. Yukon Critical Impact Worker
  4. Yukon Business Nominee Program

1. Yukon Express Entry (YEE)

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).

To enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must be eligible for one of the three federal economic immigration programs of the Express Entry pool:

Candidates who meet all eligibility requirements of one of these three federal programs must begin by creating an Express Entry profile on the IRCC website. Based on the information the candidate submits about
education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other factors, his or her profile will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and the top-ranking profiles will be invited to apply for permanent residence.

Then via the YNP a candidate in the federal Express Pool who expresses a desire to settle in Yukon may be nominated for Canadian permanent residence by Yukon. Receiving a Yukon nomination will boost the candidate’s score by 600 CRS points, greatly increasing his or her chance of being invited to apply for permanent residence.


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Benefits of YEE

Benefit for Employers

The Express Entry system helps employers meet critical labour shortages with foreign skilled workers when they cannot find Canadians or permanent residents to fill openings for full-time, permanent jobs, despite reasonable recruitment efforts. Express Entry provides employers with greater flexibility than other immigration programs. With YEE, employers can take advantage of improvements to Canada’s Job Bank, an online search tool that matches prospective immigrants with Canadian employers and jobs based on their skills, knowledge and experience.

Employers who use YEE do not have to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or pay for the foreign worker’s travel costs.

Benefit for Individuals

Express Entry helps eligible potential economic immigrants find permanent work in Yukon when employers cannot find Canadians or permanent residents to fill job openings. Applicants receive priority processing under Express Entry and most receive permanent residence within six months of verification of their completed application as a result.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for Yukon Express Entry, applicants must:

  • Meet the 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 in Canada;
    • The amount of money required is based on the size of the applicant’s family, as determined by IRCC.
  • Have a valid job offer for permanent, full-time work from an eligible Yukon employer; and
  • Have a genuine intention to live and work in Yukon.

YEE Application and Nomination Process

A valid offer of employment from an eligible Yukon employer will trigger a YNP Nomination for the Express Entry (EE) candidate and, subsequently, an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to IRCC for permanent residence.


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There are 10 steps in the YEE application and nomination process. They are as follows: 

  1. The employer finds a suitable foreign skilled worker.
  2. The employer offers the foreign national a job after demonstrating there is no Canadian or permanent resident available and/or suitable for the position.
  3. The worker meets the requirements for one of the three federal economic immigration programs.
  4. The worker completes an online application in IRCC’s EE system and enters the EE candidate pool. The worker obtains an EE Profile Number and, if applicable, a Job Seeker Validation Code.
  5. The worker proves that he or she has sufficient settlement funds.
  6. The employer and worker jointly complete and submit the Yukon Express Entry application form.
  7. The worker receives an ITA from IRCC.
  8. The worker provides all necessary documents to IRCC to complete the permanent residence application.
  9. IRCC and Yukon’s Immigration Unit verify the worker’s documents.
  10. The worker receives permanent residence.

2. YNP Skilled Worker Program

Under this stream, Yukon employers may nominate foreign nationals working in skilled occupations for Canadian permanent residence.

General Instructions

  • All legal documents have to be submitted as notarized copies. Ensure that these copies include the contact information of the notary.
  • Documents in languages other than English or French must be translated by an accredited translator (with contact information for verification) to one of Canada’s official languages. The notarized document in the original language needs to accompany the translation.
  • Copies of previously notarized documents, as well as copies which are not notarized, will not be accepted.
  • Do not send irrelevant documents, such as expired passports or other documents that are not listed below as
  • supporting evidence for the application.
  • The Government of Yukon reserves the right to refuse applications if it has concerns that notarized documents may be
  • falsified or fraudulent.
  • Please ensure that you include all the documents listed below, before you submit your application.
  • Incomplete applications: A letter will be sent to the employer, stating that this application requires further information.
  • The employer will be given a period of 30 days to submit the lacking. If, after a period of 30 days, the necessary
  • information has not been provided, the application will be returned to the employer.
  • Refused applications: A letter will be sent to the employer, stating that the application is refused and cannot be processed. The application will be returned to the employer in 30 days from the date of the issuance of the refusal letter.
  • NOTE that the Yukon Nominee Program does not accept individuals under refugee or visitor status and those under “Implied Status”.
  • NOTE that IRCC is responsible for assessing each nominee’s eligibility for both Work Permits and Permanent Residency. The Yukon Nominee Program and the Yukon Government are not responsible for IRCC’s decision to grant or deny Work Permits or Permanent Residency and cannot appeal those decisions.

