Population: 36,700
Number of K-12 Schools: 28
Number of K-12 Students: 5,122
Number of K-12 Distance Education Programs: 2
Number of K-12 Distance Education Students: 149

Note that these profiles are taken from the most recent edition of the report, please review additional annual profiles below.

K-12 E-Learning Programs

While continuing to sign MOU’s with the existing partner school districts in British Columbia and Alberta, Yukon Education is increasing the scope of distance and online program delivery through the Aurora Virtual School (AVS).  In 2015-16 AVS managed courses for 57 grade 8-12 students taking at least one of the 35 online courses.  Additionally, there were 55 full-time and 37 supplemental students enrolled in distributed learning programs from British Columbia.  There was no information provided the Francophone school utilized any distance learning provided from Alberta-based programs.

Yukon Education also supports and tracks blended learning programs. During the 2015-16 school year, blended learning was practiced in 16 of the territory’s 30 schools, with a total of 653 students enrolled in a blended learning option (representing more than 20% of Yukon’s grade 5-12 student population).  Additionally, many Yukon teachers use informal blended learning approaches for which Yukon Education does not keep data.

Governance and Regulation

There have been no recent changes to the governance and regulation of K-12 distance education in the Yukon. The Education Act, 2002 still allows the Minister of Education to provide distance education courses and charge fees for students to access those courses. However, the 2003 decision to provide these distributed learning courses at no cost to students up to the age of 21 continues to be followed.

Yukon Education also continues to govern the operation of individual distance education programs through individual Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) that it signs with each individual program.

Previous Provincial Profiles

History of K-12 E-Learning

K-12 distance education, or distributed learning as it is referred to in the territory, can be traced back to a pilot Grade 11 course in Information Technology by the Yukon Department of Education that was delivered to 12 students (10 of whom completed the course successfully).  The pilot was continued for several subsequent years. By 1999-2000, students from the Yukon Territory participated in a national distributed learning project, The Hurley Island Project, which was developed and implemented by the Ontario Independent Learning Centre. The project saw 25 students from across the Canada in an online Grade 11 Information Technology course and Grade 12 Environmental Science course.

Beginning in 2004, the Yukon maintained a territory-wide video conferencing program that allowed schools to take advantage of teaching specialists in neighboring community schools. This program operated until the 2012-13 school year when it was replaced by the establishment of the Aurora Virtual School in September 2013.  That same year, the Yukon Territory embarked on a blended learning pilot project based at Watson Lake Secondary School.  Both the Aurora Virtual School and the blended learning project are still in operation.

In addition, the Government of the Yukon has entered into agreements with a variety of course content providers in British Columbia and Alberta.  For example, since January 2001 Yukon students have been able to take advantage of courses offered through British Columbia’s Open School.  In fact, the Annual Report for the 2008-09 school year reported that the Yukon had agreements with eight distance education schools in British Columbia, Open School BC and the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC). The agreement with ADLC was to allow French students access to distributed learning through the Centre francophone d’éducation à distance (a French-language partner program of the ADLC).


Yukon Department of Education. (2009). Annual report 2008-2009 school year. Whitehorse, YK: Queen’s Printing for the Yukon. Retrieved from http://www.education.gov.yk.ca/pdf/2008_- _2009_Department_of_Education_Annual_Report.pdf


Individual Program Survey Responses

Program Most recent response  Medium  # of Students  # of Teachers  # of Courses 
Aurora Virtual School
2015-16 Online 57 3 full time 35

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Inter-provincial and International

Students in the Yukon are able to take distance education courses from other jurisdictions. However, the territorial government will only fund those courses offered by authorized providers. Students who take courses from non-authorized providers can have the course evaluated for equivalent courses in the Yukon (i.e., British Columbia) program of study.  If the academic requirements were met an equivalent credit would be assigned to the student. This process is the same one that is followed when a student transfers from another province or territory.

Students from outside of the Yukon are not eligible to enroll in the territory’s video conferencing distance education program.