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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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


Continuing care commended for its commitment to quality improvement
December 22, 2016 – Government of Yukon's continuing care program received scores of more than 97 per cent from Accreditation Canada and is commended for its commitment to individuals in its care.

Fentanyl can be deadly: new campaign to combat fentanyl
November 14, 2016 – A new awareness campaign aims to prevent drug-related overdoses and deaths.

Another early start to flu season
November 3, 2016 – Two dozen cases of influenza have been confirmed throughout Yukon.

Residents to move into Thomson Centre next week
September 30, 2016 – Additional continuing care beds set to open in Whitehorse.

New Alcohol and Drug Services facility officially opens
September 23, 2016 – New beginnings for the building, programs and clients as the new Sarah Steele building officially opened.

Recipients of second Mental Wellness Innovation Fund Award named
September 14, 2016 – Ten projects have been selected under the second intake of the Mental Wellness Innovation Fund award.

Hearing Services offers full complement of staff to better serve Yukoners
September 12, 2016 – Recruitment efforts successful with the hiring of two full-time audiologists at Hearing Services.

Government of Yukon funds extension of Watson Lake soup kitchen, food bank
September 9, 2016 – Funding provides additional crisis support to Watson Lake.

Government of Yukon supports distribution of pregnancy tests
September 9, 2016 – Pregnancy test dispensers to help reduce number of people affected by FASD.

Daycares join schools in promoting healthy choices
August 31, 2016 – From the Ground Up celebrates its fifth year with the addition of daycares.

Health Information Privacy and Management Act now in force
August 31, 2016 – The Health Information Privacy and Management Act brings privacy and access into balance.

Government of Yukon working to meet needs of foster children and foster parents
August 30, 2016 – There are currently 61 foster parents in Yukon.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon to benefit from Innovation Fund award
August 23, 2016 – The group is one of 12 organizations and projects to share $620,000 through the Mental Wellness Innovation Fund.

Rural Yukon communities are biggest beneficiaries of Mental Wellness Innovation Fund
August 16, 2016 – 12 community projects will be sharing $620,000 through the fund.

Government of Yukon opens new service centre dedicated to youth
August 16, 2016 – New initiative to help youth navigate Yukon government services.

Yukon government ensures single seniors not impacted by changes to GIS
July 26, 2016 – Regulation amended so single Yukon seniors do not lose out financially.

Government, hospital collaborate to increase access to continuing care/acute care beds
July 18, 2016 – The new plan will free up hospital beds, create 10 new continuing-care beds and alleviate staffing challenges.

Home health monitoring project planned for Yukon
July 13, 2016 – A new Home Health Monitoring project will help keep Yukoners with chronic conditions out of hospital.

Government of Yukon funds Mental Health Association of Yukon executive director position
June 23, 2016 – The Yukon government supports the Mental Health Association of Yukon’s hiring of an executive director.

Mental Wellness Summit to spark ideas for building a healthier Yukon
June 15, 2016 – The Mental Wellness Summit takes place on June 23 and 24, in Whitehorse.

Government to repay missed social assistance exemptions
June 13, 2016 – Health and Social Services Minister Mike Nixon said today that it is important to correct the error.

Whitehorse air quality information now available online
June 8, 2016 – The Air Quality Health Index now provides information on the Whitehorse region's air quality.

Weight Wise program doubles intake for coming year
May 26, 2016 – Yukon Weight Wise participants have shed more than 8,000 lbs in six years.

Government of Yukon renews partnership with Canadian Centre for Child Protection
May 25, 2016 – Agency calls Yukon a leader in Canada for enhancing protection of Yukon children.

Yukon Health Status Report 2015 released
May 18, 2016 – This report provides a comprehensive update on the health of Yukoners, with a focus on substance use.

Health Investment Fund helps develop strong communities
May 12, 2016 – Government of Yukon, though the Health Investment Fund, is supporting two local organizations.

