Fast Facts: The Yukon Territory is the smallest of Canada’s three federal territories, located in the far western region of the country. Yukon’s capital city is Whitehorse, which is also unquestionably the largest city in the province. Mount Logan is the tallest mountain in Canada and second tallest in North America.
Yukon Territory Careers: A 2006 Canada Census of Population estimated the Yukon’s population at just over 30,000 as snow and frozen lakes perennially cover the sparsely populated region. The territory does not apply a regional sales tax and the government is by far the leading employer within the territory.
Yukon Territory Economy: The economy of Yukon Territory is based primarily in mining-related activities. While a lack of business development restricts the services industry, the Yukon Territory is known for its manufacturing of furniture and clothing. Valuable metals including copper, zinc and lead are all mined in considerable quantities.
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Location, Location, Location: Located in the far-western region of Canada with only Alaska to its west, the Yukon territory is the smallest of Canada’s three federal territories.
Cities: Yukon’s capital city is Whitehorse, which is also unquestionably the largest city in the province.
Behind the Name: The Yukon Territory was officially created in 1898, although the Yukon Act in 2003 officially adjusted the territory’s name to simply “Yukon.” The province is often nicknamed the “Land of Midnight Sun.”
A Closer Look: The sparsely populated area is perennially covered with snow and frozen lakes, hosting one of the most extreme climates across Canada.
Did You Know? Mount Logan, located in the southwest portion of the Yukon Territory, is the tallest mountain in Canada and the second tallest in North America. Trivia: Can you name the tallest mountain in North America? Answer: Mount McKinley in Alaska.
Population: 30,195, as estimated by Canada Census of Population, 2006.
Business Environment: Canada was ranked 2nd of 181 countries in a 2009 “Best Country to Start a Business” by DoingBusiness.org.
Taxes: The Canada Revenue Agency reports: a Progressive Income Tax Rate; and no Regional Sales Tax.
Cost of Living: The Consumer Price Index had increased to 114.9 in June of 2009 (from 100.0 in the Year 2002), according to Statistics Canada, 2009.
Weather: Average Temperature (in °F.) – Jan: 20; Apr: 43; July: 69; Oct: 48, according to Weather.com.
K-12: Canada ranked 2nd of 17 peer countries in a 2008 Conference Board of Canada Ranking.
College Education: Yukon College hosts a number of local community colleges across the province, including its main establishment in the capital city of Whitehorse.
In General: The territorial economy is led in large part by the mining industry, while tourism, manufacturing and trapping also contribute in large part to Yukon’s Gross Domestic Product.
Service Industry: With its limited population and general lack of business development, the services industry is considerably restricted in the Yukon Territory.
Agriculture: Yukon’s year-round snow cover and extreme climate prohibits any significant agricultural enterprise.
Manufacturing: The territory is best known for its manufacturing of furniture, clothing and handicrafts, which have attained increased importance in recent times.
Mining: The Yukon is primarily a mining-based economy. Valuable metals including copper, zinc, silver, gold and lead are all mined in significant quantities.
Did You Know? The government is by far the leading employer in the Yukon Territory, providing occupations to over one-third of the territory’s workforce.
Sources: In addition to specific citations noted in this “Career Information” section, supplementary source materials include: Canada Statoids; Infoplease.com; and Wikipedia.com.