Updates on COVID-19 pandemic by week

Watch the latest COVID-19 video updates.

If you have a question phone toll-free 1-877-374-0425 or email covid19info@gov.yk.ca

May 18 to May 24, 2020

May 22 – 15:01 – Funding to help Yukon employers hire students for critical and essential services

The Government of Yukon is providing $750,000 to help Yukon employers create new summer employment for graduating and postsecondary students in critical and essential services. This funding is in addition to recent funding supports announced through the Yukon Essential Worker Income Support Program. 

The Staffing Up labour market funding program together with the Yukon Essential Workers Income Support Program will provide employers with up to $20 per hour for each new student position hired into critical and essential service positions, to a maximum of 40 hours per week and 16 weeks of employment.

Read the news release. 

May 22 – 14:23 – COVID-19 update

As of today, May 22, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory and 1,145 people have been tested. We have had no new cases since April 20.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the news release. 

May 20 – 15:16 – Government of Yukon extends support to Yukon businesses

The Yukon Business Relief Program is being extended to provide continued support to Yukon businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yukon Business Relief Program helps Yukon businesses that have experienced a 30 per cent reduction in revenue and need immediate support to cover fixed costs, including rent, utilities and business insurance. Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of up to $30,000 per month to cover fixed costs. The program has been extended to July 23, 2020.

Read the news release. 

May 19 – 14:31 – Government of Yukon offering support to families impacted by COVID-19

Families with children in Kindergarten to Grade 12 who have been impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for $250 per student from the Government of Yukon.

Face-to-face classes are suspended for the remainder of the 2019–20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are learning from home with support and guidance from teachers and school staff. This funding will help to offset costs for Yukon families with children learning from home during this time.

Read the news release. 

May 19 – 14:15 – COVID-19 update

As of today, May 19, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory and 1,134 people have been tested. We have had no new cases since April 20.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the news release. 

May 11 to May 17, 2020

May 15 – 14:19 – Plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions released with start of Phase I

The Government of Yukon and the Chief Medical Officer of Health have released A Path Forward: Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

A Path Forward presents a gradual and phased approach to lifting COVID-19 restrictions, with a focus on protecting communities and vulnerable residents, and on preventing the re-introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Yukon. The plan lays out the principles that will guide decisions on easing restrictions. They are based on public health advice and best practices across Canada adapted to fit Yukon’s local context. Phase I: Restart of A Path Forward begins today, following the easing of certain restrictions already announced during the previous “response phase” of the plan.

Read the news release

May 14 – 15:55 – Additional enforcement officers, information station for travellers will help protect Yukon from COVID-19

Starting Friday, May 15, a new roadside information station outside of Whitehorse will ensure travellers in transit through Yukon understand their mandated route through the territory and the restrictions in place under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA).

CEMA enforcement officers are now in place in Carmacks, Mayo, Dawson, Ross River, Faro, Haines Junction, Old Crow, Teslin and Watson Lake.  RCMP remain available to support enforcement in all communities, and may issue fines or make arrests of those found violating the CEMA orders.

Read the news release. 

May 14 – 13:01 – Yukon Forum focuses on COVID-19

Yukon’s Premier, Cabinet members, Council of Yukon First Nation’s Grand Chief and Yukon First Nations Chiefs met virtually today for the Yukon Forum.

The meeting focused on how the governments can work together to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders discussed health and social supports, the economy, education, treaty rights, and Yukon’s comprehensive reopening strategy, which will be unveiled tomorrow.

Read the news release. 

May 14 – 09:05 – Pharmacists to have new practice options during COVID-19 pandemic

The Government of Yukon has introduced temporary changes for pharmacists to ensure Yukoners can continue to safely access needed prescriptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes will also support effective and efficient health care during this time.

Under these temporary changes, pharmacists will have new options for extending prescriptions and also a limited ability to initiate prescriptions. The temporary changes support Health Canada’s March 2020 exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to maintain Yukoners’ access to controlled substances for medical treatments. Minor changes to pharmacists’ licensing requirements ensure pharmacists are supported in their work and Yukoners have better access to pharmacy services.

Read the news release. 

May 13 – 14:33 – Online meetings now supported for annual general meetings under the Civil Emergency Measures Act

ukon’s societies, business corporations and cooperatives can now hold their official meetings online with electronic and teleconferencing technology.

