Government of Yukon

Community Services


2017

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.

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.

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.


2016

Friends of Mount Sima Society receives funding for pre-season training program
October 5, 2016 – Yukon government is contributing $145,000 to the Friends of Mount Sima Society to assist with the continuation of an early-season training facility for elite athletes.

Governments of Canada and Yukon announce funding for Carcross/Tagish First Nation learning centre
September 23, 2016 – The centre will be a gathering place and will provide some community services.

Construction underway for two Yukon infrastructure projects thanks to government funding
September 16, 2016 – These projects represent important investments in municipal infrastructure.

Miles Canyon Suspension Bridge closing for repairs
September 6, 2016 – The bridge will be closed from September 12 to October 31 for repairs.

Government of Canada delivers more than $7.8 million to Yukon for community infrastructure projects
August 30, 2016 – This is the first of two installments this year under the federal Gas Tax Fund.

Government of Yukon increases support for recycling and local processors
August 25, 2016 – Yukon’s recycling processors will see increased funding from the Government of Yukon in 2016/17.

Government recognizes unique nature of Yukon log homes
August 24, 2016 – Homes built with exterior log walls are now exempt from section 9.36 of Canada’s National Building Code.

Long-serving paramedic receives EMS Exemplary Service Medal
August 5, 2016 – Jon Trefry, a primary care paramedic and supervisor with Yukon EMS received a Governor General's Exemplary Service award.

Basic 911 service now available across Yukon
July 28, 2016 – The Basic 911 system is now in place across Yukon, providing one easy to remember emergency number.

Seventeen infrastructure projects in Yukon get joint government funding
July 26, 2016 – Residents in communities across Yukon will soon benefit from newly approved infrastructure investments.

Capital Markets Regulatory Authority initial board of directors and new implementation timelines announced
July 22, 2016 – The ministers responsible for capital markets regulation in several Canadian jurisdictions and the minister of finance of Canada have chosen the Authority's board of directors and announced timelines.

Government of Yukon to postpone implementation of recycling regulations
July 12, 2016 – Government of Yukon intends to postpone amendments to recycling regulations.

More than $1.3 million in sport and recreation funding announced
June 23, 2016 – Yukon's sport and recreation community will benefit from more than $1.3 million in funding this year.

Chartered Professional Accountants Yukon’s interim board of directors named
June 23, 2016 – Interim board of Chartered Professional Accountants Yukon the next step in Yukon’s accounting professionals moved to a single professional designation.

Canada-Yukon infrastructure agreement signed for funding under new federal programs
June 22, 2016 – Government of Yukon first jurisdiction in the country to fully commit funding under two important infrastructure funding programs.

Competition tests skills of community emergency medical responders
June 6, 2016 – Teams were presented with realistic scenarios simulating emergency response situations.

New act creates Chartered Professional Accountant designation
May 17, 2016 – Yukon's accounting profession unite with colleagues in other jurisdictions under a single professional designation.

Yukon government explores National Aboriginal Day as statutory holiday in Yukon
May 16, 2016 – The government is seeking feedback from local businesses, organizations and the public.

Another successful Association of Yukon Communities AGM takes place
May 16, 2016 – Government of Yukon commits to working with AYC on recreational infrastructure and the designated materials list.

Government of Yukon supports recycling with amended regulations
May 12, 2016 – Changes to Yukon’s recycling regulations, announced today, will increase waste diversion across the territory.

Yukon government invests in emergency response vehicles
May 11, 2016 – New emergency response vehicles will help ensure that first responders have the tools to help keep Yukoners safe.

Yukon government Personal Property Security Registry goes online
May 5, 2016 – Yukon adopts a modern, electronic personal property registry.

Miles Canyon Suspension Bridge reopened for the summer
April 15, 2016 – The bridge will be closed again in the fall for complete repairs.

Government of Yukon tables Chartered Professional Accountants bill
April 13, 2016 – The legislation combines three professional designations into a single designation for Yukon’s regulated accountants.

Yukon government begins construction of new Carcross firehall
April 13, 2016 – New firehall will strengthen local emergency response.

Whistle Bend continues to grow with development of Phase 3
April 12, 2016 – Yukon government will invest more than $16 million in design and construction of Whistle Bend phase 3 to meet demand.

Government of Yukon seeks input on tenancy of mobile home pads
April 5, 2016 – Yukon government wants to hear from mobile home park owners and mobile home pad renters.

Four sport and recreation groups to receive core funding from the Yukon government
April 4, 2016 – Core funding from Yukon government will provide stability and security to four sport and recreation groups.

Yukon adopts new energy efficient building standards
March 30, 2016 – Yukon has new energy efficiency standards with the adoption of section 9.36 of Canada’s National Building Code.

Governments of Canada and Yukon announce joint-funding for infrastructure projects
March 18, 2016 – The funding will support key initiatives including upgrades to waste water and drinking water facilites and road improvements.

Team Yukon returns from Greenland with 100 ulus
March 14, 2016 – Team Yukon returns from the Arctic Winter Games after a successful week of competition.

Government of Yukon opens new EMS station
March 10, 2016 – As part of the Whitehorse hospital expansion, a new ambulance station is now open in Riverdale.

Team Yukon takes off to Greenland for 2016 Arctic Winter Games
March 4, 2016 – Team Yukon is heading to Nuuk, Greenland in pursuit of ulus at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

Yukon Recycling Club recognizes outstanding youth
March 4, 2016 – Club recognizes youth from across the territory for their outstanding recycling efforts.

