Yukon is the smallest of the three territories in Canada and it is located in the northwest corner of Canada. Its capital city is Whitehorse and about 75 percent live in the capital city of Whitehorse. People have come from other parts of Canada and Europe to live in the Yukon. Above the Arctic Circle, Yukon is known as “the land of the midnight sun”.
For three months in the summer sunlight is almost continuous. In the winter there is darkness for three months. Yukon River is 3,700 km (2,300 miles) long, making it Canada’s second longest river. Mining accounts for more than 30% of the economy (gold, zinc and lead). There are large undeveloped deposits of zinc-lead, silver, iron ore, copper, nickel and coal. The second largest industry is tourism. People come to hike, raft, camp, rock climb, fish, see the wildlife and to hunt.
Higher education in Yukon is shaped by the territory’s small population. Yukon College issues certificate, diploma, and partial and some full degree programs. The college is a community college and as a result, it provides in addition to its academic and professional program, Adult Basic Education/literacy programs. The Advanced Education Branch of Yukon Department of Education provides services to Yukon residents through two divisions: Labour Market Programs and Services, and Trades Certification and Training Programs. Yukon also has some private trade schools that are regulated by Yukon Government. “The board of governors of Yukon College is responsible for the government, conduct, and management of the operations of the institution including educational policies and activities that relate to quality assurance, particularly establishing programs of study and student admission standards.
Like all Canadian provinces, Yukon (a territory) also encourages immigration. The Yukon Nominee Program was developed to allow the Government of Yukon to nominate potential immigrants based on industrial and economic priorities and labor market conditions and who, based on Yukon’s assessment, have a strong likelihood of successfully establishing themselves in Yukon society. The Program offers two programs to potential immigrants to Yukon; the Skilled Worker/Critical Impact Worker Program and the Business Program. Immigrants can also receive free language classes. At Yukon College besides language courses, certificate, diploma, and university transfer programs are also provided to international students for a lower fee than in most Canadian colleges. In a number of articulations with universities in British Columbia, the first two years of university programs can be taken at Yukon College and credited by the BC universities. KIAC School of Visual Arts (SOVA), which Yukon College is a partner in, has secured unique articulation agreements with various universities across the country: In addition, the college has partnered up with the University of Regina (in the province of Saskatchewan) to offer two four-year bachelor’s programs and with the University of Alaska Southwest, USA, to offer one master’s program in public education in addition to the college’s certificate, diploma and university transfer programs.