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Yukon Fact Sheet

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Government

Yukon became a territory of Canada in 1898. The Yukon Legislative Assembly consists of 19 elected members.

  • Liberal Party: 11 members
  • Yukon Party: 6 members
  • New Democratic Party: 2 member
  • Commissioner of Yukon: The Hon. Angelique Bernard 
  • Premier: The Hon. Sandy Silver
  • Opposition Leader: Stacey Hassard 
  • Member of Parliament: The Hon. Larry Bagnell
  • Senator: The Hon. Hector Daniel Lang

Government Finance Projections ($000)

2016-2017 Supplementary Estimates No. 2

  •  Revenues: 1,247,514
  • Appropriations*: 1,386,708
  • Surplus for the year: (11,386)

2017-2018 Supplementary Estimates No. 1

  • Revenues: 1,292,433
  • Appropriations*: 1,439,708
  • Surplus for the year: 3,129

2017-2018 Supplementary Estimates No. 2

  • Revenues: 1,287,496
  • Appropriations*: 1,462,871
  • Surplus for the year: 6,315

2018-2019 Estimates

  • Revenues: 1,333,408
  • Appropriations*: 1,472,048
  • Surplus for the year: (4,542)

*Operation & maintenance and capital.

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Land

Yukon represents 4.8% of Canada's total land area. Yukon is the 9th largest of Canada's 10 provinces and 3 territories. Yukon’s Mount Logan of the St. Elias Mountains in the Kluane National Park is the highest peak in Canada with an elevation of 5,959 meters above sea level.

  • Total area of Yukon: 482,443 km2
  • Land area: 474,391 km2
  • Freshwater area: 8,052 km2

Main Rivers

Donjek, Klondike, Liard, MacMillan, McQuesten, Nisutlin, Peel, Pelly, Porcupine, Ross, Snake, Stewart, White, Wind and Yukon.

Main Lakes

Aishihik, Bennett, Dezadeash, Frances, Kluane, Kusawa, Laberge, Little Salmon, Marsh, Mayo, Quiet, Tagish and Teslin.

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Climate

Most of Yukon has a sub-arctic continental climate with a longer winter and shorter summer compared to most southern provinces. Temperature across Yukon communities varies according to their geographic locations.

Daily Temperature (1981-2010) (Celsius)

Daily Maximum

Daily Minimum

January

July

January

July

Beaver Creek

-20.4

20.3

-30.0

7.8

Burwash Landing

-14.3

19.6

-26.7

6.4

Dawson City

-21.8

23.1

-30.1

8.2

Faro

-16.0

21.0

-24.6

8.9

Mayo

-18.0

22.8

-28.2

9.4

Old Crow

-25.2

20.2

-33.5

8.9

Teslin

-12.6

20.2

-21.5

7.9

Watson Lake

-17.5

21.5

-27.5

9.0

Whitehorse

-11.0

20.6

-19.2

8.0

Precipitation: Average Annual Totals (1981-2010)

Total
(mm)

Rain
(mm)

Snow
(cm)

Beaver Creek

417.3

298.6

117.9

Burwash Landing

274.7

196.2

105.5

Carcross

 279.8

 152.2

 127.6

Dawson City

324.3

201.3

166.5

Faro

319.7

218.4

114.0

Mayo

313.5

203.8

160.6

Old Crow

278.6

154.8

141.4

Teslin

346.3

209.5

148.4

Watson Lake

416.4

262.0

196.1

Whitehorse

262.3

160.9

141.8

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Population

Community Profile

  • Cities: 1
  • Towns: 7
  • Local Advisory Areas: 5

Annual Population, by Community (Jun 30, 2017)

 

Total

Male

Female

Beaver Creek

109

57

52

Burwash Landing

108

55

53

Carcross

499

269

230

Carmacks

551

283

268

Dawson City

2,226

1,183

1,043

Destruction Bay

55

26

29

Faro

397

215

182

Haines Junction

909

457

452

Mayo

499

251

248

Old Crow

257

141

116

Pelly Crossing

395

206

189

Ross River

401

227

174

Tagish

263

141

122

Teslin

514

283

231

Watson Lake

1,464

787

677

Whitehorse area (including Marsh Lake)

29,758

15,016

14,742

Other

50

4035

15

Total Yukon:

38,455

19,632

18,823

 

Annual Population, by Age Group, Yukon (Jun 30, 2017)

  • 0 - 4 years: 2,165
  • 5 - 9 years: 2,088
  • 10 - 14 years: 2,006
  • 15 - 19 years: 1,909
  • 20 - 24 years: 2,175
  • 25 - 29 years: 3,033
  • 30 - 34 years: 3,418
  • 35 - 39 years: 2,956
  • 40 - 44 years: 2,663
  • 45 - 49 years: 2,625
  • 50 - 54 years: 2,895
  • 55 - 59 years: 3,141
  • 60 - 64 years: 2,727
  • 65 - 69 years: 1,957
  • 70 - 74 years: 1,327
  • 75 and over: 1,370
  • Median age of population (Jun 30, 2017): 39.1
  • Population aged under 15 years: 6,259
  • Population aged 15 to 24 years: 4,084
  • Population aged 25 to 64 years: 23,458
  • Population aged 65 and over: 4,654
  • Yukon's population growth from Jun 2016 to Jun 2017: 1.6%
  • Percent of Canada's population in Yukon: 0.1%

Source: Yukon Bureau of Statistics

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Demographics

Vital Statistics

Births

Deaths

Marriages

2012

 418

 191

 145

2013

381

192

156

2014

382

186

171

2015

419

194

158

2016

410

204

164

Source: Yukon Bureau of Statistics

Migration Estimates (July 1 to June 30)

 

In

Out

Net

2012/2013r

1,400

1,354

46

2013/2014r

1,770

1,429

341

2014/2015r

1,613

1,317

296

2015/2016r

1,908

1,276

632

2016/2017

1,819

1,605

214

Census 2016 Mother Tongue (% of population)

  • English: 83.7%
  • French: 5.1%
  • Aboriginal: 2.3%
  • Immigrant: 10.7%  

Note: The term 'mother tongue' refers to the first language learned at home in childhood and still understood at the time of the census.

Legend: r = revised 

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