List of municipalities in Yukon
Yukon is the least populous of Canada's three territories with 35,874 residents as of 2016. It is the smallest territory in land area at 474,713 km2 (183,288 sq mi). Yukon's eight municipalities cover only 0.2% of the territory's land mass but are home to 80.9% of its population. The remainder of the territory's land area is unorganized.
Municipal governments are created by the Government of Yukon in accordance with the Municipal Act of 2001. Municipal governments provide "jurisdiction services, facilities, or things that a local government considers necessary or desirable for all or part of its community". Classifications of municipalities under the Municipal Act include cities and towns. Whitehorse is the capital of Yukon and its only city. The remaining seven municipalities are towns, of which four were villages that were continued as towns upon adoption of the 2001 Municipal Act.
Over two-thirds of the population of Yukon (25,085 residents; 69.9%) reside in Whitehorse, the largest municipality in the territory. It is also the largest municipality by land area at 416.54 km2 (160.83 sq mi). The smallest municipality by population is Teslin, with 124 residents, while the smallest by land area is Mayo at 1.06 km2 (0.41 sq mi).
A proposal to incorporate a community as a city can be initiated under the Municipal Act at the request of Yukon's Minister of Community Services, a municipal council, or a minimum 30% of residents that are eligible electors if the community has an estimated population over 2,500. Cities must elect a mayor and six councillors (in the case of Whitehorse), or a mayor and eight councillors if authorized by bylaw, for a three-year term. The only city in Yukon is Whitehorse, which is the largest of the three cities in Northern Canada's three territories. It had a population of 25,085 residents and a land area of 416.54 km2 (160.83 sq mi) in the 2016 Census. The City of Dawson is a former city in Yukon that now has town status but is permitted to retain "city" in its official name.
A proposal to incorporate a community as a town can be initiated under the Municipal Act at the request of the Minister of Community Services, a municipal council, or a minimum 30% of residents that are eligible electors if the community has an estimated population over 300. Towns must elect a mayor and four councilors, or a mayor and five to seven councillors if authorized by bylaw, for a three-year term.
All municipalities that were villages prior to the adoption of the 2001 Municipal Act were continued as towns but were permitted to retain "village" in their official names. Yukon has seven towns. Dawson City is the territory's largest town by population with 1,375 residents and Faro is the largest by land area 203.57 km2 (78.60 sq mi). Teslin is the smallest town by population at 124 residents while Mayo is the smallest by land area at 1.06 km2 (0.41 sq mi).
List of municipalities
|Name||Status||Official name||Incorporation date||2016 Census of Population|
|Population (2016)||Population (2011)||Change||Land area (km²)||Population density|
|Carmacks||Town||Village of Carmacks||November 1, 1984||493||503||−2.0%||36.95||13.3/km2|
|Dawson||Town||City of Dawson||January 9, 1902||1,375||1,319||+4.2%||32.45||42.4/km2|
|Faro||Town||Town of Faro||June 13, 1969||348||344||+1.2%||203.57||1.7/km2|
|Haines Junction||Town||Village of Haines Junction||October 1, 1984||613||593||+3.4%||34.49||17.8/km2|
|Mayo||Town||Village of Mayo||June 1, 1984||200||226||−11.5%||1.06||188.7/km2|
|Teslin||Town||Village of Teslin||August 1, 1984||124||122||+1.6%||1.92||64.6/km2|
|Watson Lake||Town||Town of Watson Lake||April 1, 1984||790||802||−1.5%||6.11||129.3/km2|
|Whitehorse||City||City of Whitehorse||June 1, 1950||25,085||23,276||+7.8%||416.54||60.2/km2|
|Territory of Yukon||—||—||—||35,874||33,897||+5.8%||474,712.68||0.08/km2|
- List of designated places in Yukon
- The remaining 99.8% of Yukon's land mass comprises two unincorporated hamlets, four unorganized areas, four Indian settlements, four self-governments (Indian reserves), thirteen unincorporated settlements and a Teslin land claim. Unorganized Yukon, one of the four unorganized areas, accounts for the vast majority of the territory's land mass, at 98.1%.
- As of the 2001 Municipal Act, the town's official legal name is the "City of Dawson".
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- "Municipal Act" (PDF). Government of Yukon. 2002. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
- "Association of Yukon Communities Incorporation Dates". Association of Yukon Communities. Archived from the original on June 15, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.