Working & Jobs
Yukon has a small but diverse and growing economy. Occupations in public administration,
retail trade, accommodation and food services, health care and social assistance,
construction, and educational services are especially important here. Mining has
traditionally played a large role in the Territory's economy and the tourism industry
is growing quickly.
The Yukon’s average hourly wage rate for all occupations, $22.81, was higher than
any province in Canada in 2007.
Prices for most goods and services in Whitehorse are comparable to those in southern
Canada, though in Yukon communities outside of Whitehorse they may be significantly
Yukon Bureau of Statistics
- Statistics on Prices & Income
Foreign Credential Recognition
Foreign Credential Recognition is the process of verifying that the education and
job experience obtained in another country are equal to the standards established
for Canadian workers.
Human Resources and Social Development Canada - Foreign Credential Recognition
“The Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO)
or www.competences.gc.ca provides information,
tools, path-finding and referral services on foreign credential recognition to help
foreign-trained workers succeed and put their skills to work in Canada more quickly.
It is part of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.”
Documents that describe a newcomer's education and work experience are important
to finding a job in Canada. As a newcomer, even if you have many years of experience,
you may not be able to work in your trade or profession in Canada right away. In
most cases, you will need to have your credentials assessed.
Going to Canada - Education and Work Experience Documents
Planning to work
in Canada? An essential workbook for newcomers was created for internationally
trained individuals who are considering moving to Canada or who have recently arrived.
The workbook will help you gather information about living and working in Canada.
The Working in Canada Tool
is a great place to learn about Canada's labour market; find information on job
titles; and research employment facts by occupation and city, town or region.
If you are interested in working temporarily in Canada, you will have to meet specific
Working Temporarily in Canada to learn more.
If you are a potential immigrant and would like to consider if your skills match
current job vacancies, or are interested in learning more about Yukon, you may wish
to visit the following web sites:
Yukon Bureau of Statistics
Yukon Department of Economic Development
Work Permits for Students
It is possible to work in Canada while you are here as a student, and there are
opportunities for jobs on and off campus. You will need to apply. Please refer to
the Citizenship & Immigration Canada page:
Studying in Canada: Work Permits for students for more information.
As of April 2008, international students who graduate from eligible programs at
certain Canadian post-secondary institutions are able to obtain an open work permit
under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, with no restrictions on the type
of employment and no requirement for a job offer. In addition, the duration of the
work permit has been extended to three years across the country. Previously, the
program only allowed international students to work for one or two years, depending
Read the Citizenship and Immigration Canada News Release and
Backgrounder on Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.