Yukon Essential Workers Income Support Program

The Yukon Essential Workers Income Support Program provides temporary financial support for lower-income workers for the delivery of essential services during COVID-19. 

Who can apply?

This program is open to:

  • businesses, non-government organizations or governments; and
  • community societies or associations whose operations have been identified as critical or essential can apply for their eligible workers; and
  • employers accessing the Temporary Wage Subsidy.

A Yukon organization and community societies or associations that employs essential workers that meet the income threshold will apply on behalf of their workers.

Who cannot apply?

This program is not available to workers that have accessed the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) during the same period in which they are applying for the Yukon Essential Workers Income Support Program. 

Criteria

A Yukon business means a business that meets three of the following criteria:

  • Has a resident agent, warehouse, office or place of business in the Yukon;
  • is subject to the Yukon Income Tax Act;
  • is registered as per the Business Corporations Act or the Partnership and Business Name Act, where applicable; and
  • has a valid municipal business license, where applicable.

A community society or association means organizations that:

  • are registered societies under the Yukon Societies Act and are in good standing; and
  • are based in the community.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for this program a worker must:

  • earn less than $20.00 per hour; and
  • provide a critical or essential service, regardless of whether they are full time or part time employees.

This program applies to all Yukon workers providing essential and critical services identified in Annex 2 of the Yukon government’s Guidelines for the delivery of critical and essential services (as of April 2, 2020) and any subsequent additions. 

How much can workers receive?

Workers will receive the lesser of: 

  • a top-up of either $4 per hour, for up to 40 hours per week; or
  • an amount that brings their wage to $20.00 per hour, for up to 40 hours per week

The program will cover a maximum of 16 consecutive weeks per essential worker between March 15, 2020 and October 3, 2020. Employers have the flexibility to determine their 16 consecutive weeks within this predetermined period as long as that period ends by October 3, 2020.

The employer can select a different 16-week period for each employee, however each employee must have a consecutive 16-week period.  Paid or unpaid employee leave during the enrollment period will not constitute a break in eligibility under this program.

Application deadline

The deadline to apply for this program is November 3, 2020.

Required documents for applying

  • Completed and signed application form with original signature page.
  • Completed client worksheet Excel spreadsheet 
  • For business, documentation showing that the applicant is an eligible Yukon business dated before March 1, 2020. For example a utility bill showing the organization’s name and address, registration from Corporate Affairs dated before March 1, 2020 or a valid business license. 
  • For societies, a copy of their registration.
  • Copies of the most recent pay stubs, for all employees in the application, covering the dates and proof of wages paid.

How to apply

  1. Download the application
  2. Complete the application form. Refer to our guide to help you complete the form. 
  3. Download the client worksheet
  4. Complete the worksheet. 
  5. Download the employee agreement form
  6. Complete the employee agreement form.
  7. Submit the application form, client worksheet, employee agreement form and required supporting documents: 
    Email: ecdev@gov.yk.ca
    Fax: 867-393-6228
    Mail: Government of Yukon, Box 2703 (F-1), Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Contact: 

If you have questions, email ecdev@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-456-3803, toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 3803