Information current

April 9, 2021

Keep yourself and others safe by practising the Safe 6 plus wearing a mask

Watch the latest video update. For medical questions or if you feel ill phone 811 or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

Support for arts and culture sectors

Funding announcements

The arts and culture sectors are of great importance to Yukon and Yukoners and we're working on initiatives to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We'll post funding and program announcements to this page as information becomes available.

Arts funding programs

Touring Artist Fund

We have temporarily modified the eligibility criteria for the Touring Artist Fund. As of June 15, 2020, eligible projects include: 

  • touring within Yukon; and
  • online (digital) "tours". 

This change is meant to better support artists while travel and health restrictions are in place. 

Learn more or apply to the fund.

Cultural Industries Training Fund

In April 2020, we held an extra intake of the Cultural Industries Training Fund (CITF).

The CITF supports training for jobs that enable artists’ work to reach the public. 

Due to COVID-19 guidelines established by Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health, training opportunities should have been done by distance or online. Preference was given to training that allowed people to adapt to the current situation and present digitally.

Learn more or apply to the fund.

Arts Fund

We increased the Arts Fund by $125,000.

There was a one-time special intake on April 20, 2020 for that amount.

The special intake criteria suspended the usual threshold and allowed applicants to apply for 100% of eligible project expenses. The regular June, September and December intakes for Arts Fund have not changed.

Learn how to apply to the Arts Fund.

On Yukon Time – special funding

We provided $150,000 in special funding for arts-related initiatives in light of COVID-19 impacts.

We adapted our On Yukon Time program to support artists and organizations in this time of lost revenue and uncertainty. This was a one-time change for the 2020–21 fiscal year.

We accepted applications for this funding in April and October, 2020.

See the list of recipients.

Advanced Artist Award

For both the April 1, 2020 and the October 1, 2020 intakes of the Advanced Artist Award, $150,000 was available in funding. Normally, $75,000 is allocated for each intake.

This additional funding allowed more artists to use the downturn associated with COVID-19 to enhance their artistic professional development.

Learn more or apply for the Advanced Artist Award.


Find a complete list of arts funding programs

Transfer Payment Agreements in 2020-21

The Yukon arts community has faced many challenges due to the cancellation of events and programming changes related to COVID-19.

Here are some ways we're helping:

Core funded organizations were not required to have replacement programming for events or activities that were delayed, changed or cancelled due to the pandemic.

Transfer Payment Agreements have remained flexible for project funding. Eligible expenses accrued before the cancellation of an event were honoured under the Agreement. We also continue to provide flexibility with changes and delays to projects.

Contact us


Our office is practicing physical distancing and sometimes we're working from home. During this time, the best way to contact us is by email. We can help.

Email and we can set up a phone appointment with an arts advisor.


Call 867-667-3535 or toll free: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3535 for these funds:
  • Arts Fund;
  • Arts Operating Funds; 
  • Advanced Artist Award;
  • New Canadians Event Fund;
  • Cultural Industries Training Fund;
  • Touring Artist Fund; or
  • On Yukon Time.

Information resources

Canadian Heritage

Previously awarded grants and contributions for local events, festivals or other initiatives are maintained and take into account the possibility of cancellations due to COVID-19.

Visit their website for more information.

Canada Council for the Arts

Visit their webpage: Important information related to COVID-19.

Heritage and cultural programs

Scientists and Explorers Licence

Anyone entering the Yukon for research purposes must obtain a Scientists and Explorers Act Licence.

We will issue licences provided that applicants follow the direction of Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health in regards to self-isolation when entering Yukon.

We encourage applicants to include a self-isolation plan in their applications. Please note that an S&E licence is not a licence to enter Yukon free from self-isolation requirements.

Find information for people entering Yukon.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss please email

Learn more about the Scientists and Explorers Licence.