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2020-10-20: Public engagement on the future of immigration in Yukon set to begin View

Public engagement on the future of immigration in Yukon set to begin

Yukoners are being asked to contribute their ideas and experiences with the Yukon Nominee Program to help inform immigration in the territory for the next 10 years.

The Government of Yukon is modernizing its economic immigration strategy to guide policy and program development and to ensure immigration programming continues to be responsive to the needs of Yukon’s economy.

Individuals can provide input by visiting engageyukon.ca. Survey responses will be accepted until December 4, 2020.

2020-08-14: Incorrect information about the Yukon Community Program on YouTube View

Incorrect information about the Yukon Community Program on YouTube

The territory has seen a recent increase in immigration enquiries as a result of videos hosted on YouTube. The Government of Yukon is aware that many of these videos contain incorrect or misleading program information and is working to address the matter directly with YouTube. The Department of Economic Development is also liaising with the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce to monitor potential negative impacts.

The Yukon Community Program is helping Yukon businesses to meet their labour needs when they cannot attract Canadian workers. These efforts support Yukon’s economic development and allow more flexibility for nominees hired as critical impact workers or skilled workers by Yukon employers.

Whitehorse, Watson Lake, Dawson City, Haines Junction, Carmacks and Carcross are participating in the program, which was launched in January this year. Only Yukon business owners and employers can apply to the Yukon Community Program.

2019-09-26: New Yukon community immigration pilot program announced View

New Yukon community immigration pilot program announced

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.

2019-08-28: Government of Yukon signs Letter of Intent with the Republic of the Philippines View

Government of Yukon signs Letter of Intent with the Republic of the Philippines

The Government of Yukon and the Government of the Philippines have signed a letter of intent to establish a framework to undertake negotiations on immigration programming and pursue cooperation on human resource development between the Philippines and Yukon.

The negotiations will address a number of areas, including arrangements to match Filipino workers with employment opportunities in Yukon’s labour market under the Yukon Nominee Program; enhancing the system for the recruitment, protection, and placement of Filipino workers to be employed in Yukon; and a public information campaign for the Yukon Nominee Program.

The letter of intent was signed by Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai and Philippine Secretary of Labour and Employment Silvestre Bello. The Yukon and Philippine governments will now work together towards a Memorandum of Understanding for enhancing the recruitment system for Filipino workers in Yukon.