Agreement reached on Dawson wastewater treatment plant
February 9, 2016 – The Yukon government will own and operate the new Dawson wastewater treatment plant on an ongoing basis.

Best in amateur sport celebrated at Sport Yukon awards night
February 5, 2016 – Government of Yukon and Sport Yukon celebrate another banner year for amateur sport in the territory.

Government of Yukon releases action plan to shape the future of sport in the territory
February 4, 2016 – New sport action plan will make healthy living more accessible for all Yukoners.


2015

Miles Canyon suspension bridge will remain closed
December 18, 2015 – Comprehensive inspection reveals bridge needs repairs.

Oil-fired appliance regulations have come into effect
December 17, 2015 – The regulations require all dwelling units to have smoke and CO detectors, and oil-fired appliances to be installed only by qualified mechanics.

Municipal Act amendments granted assent
December 10, 2015 – Yukon government made improvements to the Municipal Act after a three-year review process with stakeholders.

Yukon supports asset management with First Nation and municipal governments
November 5, 2015 – Together with municipal and First Nation governments, Yukon is committing to making asset management a priority.

Yukon government partners with Mount Sima to attract elite skiers and snowboarders
November 2, 2015 – Yukon government partners with the Friends of Mount Sima Society to help make Yukon an elite training destination.

The Government of Yukon tables amendments to the Municipal Act
October 26, 2015 – The amendments strengthen the Act by incorporating feedback gained from an extensive, three-year review process.

Guide launched to help local recreation leaders
October 26, 2015 – Community Services launched two key training and planning documents at the recent Recreation Gathering in Marsh Lake.

Miles Canyon suspension bridge closed for inspection and maintenance
October 21, 2015 – The Miles Canyon suspension bridge is closed temporarily to pedestrian and other traffic.

Whistle Bend neighbourhood becoming a beautiful place to live
October 14, 2015 – Landscaping projects are proceeding along neighbourhood streets and the surrounding area.

Local governments honoured at gala event in Whitehorse
October 1, 2015 – Mayors, councillors and other officials were recognized for their dedication to public service.

Residential Landlord and Tenant Act and regulations proclaimed
September 16, 2015 – The Residential Landlord and Tenant Act and regulations provide modern legislation for Yukon landlords and tenants.

Association of Yukon Fire Chiefs build partnerships at annual meeting
August 24, 2015 – The AYFC’s annual general meeting focused on the health of firefighters and first responders.

Special Olympics athletes develop and display skills in Haines Junction
August 13, 2015 – Special Olympics Yukon athletes gathered in Haines Junction for the eighth annual Northwestel Development Games.

Second Ember Fire Academy a success
August 10, 2015 – Twelve female cadets will gain an introduction to the fire service in the second annual Ember Fire Academy.

More than $1.4 million in sport and recreation funding announced
August 6, 2015 – Yukon’s sport and recreation community will benefit from over $1.4 million in funding this year.

Arctic X Games cancelled – funding to be provided to support affected athletes
June 19, 2015 – The Arctic X Games were cancelled following the withdrawal of two out of five participating jurisdictions.

Yukon government announces ACTIVE AT SCHOOL partnership
May 27, 2015 – The Yukon government will receive $125,000 over three years to promote physical activity among students at Yukon schools.

Yukon modernizes its personal property security registry
May 26, 2015 – A modern electronic personal property registry has been implemented in Yukon.

Yukon government and City of Whitehorse sign memorandum of understanding on land development
May 19, 2015 – Whitehorse assumes development and sale of Yukon land within its boundaries. Whistle Bend Phase 3 to be first project.

Association of Yukon Communities marks 40th anniversary at annual general meeting
May 11, 2015 – Yukon government signs agreements with eight communities at AYC annual general meeting.

Pilot project announced for summer EMS coverage in Haines Junction
May 7, 2015 – Haines Junction has been approved for a pilot project that will provide summer EMS coverage in the community this season.

The Yukon government finalizes solid waste agreement with Watson Lake
April 23, 2015 – Community Services minister signs an agreement to regionalize solid waste services in southeast Yukon.

The Yukon government and Alkan Air announce retrofit of medevac plane
April 23, 2015 – Yukoners assured safer medevac transport due to Alkan retrofit of an aircraft and YEMS procurement of new equipment.

Pharmacy and Drug Act passed
April 15, 2015 – The Pharmacy and Drug Act will regulate the operations and licensing of community pharmacies and rural dispensaries.

Yukon joins the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System
April 15, 2015 – Yukon has joined the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System to provide greater protection for local investors.

New ambulances and fire trucks slated for Yukon in 2015/16
April 13, 2015 – The Yukon government has allocated a total of $920,000 in 2015/16, pending legislative approval, for new emergency response vehicles.

Yukon government tables new Pharmacy and Drug Act
April 9, 2015 – The Yukon government tabled the Pharmacy and Drug Act yesterday as the first step in modernizing pharmacy regulation in Yukon.

Yukon Recycling Club promotes waste diversion among youth
April 9, 2015 – Minister Currie Dixon presents grand prizes to the 2014/15 Yukon Recycling Club winners in Whitehorse schools.

Government of Yukon and City of Whitehorse increase support for recycling
March 31, 2015 – Government of Yukon and City of Whitehorse work together on long-term solution for recycling in Yukon.

Yukon’s solid waste facility operators gather in Whitehorse
March 31, 2015 – Yukon’s solid waste facility operators gathered in Whitehorse for two days to share, discuss and network.

