Updated Instructions below: [Posted by IRCC on 14 July 2023]

The Yukon Community Pilot has been extended to run for 5 years instead of 3, from January 22, 2020 to June 22, 2025.

If the principal applicant is employed in at least 1 position in any Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) category, family members are eligible to apply for an open work permit restricted by location.


A person who has a valid nomination from Yukon for permanent residence and 2 or 3 job offers from up to 3 employers based in a participating Yukon territory community may be issued a location-specific open work permit without requiring a labour market impact assessment (LMIA).


Eligible work locations

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

All of the job offers for each foreign national must be located within the same community, although they may be for either the same employer or different employers

Officers may issue an open work permit with a mandatory condition restricting the location to the participating community that is valid for 2 years from the date of decision or date of entry to Canada or until the expiry of the travel document, whichever comes first.

If the passport expires before the end of the 2-year period, thereby limiting the initial YCP work permit validity, the foreign national may apply for the balance of the 2 years by submitting an application for a work permit extension after obtaining a new passport. The applicant must prove that they still meet the eligibility requirements.

Source: IRCC Special Initiatives Pilot Project