Yukon News Releases

The Government of Yukon is making life more affordable for rural Yukoners

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 16:58

The Government of Yukon is committed to supporting Yukoners in the face of higher costs of living and responding to high inflation and therefore will not be raising taxes on rural Yukoners, holding 2024 rural property tax rates at the same level as in 2023.

The Government of Yukon announces increased funding to support the sport community

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 16:20

The Government of Yukon is pleased to announce two forms of increased funding to benefit the Yukon’s vibrant sports community. This funding will support Yukon organizations and athletes as they pursue their passion for sport.

The Government of Yukon increased Sport Yukon’s 2023–24 operational funding with a one-time increase of $130,000 to better enable the organization to prepare for upcoming major games. This funding will also support Sport Yukon’s inclusive and accessible initiatives, support staffing costs, and fund the development of sport across the territory.

Premier Pillai attends Arctic Encounter Symposium in Anchorage

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 15:50

Citizens of the Yukon and Alaska share an extensive common border, strong social and Indigenous ties, and shared economic interests. As part of the Government of Yukon and the Government of Alaska’s commitment to work closely together on matters of joint concern and mutual interest, Premier Ranj Pillai attended the Arctic Encounter Symposium in Anchorage on April 12.

Statement from Minister Streicker on National Tourism Week

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 13:17

Minister John Streicker has issued the following statement:

“I am pleased to join Yukoners and many others across Canada in marking National Tourism Week, celebrated from April 15 to 19 this year.

“Led by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Tourism Week is a national, grassroots initiative that celebrates and recognizes the importance of the travel and tourism sector.

New accessible duplex opens in Faro

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 12:56

The Government of Yukon is committed to improving access to housing across the territory and is pleased to announce that two newly constructed homes in Faro are now available for Yukon Housing Corporation tenants.

The Government of Yukon releases tender for Dawson City Recreation Centre using new procurement method

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 19:35

The Dawson City Recreation Centre project is advancing to design and construction tender using a new procurement method.

The replacement of the Dawson Recreation Centre is an important priority for the City of Dawson and the Government of Yukon. The facility will provide Dawsonites with a modern gathering place that supports recreational activities.

As the project enters the design and construction tender stage, it brings the community one step closer to realizing a contemporary hub that fosters physical activity, social connections and enhances overall wellbeing.

The Government of Yukon and Yukon Hospital Corporation welcome visiting health professionals from Canadian Forces Health Services

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 17:49

The Government of Yukon, the Yukon Hospital Corporation, and the Department of National Defence’s Canadian Forces Health Services have been working together to develop a memorandum of understanding to provide health care training and workforce supports in the Yukon.

This partnership will create new opportunities for Canadian Forces Health Services healthcare providers to maintain and enhance their skills while supporting the Yukon’s healthcare workforce.

Minister Nils Clarke issues statement on Airport runway improvements

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 17:22

Minister Nils Clarke has issued the following statement:


“As the largest airport in the Yukon, the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is essential to the territory.

“Not only does it allow Yukoners to travel to and from home, but it serves as a hub for many important services.

“Our airport is used for medevacs to move patients to the care they need.

“It acts as a conduit for the commercial industry to bring staff to their work sites.

“And it provides a warm welcome for travelers coming from all over the world.

Premier Pillai issues statement on sustainable housing

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 17:03

Premier Ranj Pillai has issued the following statement:


“Through a blend of partnership initiatives and in-house projects, our government continues to design, construct, tenant, fund and renovate homes across the Yukon – making a measurable difference in the housing landscape and helping Yukoners create homes.

“Our role doesn’t stop there. We are also committed to fostering environments in our buildings and in neighbourhoods that promote social connection and build community.

Three projects supported through the Yukon Francophonie Day Program

Wed, 04/10/2024 - 15:45

The Office of the Commissioner of Yukon is excited to award $14,605 to three community-based projects. These local groups are creating opportunities for all Yukoners to participate in the Yukon Francophonie Day celebrations on May 14 and 15, 2024. École Émilie-Tremblay, the Société d’histoire francophone du Yukon and Healthy Families, Healthy Babies are the recipients of the Yukon Francophonie Day Program. Events are taking place in both Whitehorse and Dawson City this year.