Whitehorse hosts the 2015 Canadian Masters Curling Championships
March 27, 2015 – Canada’s top masters curlers have arrived in Whitehorse for the Canadian Masters Curling Championships.

Yukon’s Emergency Response Centre to host new 9-1-1 call centre
March 27, 2015 – The Government of Yukon has allocated over $1 million in 2015/16, pending legislative approval, to lay the groundwork for expanding emergency 9-1-1 service to all Yukon communities.

FireSmart projects help protect and prepare Yukon communities
March 23, 2015 – The Government of Yukon has committed a total of $850,000 to fund 27 organizations to complete 30 FireSmart projects.

Input wanted on proposed regulations for oil-fired appliances and carbon monoxide safety
March 20, 2015 – Yukoners invited to review proposed safety regulations for oil-fired appliances and carbon monoxide.

Departments of Environment and Community Services transfer programs
March 17, 2015 – Animal protection activities will be part of the Animal Health Program, allowing for shared expertise.

Yukon to host 2016 Arctic X Games
March 12, 2015 – Together with local partners, Yukon will host the 2016 Arctic X Games.

Yukon government invites public response to draft Pharmacy and Drug Act
February 16, 2015 – The public is invited to provide their feedback from February 16 to March 6 on the draft pharmacy and drug act.

Yukon modernizes business legislation
January 15, 2015 – Completion of the Business Legislation Reform Project supports growth in Yukon’s economy with updated business laws.

Youth Investment Fund supports winter sport and recreation projects
January 15, 2015 – The Youth Investment Fund is providing almost $22,000 to communities for winter sport and recreation projects.

National Building Code will be adopted, equipped with Yukon standards
January 8, 2015 – New energy efficiency standards recommended for Yukon home construction


2014

The Yukon government purchases two new ambulances
December 17, 2014 – New ambulances arrive in time for the holiday season

The Yukon government’s interim 911 solution approved by CRTC
December 8, 2014 – CRTC approves (with conditions) Yukon government's solution to expand basic 911 service to Yukon communities over the next 2 years.

Government contributes $60,000 to secure Public Avalanche Forecast
December 5, 2014 – Government contributes $60,000 to Yukon Avalanche Association for 2015 season.

Legislative amendments create new municipal domestic water well program
November 25, 2014 – Eligible residents in participating municipalities will soon be able to drill their own wells.

Communities get a boost in core funding from the Yukon government
November 14, 2014 – Yukon government increases core funding for community recreation in unincorporated Yukon communities

Remaining Arctic Winter Games legacy fund distributed
November 14, 2014 – The final installment of the 2012 Arctic Winter Games legacy fund distributed to Yukon’s sport community

Yukon tables legislation to expand the Rural Domestic Water Well Program within municipalities
October 28, 2014 – Amendments enable expansion of Rural Domestic Water Well Program to participating municipalities.

Competition tests the skills of community emergency medical responders
October 27, 2014 – Community emergency medical responders hone skills at 2014 Emergency Medical Services competition.

New fire truck aids fire response in Klondike region
October 16, 2014 – New fire truck presented to Dawson City fire department.

Be a Hero in your home for Fire Prevention Week
October 7, 2014 – Public awareness campaign – Be a Hero – encourages Yukoners to take an active role in their fire safety.

Final round of Municipal Act review underway
October 6, 2014 – Government of Yukon launches final round of public engagement on proposed changes to the Municipal Act.

New advisory committee on energy efficiency building requirements appointed
September 11, 2014 – Advisory committee to review NBC energy efficiency provisions and comments from construction stakeholders and public.

Contract awarded for Old Crow environmental assessment work
September 11, 2014 – Environmental work to clean up contaminated sites in Old Crow to begin this fall.

Vuntut Gwitchin Government assumes solid waste facility in Old Crow
August 20, 2014 – The Yukon and Vuntut Gwitchin Governments are embarking on a new way of managing solid waste in the territory.

Yukon premier offers assistance to the Northwest Territories
August 6, 2014 – An offer has been extended to provide assistance to people affected by forest fires in the Northwest Territories.

Significant step taken towards implementing Territory-wide 911 services
July 28, 2014 – An application for an auto-select solution to 911 emergency services for all of Yukon has been filed with the CRTC.

Team Yukon at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games
July 21, 2014 – Team Yukon is in Regina for the 2014 North American Indigenous Games. Best of luck to all our athletes and participants!

Yukon government supports the Klondike Visitors Association and Dawson City tourism
July 15, 2014 – One-time investment to the Klondike Visitors Association will benefit the Klondike Region and Yukon.

Camp Ember: Blazing a trail for women interested in Yukon’s fire service
July14, 2014 – Camp Ember is a firefighting academy for young women between the ages of 16 and 25.

More than $1.3 million in sport and recreation funding announced
June 12, 2014 – From skiing to swimming and everything in between, 75 Yukon athletes and organizations receive funding.

Yukon EMS profiled during Paramedic Services Week
May 28, 2014 – Paramedic Services Week provides a good opportunity to thank the Yukon EMS team for all they do.

New fire truck in Tagish improves response effectiveness in Southern Lakes region
May 26, 2014 – New fire truck in Tagish will improve response effectiveness in Southern Lakes region.

Yukoners are encouraged to prepare for unanticipated emergencies
May 5, 2014 – Yukoners are encouraged to prepare 72-hour emergency kits during Emergency Preparedness Week.

New soccer complex and track planned for Whitehorse
April 7, 2014 – The Yukon government is investing $250,000 towards an outdoor sport complex to be built in Whitehorse.

