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News Releases - 2017

Government of Yukon working to construct ice bridge in Dawson this winter
December 21, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is working with a contractor to construct an ice bridge to span the Yukon River between Dawson and West Dawson this winter.

Results of public engagement on Yukon’s carbon price rebate released
December 20, 2017 – Between August 16 and September 13, Yukoners were invited to answer questions about how the rebate should be delivered and whether any organizations or populations should be given additional consideration.

2018–19 calendars set for Whitehorse schools
December 19, 2017 – The 2018–19 school year for Whitehorse schools will begin on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

New information published about ancient bison skeleton found in Whitehorse
December 18, 2017 – In 2012, the discovery of a partial ancient steppe bison skeleton in Whitehorse sparked public interest. Now, the excavation results are being published and tell the story of a time long past.

Canada, Yukon and Yukon First Nations Governments Meet at the Intergovernmental Forum and Reach Agreement on Implementation of Yukon Environmental Assessment Legislation
December 15, 2017 – Today, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, along with Premier Sandy Silver, Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) Grand Chief Peter Johnston and Yukon First Nations Chiefs proudly announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to guide governments in implementing the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA).

Government of Yukon and First Nations wrap up fourth Yukon Forum of 2017
December 15, 2017 – Yukon’s Premier, Cabinet members and First Nations Chiefs met today for the final Yukon Forum of 2017.

Yukon College recognized as ready to offer undergraduate degree programs
December 14, 2017 – This marks the first time that a post-secondary institution in any territory has been evaluated to grant degree programs.

New vault opened on Yukon Archives’ anniversary
December 12, 2017 – Yukon Archives celebrated its 45th anniversary yesterday with the opening of its new vault.

Grades 11 and 12 to see redesigned curriculum in 2019
December 12, 2017 – Yukon’s secondary schools will now have until September 2019 to prepare for the implementation of the redesigned curriculum for Grades 11 and 12.

Yukon Winter Tourism Summit sparks discussion about enhanced winter tourism
December 11, 2017 – Premier Sandy Silver and Minister of Tourism and Culture Jeanie Dendys kicked off the Yukon Winter Tourism Summit on Friday, December 8.

Governments of Canada and Yukon provide rental assistance for victims of violence
December 8, 2017 – Four Whitehorse organizations will receive rental assistance funding to help victims of family violence gain and maintain affordable housing.

School calendar survey results are in
December 7, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has published the results of the recent school calendar survey.

Government of Yukon seeks feedback on changes to Designated Materials Regulation
December 7, 2017 – We're modernizing Yukon's recycling system with proposed surcharges on tires, electronics, and electrical items, and we want your feedback.

Statement from Minister of Environment Pauline Frost regarding the Auditor General of Canada’s Report on Climate Change in Yukon
December 5, 2017 – Minister of Environment Pauline Frost today released a statement regarding the Auditor General of Canada’s Report on Climate Change in Yukon.

Government of Yukon announces development of Sexualized Assault Response Team
December 5, 2017 – Resources are being provided to develop a Sexualized Assault Response Team (SART), which will begin offering services in spring 2018.

Aboriginal public servants recognized for excellence
December 1, 2017 – The outstanding public service of four Aboriginal employees was formally recognized today at the annual Government of Yukon Aboriginal Employee Forum.

Statement from the Government of Yukon regarding the decision in the Peel regional land use planning case
December 1, 2017 – Premier Sandy Silver today issued a statement on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on the Peel regional land use planning case.

DNA analysis of fossils found in Klondike goldfields leads to new horse genus
November 28, 2017 – Researchers have discovered a new genus of ancient horse and named it after a palaeontologist well-known to Yukon residents.

Family reunification project launched
November 28, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is introducing a new three-year pilot project to reunite foster children with their families.

Government of Yukon completes fall 2017 sitting
November 27, 2017 – Over the past two months, the government tabled several significant pieces of legislation – all of which have been assented to by the Commissioner.

Oil and gas disposition process discontinued
November 23, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has discontinued the fall 2016 oil and gas Request for Postings. As a result, there will be no further review of the submitted posting locations.

Final report of the FASD prevalence study of corrections population released
November 23, 2017 – The results of a study into the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among the corrections population will inform planning and service delivery.

A Housing First building for downtown Whitehorse to be designed this year
November 22, 2017 – The design of a new multi-unit residential building is the first step towards low-barrier housing with services in Whitehorse.

New warning labels on liquor sold in Whitehorse
November 22, 2017 – New warning labels aim to increase public awareness of the health risks of alcohol – including the link between alcohol use and an increased risk of cancer.

David Loukidelis appointed to inspect the Whitehorse Correctional Centre
November 22, 2017 – The inspection will begin in early January 2018, guided by terms of reference provided by the Minister of Justice.

Placer miner recognized for lifetime contributions to Beringian research
November 20, 2017 – Placer miner Stuart Schmidt was recognized at the annual Yukon Placer Forum this past Sunday to honour his decades of support for Yukon palaeontology and Beringian research.

Government of Yukon announces proposed framework for legalized cannabis
November 20, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has released its proposed framework for the legalization of cannabis, which will form the basis of new territorial legislation to regulate cannabis in Yukon.

Take action on radon gas during November
November 17, 2017 – November is Radon Action Month. The Government of Yukon and the Yukon Lung Association urge Yukoners to test their homes for radon.

Government of Canada to invest up to $7.5 million for Francophone high school community spaces
November 16, 2017 – Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell and Government of Yukon Minister of Education Tracy-Anne McPhee today announced that the Government of Canada will invest up to $7.5 million over the next two years for Francophone community spaces at the new French First Language high school in Whitehorse.

Contract awarded to replace the Nares River (Naatasehéen) Bridge in Carcross
November 15, 2017 – Construction is planned to begin in winter 2017–18 and is expected to last two years.

