The Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) Critical Impact Worker stream enables Yukon employers to nominate foreign nationals possessing essential skills and experience that are urgently needed within the territory.

Key Features

Employer-Driven Initiative: The program is designed to meet the specific labor needs of Yukon employers, ensuring that they can attract and retain foreign nationals who can contribute significantly to the local economy.

Targeted Occupations: This stream focuses on individuals who can fill roles classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level C or D. These occupations typically include intermediate to low-skilled positions that are vital for the region’s development.

Eligibility and Benefits

For Employers: Provides a pathway to address critical labor shortages by hiring foreign workers who meet the necessary qualifications and experience.

For Workers: Offers an opportunity for foreign nationals to live and work in Yukon, with the potential for long-term residency and integration into the community.

By aligning with the specific demands of the Yukon labor market, the Critical Impact Worker stream plays a pivotal role in fostering economic growth and sustainability in the territory.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Foreign Nationals

Educational and Work Experience Criteria

Education: Applicants must possess a minimum of a high school diploma.

Work Experience: A minimum of six months of relevant work experience in the position being applied for is mandatory.

National Occupational Classification (NOC): Education and work experience must align with the job requirements as outlined by the NOC standards.

Current Status in Canada

Work Permit: If the applicant is already in Canada, they must hold a valid work permit throughout the YNP application and assessment process.

Study Permit: If the applicant is in Canada on a study permit, they must provide proof of one of the following:

o One year of study for a certificate program.

o Two years of study for a diploma or Bachelor’s degree program.

o Completion of at least level eight of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program for ESL students at Yukon College.

Language Proficiency Requirements

English or French Proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate sufficient language skills by submitting results from an approved language test. Accepted tests and required minimum scores are as follows:

o Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP):

Tests taken before April 1, 2014: Minimum score of 2H in each ability (reading, writing, speaking, listening).

Tests taken after April 1, 2014: Minimum score of 4 in each ability.

o International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – General Training Test: Minimum score of 4 in each ability.

o TEF (Test d'Évaluation de Français): Minimum score of 3 in each ability.

These comprehensive requirements ensure that foreign nationals are well-prepared and qualified to contribute effectively to the workforce in Yukon, aligning with both educational and professional standards as well as language proficiency benchmarks

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Employers

Legal and Operational Criteria

Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency: Employers must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Business Operations: They should be registered and actively operating a business in Yukon for a minimum period of one year. Alternatively, they must be a recognized government body within Yukon.

Compliance Standards

Territorial Labour Standards: Employers must adhere to the minimum labour standards set by the territory.

Business Documentation: Provide a copy of the business license and be officially registered in Yukon's corporate registry.

Employee Benefits and Support

Health Insurance Coverage: Offer nominees health insurance coverage at no cost, ensuring similar benefits to those received by Yukon residents until the nominee becomes eligible for government health benefits.

Wage Standards: Provide a job with a wage that equals or exceeds the prevailing median wage for the occupation in Yukon.

Travel and Immigration Support

Travel Expenses: Cover the nominee's travel costs from their country of residence to Yukon, if not already present in Yukon.

Family Support: Employers are not obligated to cover travel expenses for the nominee's family or dependents.

Return Travel Costs: Bear the expenses for return travel if the nominee fails to obtain permanent residency.

Administrative Requirements

Screening Interview:Schedule a screening interview with a Yukon Government Immigration officer in the event that the foreign national is currently residing in Yukon. Both the foreign national and the employer are required to attend the interview.

Verification of Credentials: Verify the previous work experience and qualifications of the foreign worker before applying.

Compliance Fee: Submit the offer of employment information and recompense the compliance fee of $230 before the foreign national applies for an employer-specific work permitusing the IRCC Employer Portal if exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.

Recruitment Efforts

Job Advertisement: Advertise the job opening for a minimum of four weeks before submitting an application to the YNP. The advertisement must remain active to actively seek qualified Canadians and permanent residents until a decision is made by the YNP.

Recruitment Strategy: Employers must conduct at least two local and one national recruitment efforts to ensure a comprehensive search for suitable candidates.


The information provided regarding the YNP Critical Impact Worker Program serves solely as a guide and does not constitute legal advice or official endorsement. Readers are encouraged to conduct their own thorough research and seek professional advice before making any decisions based on the details presented. While efforts have been made to ensure accuracy, the dynamic nature of immigration policies and regulations may result in changes not reflected in this document. The Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) reserves the right to modify eligibility criteria and program requirements without prior notice. Therefore, individuals interested in applying for the YNP Critical Impact Worker Program are advised to verify all information independently and stay updated with the latest updates from official sources.