YNP Critical Impact Worker

The YNP Critical Impact Worker targets workers with experience in occupations classified as low-skilled for Canadian permanent residence.

The YNP Critical Impact Workers stream is one of several immigration streams of the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Yukon. The YNP Critical Impact Worker stream gives employers the chance to nominate workers with experience in occupations classified as low-skilled for Canadian permanent residence. The eligible candidates may be nominated for the YNP Critical Impact Worker Stream and apply for the Canadian permanent residence. This program is designed to help fill the Yukon’s labour shortages with foreign workers who possess the necessary experience in low-skilled or semi-skilled occupations. Both the applicant and the employer must meet eligibility requirements in order to qualify for the Yukon Nominee Skilled Worker program.

Eligibility Requirement

Express Entry Profile No
Connection to Province No
Job Offer Yes
Language Proficiency CLB 4
Level of Education High school
Work Experience NOC C or D
6 months
Investment Requirement None

Applicant Requirement

To be eligible for Critical Impact Worker program of YNP, applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • The candidate education and work experience must satisfy the requirements of the job as per the criteria specified in the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The minimum acceptable level of education is the completion of high school.
  • Candidate must demonstrate at least six months of related work experience for the position being nominated.
  • Candidates must have official language test results that demonstrate sufficient language proficiency in English or French to perform the job they have been offered. Candidates with a job offer at NOC skill level C or D must demonstrate proficiency equivalent to at least the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4.
  • Foreign workers who are currently in Canada must maintain a valid work permit throughout the YNP application and assessment process. If you are unable to provide the YNP with a valid work permit your application will be declined. Please be advised that if you are under Implied Status, you are not eligible to apply for nomination through the YNP.
  • Any foreign national who is in Canada on a student permit needs to provide proof of one year of study for certificate programs or two years of study for diploma programs or completion of a Bachelor program before being considered for the Yukon Nominee Program. Foreign Students who are enrolled in the ESL program at Yukon College must have completed Level 8 of the ESL program.

Employer Requirement

To be eligible to make a valid job offer to a foreign worker for the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP), the Yukon employer must meet certain requirements.

  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be registered and operating a business in Yukon for at least one year, or must be a recognized government body in Yukon
  • Meet minimum territorial labour standards
  • Provide a copy of the business license, and be registered in Yukon’s corporate registry
  • Provide to nominees, free of charge, health insurance that gives similar coverage to what a Yukon resident would receive until the nominee is eligible for government health benefits
  • Offer a job with a wage equal to or exceeding prevailing median wage in the occupation in Yukon
  • Pay the nominee’s cost of travel to Yukon from his or her country of residence abroad, if not already in Yukon. Employers are not required to pay the travel costs of the nominee’s family or dependents.
  • Pay for return travel costs if the nominee does not obtain permanent residency.
  • Arrange a screening interview with a Yukon Government Immigration officer if the foreign national is already in Yukon. Both the foreign national and employer must be present for the interview.
  • Verify previous work experience and qualifications of the foreign worker before submitting an application.
  • Submit the offer of employment information and pay the compliance fee of $230 using the IRCC Employer Portal before the foreign national applies for an employer-specific work permit if the foreign national is exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.
  • Advertise the job opening for at least four weeks prior to submitting an application to the YNP. The advertisement must remain posted to actively seek qualified Canadians and permanent residents until the date that the YNP issues a decision. A minimum of two local and one national recruitment efforts are required.

Application Procedure

The Yukon Critical Worker stream is open to new applications at all times. Eligible candidates and Yukon employers must prepare a complete application to the program together. The employer must then submit the application for a provincial nomination. Applications submitted to the YNP are generally processed within eight to ten weeks.

If the application is approved, the candidate will receive a nomination from Yukon to apply for permanent residence. The applicant will also receive a letter of support for a temporary work permit, which the applicant can use to apply to IRCC for a work permit so they can begin working in Yukon while their application for permanent residence is processed. Note that applying for a temporary work permit represents a separate application.

After receiving a provincial nomination, the applicant has six months to submit a federal application for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants in this program must complete and submit a paper-based application for permanent residence and submit it by mail to the appropriate application centre. Paper-based PNP applications for permanent residence are generally processed within 18 months.