Government of Yukon to consider Financial Advisory Panel’s options
November 15, 2017 – The territory’s independent Financial Advisory Panel has concluded its engagement with Yukoners and has released its final report containing financial options to help support Yukon’s vision for a bright financial future.

Yukon small businesses to thrive with government support
November 14, 2017 – Small businesses in Yukon will continue to grow and succeed thanks to a government investment of more than $247,200 in the Yukon Business Development Program.

Partnership to assess geothermal resources
November 10, 2017 – The Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Da Daghay Development Corporation, in partnership with the Yukon Geological Survey, is undertaking a study of geothermal heat flow in the Whitehorse area.

Suicide prevention training to be expanded in Yukon
November 10, 2017 – To help build capacity and knowledge on suicide prevention, the Government of Yukon will be funding Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in six communities, including Whitehorse, in the coming months.

Results of public engagement on cannabis released today
November 9, 2017 – The information gathered via the survey is informing the Government of Yukon as it develops a new act for the regulation of cannabis.

Yukon Minister of Education unveils art project celebrating redesigned curriculum
November 7, 2017 – On behalf of the Government of Yukon, Minister of Education Tracy-Anne McPhee unveiled a visual art project today at Elijah Smith Elementary School to illustrate Yukon’s redesigned school curriculum.

Funding increased for extended-family care
November 7, 2017 – Extended Family Care Agreements allow children who require out-of-home care to remain with members of their extended family, rather than being placed in foster or residential care.

Mike and Sylvia Blumenschein are Yukon’s 2017 Farmers of the Year
November 6, 2017 – Mike and Sylvia received the award at the annual North of 60° Agriculture Banquet in Whitehorse on November 3.

Liquor legislation review to address present-day needs
November 6, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is launching a review of the Liquor Act and Regulations.

Government of Yukon, Vuntut Gwitchin Government and Gwich’in Tribal Council urge protection of Porcupine caribou herd
November 3, 2017 – Governments urge the protection of Porcupine caribou herd and their calving grounds in the face of commercial development.

Seasonal flu vaccine clinics now open
November 3, 2017 – Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health, reminds Yukoners to receive their seasonal flu vaccine. Clinics are now up and running in all Yukon communities.

Survey of visitors to Yukon begins year-long tourism research project
November 1, 2017 – New year-long visitor survey gets underway in Yukon.

Deadline extended for Societies Act feedback
November 1, 2017 – The Yukon government is inviting the public to send in written submissions for Societies Act feedback until December 14.

Public Accounts confirm deficit anticipated by government during spring budget speech
October 31, 2017 – Public Accounts confirm deficit anticipated by government during spring budget speech.

Statement from Minister of Justice Tracy McPhee regarding historic sexual assault cases
October 30, 2017 – Minister of Justice Tracy McPhee released the following statement today.

Government of Yukon aims to improve the way it involves the public
October 30, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has launched a new website to help Yukoners more easily engage with the territorial government.

River Bend affordable housing development opens first building
October 27, 2017 – The new housing development will eventually provide 42 safe, adequate, affordable housing units for Yukoners contributing to healthy, vibrant sustainable communities.

Government of Yukon supports 16 students with their health-related studies
October 26, 2017 – Since the bursary program began in 2006, 135 Yukon students have received financial assistance through the bursary programs.

Yukon fossils shed new light on scimitar cat history
October 24, 2017 – Scimitar cat fossils found in Yukon help researchers to discover more about the history of these ancient predators.

Yukon affected by recall of Jane’s frozen chicken product as potential cause of Salmonella
October 20, 2017 – Yukon investigating case of salmonella caused by recalled product.

Statement from Premier Silver on the passing of Regional Chief Mike Smith
October 20, 2017 – Premier Sandy Silver released the following statement today.

Yukon Housing Corporation launches website to assist Yukoners seeking housing
October 20, 2017 – The "Looking for Housing" website is a one-stop-shop for Yukoners looking for housing and housing supports.

New art exhibition explores themes of belonging, identity and sense of place
October 20, 2017 – New acquisitions to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection are now on display, including nine traditional dog blankets and a variety of other works.

Radon testing to become a requirement for child care centres and family day homes
October 18, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is developing a phased-in approach to make radon testing and mitigation a licensing requirement for child care centres and family day homes in the territory.

Mental health services expand to provide support to Yukon’s French-speaking population
October 18, 2017 – TAO Tel-Aide helpline now available to Yukon Francophones.

New deputy minister at Highways and Public Works
October 13, 2017 – Premier Sandy Silver today announced that Jaime Pitfield has been appointed as deputy minister for the Department of Highways and Public Works.

Yukon hosts Aboriginal Sport Circle Summit
October 13, 2017 – Delegates from across Canada are in Whitehorse from October 13–15 for the national Aboriginal Sport Circle Summit.

Government of Yukon passes Act to Amend the Dental Profession Act
October 12, 2017 – Bill 7, the Act to Amend the Dental Profession Act, was passed after its third reading and was assented to today by Commissioner of Yukon Doug Phillips.

Government of Yukon tables a new Legal Profession Act
October 11, 2017 – The Government of Yukon tabled Bill No. 14 yesterday, which will replace the existing Legal Profession Act with modernized and updated legislation.

Government of Yukon tables Bill to amend the Hospital Act
October 10, 2017 – The Government of Yukon today tabled Bill No. 12, the Act to Amend the Hospital Act (2017), which will reduce the size of the Yukon Hospital Corporation’s Board of Trustees.

Annual recreation gathering builds community capacity
October 10, 2017 – Recreation leaders from across Yukon are in Marsh Lake and Whitehorse for the annual recreation gathering, jointly hosted by the Government of Yukon and the Recreation and Parks Association of Yukon.

Government of Yukon supports Kluane First Nation Elders’ Memory Project
October 6, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has provided the Kluane First Nation with $18,750 through the Community Development Fund to hire professional researchers to record and document the life and community histories of its Elders, with the goal of producing a legacy publication.

