• 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’s workforce is highly educated, skilled, motivated and productive.
  • Partnerships are key to our success.
  • Yukoners enjoy a very high quality of life.
  • Yukon businesses are leading the way.
  • Yukon is open for business.
  • 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.
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises continue to be Yukon’s largest private sector employer.


Mining and Exploration-Infrastructure

Yukon is located at a critical crossroad
connecting the robust economy of Alaska to the rest of North America, and situated above three ice-free, deep water ports with close access to Australasian markets. Yukon has a sturdy all season highway infrastructure: shipping by truck represents 87.50 per cent of transport methods for mined products.

Yukon has a robust airline network with daily flights to major urban centres in Southern Canada and numerous flights to rural communities throughout Yukon. The Erik Nielsen International Airport in Whitehorse connects Yukon internationally to Germany. A number of private-charter airlines and construction companies ensure mining, forestry and archaeology projects have constant transport access.

Yukon is powered by clean hydro, with diesel generation serving as emergency back-up and to meet peak demand during the coldest months of the year.  There are currently five Yukon communities that are not connected to the hydro grid and are powered by diesel generators. 

To learn more about Yukon’s power grid, please visit Yukon Energy.

Yukon construction companies have extensive experience working in a cold climate to ensure mining operations are fully supported. Yukon’s infrastructure has enabled its mining industry for more than 100 years, constantly adapting and growing to meet demand.

Government of Yukon’s Long-term Vision

The Government of Yukon has invested heavily to improve infrastructure to support its growing economy. In fact, the Yukon government supports a long-term vision to connect Yukon to shipping ports in Alaska via an expansion of the Alaska Canada Rail Link.

In May 2011, the Alaskan government announced a US$80 million expansion of the Skagway deep water port, including a new bulkhead dock, general cargo apron, a reposition ore loader, and a floating cruise ship dock. The Yukon government has supported local transport businesses such as Air North, Yukon's Airline through tax credits and expos to ensure continued success and reliable service to the North.

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