• Small and medium-sized enterprises continue to be Yukon’s largest private sector employer.
  • Yukoners enjoy a very high quality of life.
  • Yukon’s workforce is highly educated, skilled, motivated and productive.
  • Yukon has been a site location for a number of feature films including the 20th Century Fox's, "The Big Year" starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black.
  • Partnerships are key to our success.
  • Yukon is home to one of the world’s largest iron ore deposits and one of the world’s largest undeveloped lead-zinc districts.
  • Yukon is open for business.
  • Yukon businesses are leading the way.

Innovation and Technology

windmillsThere are many elements of Yukon that inspire innovation and technological advancement. Two innate characteristics - Yukon's climate and remote location – have created a necessity to adapt and to innovate. In the process of overcoming our unique challenges, Yukon has leveraged its knowledge sector into world leaders in cold climate technologies and environmental research. An educated labour force, a government-supported research centre at Yukon College and a unique environment have all contributed to Yukon’s leading research.

Yukon has been an active contributor to world cold climate technologies, developing expertise that has contributed to the development of ice-field drills for NASA and a remote airstrip in Antarctica. As resources become scarce and eyes turn to more remote locations such as the Arctic, Yukon will be a role model with its research and development teams leading the way.

Yukon presents an interlocked network of research centres, companies with experiences working in remote and harsh climates and government programs that together are able to support and ensure the success of any innovation initiatives. Its diverse ecological and economic environment has made Yukon a breeding ground for new discoveries every day. Yukon is firmly committed to finding northern solutions for northern problems.


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