Salvation Army Centre of Hope Officially Opens
October 6, 2017 – The Salvation Army Centre of Hope celebrated its official opening today.

Government of Yukon tables Bill to amend the Pounds Act
October 4, 2017 – The Government of Yukon today tabled Bill No. 9, which will amend the Pounds Act to apply consistent rules for livestock owners across Yukon.

Government of Yukon tables Bill to amend the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act
October 4, 2017 – The Government of Yukon today tabled Bill No. 8, which will amend the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act to better support and care for Yukon workers who are most at risk from suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Government of Yukon tables Public Airports Act
October 4, 2017 – The Government of Yukon today tabled Bill No. 6, the Public Airports Act. It provides the government with the ability to more efficiently manage aviation infrastructure.

Government of Yukon tables Bill to amend the Health Act
October 3, 2017 – The Government of Yukon today tabled Bill No. 11, which will amend the Health Act to disband the Health and Social Services Council.

Government of Yukon tables Act to Amend the Dental Profession Act
October 3, 2017 – The Government of Yukon today tabled Bill No. 7, the Act to Amend the Dental Profession Act, which will authorize dental hygienists to offer services that are not permitted under the current Act.

Government of Yukon tables Missing Persons Act
October 3, 2017 – The Government of Yukon today tabled Bill No. 13, the Missing Persons Act, which will enhance the RCMP’s ability to investigate missing persons cases in the territory.

Premier in Ottawa to present Yukon priorities at national meetings
October 3, 2017 – Premier Sandy Silver is in Ottawa to raise important Yukon issues in meetings with the Prime Minister, Federal Ministers, Premiers and national Indigenous organization leaders.

Government of Yukon hosts Yukon Mental Wellness Summit 2017
October 3, 2017 – The Government of Yukon, in association with the First Nations Partnership Committee, is hosting a two-day 2017 Mental Wellness Summit on October 4 and 5.

Yukon receives 'AA' credit rating from Standard and Poor’s
October 2, 2017 – Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has once again delivered a ‘AA’ credit rating as part of its annual review of the Yukon’s fiscal health and capacity to handle debt.

Government of Yukon recognizes Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 2, 2017 – In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness. As part of Canada-wide efforts to raise awareness, the Government of Yukon is joining other jurisdictions to recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week.

A statement from Premier Sandy Silver on the swearing in of Governor General Julie Payette
October 2, 2017 – The premier has issued a statement regarding the swearing in of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

Government of Yukon and Yukon First Nations approve next steps for collaboration on joint priorities
September 29, 2017 – Yukon’s Premier and Cabinet members and First Nations Chiefs met today for this year’s third Yukon Forum. There, the leaders approved an action plan on priorities shared by First Nations and the Government of Yukon.

Government of Yukon and MacBride Museum celebrate Women’s History Month with series of speakers
September 29, 2017 – The Government of Yukon and MacBride Museum are partnering to host a series of talks in celebration of Women’s History month.

Legislative agenda set for fall sitting
September 29, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has set the agenda for the fall sitting, which will begin on October 3 at 1 p.m.

The forecast calls for hot pancakes and warm, syrupy feelings at the United Way Yukon Breakfast this Friday
September 28, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is proud to once again organize the annual United Way Breakfast, which marks the start of October’s United Way Month fundraising events.

Government of Yukon posts access to information requests online
September 28, 2017 – Government of Yukon access to information requests related to government programming are now available for public review online.

Government of Yukon takes steps towards regulated midwifery in Yukon
September 27, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has created a Midwifery Advisory Committee tasked with examining policy and regulatory options to govern midwifery in the territory.

New doctors boost healthcare opportunities for Yukoners this October
September 27, 2017 – Joint recruitment efforts by the Government of Yukon and the Yukon Hospital Corporation will result in additional medical services for Yukoners this October.

Agreement with Yukon Medical Association valued at $6.9 million over five years
September 26, 2017 – The Government of Yukon and the Yukon Medical Association have reached a new five-year agreement, effective April 1, 2017.

Minister of Justice directs an inspection of the Whitehorse Correctional Centre
September 25, 2017 – Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee will direct that an inspection of the Whitehorse Correctional Centre take place pursuant to a never-before-used section of the Yukon Corrections Act, 2009 – and that a report be made to the Deputy Minister of Justice.

People are our number one priority, say territorial Premiers in new vision for sustainable development
September 22, 2017 – Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna today released the Pan-Territorial Vision for Sustainable Development.

Government of Yukon issues fraud advisory
September 22, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is warning local businesses to be wary of an individual who claims to be the exclusive agent of a Yukon Business Investor Visa Program, and who has offered incorrect information about the Yukon Business Nominee Program (YBNP).

Government of Yukon appoints new chair of the Water Board
September 21, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has appointed Piers McDonald as the chair of the Water Board. Mr. McDonald has accepted the position, effective today.

Government of Yukon hosts foreign diplomat tour
September 18, 2017 – Ambassadors and Consuls General arrived in Yukon today.

Minister McPhee attends Vancouver meeting of federal-provincial-territorial Ministers Responsible for Justice and Public Safety
September 18, 2018 – Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee discusses priorities emphasized by Yukon Government upon end of FPT Justice & Public Safety Ministers' conference

Government of Yukon reaching out to societies to hear their challenges with current legislation
September 15, 2017 – The Yukon government is looking at how to modernize the Societies Act and Regulations and will contact societies directly to better understand their challenges with the current legislation.

Federal focus aligns with the Government of Yukon’s mandate to support seniors
September 14, 2017 – Yukon's focus on aging in place on national agenda at ministers' forum.

Premier and Minister lead investment mission in Toronto
September 14, 2017 – Premier Sandy Silver and Minister Ranj Pillai will lead a mining and mineral exploration investment mission to Toronto on September 14 and 15.

First northern lights flight in Canada to take off from Whitehorse
September 12, 2017 – Once-in-a-lifetime northern lights flight to take off from Whitehorse.