Eligibility Requirements for Foreign Nationals

  • Education and work experience must satisfy the requirements of the job as per the criteria specified in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) (the minimum acceptable level of education is completion of high school).
  • Proof of education/credentials – The applicant must submit their high school certificate or its equivalent in order to meet the minimum education requirement. If higher education is required for the position/NOC, please submit educational diplomas, certificates, degrees, etc. mentioned under criteria. If you are seeking a credential evaluation or assessment, please refer to credential assessment agencies such as British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) – International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). See CANADA EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS – ECA 
  • Demonstrate at least one year of related work experience for the Skilled Worker stream for the position being nominated for.
  • Language Proficiency Test: Applicants must provide valid results from a language test administered by a designated testing agency. The accepted tests are IELTS General Training or CELPIP General for English and TEF for French. NOTE: Language tests are valid for two years from the date of the test; therefore, language tests must be less than two years old when you submit your application for the Yukon Nominee Program.
  • A. Skilled Worker Category (Skill Level 0 and A)
  • Foreign nationals who are seeking employment in jobs that fall in Skill Level 0 or A, are required to have minimum scores in each category (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking). These scores are:
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP):
      • 4L for CELPIP-General Tests before April 1, 2014 in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
      • 7 for CELPIP-General Tests after April 1, 2014 in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing;
    • International English Language Testing Score (IELTS):
      • 6 for IELTS-General Training test in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
    • Test d’évaluation du Français (TEF) (to test proficiency in French):
      • 4 for TEF in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • B. Skilled Worker Category (Skill Level B)
  • Foreign nationals, who are looking to work in jobs that fall in Skill Level B, are required to have minimum scores in each category (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking). These scores are:
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP):
      • 3L for CELPIP-General Tests before April 1, 2014 in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
      • 5 for CELPIP-General Tests after April 1, 2014 in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
    • International English Language Testing Score (IELTS):
      • 5 for IELTS-General Training test in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
    • Test d’évaluation du Français (TEF) (to test proficiency in French):
      • 3 for TEF in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • Foreign workers who are currently in Canada, must maintain a valid work permit throughout the YNP application and assessment process. If you are unable to provide the YNP with a valid work permit your application will be declined. Please be advised that if you are under Implied Status, you are not eligible to apply for nomination through the YNP.
  • Any foreign national who is in Canada on a student permit needs to provide:
    • proof of one year of study for certificate programs or
    • two years of study for diploma programs or completion of a Bachelor program
    • completion of at least level eight of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program for ESL students at Yukon College.
  • FOREIGN NATIONAL DOCUMENTS:
  • Notarized copies of employment records confirming previous employment. Documentation must include letters of reference from the supervisor or Human Resources officer identified by name and title. Letters must meet the following criteria:
    • Must be on company letterhead
    • Must indicate start and end date of employment
    • Job title
    • Job duties
    • Contact information of the supervisor or Human Resources officer issuing the letter (phone number, fax number, e-mail, company website)
  • Additional documents may be requested by the assessing officers, such as:
    • Pay stubs
    • Income tax records
    • Other documents as requested by the assessing officer
  • For self-employed: certificates proving the establishment and good standing of the business for the period in question
  • Provide original language test results – International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training, the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General; or the Test d’évaluation du Français (TEF). Please ensure that the candidate has met the Yukon Nominee Program’s minimum language requirements. No other evidence of language proficiency will be accepted
  • Passport for Foreign National must be valid, notarized copy
  • Work Permit: (if Foreign National already has a Temporary Work Permit): must be notarized copy
  • Spouse: Passport/ Marriage Certificate / Divorce Certificate, must be valid notarized copies. This information must be included whether the spouse is accompanying the nominee or not
  • Common-Law: Passport / Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union must be valid notarized copies. This information must be included whether the spouse is accompanying the nominee or not. To prove common-law relationship please fill out the Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union Form and include it with the application
  • Dependants: Passport/ Birth Certificate must be valid notarized copies. This information must be included whether the spouse is accompanying the nominee or not