Yukon government to establish committee on building code amendments
April 1, 2014 – Yukon will establish committee; consult on energy efficiency requirements outside Whitehorse.

Yukon government updating pharmacy legislation
March 19, 2014 – An advisory committee is being appointed as the first step in modernizing Yukon’s pharmacy legislation.

Best of luck to Team Yukon at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games
March 17, 2014 – Team Yukon is now in Fairbanks for the 2014 Arctic Winter Games. Best of luck to all competing and performing!

Ibex Valley Fire Department receives another new fire truck
March 7, 2014 – Ibex Valley Volunteer Fire Department's new $336,000 fire truck to help safeguard area residents.

Yukon government purchases two new ambulances
February 27, 2014 – Emergency medical services enhanced by ambulances outfitted to operate efficiently year-round.

Whistle Bend subdivision reaches milestone
January 16, 2014 – Infrastructure ownership of Phase One and Two transferred to City of Whitehorse.

New recreation centre ready for Ross River residents to enjoy
January 14, 2014 – Youth and hockey players eager to enjoy the new facility.


2013

Yukon government seeking public input on employment standards
December 19, 2013 – Yukoners have until January 31, 2014 to provide feedback on potential changes.

Yukon seeks input into proposed regulations including minimum rental standards
December 11, 2013 – Public input will help shape minimum rental standards under Residential Landlord and Tenancy Act.

Outstanding sport and recreation leaders to receive awards
November 28, 2013 – Yukoners honoured for their leadership and excellence in sport at Sport Yukon award celebration.

New Community Energy Plan supports sustainable future for Town of Faro
November 26, 2013 – First of its kind Energy Plan helps Faro residents manage energy demands, uses and costs.

Consolidated services for rural community land management and development
November 18, 2013 – Centralized land planning and land management will improve service delivery to Yukoners.

New emergency response centre in Whitehorse opens
November 4, 2013 – New centre at the top of Two Mile Hill will become Whitehorse's primary ambulance station and serve Whitehorse and nearby rural areas.

Whitehorse waterfront project wins prestigious national award
October 25, 2013 – Canadian Urban Institute honours Whitehorse for Excellence in Project Development: Neighbourhood Scale

Paramedics honoured at 2013 Annual Emergency Medical Services skills competition
October 25, 2013 – Community paramedics competed for top honours during simulated emergency care scenarios last weekend.

Yukon government donates second Whistle Bend duplex lot to Habitat for Humanity
October 23, 2013 – Home ownership will become a reality for two more low-income families.

Whitehorse waterfront project chosen as finalist for national award
October 4, 2013 – Successful partnerships and hard work recognized by the Canadian Urban Institute.

Sport pilot program launched at F.H. Collins Secondary School
September 12, 2013 – A sports program combining physical health and academic learning is piloted at F.H. Collins Secondary School.

New regulations will modernize Yukon business legislation
September 5, 2013 – Yukoners can provide feedback on business legislation regulations.

New residential lots available in Whistle Bend
August 28, 2013 – More than 150 new lots will be available in Phase Two of the Whistle Bend subdivision.

Yukon portion of Operation NANOOK 2013 a resounding success
August 12, 2013 – An exciting week of Operation NANOOK concludes as an overwhelming success.

Amendments to Employment Standards Act proclaimed
August 8, 2013 – The Yukon government proclaimed the amendment to the Employment Standards Act today that will help parents caring for a critically ill child access new federal benefit programs that include unpaid leave of absence.

New mobile medical clinic unveiled during Operation NANOOK 2013
August 7, 2013 – New mini clinic will help provide extra support during medical emergencies.

Team Yukon leaves for 2013 Canada Summer Games this week
July 30, 2013 – The Yukon government sent Team Yukon off to the 2013 Canada Summer Games in style with a pep rally held at the Yukon Beringia Centre last Friday evening. The team leaves August 1.

New mobile live fire training unit for Yukon firefighters
July 29, 2013 – Yukon’s new mobile live fire training unit will help firefighters across the territory be better prepared to help safeguard Yukoners and their properties.

Governments and agencies to participate in Operation NANOOK 2013
July 19, 2013 – Yukon to participate in Operation NANOOK 2013 for the first time.

Watson Lake and Dawson City sign land development protocols with Yukon government
July 11, 2013 – Watson Lake and Dawson City can now plan long-term land development to meet their future needs.

Yukon chairs ministers responsible for local government meeting
July 9, 2013 – Yukon is hosting ministers from across Canada to discuss issues of importance to municipalities.

Ross River centre will soon be filled with recreation and family fun
July 5, 2013 – The recreation centre in Ross River is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Hootalinqua and Whitehorse areas to benefit from new fire truck
July 3, 2013 – The Hootalinqua volunteer fire department has received a new fire truck.

Ross River suspension bridge to be repaired
June 19, 2013 – Repairs to the pedestrian bridge are scheduled for this summer.

More than $1.4 million in funding announced for Yukon sport and recreation
June 11, 2013 – Two new recipients are also being added to the Elite Athlete Program.

Yukon sports celebrated as Canada Games flag travels through Whitehorse to the 2013 Canada Summer Games
June 10, 2013 – With the 2013 Canada Summer Games set to begin August 2, the Games flag travels the nation on its way to Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Northern governments exploring new options for sports removed from 2016 Arctic Winter Games
June 7, 2013 – Northern sports ministers are working to ensure that the sports eliminated from the 2016 Arctic Winter Games will have an alternate venue.

Registrar of Societies settles suit against former Humane Society Yukon directors*
June 3, 2013 – Humane Society Yukon to receive $61,359 in damages.