Financial Advisory Panel to meet with Yukoners across the territory
September 12, 2017 – Finance Minister Sandy Silver announced the start of the engagement process around Yukon's financial future.

Federal support for 11 Yukon climate change projects
September 11, 2017 – Yukon receives $1.7 million from the federal government for 11 climate change adaptation projects.

Three Yukon farms team up for a healthy choice fundraiser
September 11, 2017 – From The Ground Up connects local farms to Yukon tables and supports school and daycare activities.

2020 Arctic Winter Games contract signed
September 8, 2017 – By signing the 2020 Arctic Winter Games contract, the Yukon government and the City of Whitehorse have made the territory's upcoming hosting duties official.

Deputy Premier presents literacy award to long-time advocate on International Literacy Day
September 8, 2017 – Peter Morawsky received the Council of the Federation Literacy Award today from Deputy Premier Ranj Pillai for his work with Yukon Learn Society and the Yukon Public Legal Education Association.

New road access improvements to help grow Yukon’s natural resources sector
September 2, 2017 – The Governments of Canada and Yukon have announced funding for the Yukon Resource Gateway project.

A strong vision for the North comes out of meetings in Yellowknife
September 1, 2017 – Yukon Premier Sandy Silver is returning from two days of meetings in Yellowknife with fellow northern premiers.

Yukoners are asked to remember and act on International Overdose Awareness Day
August 31, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is recognizing the International Overdose Awareness Day.

Government support for community-driven projects
August 29, 2017 – The Government of Yukon supports community-driven projects.

Experienced artists receive professional development awards
August 25, 2017 – The Advanced Artist Award recognizes experienced Yukon artists.

Roof replacement for Destruction Bay Community Centre
August 25, 2017 – The Destruction Bay Community Centre gets new roof thanks for funding provided by the Department of Community Service and Economic Development.

Locals and visitors are getting a taste of Yukon's culinary industry
August 24, 2017 – Flavours of Yukon to be showcased during culinary festival.

Yukon teachers are back to school at the annual Summer Academy
August 23, 2017 – Yukon teachers, principals, educational assistants and remedial tutors are back to school today, kicking off the year with two days of learning.

The Government of Yukon wants your thoughts on school calendar
August 22, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is developing a four-year school calendar for Yukon schools and is seeking feedback from the public through an online survey available August 22 to October 16.

Opportunity for public to give input on new Act to regulate Yukon legal practice
August 18, 2017 – Interested Yukoners are asked to provide their opinion on potential changes to the Legal Profession Act.

Yukon athletes return from Canada Summer Games
August 17, 2017 – Team Yukon celebrates return from Canada Summer Games.

Government of Yukon wants your input on carbon price rebate
August 16, 2017 – Share your input on how the Yukon government can best develop a rebate that will return revenues from the federal carbon price to Yukoners and local businesses.

Government of Yukon honours outstanding Yukon youth
August 16, 2017 – Four youth were awarded the Outstanding Youth Achievement Award today.

Three deputy ministers join the Government of Yukon
August 15, 2017 – New deputy ministers have been placed in the departments of Health and Social Services, Tourism and Culture and Education.

Government of Yukon wants your input on cannabis legalization
August 10, 2017 – Yukoners have more than seven weeks to participate in a public survey about cannabis legalization.

Every Yukon community to benefit from federal Gas Tax Fund transfer
August 8, 2017 – Every Yukon community to benefit from federal Gas Tax Fund transfer. The first of two installments have been delivered to support local infrastructure priorities.

School bus registration deadline extended to August 11
August 1, 2017 – School bus registration has been extended to August 11.

Yukon-based projects share $300,000 to prevent and address violence against Indigenous women and girls
August 1, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has awarded funding to local organizations that help prevent violence against women.

Yukon athletes travel to Winnipeg for 2017 Canada Summer Games
July 27, 2017 – Over 160 athletes are headed to Winnipeg for the 50th Canada Summer Games.

Team Yukon returns from North American Indigenous Games with 22 medals
July 25, 2017 – Yukon athletes earned 22 medals at this year's North American Indigenous Games.

Statement on the New Canadian Agricultural Partnership
July 25, 2017 – Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources issued the following statement with regards to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Government of Yukon increases core funding to Humane Society Yukon
July 20, 2017 – Government of Yukon increases funding for Humane Society Yukon to support its work to promote responsible pet ownership and rehome animals across the territory.

Yukon completes valuable year as chair of Council of the Federation
July 18, 2017 – Premier Sandy Silver has wrapped up Yukon's 2016-17 term as chair of the Council of the Federation, the first territory to chair the council.

Seven community projects awarded crime prevention, victim services funding
July 19, 2017 – The fund is providing $112,925 to seven community-led projects.

Government of Yukon makes donation to support those affected by B.C. wildfires
July 18, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has donated $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross.

More than $1.4 million in sport and recreation funding announced
July 17, 2017 – Yukon's sport and recreation community will benefit from over $1.4 million in annual funding.

Community Development Fund supports Ross River community projects
July 17, 2017 – Government of Yukon has approved nearly $700,000 towards 18 community projects through CDF Tier 2 funding.

Yukon athletes headed to Toronto for North American Indigenous Games
July 14, 2017 – Over 130 Yukon athletes are preparing to represent the territory at this year's North American Indigenous Games.

Government of Yukon hosting poverty reduction and housing forum
July 10, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is hosting a one-day forum to expand on the connections between poverty and housing.

Major infrastructure investment in Yukon
July 6, 2017 – Yukon has received new funding for infrastructure.

Find your “un” in Yukon’s undiscovered campgrounds
July 6, 2017 – Find the perfect spot for a weekend getaway in Yukon's undiscovered campgrounds.

Carmacks and Watson Lake receive funding to support affordable housing needs
July 5, 2017 – Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation and a Watson Lake landlord benefit from Yukon Housing Corporation's programming.

