Yellowknife: It’s Time to Look North

City Profile

Yellowknife is the capital city of the Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada
Population: 20,637

  • Diamonds
  • Tourism
  • Government

Key Advantages

  • Diamond capital of North America and home to 3 diamond companies
  • Increasing tourism
  • Capital city with one of the highest household incomes per capita in Canada
  • Young, well-educated and diverse workforce
  • Extraordinary scenery and site of major conferences and festivals

Sector Strengths

  • Diamonds

    Thanks to a stringent monitoring system, the Government is able to guarantee that a Government Certified Canadian Diamond™ is 100% Canadian in origin and was mined, cut, and polished in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Read more about diamonds.

  • Tourism

    Yellowknife enjoys more summertime sunshine than any other city in Canada. And thanks to our geographic location directly under the “auroral oval” the Aurora Borealis appear more than 200 nights per year!

    Tourism is the single largest renewable resource based industry in the NWT.
    Visitors contributed close to $98M to Yellowknife’s economy in 2014 and the number of visitors has been trending upward over the last 5 years with an average growth of 5% both in visitor numbers and revenues generated.

    Visit our Community Profile pages for more information.

    Access BizPal, an innovative online service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits, licences and other requirements needed to start, operate and grow their business from the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments.

Connect with Yellowknife