Last week, Community Services extended the deadlines for AGMs as an interim measure. A Ministerial Order under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) issued today provides additional flexibility for groups wishing to hold annual general meetings (AGMs) right away. Depending upon organizations’ articles, bylaws and partnership agreements, the current COVID19 ban on gatherings of more than 10 people can impede businesses, societies and other organizations from holding AGMs as required by the current legislation governing them.

Read the news release. 

May 13 – 10:01 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health releases motor vehicle report

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has released a report called Motor Vehicles in Yukon: A Public Health Perspective. The aim of the report, which is based on detailed data from a range of sources, is to provide direction that will help to reduce motor vehicle collision injuries in Yukon.

The report includes seven key recommendations.

Read the news release. 

May 12 – 14:14 – COVID-19 update

As of today, May 12, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory and 1,106 individuals have been tested.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the news release.

May 11 – 14:18 – New support will help tenants pay rent during COVID-19

Tenants and landlords who are affected by income losses during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive support from the Government of Yukon’s new COVID-19 Rent Assist program.

Tenants living in private non-subsidized market rental housing in Yukon who have lost 30 per cent or more of their income due to COVID-19 are eligible for a grant to help cover rent from April to June 2020. Eligible households can receive 50% of median market rent based on unit size using the Whitehorse median market rent:

  • $415 per month for a bachelor, or room in a house;
  • $500 per month for a 1 bedroom;
  • $600 per month for a 2 bedroom; and
  • $800 per month for a 3 bedroom or larger.

Read the news release. 

May 4 to May 10, 2020

May 8 – 14:33 – Yukon launches non-medical COVID-19 information line

Yukoners will now find it easier to get non-medical COVID-19 information with the launch of  a new, dedicated COVID-19 InfoLine. The InfoLine can provide Yukon specific information about travel and borders, self-isolation and physical distancing, enforcement, and the various social and economic supports for businesses and families.

Yukoners can reach the COVID-19 InfoLine at 877-374-0425 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week. Information is available in English, French, Gwich’in, Tagalog, Cantonese, Arabic, German, Hindi, Punjabi and many other languages. Non-medical COVID-19 information is also available online at Yukon.ca/covid-19 and by email: covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

Read the news release. 

May 8 – 14:27 – COVID-19 update

As of today, May 8, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory and 1,075 individuals have been tested.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the news release. 

May 8 – 10:34 – Drug use reminder issued in times of pandemic

The Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley, and Yukon's Chief Coroner Heather Jones are cautioning Yukon residents around drug use after seven drug-related deaths since January 2020: three deaths in March and April are confirmed as fentanyl-related, while three deaths from January and February are still awaiting toxicology confirmation of drug content.

Read the news release. 

May 5 – 14:16 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, May 5, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory and 1,041 individuals have been tested.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

May 4 – 12:48 – New support available for Yukon’s aviation industry

Yukon’s aviation sector will receive $3.56 million in support to help compensate for lost revenues as a result of COVID-19. 

The government will flow federal funding to aviation businesses to support critical and essential routes and the transportation of vital supplies. The $3.56 million in funding is Yukon’s portion of Government of Canada support announced on April 14.

Read the news release. 

April 27 to May 3, 2020

May 1 – 14:14 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, May 1, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

May 1 – 13:01 – New orders under Civil Emergency Measures Act come into force

Three new Ministerial Orders under the Civil Emergency Measures Act are now in force that will allow government to be responsive to the evolving state of emergency in Yukon.

Read the news release. 

April 28, 2020 – 16:05 – Temporary changes to licensing requirements for certain Yukon drivers

Yukon seniors will remain mobile and commercial drivers can continue deliveries during the COVID-19 pandemic following passage of a new Driver Medical Order.

The Ministerial Order specifies affected drivers will not be penalized or face licence suspensions if they cannot provide their medical examination certificate during the state of emergency. Commercial drivers can continue to provide their vital service to Yukon communities and drivers aged 70 years and older will not have restrictions placed on their mobility.

The exemption period started on March 18 and will end 90 days after the end of the state of emergency declared by the government.

Read the news release. 

April 28, 2020 – 14:18 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, April 28, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

Eight of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and all others are doing well at home.

We can trace each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread to have occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

April 27, 2020 – 13:31 – Canada Emergency Response Benefit to be exempted from Yukon Social Assistance

Yukoners receiving Social Assistance benefits will not experience a reduction if they receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

Currently, under Yukon’s Social Assistance Regulation the CERB would qualify as unearned income and result in a reduction in the total amount of Social Assistance benefits. Forthcoming changes under the Civil Emergency Measures Act will fully exempt CERB payments from April to June 2020.

