• Yukon businesses are leading the way.
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises continue to be Yukon’s largest private sector employer.
  • Yukon’s workforce is highly educated, skilled, motivated and productive.
  • Yukoners enjoy a very high quality of life.
  • Yukon is open for business.
  • Yukon is home to one of the world’s largest iron ore deposits and one of the world’s largest undeveloped lead-zinc districts.
  • 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 Advantage

Yukon is a truly special place. It is one of the last great frontiers left in the world with an abundance of natural resources as well as untapped business potential. Yukon is famous for its Klondike gold, rich wilderness adventure, diverse potential and sound investment opportunities. Yukon has positioned itself well to move into a new era of investment and development in the North. Strategic industries have worked to make Yukon investment-ready and the Yukon government has invested in the people and the economy. This cooperation of industry and government has matured into a number of Yukon advantages that have leveraged the territory into a strong position, well-prepared for new challenges and new development.

Infrastructure and Market Access

  • Yukon has an established government-maintained highway system that connects to every community in Yukon except the fly-in community of Old Crow, located in northern Yukon. Yukon has major airlines providing daily flights from the southern gateways of Vancouver, British Columbia (B.C.), Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, twice weekly flights from Kelowna, Ottawa and Yellowknife, as well as smaller freight airlines that provide transport and supplies to Yukon’s communities.
  • Yukon is 99.9 per cent connected to broadband and wireless services.
  • Yukon has close proximity to major distribution channels: Alberta to the south-east connects Yukon to a primary distribution centre in western North America. B.C. and Alaska to the south and west which connects Yukon to primary shipping lanes to Asia.
  • Yukon has a developed recreational infrastructure that mixes the natural wilderness with modern sports and recreation facilities.

Natural Resources

  • Yukon has world class mining deposits and is predominantly unexplored.
  • Yukon’s oil, gas, and forestry sectors offer opportunities for further growth.
  • Yukon has First Nations’ land claim certainty.
  • Yukon has a streamlined regulatory system.
  • Yukon has a competitive tax and royalty schedule.

Skilled and Educated Workforce 

  • Yukon has a skilled labour force with the highest proportion of degree holders per capita in Canada.
  • Yukon is a leading research and innovation centre for cold climate technologies.
  • Construction companies have experience in all-weather climates and extended winter seasons.

Financial Incentives

  • Numerous tax credits and rebates encourage investment in Yukon's emerging sectors and local small businesses.
  • Yukon provides a number of incentive funds that are both general and industry specific.
  • Yukon has a competitive tax system and does not have a territorial sales tax.
  • Yukon has clear and fair legislation for businesses.

These are a few of the many advantages for investing or starting a business in Yukon. Furthermore, Yukon has a supportive government and is a wonderful place to live. Yukon’s government, its people, its businesses, and its natural beauty create the perfect mix for successful investment.

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