Government of Yukon wants your opinion on missing persons legislation
July 4, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is considering legislation to assist Yukon RCMP in missing persons investigations and needs your feedback.

Yukon partners with Alberta to evaluate Yukon College readiness for degree granting
July 4, 2017 – The Campus Alberta Quality Council will ensure Yukon College meets established institutional standards as the college moves toward providing its own made-in-Yukon degree programs.

Better water and wastewater infrastructure for Haines Junction residents
June 29, 2017 – The governments of Canada and Yukon have contributed funding to help improve water and wastewater infrastructure for Haines Junction residents.

Governments of Canada and Yukon invest in 13 infrastructure projects throughout the territory
June 28, 2017 – Investing in modern and efficient infrastructure supports local economic opportunities and improves quality of life.

Pertussis cases confirmed in Whitehorse
June 27, 2017 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health encourages Yukoners to get vaccinated against pertussis.

Government officials meet to begin discussions on mining work plan
June 26, 2017 – Governments work together to improve management of mineral resources in Yukon.

Arts funding supports tours, celebrations and the creation of new works
June 23, 2017 – The Yukon government is announcing the recipients of fundnig for arts projects, tours and performances.

Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods unit takes action against drug trafficking and prostitution in Whitehorse
June 23, 2017 – The Government of Yukon takes action against drug trafficking and prostitution in Whitehorse.

Government of Yukon provides funding to the Golden Age Society
June 22, 2017 – The Golden Age Society received $18,900 from the Government of Yukon's Community Development Fund last week.

A statement from the Government of Yukon for National Aboriginal Day
June 20, 2017 – The premier has issued a statement for National Aboriginal Day.

The Community Development Fund supports meaningful community projects
June 20, 2017 – Thirteen projects that promote social, cultural and economic benefits to Yukoners have received more than $130,000 in Tier 1 funding from the Yukon government's Community Development Fund.

Community events celebrate National Aboriginal Day across Yukon
June 20, 2017 – June 21 will mark the first National Aboriginal Day since it was declared a statutory holiday in Yukon.

Connect with nature and discover species at Yukon’s biological treasure hunt
June 19, 2017 – Kluane BioBlitz 2017 provides an opportunity for visitors and Yukoners to explore nature and learn about Yukon's biodiversity.

Innovation and excellence recognized at the Premier’s Awards
June 15, 2017 – Garnet Muething, Kris Gustafson, Ron LeBlanc and the employees from the Community Services Asset Management team received the Premier's Award yesterday.

The Government of Yukon and City of Whitehorse sign 2020 Arctic Winter Games MOU
June 14, 2017 – The Government of Yukon will contribute funding and be a full partner in hosting the games.

Government of Yukon seeking feedback on long-term financial priorities of Yukoners
June 14, 2017 – Finance Minister Sandy Silver announced the start of the engagement process around Yukon's financial future.

Yukon Transportation Hall of Fame recognizes three new inductees
June 14, 2017 – The 2017 Pioneer of the Year, Person of the Year and Order of Polaris awards were presented at the annual ceremony.

Spring sitting wraps up, fall sitting to begin October 3
June 14, 2017 – Yukoners are invited to the opening of the fall sitting at 1:00 p.m. on October 3, 2017.

Yukon trans and gender-non-conforming individuals protected from discrimination
June 14, 2017 – Amendments to the Human Rights Act and the Vital Statistics Act protect trans and gender-non-conforming individuals.

Local artists celebrate Yukon with new tourism banner designs
June 13, 2017 – The work of six Yukon artists is being unveiled on new tourism banners.

Business Incentive Program will be applied to the City of Whitehorse’s municipal operations building
June 12, 2017 – Yukoners will benefit from the use of the Business Incentive Program for the City of Whitehorse's municipal operations building project.

Governments share long-term vision for early learning and child care
June 12, 2017 – Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost represented Yukon at a meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers.

Premier brings Yukon priorities to Washington, DC
June 9, 2017 – Premier Silver completed a successful trip to Washington, DC as chair of the Council of the Federation.

Input sought in development of Faro mine remediation plan
Jun 9, 2017 – A six-month public engagement process will be gathering feedback on interests liked to the Faro mine site.

Yukon government releases results of mobile home survey
June 1, 2017 – The survey was conducted in April 2016.

Yukon premier leads Council of the Federation mission to Washington, DC
May 31, 2017 – Yukon premier to meet key political leaders in the United States next week.

Government of Yukon highlights successful tobacco cessation and prevention programs on World No Tobacco Day
May 31, 2017 – Recent statistics on the Government of Yukon's tobacco cessation programs show encouraging results.

Beringia Centre celebrates 20 years of interpreting ice age Yukon
May 30, 2017 – One of Yukon’s most popular interpretive centres celebrates 20 years by bringing together some of the top Beringia researchers.

Yukon government employees moving back into the Lynn Building
May 30, 2017 – The Lynn Building is safe to reoccupy.

Federal government announces significant increase in support for French language services in the territories
May 26, 2017 – The Government of Canada has announced increased funding for French language services in Yukon, N.W.T. and Nunavut.

Government of Yukon and First Nations to collaborate on shared priorities
May 26, 2017 – Yukon Forum concludes with agreement on shared priorities for action by the Government of Yukon and First Nations.

Museums funding supports projects to interpret and preserve Yukon heritage
May 23, 2017 – Funding programs for museums support 15 projects, including a new exhibit on renowned First Nation artist Kitty Smith.

New affordable housing unit in Dawson City officially opens
May 23, 2017 – A new affordable rental housing unit has opened in Dawson City.

Yukoners invited to explore their Yukon in month-long tourism campaign
May 19, 2017 – The Explore Your Yukon campaign invites Yukoners to become tourism ambassadors for the territory.

Yukon government seeking input on proposed changes to the Dental Profession Act
May 19, 2017 – The government is seeking public input on proposed changes to the Dental Profession Act.

