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About Us

Welcome to Yukonstruct

Our goal is to foster a welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment. 

We’re passionate about how ideas can build a brighter, more sustainable future. 

Yukonstruct is a non-profit society operating a makerspace and coworking space in downtown Whitehorse. Our 24,000 sq. ft. facility is known collectively as NorthLight Innovation. Our members are innovators, freelancers, startups, developers, students, inventors, creatives, and more.

We are _______ (innovative/creative/tech/ideas) people. What about you?
Come in for a tour, we’d love to have you join our community.

What we do

NorthLight Innovation is the first innovation hub north of 60 in Canada. We offer: 

  • Makespace: A community workshop that includes a woodshop, metal shop, digital fabrication, hackerspace, sewing, and more, as well as orientation and teaching nights and mentorship programs. 
  • Cospace: A bright and vibrant shared workspace offering hotdesking, dedicated desks, and offices where Wi-Fi, coffee, and break-time conversations are always flowing. 
  • Startup Support: Our entrepreneur programming arm offers services and programming to help Yukoners launch and grow their business.

Our Values

Yukonstruct is a valued community that helps Yukoners bring their ideas and passions to life. Find out more about our values here!

Why we do it

“I love the community, I love the access to tools, the possibilities…. Bringing ideas and tools together to create new things.”  –Michelle Clusiau, Yukonstruct member 

The simple answer: community, collaboration, inspiration, mentorship, ideas, connection, and fun.

How we got here

“We thought we’d get lucky if 30 people [came out]. I don’t know how many times we had to reorder pizza because I think about 230 people showed up.”  –John Glynn-Morris, Yukonstruct member

NorthLight Innovation opened at its current location on Second Avenue in September 2018. While we are extremely proud of our large and modern facility, we stay true to our roots as a community-based initiative, driven by the passion, dedication, and hard work of many. In 2014, a group of folks got together to brainstorm how to go about creating a collaborative workspace. They didn’t know exactly what they were doing but figured they would get a space and work out the rest of the details later. They opened a small makerspace on Industrial Road, across from the Weenie Wagon food stand, and then a few years later came a barebones coworking office on Strickland Avenue downtown. It didn’t take long for membership and ambition to outgrow these spaces.  

What if we could come together under one roof? 

In 2016, the founders had a vision of bringing the makerspace and the coworking space together, to expand what Yukonstruct could offer to its members and to increase creative collaboration. Through their tenacity, as well as funding support from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Yukon Government, their vision became a reality. Yukonstruct formed a partnership with Northern Vision Development and signed a lease for the old Supervalu Foods building on Jan. 1, 2018. After extensive renovations, NorthLight Innovation opened its doors nine months later. 

In addition to housing Makespace and Cospace, NorthLight Innovation is home to two partner organizations: Yukon University Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Yukon Development Corporation.

Since opening the doors of NorthLight Innovation in 2018, thousands of Yukon innovators and entrepreneurs have been served, both in Whitehorse and across the Yukon. Businesses have been launched, youth have been inspired to pursue careers in STEAM, and countless connections have sparked magic. We continue to be motivated each and every day to support Yukoners to envision and build a brighter, more thriving future for all of us.