Community Services minister attends Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting
May 30, 2013 – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice for municipal collaboration, working with federal, provincial and territorial partners.

Government of Yukon and Norcope reach settlement
May 29, 2013 – The contractual disputes between the Government of Yukon and Norcope Enterprises Ltd. have been settled out of court.

Yukon participates in national EMS week
May 28, 2013 – National EMS week occurs from May 26 to June 1, 2013.

Yukon government and Dawson partner on a regional landfill
May 17, 2013 – Community Services minister and Dawson City mayor to sign partnership agreement during Gold Show weekend.

New legislation benefits Yukon’s aviation industry
May 10, 2013 – Local aviation companies will be on par with most jurisdictions in Canada and the international community as a result of the newly passed legislation.

Employment Standards Act amendments help parents of murdered, missing, or critically ill children
May 10, 2013 – Parents who need to take time from work to care for a critically ill child, or deal with the trauma of a murdered or missing child, will not have to worry about job loss with the passing of the most recent amendments to the Employment Standards Act.

Yukon highlights Emergency Preparedness Week
May 9, 2013 – Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility and while governments at all levels are working hard to keep citizens and their properties safe; individuals have an important role to plan.

Communities continue to score with CDF support
May 6, 2013 – Community recreation and education initiatives are receiving Tier III support from the Community Development Fund

Yukon is first jurisdiction in Canada to require carbon monoxide detectors in residences
May 3, 2013 – Yukon formally announces passing of leading edge legislation on carbon monoxide detectors.

Watson Lake water infrastructure overhaul progressing well
May 3, 2013 – The premier and Community Services minister visited the site of major infrastructure project in Watson Lake today to see its progress.

Our Towns, Our Future review sets new direction for solid waste management
May 3, 2013 – A joint Community Services and Association of Yukon Communities review of Yukon's solid waste management system has produced findings on ways to reduce costs, streamline operations and continue to protect the environment.

Yukon Medical Council resumes work
May 2, 2013 – The newly-appointed Yukon Medical Council is working with Yukon government to improve the functions of the arm’s-length body.

Legislative changes and carbon monoxide detector program to improve public safety
May 2, 2013 – Yukon is the first jurisdiction in Canada to require carbon monoxide detectors in all residences with either fuel burning appliances or attached garages.

Sport minister and Vuntut Gwitchin MLA to meet with AWG International Committee
May 1, 2013 – Sport Minister and Vuntut Gwitchin MLA will join ministers and political leaders from AWG permanent member jurisdictions to hear options for inclusion of sports at the 2016 Games.

Training workshop helps Yukon communities define their strengths
April 19, 2013 – Municipal and First Nation leaders participate in innovative training to help their communities excel.

Yukon-Canada bilateral agreement to fund Yukon sport programs
April 5, 2013 – Sport bilateral agreement aimed at increasing participation and access to sport.

Proposed legislation to benefit Yukon’s aviation industry
March 28, 2013 – New legislation is part of a worldwide initiative for financing and mitigating risk.

Yukon to lead in carbon monoxide detector legislation
March 27, 2013 – New regulations to improve the safety of oil-fired appliances in Yukon.

Yukon tables legislation to assist parents of murdered, missing, or critically ill children
March 27, 2013 – Parents' jobs protected if their children are critically ill, missing, or murdered.

Fire Marshal receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
March 5, 2013 – Emergency responders recognized for safety and leadership efforts.

Community infrastructure needs to be front and centre in Ottawa
February 26, 2013 – Community Services minister discussed the future of infrastructure funding with the federal minister of transportation, infrastructure and communities.

FireSmart projects help to safeguard Yukon communities
February 21, 2013 – $850,000 is being invested to help protect communities from wildfire.

Government of Yukon program promotes active living
February 19, 2013 – New funding will help Yukoners beat obesity.

Yukon to be the first Canadian jurisdiction to mandate carbon monoxide detector use
February 14, 2013 – The Government of Yukon is set to table legislation this spring related to the use of oil-fired appliances in the territory.


2012

Yukoners honoured for sport and recreation achievements
November 30, 2012 – The annual awards of excellence and recognition for achievements in sport and community recreation leadership were presented at the 2012 Sport Yukon Annual Awards Night celebration in Whitehorse last night.

Yukon government donates Whistle Bend lots to Habitat for Humanity
November 5, 2012 – Habitat for Humanity duplex will soon be constructed in the Whistle Bend subdivision.

Yukon tables new residential landlord and tenants bill
November 2, 2012 – The bill will address a number of issues Yukoners brought forward during consultation and will establish a Residential Tenancies Office.

Yukon government tables legislation to keep current with nation-wide securities law
October 31, 2012 – Amendments will continue to harmonize Yukon’s Securities Act with similar laws across Canada.

New Comprehensive Municipal Grant program tabled in legislature
October 25, 2012 – Proposed amendments follow Yukon government’s commitment to roll out a new Comprehensive Municipal Grant program.

Yukon government takes steps to enhance safety of oil-fired appliances
October 25, 2012 – Oil-fired appliances will soon be safer in Yukon as government takes action on changes.

Northern sport ministers meet with Arctic Winter Games International Committee
October 17, 2012 – Young figure skater, curlers, hockey players, mushers and gymnasts may have the 2016 Arctic Winter Games to look forward to after all, that’s if the minister’s responsible for sport and recreation in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut are successful in their efforts to work with the Arctic Winter Games International Committee to explore solutions.

