Working in Yukon

Yukon Business Nominee Program

Overview of the Yukon Business Nominee Program

The Yukon Business Nominee Program is designed to attract and retain skilled international entrepreneurs to add diversity and innovation to Yukon’s economy.

The process and criteria have been revised. Please consult the Yukon Business Nominee Program Policy  for details.

Businesses must belong to eligible sectors, and may be startups or purchased. In all cases, the nominee must operate the business. No passive investments are allowed.

Nominees receive support for a two-year work permit, during which time they are to establish themselves, their family and their business in Yukon. At the end of the permit period, nominees who meet the requirements will be supported by Yukon in their application to Canada for Permanent Residency.

How to apply

To apply, print and fill out the Yukon Business Nominee Program application  form and return to us by mail or in person. Only original, signed copies are accepted. You can expect to hear from us in 8 to 10 weeks.

What happens with applications

Applications that meet our requirements (in principle) are placed in a pool from which we select potential candidates. Your application will not be held longer than six months.

Only candidates selected from the pool will be asked to submit documents to verify the information contained in the original application. If the assessment of the documentation is favorable, the candidate is invited to an in-person interview in Yukon.

If we are satisfied with your suitability and your business proposal after the interview, we approve your participation in the Yukon Business Nominee Program and support you in acquiring a work permit from Canada to begin your new venture in Yukon.


The Immigration unit has moved to the Department of Economic Development. The unit's new location is:

Department of Economic Development
303 Alexander Street, 1st floor
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-5131  Fax: 867-667-8555
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5131

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