Minister of Justice honours 13 Yukoners at Community Safety Awards
May 19, 2017 – The 2017 Community Safety Awards recognized Yukoners for their efforts preventing crime and fostering community safety.

Funding for mineral exploration projects
May 18, 2017 – The Yukon Mineral Exploration Program will provide funding to 59 projects.

Government hosting opioid management conference
May 18, 2017 – The two-day conference will provide Yukon health care providers and policy makers with an opportunity to learn about harm reduction in action, and the role of culture and community in recovery.

Government of Yukon extends funding to the Yukon Imagination Library
May 17, 2017 – Since 2007, the Yukon Imagination Library has distributed more than 85,000 books to Yukon children.

Statement from the premier in response to the resignation of the Yukon Water Board chair
May 17, 2017 – The chair of the Yukon Water Board has resigned.

Government of Yukon and Association of Yukon Communities discuss municipal priorities at annual general meeting
May 16, 2017 – The annual general meeting was a chance for municipal and territorial leaders to discuss priorities for the coming year.

Minister of Justice sets Yukon policing priorities for 2017–18
May 16, 2017 – Yukon's policing priorities have been set for 2017–18.

Proposed change for campground Regulation
May 11, 2017 – See the results of the 2016 campground survey and have your say on how to fix Yukon's biggest camping concern.

Spring ID blitz targets underage drinking
May 11, 2017 – Any person in a licensed establishment who appears to be under 25 needs to be able to provide at least two pieces of identification.

Government of Yukon launches improved Wi-Fi access in Yukon Public Libraries
May 10, 2017 – Wireless internet upgrades have arrived to the Whitehorse public library.

National Aboriginal Day becomes a statutory holiday in Yukon
May 8, 2017 – First National Aboriginal Day as a statutory holiday in Yukon to be celebrated on June 21 this year.

Health Canada-funded study examines attitudes, opinions and behaviours related to alcohol use
May 5, 2017 – Whitehorse Liquor Store customers will be asked to participate in a survey assessing attitudes, opinion and behaviours related to alcohol use.

Update on schools following seismic activity
May 5, 2017 – Yukon schools are safe after earthquakes.

Yukon government seeking public input on development of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder plan
May 4, 2017 – Community input into development of this plan will benefit individuals with FASD and their families going forward.

New members appointed to Electoral District Boundaries Commission
May 4, 2017 – The Electoral District Boundaries Commission has five new members, including a new chair and representatives from three political parties.

Government of Yukon seeks the public’s input on regulation for progressive raffles
May 3, 2017 – Yukoners are invited to give feedback on proposed lottery changes to allow progressive raffles like Chase the Ace.

Yukon government supports Ronald McDonald House
May 3, 2017 – Minister Pauline Frost presented a $5,000 cheque in support of Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon.

Yukon releases cancer mortality report
May 1, 2017 – The report is designed to help health professionals, policy-makers and researchers make better and more-informed decisions about cancer control and prevention in Yukon.

Government of Yukon extends staking prohibition for Kaska asserted traditional territory
April 28, 2017 – Government of Yukon extends mineral staking prohibition to provide more time to address mineral declarations.

Government of Yukon and Yukon Francophone School Board confirm planned location of new school
April 28, 2017 – New French First Language high school to be build on the site of the old F.H. Collins Secondary School.

Four projects in Yukon benefitting the Champagne and Aishihik and Kwanlin Dün First Nations
April 28, 2017 – Federal Gas Tax Fund supports four First Nations projects in Yukon.

Public survey on grizzly bear conservation and management
April 28, 2017 – Are you interested in grizzly bears? We want to hear from you! Complete this survey to have your say.

Minister Silver announces financial advisory panel for Yukon
April 27, 2017 – Finance Minister Sandy Silver today announced the development of an independent Yukon panel that will advise the Government of Yukon on options that will help it return to a healthy financial position.

Minister Silver announces changes to corporate and tobacco tax rates
April 27, 2017 – Changes to the corporate tax rates support employers’ investments in marketing, training, and innovation to create more employment opportunities for Yukoners. Changes to tobacco products are aimed at reducing the consumption of tobacco products.

Minister Silver delivers budget that improves life for Yukoners, puts focus on evidence and results
April 27, 2017 – Premier and Finance Minister Sandy Silver today delivered a 2017-18 budget that will create the conditions for making life better for Yukoners.

Funding announced for Habitat for Humanity Yukon Project in Whitehorse
April 27, 2017 – This new funding will result in affordable housing construction by Habitat for Humanity Yukon.

Every Student, Every Day Fund awards $50,000 to help improve student attendance
April 27, 2017 – Fifteen community-based projects will receive funding to help increase student attendance in schools throughout Yukon.

New legislation proposes boosting number of Yukon Supreme Court Justices
April 26, 2017 – Government of Yukon has introduced legislation to increase the number of Supreme Court Justices in Yukon from two to three.

Whitehorse receives support to help manage wastewater systems
April 26, 2017 – Funding from federal government will support three wastewater projects in Whitehorse.

Government strengthens laws to protect the rights of transgender Yukoners
April 25, 2017 – Changes to the Vital Statistics and Human Rights acts will prohibit discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression.

Yukon and Canada invest to renew infrastructure at Yukon College
April 25, 2017 – The governments of Canada and Yukon are investing a combined $3.06 million to create a new Innovation Commons and upgrade existing power infrastructure at Yukon College.

Saiga education days highlight antelope’s ice age past and present plight
April 25, 2017 – The Beringia Interpretive Centre is holding a two-day educational event for elementary students.

Yukon to offer free HPV immunization to boys
April 24, 2017 – Expanding Yukon's immunization program to include boys will help protect youth from HPV-related cancers and other serious health problems.

Government of Yukon tables National Aboriginal Day Act
April 24, 2017 – If passed, the legislation will create National Aboriginal Day as an annual statutory holiday in Yukon beginning June 21, 2017.