Emergency Medical Services awards ceremony honours Yukon paramedics
October 15, 2012 – Yukon Emergency Medical Services community team members gathered in Whitehorse over the past weekend for training activities and an awards ceremony acknowledging excellence in emergency medical service delivery.

National Fire Prevention Week launched in Yukon
October 10, 2012 – Yukon firefighters lauded, homeowners offered advice on safeguarding their families and homes, and carbon monoxide detectors distributed to mark National Fire Prevention Week.

Agreement reached on new Comprehensive Municipal Grant program
October 2, 2012 – Proposed amendments to the Municipal Finance and Community Grants Act will introduce a new five year municipal grant program in 2013-14.

Memorandum of Understanding renewed with Association of Yukon Communities
September 17, 2012 – The Government of Yukon and the AYC renewed a cooperation accord first signed in 2009.

Team Yukon set for the 2012 Canada 55+ Games
August 30, 2012 – Yukon athletes ready for competition.

Yukon government releases report on oil-fired appliances
August 29, 2012 – The Oil-Fired Appliances Working Group have released their Action Plan and Recommendations and the Yukon government now seeks input from Yukoners.

Yukon delivering on new residential lots
August 23, 2012 – Yukon government offering a supply and range of land and housing options.

Yukon to host 2013 meeting of ministers responsible for local government
July 12, 2012 – Provincial-municipal collaboration remains key to creating strong communities.

Yukon to endorse new Canadian Sport Policy at national sport conference
June 25, 2012 – The 2012 Canadian Sport Policy is designed as a roadmap for all governments, institutions and organizations that are committed to contributing to the positive benefits and impacts of sport.

Yukon government providing support to people affected by Upper Liard flooding
June 22, 2012 – Officials with various agencies of Yukon government met with 23 residents of Upper Liard on Friday to outline flood relief plans and begin the process of moving forward.

Yukon government confirms commitment to new municipal grant program
June 22, 2012 – The municipal summit brought together elected officials and administrators from all eight of Yukon's municipal governments and the Association of Yukon Communities.

Nearly $1.4 million in sport and recreation funding announced
June 12, 2012 – Yukon organizations, athletes, coaches and officials receive funding for sports and recreation programming and support.

Municipal Act review launched
June 12, 2012 – Over the next two years meetings will be held with all Yukon municipal councils, interested First Nations and the public to address priorities related to the legislation.

Public survey launched to help shape modernized Landlord and Tenant Act
June 8, 2012 – Yukon government requests public input to help develop new landlord and tenant legislation.

Rural property owners can pay taxes online in both official languages
May 17, 2012 – A new bilingual online service for payment of property taxes has been implemented by the Yukon government.

Fire-fighting capacity in Yukon gets a boost
May 8, 2012 – An additional $1.9 million is being invested in the Yukon Fire Marshal’s Office to boost its capacity for fire investigations, fire prevention, training for Yukon firefighters and other important services.

37th annual general meeting of the Association of Yukon Communities sees continuing focus toward long-term municipal sustainability
May 7, 2012 – The Yukon government and AYC map out commitments for ongoing collaboration on a number of issues including a review of the Municipal Act and development of a new five-year Comprehensive Municipal Grant program.

Yukon highlights Emergency Preparedness Week
May 7, 2012 – Take a few simple steps so you and your family can be better prepared in an emergency.

The Yukon government and the Association of Yukon Communities continue to collaborate on key initiatives
May 4, 2012 – Territorial and local governments will partner on initiatives related to municipal grant funding, municipal legislation and the delivery of structural fire services.

Yukon government remains committed to supporting long-term municipal sustainability
May 3, 2012 – Premier and Community Services minister to attend AYC meeting, along with other Yukon government caucus members.

Ibex Valley Volunteer Fire Department recognized during National Volunteer Week
April 20, 2012 – Community Services Minister and Energy, Mines and Resources Minister recognized the essential work of volunteer firefighters.

Education Week open house to feature protective services agencies
April 19, 2012 – Children and families will today have an opportunity to learn about Yukon's Protective Services at the Education Week open house.

Yukon government announces long-term partnership with Habitat for Humanity
April 18, 2012 – Yukon government works with Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing for Yukon families.

Yukon’s minimum wage to increase
April 12, 2012 – Yukon now has the second highest minimum wage in Canada.

Providing clean water for Yukoners
March 23, 2012 – More than $32 million is identified in the Department of Community Services 2012-13 budget for planning and construction of key projects to ensure Yukoners have year round access to clean drinking water.

Yukon business legislation reform in final phase
March 22, 2012 – Yukon is well on its way to having a complete suite of modern business legislation to encourage businesses to choose Yukon as their home base for registration and operation.

Yukon government to form working group on oil-fired appliances
March 21, 2012 – A working group will be established to develop an action plan to enhance the safety of oil-fired heating systems in Yukon.

Yukon moves toward modern solid waste management system
March 9, 2012 – Yukon government announces new Solid Waste Action Plan projects for 2012-13. 

Team Yukon ready for Whitehorse 2012 Arctic Winter Games
March 5, 2012 – Enthusiasm builds as Team Yukon prepares for the 2012 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse.

Vehicle registrations now online in both official languages
February 29, 2012 – Yukoners are now able to access the Motor Vehicles branch registration service entirely in French. 

Ross River recreation centre funding announced
February 29, 2012 – Yukon Government commits $7M toward new Recreation Centre in Ross River

Emergency Response Centre contract awarded
February 16, 2012 – During an event today, Minister Elaine Taylor announced the construction contract for the new Emergency Response Centre and handed over the keys for a state-of-the-art ambulance being added to the fleet.

