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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. Douglas George Phillips
  • 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 Estimates

  •  Revenues: 1,256,242
  • Appropriations*: 1,391,649
  • Surplus for the year: 9,483

2016-2017 Supplementary Estimates No. 1

  • Revenues: 1,247,514
  • Appropriations*: 1,383,591
  • Surplus for the year: (8,269)

2017-2018 Estimates

  • Revenues: 1,289,297
  • Appropriations*: 1,439,679
  • Surplus for the year: 6,536

*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, 2016)

 

Total

Male

Female

Beaver Creek

109

61

48

Burwash Landing

113

60

53

Carcross

514

276

238

Carmacks

544

275

269

Dawson City

2,158

1,153

1,005

Destruction Bay

49

24

25

Faro

394

211

183

Haines Junction

905

466

439

Mayo

483

246

237

Old Crow

257

145

112

Pelly Crossing

386

205

181

Ross River

405

230

175

Tagish

256

134

122

Teslin

507

280

227

Watson Lake

1,460

781

679

Whitehorse area (including Marsh Lake)

29,258

14,792

14,466

Other

60

40

20

Total Yukon:

37,858

19,379

18,479

 

Annual Population, by Age Group, Yukon (Jun 30, 2016)

  • 0 - 4 years: 2,193
  • 5 - 9 years: 2,047
  • 10 - 14 years: 1,954
  • 15 - 19 years: 1,920
  • 20 - 24 years: 2,244
  • 25 - 29 years: 3,043
  • 30 - 34 years: 3,236
  • 35 - 39 years: 2,834
  • 40 - 44 years: 2,684
  • 45 - 49 years: 2,573
  • 50 - 54 years: 3,041
  • 55 - 59 years: 3,106
  • 60 - 64 years: 2,649
  • 65 - 69 years: 1,911
  • 70 - 74 years: 1,144
  • 75 and over: 1,279
  • Median age of population (Jun 30, 2016): 38.5
  • Population aged under 15 years: 6,194
  • Population aged 15 to 24 years: 4,164
  • Population aged 25 to 64 years: 23,166
  • Population aged 65 and over: 4,334
  • Yukon's population growth from Jun 2015 to Jun 2016: 1.4%
  • Percent of Canada's population in Yukon: 0.1%

Source: Yukon Bureau of Statistics

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Demographics

Vital Statistics

Births

Deaths

Marriages

2012r

 418

 191

 145

2013r

381

192

156

2014r

382

186

171

2015r

419

194

158

2016

410

204

164

Source: Yukon Bureau of Statistics

Migration Estimates (July 1 to June 30)

 

In

Out

Net

2011/2012r

1,858

1,425

433

2012/2013r

1,397

1,366

31

2013/2014r

1,765

1,424

341

2014/2015r

1,628

1,321

307

2015/2016

1,853

1,961

-108

Census 2011 Mother Tongue (% of population)

  • English: 83.4%
  • French: 4.3%
  • Aboriginal: 2.5%
  • Non-Aboriginal: 8.3%
  • Multiple response: 1.5%

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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