Digital media projects eligible for Government of Yukon film funding initiatives
April 24, 2017 – Yukon digital media projects are now eligible for funding under Government of Yukon film funds.

Yukon government invites public comment on draft pharmacist and rural permit holder legislation
April 21, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is seeking public feedback on draft pharmacist and rural permit holder legislation.

Yukon Legislative Assembly opens with speech from the throne
April 20, 2017 – Commissioner Doug Phillips opened the second session of the 34th Yukon Legislative Assembly with a speech from the throne.

88 Days from North American Indigenous Games
April 19, 2017 – Government of Yukon is counting down to the North American Indigenous Games along with the Yukon Aboriginal Sport Circle.

One of Yukon’s longest serving Commissioners dies at age 97
April 14, 2017 – The Government of Yukon marks the passing of James Smith.

Government of Yukon supports proposed federal cannabis legalization and regulation
April 13, 2017 – Government of Yukon is getting ready for the legalization of cannabis.

Funding programs support artistic exploration and creative communities
April 13, 2017 – Three arts fund programs are supporting a wide range of projects.

Ministers visit Old Crow
April 12, 2017 – Three Yukon government ministers visited Old Crow this week.

Yukon government supports Tier 3 projects generating economic benefits to Yukon’s citizens
April 12, 2017 – Government of Yukon's CDF awarded more than $1 million to eight community organizations through Tier III funding last week.

Yukon advisory committee to support work of National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Yukon
April 11, 2017 – Minister responsible for the Women's Directorate Jeanie Dendys, Kwanlin Dün First Nation Chief Doris Bill and Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council president Doris Anderson will co-chair the reconvened group of advocates and community leaders.

Government of Yukon signs on to new Canadian Free Trade Agreement
April 7, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is pleased to join Canada and the provinces and territories in signing the Canadian Free Trade Agreement.

Yukon and B.C. sign water management agreement
April 5, 2017 – Yukon and BC work together to manage shared water in the Liard River Basin.

Government of Yukon and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in begin work on new timber supply analysis
April 3, 2017 – Work begins on new timber supply analysis for Dawson forest planning area.

Community Development Fund awards $131,000 for Yukon projects
April 3, 2017 – Ten organizations will receive more than $131,000 from the Community Development Fund, creating approximately 2,000 hours of employment.

Statement from the premier on National Aboriginal Languages Day
March 31, 2017 – The premier recognizes March 31 as National Aboriginal Languages Day.

Government of Canada supports bus purchase for Teslin Tlingit Council
March 31, 2017 – A 28-seat passenger bus will provide Teslin Tlingit Council citizens with transportation to Whitehorse and other communities.

Government of Yukon issues special warrant to meet financial commitments
March 30, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has issued a special warrant to ensure government programs and functions continue to operate while the 2017-18 budget is debated during the spring legislative sitting.

New Yukon Supreme Court justice to be added
March 30, 2017 – Federal government allows for Yukon Supreme Court justice appointment in 2017–18 budget.

Interim Electrical Rebate renewed
March 29, 2017 – Government of Yukon to extend rebate and reduce the amount Yukoners pay for electricity.

Yukon launches first phase of new online corporate registry
March 29, 2017 – The first phase of a new corporate online registry has been launched for Yukon business and not-for-profit organizations.

A statement from Premier Sandy Silver on the 2017 federal budget
March 23, 2017 – Premier and Minister of Finance Sandy Silver issued a statement in response to the Government of Canada's 2017 budget.

Successful trip to Ottawa for Yukon premier
March 23, 2017 – Premier visits Ottawa to support First Nations and Yukon interests.

Yukon First Nation filmmakers attend Berlin film festival
March 22, 2017 – The Government of Yukon supports First Nation filmmakers participating in the Berlin International Film Festival and Marketplace.

Yukon fossil key to uncovering bison’s North American invasion
March 21, 2017 – DNA from bison fossil from Old Crow helps shed light on bison family tree.

Canada, Yukon and First Nations governments meet at the Intergovernmental Forum in Whitehorse
March 17, 2017 – Federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Yukon premier and First Nations met for an Intergovernmental Forum.

Government of Yukon provides funding towards the development of community projects
March 16, 2017 – New recipients of the community development fund have been announced.

Government of Yukon invites feedback on changes to student assessment in schools
March 16, 2017 – The Government of Yukon will be changing how schools assess and report on student progress and is looking for feedback on the proposed changes from students, teachers, parents and community members.

Government of Yukon, First Nations and industry stand together on key issues
March 16, 2017 – Government of Yukon, First Nations and Yukon Chamber of mines confirm united support for federal Bill C-17.

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Yukon government reach agreement on exploration notification
March 15, 2017 – Yukon government agrees it has a duty to notify regarding mineral exploration activities.

Yukon presents on Indigenous women’s empowerment at the United Nations
March 15, 2017 – Minister responsible for the Women's Directorate presents at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York.

Legislative amendments will protect the rights of transgender Yukoners
March 13, 2017 – Amendments to the Vital Statistics Act will remove the requirement for sex reassignment surgery before a person can change the gender on their birth registration.

PDAC a successful showcase of Yukon’s mineral industry
March 9, 2017 – The Government of Yukon presented at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) this week.

Government of Yukon to offer French fluency exam for eligible students
March 9, 2017 – The Government of Yukon will now start offering the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) French diploma exam, an internationally recognized French fluency exam, at no cost to students.

Government of Canada, Yukon First Nations and Government of Yukon to gather for the Intergovernmental Forum
March 7, 2017 – The Intergovernmental Forum will take place Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Statement on the release of Office of the Auditor General of Canada reports
March 6, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has responded to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada's reports.

Government of Yukon launches ColonCheck Yukon program and awareness campaign
March 3, 2017 – The new program helps Yukoners detect early signs of colorectal cancer.

Yukon Legislative Assembly to reconvene April 20
March 2, 2017 – Premier Silver has called for the Legislative Assembly to be reconvened.