Yukon government to cover cost of Hepatitis C drugs
May 11, 2016 – The funding help Yukoners who do not have insurance cover the cost of this expensive medication.

Government of Yukon investing in services to support families of children with disabilities
May 11, 2016 – Government of Yukon is responding to an increased need for speech-language services.

Yukon nurse receives Leadership Award
May 11, 2016 – Sharon Specht acknowledged for extraordinary leadership and dedication to quality palliative care.

Home care expansion increases in-home supports and services
May 9, 2016 – Increased staffing means more support to keep seniors and elders in their homes longer.

Mental Wellness Strategy released with support of First Nations, mental health group
May 5, 2016 – Together with First Nations and community partners, the Government of Yukon is taking action to improve the mental wellness and mental health of Yukoners.

Government of Yukon takes action to improve social service delivery
May 4, 2016 – Changes will improve transition planning for youth with disabilities.

Chief medical officer of health advises Yukoners on avoiding fentanyl overdose
April 22, 2016 – Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and can lead to overdose and death.

Government of Yukon officially opens new St. Elias Adult Group Home
April 21, 2016 – New facility will provide a home for 10 individuals requiring specialized care.

Yukon government extends funding for Practical Nurse diploma program to continue
April 14, 2016 – The deadline for applications to the Practical Nurse program is May 1.

Planning starts for Old Crow Health Centre replacement
April 13, 2016 – A new building would provide safe, efficient and adequate space for current and future health services in the community.

Funding announced to implement colorectal cancer screening program
April 12, 2016 – New screening program will allow for earlier detection of cancer.

Government of Yukon invests $1 million in community-based mental health initiatives
April 7, 2016 – $1 million to be used by communities for innovative projects to address community mental health needs.

Youth programming to be included in new Sarah Steele facility
April 5, 2016 – The programming will include a 24/7 withdrawal service for youth as well as a gender-specific residential treatment program.

School program will enhance mental health services in Ross River and Faro
April 4, 2016 – Additional community counselling available as part of in-school education program.

Yukon government supports Parhelion Medical Clinic’s move into Watson Lake Hospital
March 31, 2016 – Two rural hospitals will now house doctors’ clinics; medication dispensaries.

Legislative Assembly Building to Light It Up Blue for autism awareness
March 31, 2016 – Government signs on to international blue event to increase awareness of World Autism Day.

Alexander McDonald Lodge continuing care facility opened in Dawson
March 18, 2016 – The new facility can accommodate 15 residents and replaces the old lodge, opened in 1970.

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.

The Know Your Numbers campaign is back for a fourth year
February 12, 2016 – Over the next two weeks, Yukoners can take advantage of free blood pressure clinics.

Sixth Avenue interim continuing care facility set to open
February 9, 2016 – The opening of the 10-bed temporary continuing care facility will help reduce the wait list for continuing care beds.

Yukon’s work on children in care part of national focus
February 5, 2016 – Ministers meeting focuses on how to improve life for children, families and persons with disabilities.

Social outcomes for Canadians subject of discussion at ministers meeting
February 3, 2016 – Health and Social Services minister to share Yukon perspectives on social issues at national roundtable.

Yukon government signs agreement for new continuing care facility
January 28, 2016 – Today the Government of Yukon announced it has finalized one of the largest construction contracts ever awarded in Yukon.

Common issues give ministers opportunities to share
January 21, 2016 – Meetings between Canada’s health ministers were held this week in Vancouver.

Minister to join provincial and territorial colleagues at health ministers meeting
January 19, 2016 – Minister looking forward to continued collaboration with provincial and territorial colleagues.

A statement from Health and Social Services Minister Mike Nixon regarding the soup kitchen at CYO Hall in the Sacred Heart Cathedral
January 14, 2016 – The Government of Yukon has not contemplated closing the soup kitchen.

Government of Yukon announces new youth mental health program with support from Bell Let’s Talk and Northwestel
January 14, 2016 – The FRIENDS program focuses on prevention and treatment services.