Temporary support for cancelled events

  • Program eligibility
  • Eligible and ineligible costs
  • Required documents
  • Apply online

The Temporary Support for Events Funding Program helps Yukon businesses and non-government organizations (NGOs) affected by the cancellation of major events due to COVID-19 recover certain costs.

Objectives:

  • To protect individual and organizational economic sufficiency to help employers and employees (including self-employed Yukoners) preserve their economic viability through to the end of the pandemic);
  • To put health first and promote desired behaviours to reduce the spread of COVID-19;
  • To ensure financial resources are made available within relevant and appropriate timelines;
  • To design the program for uncertainty and allow for real-time judgement and decision-making; and
  • To make the process as simple as possible to ease the transaction burdens on both recipient and government.
  1. Program eligibility

    Who can apply?

    • All eligible Yukon businesses or organizations may apply.
    • Before applying for funding, businesses and organizations must make every effort:
      • to cancel contracts;
      • return supplies; or
      • otherwise limit losses.

    Yukon businesses and non-government organizations that face a unique, irretrievable financial loss because of COVID-19 related cancellation of an eligible event can apply.

    What is considered as a business?

    A Yukon business is a business that meets 3 of the following criteria:

    What is considered as a non-government organization?

    A Yukon non-government organization is based in Yukon and includes:

    • registered non-profit societies;
    • not-for-profit corporations incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act based in Yukon; and
    • charitable organizations.

    All Yukon non-government organizations must be registered and in good standing under the Societies Act.

    What events are eligible?

    Major events open to the general public that:

    • expected more than 50 participants; and
    • were cancelled because of COVID-19 between March 7, 2020 and July 31, 2020.

    Eligible events include but are not limited to:

    • Arctic Winter Games 2020
    • Atlin Arts and Music Festival 2020
    • Yukon Native Hockey Tournament 2020

    This program supports costs related to major events the public would have attended. Private events, such as weddings, are not eligible. Events with restricted attendance, such as conferences, large business meetings and general assemblies, are not eligible.

    Other criteria

    • Time limits for eligible goods/services - only those goods and services that were purchased by the March 16, 2020 ban on gatherings of more than 50 people will be considered for the program.
    • Eligible accommodations, vehicle rentals and air transportation must fall within three days before and after the eligible event dates.
    • Applicants must provide all required documentation for their application to be considered.
    • Unless faced with an immediately pressing need, businesses are encouraged to apply to other funding they are eligible for and demonstrate (where applicable) that best efforts were made to mitigate the losses. This includes attempts to access other relevant funding. 

    How long will this program be in effect for?

    Application to this program must be submitted on or before August 31, 2020.

  2. Eligible and ineligible costs

    What does the program cover

    The program provides funding for up to 100% of the total irretrievable loss.

    The program focuses on losses related to:

    • perishable goods; and
    • the cancellation of accommodation and services.

    Important note:

    To be eligible for this funding program, expenses must have been incurred before March 16, 2020. This is the date when the Chief Medical Officer of Health banned gatherings of more than 50 people.

    Funding is available for up to 100% of the irretrievable losses due to the cancellation of events, especially losses related to perishable goods and cancellation of accommodation and services.

    Examples of eligible costs

    • Goods purchased by March 16, 2020 for major event use.
    • Perishable food and drinks that a business ordered before an event was cancelled. This includes any costs related to the disposal of these perishable goods.
    • Service bookings and cancellations or contracts with vendors in the build-up to an eligible event that was eventually cancelled.
    • Specific 1-time, time-limited costs around hiring of staff for eligible events.
    • Printing and advertising services contracted for a cancelled event that were delivered ahead of the event.
    • Costs related to accommodation bookings made ahead of an event that were cancelled as a result of the eligible event not happening.

    Examples of ineligible costs

    • Goods and services associated with non-eligible events.
    • Goods and services that could have been returned or cancelled after March 16, 2020. This is the date when the Chief Medical Officer of Health banned gatherings of more than 50 people.
    • Goods and services purchased after March 16, 2020.
    • Any portions of costs that a business can recover. For example, a partial refund from the vendor.
    • Any portion of goods costs that a business did not solely and only incur because of an event cancellation. For example:
      • If a restaurant owner purchased new sales software in February 2020 ahead of an event to prepare for additional visitors, the cost of that software is not eligible as the software has economic value even after the event’s cancellation. However, if the same restaurant owner ordered a specific amount of perishable food items for the month of March ahead of the event to prepare for additional visitors, those costs are eligible.
      • If a tour operator purchased a van in February 2020 ahead of an event, the cost of that van purchase is not eligible for this funding program as the van has significant economic value even after the event’s cancellation. However, if the same tour operator rented a van for the month of March ahead of the event to prepare for additional visitors, then this funding program covers the portion of the rental costs that cannot be reimbursed after the tour operator has cancelled the rental.
      • If a hotel owner purchased additional event lighting equipment in February 2020 ahead of an event, the cost of that equipment purchase is not eligible for this funding program as it has significant economic value even after the event’s cancellation. However, if the same hotel owner rented lighting fixtures for the month of March ahead of the event to prepare for additional visitors, then this funding program covers the portion of the rental costs that cannot be reimbursed after hotel owner has cancelled the rental.
  3. Required documents

    If you apply for this program, you'll need to complete and sign an application and provide the following:

    • proof that you qualify as a Yukon business or non-government organization;
    • documentation showing contract(s) with relevant event organizers regarding delivery of specific goods/services (if applicable);
    • original receipts for all purchases of goods/services for which the funding is required;
    • documentation showing cancellation of the event; and
    • proof of any cost-recovery efforts.

    We will verify applications and validate required documents before releasing program funds.


Contact 

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