Eligibility Requirements for Employers

  • The employer must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • Employers must have been registered and operating the business for which the application has been submitted for, in the Yukon for a minimum of one year, on a full-time basis. (OR be a recognized government body in Yukon – first nation, municipal, territorial or federal)
  • Employers must meet the minimum requirements of territorial labour standards
  • Employers must provide a copy of the business licence, and be registered on Yukon’s corporate registry
  • Employers of foreign nationals who are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process will be required to submit the offer of employment information and pay the compliance fee of $230 using the CIC Employer Portal. This will need to be done before the foreign national can apply for an employer-specific work permit, at a Mission overseas or in-Canada office.
  • Employers must provide (free to nominees) health insurance that gives similar coverage to what a Yukon resident gets under the Health Care Insurance Plan Act until the nominee is eligible for insured health card under the Health Care Insurance Plan Act
  • Employers must provide the Yukon median wage for the NOC as per Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Information on NOC codes and position descriptions can be found at NOC Codes.
  • If the wage information for the NOC is not available for Yukon. Please refer to the wages in Northern BC, in the following order: 1. North Coast 2. Nechako 3. Northeast 4. British Columbia • Employers must pay for the air travel costs for the nominee to come to the Yukon from his/her place of permanent residence (but not for the travel costs of family or dependents) if they are not already present in Yukon
  • Employers must pay for the return air transportation for the nominee from Yukon to their country if the nominee does not obtain permanent residency or is no longer participating in the Yukon Nominee Program
  • Employers must verify previous work experience and qualifications of the foreign national prior to submitting the application
  • Screening Interview (if applicable): If the foreign national is already in Yukon, the employer must arrange for a screening interview with a Yukon Government Immigration officer. Both the foreign national and employer must be present
EMPLOYER DOCUMENTS
  • Employers must advertise for a minimum of four (4) weeks before submitting an application to the YNP. The advertisement must remain posted to actively seek qualified Canadians and permanent residents until the date YNP has issued a decision.
  • Proof of continuous advertising must be submitted with your application for all three forms of advertising. Proof of two local AND one national recruitment efforts; minimum advertising requirement consists of:
    • the National Job Bank
    • local and regional newspapers, newsletters, employment centres
    • recognized employment sites such as Monster, Workopolis
  • Advertising must clearly specify the duties of the position, the hours per week, the exact wage, the NOC (National Occupational Code) and the position title (as per NOC)
  • Minimum advertising time is four weeks during the three month period prior to receipt of the application; advertising requirements must be satisfied prior to submittal of the application. Employers must continue with their advertising efforts until the application is approved
  • The number of job applications from Canadian or permanent resident workers and the reasons you did not hire them. Do not submit their résumés with your application, but do keep them on file for at least two years, in the event this documentation is requested by a Service Canada Officer
EMPLOYER AND FOREIGN NATIONAL JOINT DOCUMENTS:
  • Application Form – Section 1 of the application form: completed, signed and dated; original signatures are required by Employer and Foreign National
  • Guaranteed Employment Offer – Section 2 of the application form: completed, signed and dated; original signatures are required by Employer and Foreign National
  • Settlement and Retention Plan – Section 3 of the application form: completed, signed and dated; original signatures are required by Employer and Foreign National
  • Tri-Partite Agreement (TPA): Employer and Foreign National must comply with all agreements made in the Tri-Partite Agreement. Do not submit this document; this part is completed after the nomination is approved and the nominee has arrived in Yukon. Both employer and nominee must be present at the signing of the TPA
    • If nominee is already in Yukon, they must arrange for a meeting with Immigration staff to sign the TPA within 14 days from the issuance of the acceptance letter
    • If the nominee is not in Canada, they must arrange for a meeting with Immigration staff to sign the TPA within 14 days of the nominee’s arrival in Yukon
  • Nominee is required to bring:
    • Passport
    • Work Permit
    • Current Yukon address and phone number

