What We Heard report on Yukon’s immigration strategy released

The Government of Yukon has published the What We Heard report following a public engagement on the future of immigration in the territory. Yukoners were asked to contribute their ideas and experiences with the Yukon Nominee Program to help inform immigration in the territory for the next 10 years.

Employers and communities have played an important role in the attraction and retention of foreign workers in the Yukon by making the territory an attractive place to work, live and raise families. Immigrants also contribute to the modernization and diversification of Yukon’s economy, invest in businesses that create jobs and enrich the culture of the territory.

Through the Yukon Nominee Program, prospective immigrants with targeted skills and experience may receive a Yukon Provincial Nomination Certificate, after which they can apply for Canadian permanent residence with the Government of Canada. Since the program was launched in 2007, over 2,000 nominees and their families have been nominated through the program ─ providing workforce stability and valuable economic and social contributions to the Yukon.

The public engagement process ensures the upcoming Immigration Strategy will continue to position the Yukon as a northern leader in immigration programs that reflect the values and priorities of all Yukoners. The updated strategy will cover existing programs, like the Yukon Nominee Program and Yukon Business Nominee Program, along with proposed new actions to assist Yukon employers and newcomers as we work together to grow the territory’s economy.

The new Immigration Strategy is anticipated later this year.

The Yukon Nominee Program is among the most progressive and efficient immigration programs in Canada. Nominees contribute significantly to the social fabric of our territory, invest in businesses and provide essential work that strengthens our economy. We want to continue warmly welcoming immigrants while updating programming to benefit all Yukoners and future nominees who come to live and work in the Yukon.

Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai

Quick facts 
  • Yukon’s previous immigration plan was in effect from 2010 to 2019.

  • The Department of Economic Development administers the Yukon Nominee Program and the Yukon Business Nominee Program.

  • Immigrants are nominated based on economic priorities, labour market conditions and a strong likelihood of successfully establishing themselves in Yukon society.


Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

Cameron Heke
Communications, Economic Development

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