For New Residents
Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon and by far its largest community. Set in the wide valley of the Yukon River, this ‘wilderness city’ is surrounded by pristine wilderness and larger than life landscapes.
With a population of 27,071 (2012), over 76% of the total Yukon population lives in Whitehorse; this includes the City of Whitehorse, Mount Lorne, Ibex Valley, Marsh Lake and surrounding areas.
Historically, First Nations used the area around Whitehorse for food gathering and as a meeting place; the city lies within the traditional territories of the Ta’an Kwäch’än and Kwanlin Dün.
The settlement of Whitehorse developed during the Klondike Gold Rush as a transportation hub; Whitehorse was the head of navigable waters on the Yukon River and an important stop on the journey to the gold fields.
Whitehorse is now a contemporary city and the government and business centre for the Yukon. The Yukon government headquarters and several federal government offices are located there.
Whitehorse will be a well-planned self-sustaining community that is a leader in energy conservation and innovation that maintains and conserves wilderness spaces for future generations. Whitehorse will continue to strive for a better quality of life that is reflected in its vibrant economy and social life.”
The Council of Yukon First Nations also has its headquarters in Whitehorse and most major Yukon businesses, utility companies and services operate out of the city.
From ski trails to world-class art and music festivals to friendly and engaging people, there really is nothing quite like this northern wilderness city.
As of 2011, there were 9,649 houses in Whitehorse; including single-detached homes, mobile homes, condominiums and duplexes.
Employment opportunities in Whitehorse are extensive; the city offers careers in finance, human resources, law, arts, information technology, health, social services, engineering, policy, services, administration, management, transportation, education, trades, science and more.
Whitehorse is a contemporary city and the government and business centre for the Yukon; Yukon Government headquarters and several federal government offices are located in the city.
Following is a breakdown of the Whitehorse labour market [add data from 2011]:
- sales and service occupations (%)
- business and administrative occupations (%)
- education and social services fields such as teachers, social workers, lawyers, and policy and community service workers (%)
- health occupations (%)
- science and technology occupations (%)
- engineers, technicians, surveyors, and computer programmers (%)
- art, culture and recreation (%)
- trades, transport, equipment operating, mining, forestry and other primary sectors (%)
Yukon Socio-Economic Web Portal
Provides census information on Whitehorse
- Yukon Employment Central
Provides job boards, employment counseling, workshops and more
Online employment resource for employers and job seekers, including current job listings, the Yukon labour market, career planning, education, and training
- Yukon Workfutures
Guide to work opportunities in the territory that provides information on the labour market, working conditions, education, and employment prospects
- Invest Yukon: Yukon Employment Connection
List of employment-related websites to help your search for employment