Quick Facts
Territory: Yukon (capital city)

Traffic jams, urban sprawl and long commutes are non-existent in Whitehorse, so it is clear sailing for economic expansion and growth in fields as diverse as mining, oil and gas exploration, tourism and IT. Despite the lure of recreational pastimes in the heart of one of the world’s last unspoiled wildernesses, the city’s young and enterprising population is ambitious and hard working, recognizing that their community is on the cusp of exciting economic development opportunities.

Key Advantages

  • Close to major economic centers, home to the First Nations government and the business hub of Yukon.
  • Prime location for businesses with its young work force that boasts one of the highest rates of labour force participation and one of the highest ratios of university degree holders in Canada
  • No territorial sales taxes and among the lowest personal and corporate income tax rates in Canada
  • Excellent transportation infrastructure including Whitehorse International Airport and ice-free ports that provide year round access for the export of commodities and products
  • Home to the Council of Yukon First Nations and the Kwanlin Dun and Ta’an Kwach’an First Nations, major land owners with rich resources and enormous economic potential
  • Yukon College has a network of 13 campuses and offers extensive distance-learning courses
  • Whitehorse has 800 hotel rooms and can accommodate conventions of up to 2,000 people
  • Canada Games Centre is the largest most comprehensive recreation facility north of 60 along with world class outdoor facilities and over 700 km of trails to explore
  • Nearly 24 hours of sunlight from May through August
  • Excellent accommodations, restaurants and shopping, live theatre and cultural events, abundant wildlife and amazing scenic views that attract close to 800,000 cruise ship passengers every year

Sector Strengths

  • Cold Climate Technologies
  • Small & medium enterprises
  • Tourism
  • Yukon Arts Centre
  • Yukon College
  • Yukon Geological Survey