Yukon families to receive 200 carbon monoxide detectors
February 7, 2012 – Carbon monoxide detectors being donated by national organization to low-income families.

Yukon to help develop long-term infrastructure funding program for Canada
February 6, 2012 – Community Services Minister Taylor to provide Yukon's perspectives in framing a new national infrastructure funding program.


2011

Whitehorse Public Library holds grand opening
December 3, 2011 – Community celebration marks grand opening of new Whitehorse Public Library.

Outstanding Yukon athletes and community recreation leaders recognized
November 25, 2011 – Community Services Minister Elaine Taylor presented the annual awards of excellence in sport and community recreation leadership to 35 recipients at the 2011 Yukon sports awards celebration.

Community Services minister requests review of Yukon’s minimum wage
November 24, 2011 – Yukon government seeks review of minimum wage by Employment Standards Board.

Opening dates announced for Whitehorse Public Library
November 17, 2011 – Dates announced for new Whitehorse Public Library reveal and grand opening.

Premier attends emergency response centre ceremony
September 6, 2011 – The new emergency response centre will help reduce ambulance response times in Whitehorse.

Updated tools help medical profession regulators ensure best practices
August 31, 2011 – Yukoners assured of continuing high standards following amendments to the Medical Profession Act and Regulations.

Yukon’s Solid Waste Action Plan on track
August 26, 2011 – Forging ahead to create a modern waste management system for Yukon.

Yukon’s Emergency Medical Services to undergo changes to modernize service
August 25, 2011 – Internal audit recommendations provide improvement tool for Emergency Medical Services.

Whistle Bend Way opens to the public
August 8, 2011 – Opening Whistle Bend Way is another milestone for Whitehorse land development.

Team Yukon bound for Western Canada Summer Games
August 1, 2011 – Team Yukon is off to Kamloops for the Western Canada Summer Games.

S.S. Tutshi Memorial and Carcross Gateway Pavilion opened as part of Golden Spike Day
July 29, 2011 – S.S. Tutshi and Carcross gateway visitor pavillion offer history and hospitality to visitors celebrating WP&YR's Golden Spike Day in Carcross.

Yukon government works with Carcross community
July 28, 2011 – Work to revitalize downtown Carcross continues.

Our Towns, Our Future Community Summit
June 27, 2011 – Meetings conclude with priority action items such as helping municipalities increase revenue and addressing energy costs.

Valleyview water reservoir expansion tender awarded
June 24, 2011 – Ketza Construction Corporation will expand the resevoir for $6.6 million.

Whistle Bend pump station tender awarded
June 24, 2011 – Graham Construction and Engineering of Delta, BC was recently awarded a contract to build a wastewater pump station in the Whistle Bend subdivision.

New driver’s handbook launched
June 23, 2011 – Which documents do you bring to apply for a Yukon driver's licence? What are the cellphone use rules for drivers? Yukon has just published a new Driver's Basic Handbook. New and experienced drivers can find out what's changed by visiting the Community Services website.

Community Services minister announces new search and rescue funding
June 15, 2011 – $492,000 in new federal funding will help improve Yukon's search and rescue capability.

Yukon funds athlete development, coach and officials training and high performance sport
June 8, 2011 – Yukon government is providing $490,100 through three programs: Yukon Sport for Life, Elite Athlete Fund, and the High Performance Athlete, Coaches and Officials program. For details go to www.community.gov.yk.ca.

$920,370 in sport and recreation grants awarded today
May 25, 2011 – Yukon sport and recreation groups are receiving $920,370 this year in YRAC grants through Community Services and Yukon Lottery Commission. For a complete list of the grants awarded, visit Sport and Recreation online at www.community.gov.yk.ca.

Minister Lang announces action in response to Our Towns, Our Future findings
May 13, 2011 – Yukon government will work with Association of Yukon Municipalities to build a sustainable future for Yukon communities.

Work full steam ahead in Whistle Bend construction
May 11, 2011 – Whistle Bend construction underway this spring and summer.

Grizzly Valley Subdivision country residential lots for sale in fall 2011
May 9, 2011 – Grizzly Valley Subdivision road contract awarded; 30 new rural residential lots to be available for public tender in fall 2011

Yukon highlights Emergency Preparedness Week with Operation Wildfire
May 5, 2011 – Yukon highlights Emergency Preparedness Week 2011 from May 1 - 7 by holding a joint tabletop emergency exercise to practice preparedness in Haines Junction.

Construction of Whistle Bend Subdivision to resume this spring
March 31, 2011 – Norcope Construction Group of Whitehorse was awarded a contract to install utilities for stages one and two of the Whistle Bend Subdivision.

Officials monitoring nuclear situation in Japan
March 16, 2011 – Chief Medical Officer of Health offers reassurances that there is no risk to Yukon as a result of events in Japan.

Ross River fire was accidental
March 16, 2011 – Fire Marshal's Office and RCMP find Ross River recreation centre fire was accidental.

Minister committed to rebuilding Ross River recreation centre
March 15, 2011 – In the days following the tragic fire that destroyed the recreation centre in Ross River, Minister of Community Services Archie Lang has created a team to assist the community move forward and plan for a new recreation centre.

Whitehorse wharf construction contracts awarded
February 15, 2011 – Contracts have been awarded for a new downtown wharf.


2010

Ingram lot presented to Habitat for Humanity Yukon
December 14, 2010 – Habitat for Humanity will build in the Ingram subdivision, thanks to Yukon Housing Corporation.