3. YNP Critical Impact Worker Program

Under this stream, Yukon employers may nominate foreign nationals with skills and experience that are in-demand in the territory.

The Critical Impact Worker stream is employer-driven and targets prospective immigrants in National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level C or D occupations.

Eligibility Requirements for Foreign Nationals

  • Education and work experience must satisfy the requirements of the job as per the criteria specified in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) (the minimum acceptable level of education is completion of high school)
  • Proof of education/credentials – The applicant must submit their high school certificate or its equivalent in order to meet the minimum education requirement. If higher education is required for the position/NOC, please submit educational diplomas, certificates, degrees, etc.
  • Demonstrate at least six months of related work experience for the Critical Impact Worker stream for the position being nominated for;
  • Language Proficiency Test: Applicants must provide valid original test results from a language test administered by a designated testing agency. The accepted tests are IELTS General Training or CELPIP General for English and TEF for French. NOTE: Language tests are valid for two years from the date of the test; therefore, language tests must be less than two years old when you submit your application for the Yukon Nominee Program.
  • Foreign nationals, who are looking to work in jobs that fall in Skill Level C or D, are required to have minimum scores in each category (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking). These scores are:
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP):
      • 2H for CELPIP-General Tests before April 1, 2014 in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
      • 4 for CELPIP-General Tests after April 1, 2014 in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
    • International English Language Testing Score (IELTS):
      • 4 for IELTS-General Training test in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
    • Test d’évaluation du Français (TEF) (to test proficiency in French):
      • 3 for TEF in each of the four abilities (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • Foreign workers who are currently in Canada, must maintain a valid work permit throughout the YNP application and assessment process. If you are unable to provide the YNP with a valid work permit your application will be declined. Please be advised that if you are under Implied Status, you are not eligible to apply for nomination through the YNP.
  • Any foreign national who is in Canada on a student permit needs to provide proof of one year of study for certificate programs or two years of study for diploma programs or completion of a Bachelor program before being considered for the Yukon Nominee Program. Foreign Students who are enrolled in the ESL program at Yukon College must have completed Level 8 of the ESL program.

Eligibility Requirements for Employers

Employers must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Be registered and operating a business in Yukon for at least one year, or must be a recognized government body in Yukon;
  • Meet minimum territorial labour standards;
  • Provide a copy of the business license, and be registered in Yukon’s corporate registry;
  • Provide to nominees, free of charge, health insurance that gives similar coverage to what a Yukon resident would receive until the nominee is eligible for government health benefits;
  • Offer a job with a wage equal to or exceeding prevailing median wage in the occupation in Yukon;
  • Pay the nominee’s cost of travel to Yukon from his or her country of residence abroad, if not already in Yukon;
    • Employers are not required to pay the travel costs of the nominee’s family or dependents. 
  • Pay for return travel costs if the nominee does not obtain permanent residency;
  • Arrange for a screening interview with a Yukon Government Immigration officer if the foreign national is already in Yukon;
    • Both the foreign national and employer must be present for the interview.
  • Verify previous work experience and qualifications of foreign worker before submitting an application;
  • Submit the offer of employment information and pay the compliance fee of $230 using the IRCC Employer Portal before the foreign national applies for an employer-specific work permit if the foreign national is exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process; and
  • Advertise the job opening for at least four weeks prior to submitting an application to the YNP.
    • The advertisement must remain posted to actively seek qualified Canadians and permanent residents until the date that the YNP issues a decision.
    • A minimum of two local and one national recruitment efforts are required.

4. Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP)

The YBNP targets individuals with proven business skills looking to own and operate a business in Yukon and make a significant contribution to the community.


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Yukon is seeking people with entrepreneurial skills who can participate in Yukon’s business community and help expand and diversify its economy. Applicants must be willing to hold an active managerial role in the Yukon business.

If an applicant is approved by the program, he or she becomes a nominee and will receive support for a Two Year Work Permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The work permit gives the nominee the opportunity to establish him/herself, family, and business in Yukon. At the end of the two-year period, those who meet all the eligibility requirements will be supported by the territory in their application to IRCC for Permanent Residence.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Individuals must:

  • Achieve a score of at least 65 points on the assessment grid.
  • Have at least a high school education. If your business requires more education, you must also provide proof of these credentials.
  • Have at least 3 years of entrepreneurial or business management experience;
  • Have at least 5 years work experience that is relevant to your business;
  • Not be a refugee or have an active request for refugee status with the Government of Canada;
  • Have never been denied immigration by the Government of Canada;
  • Have no active applications for any other provincial or territorial nominee program;
  • Have a net worth of at least $500,000 CAD. You must also have documentation and verification by a Yukon accounting firm that you obtained it through legal means;
  • Have a minimum of $300,000 in liquid assets. This includes things like cash, bonds and cash derivatives. You must also have documentation and verification by a Yukon accounting firm that you obtained it through legal means;
  • Intend to permanently live in Yukon;
  • Agree to live in Yukon with dependents, if applicable, while managing and investing in your own business in Yukon.
  • Hold a position within your business of National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0 or A.
  • Have not yet purchased or started your business in Yukon at the time of your application to the program.
  • Show how you will invest at least $300,000 in capital investments for the business in the first 2 years.
    • This does not include any capital investments made before your acceptance into the Yukon Business Nominee Program.
    • Capital investments include purchases such as property or equipment. It does not include purchases such as a house, vehicles that are only partially for the business and operational or maintenance expenses.

The proposed business must:

  • be a new business or a purchase of an existing Yukon business
  • be managed by you
  • not be a passive investment
  • belong to any 1 of the following strategic sectors:
    • Information technology
    • Manufacturing
    • Value-added processing
    • Forestry
    • Tourism products, attractions, services and facilities
    • Energy
    • Mining or mineral development
    • Agriculture
    • Cultural industries
    • Film and video production

Your proposed business must not belong to 1 of the following ineligible sectors and activities:

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

Business Plan

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.

Additional Requirements For Year One in Yukon as a Nominee

Upon arrival in the territory, nominees must have a mandatory meeting with a YBNP representative. If delays occur the nominee is required to inform the YBNP office immediately. Additionally, the nominee’s residency and start-up process must begin immediately. All legal documents supporting such activity must be provided to the YBNP and documentation showing proof of business operations is required throughout the year. All nominees must meet with YBNP staff or be visited on-site (business or residence) on a quarterly basis.

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. 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.

Lastly, all nominees will be subject to a final on-site visit (at home or at work).

Final Approval For Support Of Permanent Residence

Nominees must complete the necessary requirements during the two year work period In order to be supported by YBNP in their application to IRCC for permanent residency. Once the nominee receives the letter of final approval, he or she must apply to IRCC for Permanent Residence within three months. Nominees are responsible for ensuring they hold a valid work permit until they receive permanent resident status from IRCC.

An individual must provide proof of the following in order to be considered for nomination to IRCC:

  • He or she resides in Yukon;
  • His or her business in Yukon is operational; 
  • He or she has met the investment requirements; and
  • He or she has met the meeting requirements.
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