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

Infrastructure

Yukon oil and gas infrastructure

Yukon infrastructure and transport is a diverse system that primarily relies on a lengthy highway infrastructure. Except in the southeast Liard-Kaska region, a pipeline distribution network does not currently exist.

Highway and Road Infrastructure

Yukon’s year-round highway system is built and maintained to accommodate a maximum allowable Gross Vehicle Weight of 63,500kg and may be reduced in spring (depending on the structure of the highway) or increased under closely controlled and unusual circumstances. There are two permanent weigh stations in Yukon – one in Whitehorse and the other in Watson Lake.

Yukon’s road system extends throughout Yukon and reaches all communities except Old Crow in the northernmost reaches of Yukon. The southern highways connect Yukon to its port neighbours – Alaska and British Columbia – where three ice-free deep water ports connect Yukon to the Pacific trade theatre. Several courier companies operate out of Yukon and one interprovincial passenger service, Greyhound, is in operations.

Click to see a map of Yukon’s highway infrastructure.

Airline Travel

Whitehorse is home to the Erik Nielsen International Airport with the capacity to handle 747-sized airplanes. There are 10 airports throughout the territory with many smaller airstrips and aerodromes in remote areas. Whitehorse is served by Air Canada, West Jet, Air North, Yukon's Airline and Condor (seasonal). Flights serve Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Ottawa, Alaska, the Northwest Territories, and Frankfurt, Germany (seasonal).

A number of smaller freight airlines distribute labourers and supplies across the territory to communities as well as resource development camps such as mines.

More information about Yukon’s airline network.

Energy

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 Yukon’s cold climate to enhance and build upon existing infrastructure to ensure that mining operations’ needs are fully supported. Yukon’s infrastructure has supported its mining industry for over 100 years, constantly adapting to meet demand.

Government of Yukon’s Long-term Vision

The Government of Yukon is committed to improving and advancing Yukon’s infrastructure to meet increasingly diversified need and to create new capacity. The Yukon government has been working on feasibility plans and future strategies in anticipation of two growing resource development sectors: mining and oil and gas development. As a result, the Yukon government has been investigating plans to improve energy and transportation.

Pipeline Infrastructure

Two major pipeline projects, the Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP) and the Alaska Highway Pipeline Project (AHPP), propose transporting natural gas from the Mackenzie Delta and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, respectively, to southern markets. A route down the Dempster Highway to the AHPP for stranded Mackenzie gas remains an option. The construction of both pipelines is in the investigation phase and supported, in principle, by the Government of Yukon.

Mackenzie Gas Project: The MGP would run from Inuvik into the Nova system in Alberta. The project would deliver about 1.2 Bcf of gas per day. In March 2011, the National Energy Board (NEB) issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the project and proponents will now determine whether the project is commercially viable. They have until December 2013 to signal intent to act. The NEB and federal government have approved the proposed project: in the NEB’s ‘Reasons for Decision’, the majority of Yukon interests will be met.

Alaska Highway Pipeline Project: Current proposals call for the construction of a pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks, from Fairbanks along the Alaska Highway corridor in Yukon and then through B.C. into Alberta. Although southern portions of the project, called the pre-build, were constructed in parts of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan in the 1980s and 1990s, more negotiation is required to achieve firm shipping commitments before the project can continue. The pipeline would deliver 4.5-5.9 billion ft3 to southern markets.

See map of the proposed pipeline projects.

Alaska-Canada Rail Link: The Government of Yukon supports a long-term vision to connect Yukon further 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 to include a new bulkhead dock, general cargo apron, a reposition ore loader and a floating cruise ship dock.


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