Government of Yukon

2017 news releases


News Releases - 2017

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, 2016 – 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.