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. 

We expect this change to remain in place until we reach Phase IV of Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

Learn more or apply to the fund.

Cultural Industries Training Fund

We held an April 15 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 be 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

Tourism and Culture provided 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.

The intake for this funding was April 15.

Learn more about this special funding.

Advanced Artist Award

For the April 1, 2020 intake of the Advanced Artist Award, there was $150,000 available in funding. Normally, $75,000 is allocated for this 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

Information for recipients

We recognize the Yukon arts community faces many challenges due to the cancellation of events and programming changes related to COVID-19.

Here are some ways we're helping:

  • If you have an active Transfer Payment Agreement for project funding, and you have started the project but then find you must cancel or delay it due to COVID-19, you can claim the eligible expenses you have incurred up to the amount of your agreement.
  • Core funded organizations will not be required to have replacement programming for events or activities that are delayed, changed or cancelled due to the pandemic.
  • Core funded organizations should include an explanation of how the pandemic impacted their programming and activities when reporting.

Who to contact

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

Email the arts advisor responsible for the fund in question, and we can set up phone appointments.

Advanced Artist Award, New Canadians Event Fund and Touring Artist Fund

Ross Burnet, arts advisor 

Arts Fund, Arts Operating Funds and Cultural Industries Training Fund

Suki Wellman, arts advisor

On Yukon Time

Tamika Knutson, arts advisor


Sophie Tremblay Morissette, manager, Arts
Phone: 867-334-8834

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.

While we're continuing to accept applications, there will be delays in the review and comments process. There is limited capacity at reviewing agencies and Yukon First Nations as a result of COVID-19 impacts.

We will not be issuing licenses until the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health advises that incoming travel can resume as normal. 

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

Learn more about the Scientists and Explorers Licence.