Canada Facilitates Settlement Of Immigrants In Yukon Communities

The Canadian government is currently helping Yukon communities to recruit and retain immigration candidates through open work permits. Temporary foreign workers with valid Yukon nominations and job offers from up to three employers in selected Yukon communities will be qualified for an open work permit.

The Yukon Community Pilot (YCP), a sub-category or stream under the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP), was kickstarted in January 2020 and is expected to last for three years.

The pilot will help six (6) targeted Yukon communities to attract immigration candidates and facilitate their permanent settlement.

The Yukon is a thinly populated territory in northwestern Canada, with an active and diverse labour market where employers often depend on seasonal workers.

Under the YCP program, foreign nationals may be granted a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt open work permit for a specific community, instead of a single employer. These candidates will, therefore, be allowed to hold multiple jobs in the same community.

To be eligible for an open work permit, candidates need to have a valid nomination for Canadian permanent residence from Yukon province and two or three job offers from up to three employers who are settled in one the following participating Yukon Territory communities:

  • Carmacks
  • Carcross
  • Dawson City
  • Watson Lake
  • Whitehorse
  • Haines Junction

Eligibility Criteria for the Yukon Communities Pilot (YCP)

Canada’s Immigration Ministry (IRCC) specified that all job offers for each foreigner must be in the same community but not necessarily from only one Yukon employer. In addition, an individual working for the same employer in two different job positions must have two job offers.

“Each job offer must reflect work in a single National Occupational Classification (NOC). For instance, a person working part-time as a waiter at a hotel bar and part-time as a receptionist at a hotel should have two job offers, even if it is from the same employer,” says IRCC.

The purpose behind this approach is to allow for greater flexibility so that new immigrants can more easily accumulate 1,560 hours in a single year, or the equivalents of a full-time annual job.

If an employer is forced to withdraw from the agreement because they can no longer afford to provide the required number of hours of work, Yukon government will actively support newcomers in finding alternative job opportunities so that they can maintain full-time, year-round employment.

Further work permit details

The immigration refugee and citizenship Canada issue an open work permit to foreign workers with a mandatory condition limiting the work location to the participating Yukon community. The work permits will be valid for two (2) years from the date of entry into Canada or until the expiry of the travel document, whichever one comes first.

Work permit applications must be processed ands electronically. Applicants may not apply for the YCP work permit at ports of entry (POE).

Spouses or common-law partners of principal applicants may also be issued an open work permit. This work permit will only be granted if the principal applicants  in are employed in atleast one NOC Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B position, will be limited to the same community as the principal applicant’s place of employment, and will also be valid for a maximum of two (2) years.