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 creative
tech people. What about you?
Come in for a tour, we’d love to have you join our community.
What we do
- 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.
Why we do it
The simple answer: community, collaboration, inspiration, mentorship, ideas, connection, and fun.
“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
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.
Strategic Framework 2019-2022
Strategic Plan 2019-2022
We are the first Canadian Makerspace North of 60
In September we opened the doors of our 135 Industrial Road location with a full slate of weekly workshops. We quickly built membership to over 80 makers, with over 100 others participating in various workshops. A ‘Core Team’ of over a dozen dedicated volunteers emerged and became the driving force behind YuKonstruct.
Yukonstruct Makerspace Society Launched (co)space, a rallying point for growing the yukon’s entrepreneurial community
The society added a coworking space downtown, in a separate location from our Makerspace. (co)space is the productive, collaborative and community-driven space for members to do their work as freelancers, entrepreneurs or small businesses. Similar to YuKonstruct, a membership to (co)spaceprovides you access to a unique workspace. We offer amenities such as high speed internet, a productive work area, access to meeting rooms, and most importantly a community of awesome people.
The community is the heart of Yukonstruct
Staff members and contractors joined the adventure along the road to support the growing operations of both facilities. Staff and volunteers collaborated in programming, providing support, planning events, and general facility operations. In order to allow volunteers to focus on creating, teaching, and learning staff took on most of the administrative, operational, and fiscal responsibilities.
Yukonstruct receives the National Startup Canada Entrepreneur Support Award in Ottawa!
This category rewards government organizations, not-for-profits, academic institutions and private for-profit businesses that demonstrate excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through their leadership, innovation and impact. Honouring this recognition, we continue to strive to foster innovation, creativity, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
New home: Northlight Innovation
The makerspace and co-working space moved together into their new home located on 2180 2nd Avenue.
On September 4th, 2018 – Yukonstruct Society opened the doors of NorthLight Innovation after several months of renovation to the old Super Valu grocery store on Second Avenue.
The 24,000 sq ft facility managed and operated by local non-profit Yukonstruct is now the rallying point for all of their members, consolidating their organization and services under one roof along with facility partners Yukon College and Yukon Development Corporation.