Yukon Territory News

The Yukon Territory News Centre offers you quick access to the provincial news of the day.
  1. Salmon are an essential species for healthy Pacific ecosystems, and an important food source for Canadians and surrounding wildlife. The species is also of great cultural significance to Indigenous communities, and is essential for recreational and commercial fisheries, as well as tourism.
  2. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is advising travellers that the Little Gold Creek port of entry is expected to open on May 19.
  3. Every child deserves the best start in life. But for young families, including Millennial and Gen Z parents, the costs of child care can add up to a second rent or mortgage payment. This makes it harder to start and support a family, and as a result, parents—especially moms—often face impossible choices between their careers and child care fees.
  4. The Whitehorse Escarpment is experiencing the impacts of climate change and affecting the lives of Yukoners. To mitigate the effects of groundwater seepage causing landslides, the federal government is investing more than $45 million.
  5. The forest and wood products industry is an important contributor to the Yukon’s economy. Businesses that harvest timber or manufacture products from wood provide essential goods, such as heating fuel and lumber, to people and communities and contribute to a diversified economy.
  6. The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) provides $9.25 million in support towards Yukon’s agriculture and agri-food sector development over 5 years (2023-2028).
  7. Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health and the Honourable Tracy-Anne McPhee, Minister of Health and Social Services of the Yukon, announced three agreements to invest a total amount of nearly $86 million to improve health care access and services in the Yukon.
  8. A strong Yukon economy needs vibrant and growing community businesses. Providing tailored support for entrepreneurs and business development helps small businesses innovate, grow and thrive.
  9. Liard First Nation, Ross River Dena Council, and the White River First Nation have constructed 33 new homes and refurbished an additional four homes with funding from Indigenous Services Canada.
  10. Please be advised that Chief Stephen Charlie of Liard First Nation, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon, will make a housing announcement for three Yukon First Nations communities.
  11. Across Canada, Canadians are facing labour shortages and the demand for qualified workers continues to grow. Long wait times and difficulty finding a family physician are far too common for people across the country. That is why the Government of Canada is investing to speed up accreditation for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs).
  12. The Canada Games Centre will be able to better serve 735,000 people a year through upgraded ventilation systems after a federal investment of more than $4.5 million through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The City of Whitehorse is also contributing $2,475,000 to the project.
  13. Members of the media are invited to an infrastructure announcement with: • Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities • The Honourable Nils Clarke, Minister of Highways and Public Works on behalf of the Honourable Richard Mostyn, Minister of Community Services • Her Worship Laura Cabott, Mayor of Whitehorse
  14. Whitehorse, Yukon, January 10, 2024 — Active transportation projects will provide healthy and convenient travel options in Whitehorse and Watson Lake, after a combined investment of more than $14 million from the governments of Canada and Yukon and communities.
  15. The federal government is investing $10,543,440 through the Active Transportation Fund to support four active transportation projects in Whitehorse and Watson Lake.
  16. Four participants will contribute their innovative solutions to improving food security across the territories.
  17. The Northern Food Innovation Challenge (NFIC) is an innovative approach to addressing socio-economic challenges in Canada’s North and Arctic, undertaken as part of CanNor’s Northern Isolated Community Initiatives (NICI) fund.
  18. Please be advised that Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for the Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister for PrairiesCan and Minister for CanNor, will make an announcement regarding the next phase of project funding for the Northern Food Innovation Challenge.
  19. Please be advised that Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for the Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister for PrairiesCan and Minister for CanNor, will make an announcement regarding the next phase of project funding for the Northern Food Innovation Challenge.
  20. Today, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $88,736 towards a project by the Yukon NGO Hub Society.
  21. The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the safety of travellers on the Alaska Highway by rigorously inspecting and maintaining the stretch of the highway under its responsibility.
  22. OTTAWA — Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for the Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and The Honourable Richard Mostyn, Yukon’s Minister of Community Services, will make a 2 Billion Trees program funding announcement in Whitehorse, Yukon.
  23. It is our responsibility as Canadians to make sure that the seniors who built this country can age with dignity and security. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the local organizations that support our seniors by empowering them and contributing to their health and well-being.
  24. The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a federal grants and contributions program that funds projects that empower seniors in their communities and contributes to improving seniors’ health and well-being.
  25. On behalf of Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister for Seniors, Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, will announce investments through the New Horizons for Seniors Program to fund community-based projects improving seniors’ health and well-being in the Yukon.
  26. Today, Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon; Jeanie McLean, Deputy Premier, Minister of Education and Minister responsible for the Women and Gender Equity Directorate; and His Worship Christopher Irvin, Mayor of the Town of Watson Lake, announced a joint investment of more than $16 million to support the planning and construction of water, sewer and road upgrades in Watson Lake.
