Conversation on Opportunities

On Thursday, May 17th, the KDO, in partnership with the Dawson City Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a “Conversation on Opportunities”.  Join us at 7pm for a panel discussion involving participants from the mining and exploration sector, Dawson business sector and general public.


At 7:00pm, representatives from mining and exploration will make brief presentations outlining their plans and activities.  Following presentations, there will be a Q&A period when members of the public are welcome to ask questions of these representatives.  After a short break, a couple of local business people will join the panel to answer more questions and engage the public in moderated discussion.


Our goal with this panel discussion is to foster communications between larger mining and exploration operations and the community.  This will open the door to discussion and could provide/facilitate potential connections between the two sectors.


The conversation starts at 7pm at the Downtown Hotel Conference room.  For more information, please email or call 993-2306.

Venture Opportunities List

In 2011 we undertook two surveys, one of Klondike households and another of our businesses. We asked both groups about goods and services they were currently purchasing from outside and those that they saw as under-served locally.

Based on this data, we have developed a first-cut listing of potential Klondike venture opportunities. These are as diverse as airport shuttles, fitness training, T-shirt printing, bookkeeping, sausage manufacture and small engine repairs.

Whether you’re a first-timer or an existing business, if you’re of the entrepreneurial persuasion and looking for ideas, please take moment to browse our list of Klondike Venture Opportunities.

We are particularly pleased that since our surveys, local innovators have already responded and are delivering on a number of these ventures, improving Klondike lives and building employment and wealth in our community.

Please contact Mark Wickham or Evelyn Pollock at our office for further information.

Full Service Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of our full service program!

Please browse our site to learn more of the services we can offer to individuals, businesses, community groups and other enterprises. If you’re dreaming of starting a new business, expanding an existing one or investing here from outside we can find you the information, services and solutions you need to make it happen. If you’re a community group exploring a new idea for the Klondike, maybe we can assist you to move forward. If you’re looking for housing or thinking of building a home or a rental unit, we can help.

If you just have a quick question, that’s fine too.

It’s all free and it’s open to everyone, no matter what your background, need or ambition. Our job is just to help you succeed, and with you, the Klondike.

Our office is on 2nd and Queen, above the bank. Come see us to find out more or contact us if you have any questions.

We value and need your participation in our activities and we will keep you informed as our work progresses. Look out for notices of our upcoming events, forums and workshops.

We gratefully acknowledge financial contributions from Yukon Government Regional Economic Development and City of Dawson that are enabling us to continue our partners’ collaboration towards a common vision of a sustainable local economy and a resilient Klondike.

Survey Results Complete

The results of our three highly successful Spring surveys are now complete. Thank you to all the residents, households and businesses that took part. Your thoughts are valuable to us and will be key to our ongoing initiatives. The final reports include the analysis and findings and can be found by following the link below:

Spring Survey Results

We have revised our Strategic Plan to reflect what we have learned and integrated the recommended next steps. An operational work plan for the 2011-12 year has been prepared and we are working with our funding partners to move forward.

KDO Housing Information Fair

Finding it hard to find a place to live? Thinking about buying or building your own place? If you don’t know where to start, or want some information on how to get there, come out to the HOUSING INFORMATION FAIR Tuesday, March 29th. Representatives from Yukon Housing Corporation, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, CIBC Bank, the City of Dawson as well as many local contractors and real estate professionals will be available to answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to begin your journey to home ownership.

The Klondike Development Organization has finished conducting housing demand surveys, and the results are in! We will be sharing those results at the Housing Information Fair. The Fair gets started at noon and runs until 7pm at the Downtown Hotel in the Conference Room. At 5:30, there will be two short presentations by Yukon Housing Corporation and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

If you are interested in owning your home or gathering information on home ownership, this event is not to be missed!

The Klondike Development Organization presents the HOUSING INFORMATION FAIR Tuesday, March 29th from noon – 7pm at the Downtown Hotel Conference Room.

For more information, please email or

Our Vision and Mission

Klondike Development Organization is a partnership of City of Dawson, Dawson City Chamber of Commerce, Klondike Visitors Association and Dawson City Arts Society.  It envisions a resilient Klondike where highly engaged citizens, networks and organizations collaborate to build a sustainable economy.

It focuses multi-stakeholder collaboration on diversifying and strengthening the local economic base through pro-active strategies and services aimed at retaining and growing a healthy business base; increasing access to equity investment capital; strengthening economic and social sectors critical to the future of the Klondike; and addressing strategic gaps in services.