New chair appointed for Yukon Hospital Corporation Board
March 1, 2017 – A new board chair has been appointed to the Yukon Hospital Corporation.

Heritage projects promote Yukon First Nations language and oral history
February 22, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is helping to preserve Yukon's cultural legacy through the Yukon Historic Resources Fund.

A statement from the minister of Community Services on the legal suit filed for the Dawson wastewater treatment plant
February 22, 2017 – The following statement has been issued in response to the legal suit filed for the Dawson wastewater treatment plant.

New members appointed to the Yukon Housing Corporation Board of Directors
February 21, 2017 – New appointments have been made to the Yukon Housing Corporation Board of Directors.

New community projects funded through the Community Development Fund
February 14, 2017 – The Government of Yukon awarded more than $186,000 to 12 community organizations through the Community Development Fund.

Premier, ministers and First Nations delegation wrap up successful meetings in Ottawa
February 8, 2017 – The Government of Yukon reaffirms its relationship with First Nations during a series of meetings in Ottawa.

New website compiles information about current research and monitoring in Yukon
February 8, 2017 – The new site compiles research and monitoring initiatives conducted by or in partnership with the Government of Yukon.

Government of Yukon and Kwanlin Dün First Nation advance land titles registration
February 8, 2017 – An amendment to Kwanlin Dün First Nation's Self-Government Agreement has been approved allowing select land title registration.

Minister shares Yukon social services perspective with federal, provincial and territorial colleagues
February 3, 2017 – Yukon leading by example with collaborative relationships on social services issues.

Get active with the ParticipACTION 150 Play List
February 3, 2017 – ParticipACTION 150 Play List is a fun challenge to introduce Yukoners to 150 activities and inspire Yukoners to have an active lifestyle.

Premier and ministers head to Ottawa with First Nations delegation
February 3, 2017 – The government of Yukon is joining with First Nations Chiefs to attend meetings in Ottawa.

Government of Yukon supports students in their health-related studies
February 3, 2017 – Health bursaries have supported 137 Yukon students over the past 10 years in a wide variety of post-secondary health studies.

Government of Yukon issues temporary staking prohibitions for all of Kaska asserted traditional territory in Yukon
February 1, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has put mineral staking prohibitions in place for the Kaska asserted traditional territory.

Nominations sought for 2017 Community Safety Awards
February 1, 2017 – The nomination period for the 2017 community safety awards is now open.

Popular blood pressure clinics return for a fifth year
February 1, 2017 – More than 750 Yukoners took advantage of last year's blood pressure screening clinics; 9 per cent identified as being at risk.

Naloxone kits available across Yukon
January 31, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is making an overdose-reversing take-home naloxone kit available.

Government of Yukon commits funding for resource road upgrades
January 31, 2017 – Government of Yukon supports the local resource sector with new agreement.

A statement from the Government of Yukon in response to the United States executive order
January 30, 2017 – The following statement has been issued in response to an Executive Order regarding immigration in the U.S.

A statement from the Government of Yukon on the attack at a Quebec City mosque
January 30, 2017 – The following statement has been issued in response to a shooting at a Quebec City mosque.

Alternative emergency shelter slated to open
January 30, 2017 – Partnership results in 10 more emergency shelter beds for those with nowhere else to go.

Aboriginal employees recognized for exceptional public service
January 27, 2017 – Premier recognizes Kim Carlick, Marie Eshleman and George Bahm for their outstanding public service.

Territorial premiers meet to discuss northern policy
January 27, 2017 – The territorial premiers met this week to discuss shared priorities.

Visual and performing artists present work to national and international audiences
January 27, 2017 – Yukon performers join pan-northern partners to present a contemporary interpretation of Canada's North.

Five community projects to receive crime prevention, victim services funding
January 26, 2017 – The Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust is providing funding totaling $87,957 to five community-led projects that focus on crime prevention or services for victims.

Memorandum of understanding on mining signed by self-governing Yukon First Nations and Government of Yukon
January 25, 2017 – Government of Yukon and First Nations agree to work together to facilitate mining activity

Government of Yukon increases funding support for hard rock and placer exploration
January 24, 2017 – Yukon Geological Survey will distribute an increased amount of funding for the Yukon mineral exploration program.

Government of Yukon provides financial assistance to mineral sector organizations
January 24, 2017 – Yukon's mining industry will benefit from government funding.

Yukon Police Council seeks public input on policing priorities
January 24, 2017 – The Yukon Police Council is seeking input from Yukon citizens and stakeholders.

Government of Yukon issues special warrant to meet financial commitments until 2017–18 budget
January 23, 2017 – The Government of Yukon has issued a special warrant in order to ensure Yukon priorities and commitments continue to be met until the tabling of the 2017–18 budget during the spring legislative session

Education to roll out redesigned Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum
January 23, 2017 – Education in Yukon will move towards multi-disciplinary, applied skill development beginning in September 2017.

A statement from the Government of Yukon regarding the Peel regional land use planning case
January 19, 2017 – A statement from Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee.

Territories reach new health care agreement with Canada
January 16, 2017 – Northern premiers have reached an agreement with the federal government to increase health-care funding.

Government of Yukon and First Nations sign intergovernmental declaration
January 13, 2017 – The Yukon premier and chiefs have committed to hold four Yukon Forums a year and develop a join action plan for shared priorities.

Home health monitoring goes live in Yukon
January 11, 2017 – Patients with some chronic conditions can now receive support in their homes and communities.

Premier sets direction for ministers
January 10, 2017 – The letters highlight commitments ministers and their departments have been asked to accomplish.

Governments of Canada and Yukon invest in the Ross River suspension bridge
January 10, 2017 – Phase 2 repairs to the Ross River suspension bridge will begin soon. Local residents and visitors to the area will once again be able to safely cross the Pelly River.

Government of Yukon and First Nations to meet for Yukon Forum
January 5, 2017 – Government of Yukon and First Nations will meet for a Yukon Forum on January 13.