  27. Today, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor, and Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for the Yukon, announced an investment of $38,500 to support the expansion of the 12 Days of Christmas Fireweed Community Market. Along with support from the non-profit organization, the Yukon Government and vendors, this represents a $184,000 investment over two years in the Christmas market.
  28. The history, culture and traditions of Indigenous communities are an integral part of Canadian society and our national economy. This is especially true in the Yukon, and the Government of Canada is continuing to build partnerships with Indigenous businesses and communities to create more economic opportunities, including supporting the Indigenous tourism and culture sectors.
  29. Please be advised that the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor, and the Honourable John Streicker, Minister of Tourism and Culture for the Government of Yukon, will make a joint announcement tomorrow on behalf of the Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon regarding support for the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT) to deliver programs and initiatives that promote the sector and increase Indigenous representation.
  30. CanNor funding of $240,000 to Association franco-yukonnaise will identify gaps in bilingual services in three territories, and support a recruitment campaign
  31. Please be advised that Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, and Minister responsible for PrairiesCan and CanNor, will make a funding announcement regarding support for bilingual recruitment across Canada’s three territories to fill vacant positions and improve official language services.
  32. Today, Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon and Richard Mostyn, Minister of Community Services, announced a joint investment of more than $9.3 million to make the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre more energy efficient and upgrade its ventilation system.
  33. Members of the media are invited to an infrastructure announcement with Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon, and Richard Mostyn, Yukon’s Minister of Community Services.
  34. The Government of Canada is continuing to make important investments to ensure a strong economy in communities across the North. Traditionally underserved businesses, particularly those that are women-owned or Indigenous-owned, are an important pillar to regional economic growth, providing a wide spectrum of important goods and services to their communities.
  35. Today, the Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon are taking the next step by announcing an agreement in principle for a shared plan that will invest $380 million in federal funding over 10 years in Yukon, including $73 million for a new bilateral agreement focusing on shared health priorities. This investment also includes $171 million in CHT growth since 2022-2023, a guaranteed 5 per cent growth to the CHT for the next five years (expected additional value of $20 million over 10 years), and $2 million through an immediate one-time CHT top-up to address urgent needs, especially in pediatric hospitals and emergency rooms, and long wait times for surgeries.
  36. Today, Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon, and Richard Mostyn, Yukon’s Minister of Community Services, announced a federal investment of more than $31.6 million to support sports and recreation in Whitehorse.
  37. Members of the media are invited to an infrastructure announcement with Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon, and Richard Mostyn, Yukon’s Minister of Community Services.
  38. The Alaska Highway divides Whitehorse and creates a barrier to accessing services, community recreational facilities, schools and impacts the movements of residents of all ages. This investment will support an active transportation feasibility study undertaken by the Cycling Association of Yukon and supported by Takhini residents, the Hillcrest Community Association, and the Whitehorse Urban Cycling Coalition
  39. Little Gold Creek port of entry open for the summer season
  40. The Government of Yukon believes that the agriculture sector is vital to the territory. Today, the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker launched the Yukon’s new agricultural funding program under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP). The program follows the signing of the Canada-Yukon Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership bilateral agreement on April 4, 2023 with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
  41. The Government of Canada is continuing to support businesses and organizations that contribute to a strong and sustainable economy across the North and Arctic.
  42. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls highlighted the underlying systemic causes of ongoing violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. The COVID-19 pandemic also created unprecedented challenges for victims and survivors seeking help and the frontline organizations that support them.
  43. The Government of Canada is investing in jobs, growth and an economy that works for everyone. These investments, combined with the resilience of Canadians, is crucial to building a sustainable and prosperous country for future generations. In the Yukon, these efforts are exemplified by the many businesses and organizations that are leading initiatives in their communities that inspire pride, purpose and opportunity.
  44. Everyone deserves access to affordable, fresh food, no matter where they live. To help, the Government of Canada is making strategic investments to offset the high costs of labour, transportation, and socio-economic challenges that impact the ability of Northerners and Indigenous peoples to grow, harvest and buy food.
  45. Today, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor, announced an investment of more than $1.1 million to support five community infrastructure projects across the Yukon.
  46. Minister Vandal announces over $1.1 million in funding through CanNor to support projects that help create spaces that strengthen culture and promote arts, health and wellness
  47. People in Whitehorse and across Canada deserve to feel safe in their communities.
  48. The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Richard Mostyn, Yukon’s Minister of Community Services, are pleased to announce that the Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon signed an Agreement in Principle (AiP) under the 2 Billion Trees program.
  49. The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan, CanNor and Polar Knowledge Canada, congratulated Gwich’in Council International and Polar Knowledge Canada on the successful delivery and planning of ARENA II to date.
  50. Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) and the Canadian Museum of Nature have signed a Letter of Agreement to continue collaborating on research and monitoring in the North and Arctic to further understand rapidly changing northern ecosystems.