Yukon News Releases

New retention and signing bonuses for Yukon nurses

Thu, 12/01/2022 - 15:12

Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee has announced a new $6 million package of retention and signing bonuses for nurses in the Yukon. 

The new package includes bonuses over the next two years for Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) working for the Yukon government.

The package includes:

Canada and Yukon open 84-suite seniors’ supportive living community in Whitehorse

Thu, 12/01/2022 - 14:10

This is a joint news release with the Government of Canada:

The Yukon’s first private seniors’ supportive living community has officially opened its doors in Whitehorse with 84 modern suites, including housing units for First Nations Elders and affordable units for low-income seniors.

Government of Yukon plans to move forward with municipal term of office change following What We Heard report

Thu, 12/01/2022 - 13:44

The Yukon government plans to take the next steps to increase the term of office for municipal councils based on feedback from a recent public engagement as well as a request from the Association of Yukon Communities. 

Keno residents receive new waste collection equipment

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 13:06

The Government of Yukon is providing new household waste collection equipment to the residents of Keno to support a regularly scheduled waste pickup service by the Hecla Mining Company.

Leaders discuss joint priorities, Yukon Days at final Yukon Forum of 2022

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 16:16

This is a joint news release with the Council of Yukon First Nations and Yukon First Nations governments.

Today Premier Sandy Silver and his Cabinet, Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston and Yukon First Nations Chiefs met in Carcross for the Yukon Forum. This was the final Yukon Forum in 2022 and the 23rd Yukon Forum since the Working Together Declaration was signed in January 2017.

Yukon First Nations Artwork and Land Acknowledgment Unveiled at Andrew A. Philipsen Law Courts Building

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 19:07

A public art unveiling event took place today at the Andrew A. Philipsen Law Courts Building to introduce a series of initiatives to acknowledge and incorporate Yukon First Nations culture within the mainstream justice system.

Government of Yukon and Chu Níikwän partner to open more than 150 lots for homes

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 14:13

The Government of Yukon has signed a $2.5-million loan agreement with the Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s (KDFN) arms-length development corporation Chu Níikwän Limited Partnership (CNLP), for a new residential land development project at Copper Ridge West in Whitehorse. The project is expected to create more than 150 lots for single-detached homes and townhomes. 

Resource released for Yukoners living with post COVID-19 condition

Fri, 11/25/2022 - 15:39

Post COVID-19 condition, also known as long COVID, is rapidly evolving and continues to be researched in Canada and across the world. The Post COVID-19 Working Group has now released an online resource for Yukoners, an important and necessary step forward in understanding the condition and supporting Yukoners along the way.

2022 fall sitting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly concludes

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 18:25

The 2022 fall sitting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly concluded today.

The 2022–23 First Supplementary Estimates received assent. The supplementary budget includes additional spending of $26.2 million in operations and maintenance and no changes in capital funding. Spending increases are largely due to an unprecedented 2022 fire season as well as mitigation and clean-up work required in response to extensive flooding throughout the territory. Funding associated with these items make up approximately $20.2 million of total new spending.

Long-term care beds coming to Watson Lake

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 17:43

Two long-term care beds are being integrated within the Watson Lake Community Hospital, with 4.5 full-time equivalent Licensed Practical Nurses to provide 24-hour support, seven days a week. 

The beds will open following staff recruitment and community input to ensure the appropriate programming. Community feedback will inform the development of living spaces, including furnishings and decor, to ensure they are welcoming and culturally appropriate.

Bursaries support 13 Yukoners’ education in health care

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 16:24

The Government of Yukon has awarded bursaries to 13 Yukon students to support their post-secondary education in health-related fields. 

The nursing education bursary was awarded to five Yukoners, including Emerald Gilespie, who will receive $1,500, Alissa Russell and Eleanor Low, who will each receive $2,500 per year, and Sophie Senecal, who will receive $5,000 per year. 

The medical education bursary was awarded to four Yukoners, including Logan Godin and Jamila McLeish who will each receive $5,000 per year and Zain Syed, who will receive $7,500 per year.

Monkeypox vaccine available for eligible Yukoners

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 12:35

The Monkeypox (MPOX) vaccine, Imvamune®, is now available for eligible Yukoners at the Whitehorse, Dawson City and Watson Lake Health Centres.

When used before exposure, Imvamune® has the potential to reduce the severity of MPOX infection by helping the body build immunity without getting very sick.

The Government of Yukon and Yukon Communicable Disease Control continue to work closely with health system and community partners on a focused vaccine campaign for eligible Yukoners through a combination of outreach and appointments booked by phone.

Yukoners 12+ now eligible for another COVID-19 booster

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 10:46

To increase the territory’s immunity during the respiratory season, Yukoners who are 12 years of age and older are now eligible for another COVID-19 booster regardless of how many previous boosters they have had.

Putting People First annual report released

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 12:28

The Government of Yukon has released the first Putting People First annual report, providing an update on the work being done to implement the report’s 76 recommendations.

The Government of Yukon recognizes excellence in mining practices

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 10:57

The winners of the 2022 Robert E. Leckie Awards were announced at the 50th Annual Geoscience Forum & Trade Show banquet last evening. This year’s recipients are Parker Schnabel and Guy and Lisa Favron.

The Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship was presented to Parker Schnabel for the reclamation work at the Little Flake placer mine and legacy areas mined by previous generations. The operation stands as a prime example of how a placer mine can be progressively reclaimed or cleaned up as work is underway.

The Yukon’s 2022 State of the Environment interim report released

Mon, 11/21/2022 - 18:44

Today, Minister of Environment Nils Clarke tabled the Yukon State of the Environment interim report for 2022 in the Yukon Legislative Assembly. This report brings together scientific and technical data from across government organizations and helps identify trends about the health of the Yukon’s environment.

Statement from Minister responsible for the French Language Services Directorate John Streicker on the next strategic framework for French-language services

Mon, 11/21/2022 - 17:52

Minister responsible for the French Language Services Directorate John Streicker has issued the following statement:

“Our government is dedicated to increasing access to French-language services and information. Today we launched a public engagement to inform our next strategic framework for French-language services, which will help prioritize our actions for the next two years. It will build on the successes of the previous framework and guide our investments to best serve the growing Yukon Francophone community.

Government of Yukon and Queer Yukon Society create new health care navigator position

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 15:12

The Yukon government will be providing funding to Queer Yukon Society to create a new health care navigator position that will help 2SLGBTQIA+ Yukoners access safe, equitable and timely health care services.

Nelchina caribou herd hunting opportunity opening

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 12:59

The Government of Yukon is offering a threshold hunt for Nelchina caribou that opens on December 1, 2022, in Game Management Subzones 5-04, 5-05 and a portion of 5-06.

The hunt will close on March 31, 2023, or when the threshold limit of 25 caribou is met – whichever happens first. If the Chisana caribou herd enters the Nelchina threshold hunt subzones, the hunt will be closed to conserve and protect the Chisana caribou herd. Caribou herd locations are monitored through GPS collars which transmit data in real-time to biologists.