Minister Mostyn issues statement on workplace safety measures

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 18:24

Minister Richard Mostyn has issued the following statement:

“Workplace safety is an issue that impacts all Yukoners and something to which I am deeply committed to. As the Minister responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Board (WSCB), I am part of an organization focused on working with employers and workers to prevent workplace injuries.

Lotteries Yukon doubles funding for Travel Assistance Program and announces Projects Fund Spring Intake deadline

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 17:52

Lotteries Yukon is pleased to announce significant enhancements to its funding programs, to support community initiatives and enhance access to cultural and recreational activities across the Yukon.

Online campsite reservations at four frontcountry campgrounds open tomorrow

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 14:04

The Yukon is home to some of the country’s most beautiful campgrounds and the Government of Yukon is committed to enhancing recreation opportunities across the territory for Yukoners while improving fair access to campsites.

Starting Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at 9 am, Yukoners will be able to reserve selected campsites at Pine Lake, Marsh Lake, Wolf Creek, and Tombstone Mountain campgrounds. This pilot project will run for two years and is intended to help campers plan their camping trips in advance, knowing that there will be a campsite available when they arrive.

The April 1 snow survey shows snowpack ranges from below average to record setting in the North

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 11:09

The Government of Yukon Water Resources Branch has released the April 1 Yukon Snow Survey Bulletin and Water Supply Forecast to help forecast water levels and flow conditions across the Yukon. The April snow survey typically represents peak snowpack and is one of the key factors that informs the development of the early-season flood potential forecast.  

The survey found that the snowpack ranges from below average across the central Yukon to record setting in Old Crow.

Statement from Premier Pillai on the passing of Elder Percy Henry

Mon, 04/08/2024 - 20:45

Premier Ranj Pillai has issued the following statement:

“It is with deep sadness that I mark the passing of respected and beloved Elder Percy Henry.

“Mr. Henry was a true Dawson legend. As one of the last fluent Hän language speakers, he tirelessly dedicated himself to sharing knowledge of his people, culture and language.

Update on the Canada-Yukon Housing Homeowner Benefit application process

Mon, 04/08/2024 - 16:09

In recognition of high interest rates, heating costs and the overall cost of living, in March 2024, eligible Yukon homeowners with low or moderate incomes were invited to apply for a one-time payment to help them with their housing costs. Yukon Housing Corporation received 353 applications from 10 communities over the four-week program period, with 289 of these applications from Whitehorse homeowners.

Animal Protection and Control Act comes into effect with new regulations

Mon, 04/08/2024 - 13:21

In keeping with its commitment to modernizing regulations and legislation to meet the needs of Yukoners, the Government of Yukon has finalized the Animal Protection and Control regulations under the 2022 Animal Protection and Control Act.

Statement from Minister Clarke on updates to the North Klondike Highway

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 19:26

Minister Nils Clarke has issued the following statement:


“The North Klondike Highway is an integral link between our communities and the traditional territories of the Yukon. This route serves the Yukon’s industry, small businesses, Yukoners and tourists from across the globe.

Government of Yukon releases What We Heard report on expanding Sexualized Assault Response Team services

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 17:35

The Government of Yukon believes that all victims of sexualized assault should have access to the supports they need, when and where they need them.

Following a summer 2023 engagement on expanding Sexualized Assault Response Team (SART) services to rural Yukon communities, the Government of Yukon and partners today released a What We Heard report. This report represents a milestone in the Government of Yukon’s commitment to addressing sexualized violence in rural Yukon.

Statement from Minister Streicker on Gindèhchik / Rampart House and Zheh Gwatsàl / LaPierre House

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 16:42

Minister John Streicker has issued the following statement:

“The Government of Yukon is committed to collaborative solutions for heritage management in the territory.

"Working together in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration ensures that the heritage resources of the territory are preserved and managed for the benefit and understanding of all.