New Yukon community immigration pilot program announced

L to R: Peter Turner (Yukon Chamber of Commerce), Kendell Tricker (Hotel Carmacks), Minister Ranj Pillai.

A new pilot program is being launched to meet Yukon’s economic development and labour market needs. The Yukon Community Pilot is a new stream under the Yukon Nominee Program that will allow more flexibility for nominees working in specific Yukon communities.

The new approach will provide nominees with a work permit for a specific community, rather than a specific employer, and allow them to work for several employers in the same community. The pilot project reflects the unique labour market conditions in Yukon communities and is responsive to the needs of employers of seasonal workers.

The pilot project is set to launch in January 2020, with Whitehorse, Watson Lake, Dawson City, Haines Junction, Carmacks, and Carcross as participating communities. The pilot includes up to 50 new allocations under the Yukon Nominee Program in order to support the labour market needs of the territory, particularly in rural Yukon communities. Existing immigration programs will continue as they are now.

We are really excited about this new pilot program. We have heard from employers across the territory about the need for more flexible options under the Yukon Nominee Program that are tailored to the realities in Yukon communities. This new approach will allow more immigrants to come work in Yukon, opening up new job opportunities and benefiting local businesses at a critical time when our economy is growing.

Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai

Quick facts 
  • From April 1, 2018 to August 15, 2019, the Yukon Nominee Program approved nominations for 241 nominees.


Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications

Jason Seaton
Communications, Economic Development

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