Ceremony to honour a late Yukoner’s dedication to sport
November 24, 2010 – To celebrate the memory of Peter Milner, a dedication ceremony and plaque will be unveiled at the Yukon College Family Residence on Wednesday, November 24 at 2pm. The residence is a legacy from the 2007 Canada Winter Games.

Carcross infrastructure projects 2010 update
November 2, 2010 – The departments of Community Services and Tourism and Culture reported continued progress in 2010 in completing vital Carcross waterfront infrastructure projects worth more than $6.75 million.

Motor Vehicles begins issuing Yukon’s new secure driver’s licence and general ID card
November 1, 2010 – One year after deciding to move forward, the Yukon government is offering new secure photo ID to Yukoners when their driver's licence expires, and to people who want new government-issued identification as proof of age, identity or Yukon residency.

Our Towns, Our Future review launched today
October 22, 2010 – The review will look for innovative and cost effective ways to support strong and sustainable municipalities.

November start for new secure driver’s licence and general identification card
October 21, 2010 – New secure cards will become available in November.

Yukon leads way and participates in new National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination system
September 24, 2010 – New national alert system helps keep Yukoners informed.

Yukoners will need more documents for new cards; fees remain low
September 22, 2010 – New secure ID cards will be widely accepted and recognized.

New lots available at Ingram subdivision
September 21, 2010 – Ingram subdivision lottery and tender packages are now available.

Emergency Medical Services temporary station update
September 17, 2010 – EMS crews to operate 24/7 from their temporary facility; permanent station by 2012.

Secure driver’s licence and ID card to be made in Yukon
September 1, 2010 – New driver's licence and general identification card to be available later this fall.

Whistle Bend Subdivision in Whitehorse progressing well
August 31, 2010 – Land cleared and public tender issued for road work on Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse.

Yukon supports community FireSmart projects
August 30, 2010 – Twenty-eight Yukon projects to benefit from $819,300 in FireSmart grants.

Emergency medical services signs memorandum of understanding with volunteers
August 23, 2010 – Yukon emergency medical services signs memorandum of understanding with volunteer ambulance society.

Yukon government extends best wishes to Yukon’s Canada 55+ Games team
August 23, 2010 – Yukon delegation travelling to Brockville for the Canada 55+ Games.

Evacuation notice lifted for the Watson Lake area
August 19, 2010 – Evacuation notice lifted for Watson Lake area.

Minister delivers state-of-the-art fire truck to Ross River
August 18, 2010 – Minister Lang presents new fire truck to Ross River Volunteer Fire Department.

Watson Lake area fire community information centre now open
August 6, 2010 – Community information centre now open to serve the public concerned about the Watson Lake area fire.

Yukon Emergency Medical Services launches new ambulance deployment initiative
July 30, 2010 – Phased plan to better serve the geographical heart of Whitehorse.

Carcross waterfront investments celebrated during Golden Spike Day 2010
July 29, 2010 – The Golden Spike Anniversary marks an important milestone in Yukon's history.

Public input invited on three Yukon business-related acts
July 28, 2010 – Government invites comments from citizens and interest groups on plans to modernize business legislation.

Yukon Wildland Fire Management lauded for work in British Columbia
July 2, 2009 – Wildland Fire Management employees have been presented with a Heroes and Rescue Award.

Licensed practical nurses expand health care services to Yukoners
June 28, 2010 – Licensed practical nurses in Yukon are now authorized to perform the full range of nursing tasks that are done elsewhere in Canada.

Permits and inspections required for major work on all Yukon heating systems
June 24, 2010 – Changes coming for installing, modifying or replacing components of fuel oil-fired heating systems including furnaces, fuel lines, chimneys and storage tanks.

Sport and athlete funding supports Yukon organizations
June 8, 2010 – Yukon government has awarded $423,000 in Yukon Sport for Life and Eliite Athlete funding for 2010-11.

Sport and recreation grants awarded
June 8, 2010 – Sporting groups receive $935,000 in grants and helps build vibrant communities.

Yukon’s Business Corporations Act to be revamped
May 21, 2010 – Consultation is underway on the Yukon Business Corporations Act to ensure Yukon has a modern, healthy, and competitive business climate.

Young workers need more than a job to start work
May 6, 2010 – Open house and book launch for youth and parents.

Minister commits to partner for long-term sustainability of Yukon municipal governments
April 16, 2010 – Partnership will address key issues including funding, recruitment and service delivery.

Labour mobility legislation tabled
March 31, 2010 – Proposed legislation will eliminate geographical barriers for working Canadians.

Community Services closer to issuing new secure driver's licence and general identification card
March 31, 2010 – Yukoners soon to have access to secure driver's licence and new ID card.

Yukon government signs new medevac contract with local carrier
March 16, 2010 – Patients to continue flying with Alkan Air.

Yukon shares the spirit of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games
March 12, 2010 – Yukon celebrates the 2010 Paralympic Games.

Design contract awarded for second Whitehorse ambulance station
March 9, 2010 – Design work to begin on Whitehorse ambulance station.

Protective Services branches donate gear and clothing
March 8, 2010 – Firefighting and protective equipment going to communities and countries in need.

Sport, culture and youth ambassador contingent heading to Vancouver
February 12, 2010 – Yukon’s ambassadors at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games receive warm send-off.

New northern search and rescue web resource
January 26, 2010 – New search and rescue website helps adventurers plan better and stay safe in Yukon’s magnificent, world-class wilderness areas.


2009