Read the news release.

April 27, 2020 – 13:01 – Yukon receives ventilators from federal emergency response services

Yukon has received six ventilators from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s emergency response services, significantly increasing the territory’s capacity to provide acute care in response to COVID-19.

Yukon now has a total of 15 ventilators distributed between the Yukon Hospital Corporation and Emergency Medical Services. Five of the new ventilators have been assigned to Whitehorse General Hospital, one intensive care unit Puritan Bennett 840 model and four of the portable Newport HT-50 models. One additional portable ventilator has been assigned to Emergency Medical Services.

Read the news release. 

April 20 to April 26, 2020

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, April 24, at 3 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

Eight of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and all others are doing well at home. No one has had to go to a hospital.

Daily updates

Information about COVID-19 tests is published daily on Yukon.ca. This includes how many confirmed cases there are in Yukon, how many tests have been negative, how many results are pending, the total number of tests and how many people have recovered.

Read the information bulletin.

April 23, 2020 – 15:18 – Property tax payment deadline extended to September 2

The Government of Yukon has extended the deadline for property tax payments from July 2 to September 2, 2020 for citizens and businesses.  

Minister of Community Services John Streicker signed a Ministerial Order under the Civil Emergency Measures Act today that will provide Yukon property owners whose incomes are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with the ability to pay their property taxes up to September 2 without penalty.

Read the news release. 

April 22, 2020 – 15:00 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, April 22, at 3 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

8 of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and all others are doing well at home.

Each case in Yukon so far can be traced to its origin and there continues to be no known community transmission in the territory. Community transmission is assumed to have occurred when it is no longer possible to trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

April 20, 2020 – 15:11 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 20, at 3 p.m. there are 2 new cases of COVID-19 in the territory, bringing the total number of cases to 11. The new cases relate to a cluster in Whitehorse that is associated with international travel. Contact tracing and investigation continue.

8 of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon, including all people not involved in the present cluster, have recovered and all are doing well.

Each case in Yukon so far can be traced to its origin and there continues to be no known community transmission in the territory. Community transmission is assumed to have occurred when it is no longer possible to trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

April 13 to 19, 2020

April 17,  2020 – 15:22 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 17, at 3 p.m. there is 1 new case of COVID-19 in the territory, bringing the total number of cases to 9. The new case is in Whitehorse and related to international travel. Contact tracing is underway.

7 of the 9 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and no one has had to go to a hospital.

Each case in Yukon so far can be traced to its origin and there continues to be no known community transmission in the territory. Community transmission is assumed to have occurred when it is no longer possible to trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

April 17,  2020 – 15:09 – New border control measures come into force

A new Border Control Measures Order to strengthen enforcement at all Yukon borders during the COVID-19 emergency is now in force.

Minister of Community Services John Streicker signed the Ministerial Order under the Civil Emergency Measures Act as a means to ensure that enforcement officers stationed at Yukon’s borders have the legal authority and tools needed to deny entry to non-essential travellers while still permitting essential and critical services and people to return home.

Read the news release. 

April 14,  2020 – 15:30 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 14, at 3 p.m. the number of cases of COVID-19 in Yukon remains at eight with seven cases in Whitehorse and one in a community.

Six of the eight people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and no one has had to go to a hospital.

Read the information bulletin.

April 13 to April 19, 2020

April 17,  2020 – 15:22 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 17, at 3 p.m. there is 1 new case of COVID-19 in the territory, bringing the total number of cases to 9. The new case is in Whitehorse and related to international travel. Contact tracing is underway.

7 of the 9 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and no one has had to go to a hospital.

Each case in Yukon so far can be traced to its origin and there continues to be no known community transmission in the territory. Community transmission is assumed to have occurred when it is no longer possible to trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

April 17,  2020 – 15:09 – New border control measures come into force

A new Border Control Measures Order to strengthen enforcement at all Yukon borders during the COVID-19 emergency is now in force.

Minister of Community Services John Streicker signed the Ministerial Order under the Civil Emergency Measures Act as a means to ensure that enforcement officers stationed at Yukon’s borders have the legal authority and tools needed to deny entry to non-essential travellers while still permitting essential and critical services and people to return home.

Read the news release. 

April 14,  2020 – 15:30 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 14, at 3 p.m. the number of cases of COVID-19 in Yukon remains at eight with seven cases in Whitehorse and one in a community.

Six of the eight people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and no one has had to go to a hospital.

Read the information bulletin.

April 6 to April 12, 2020

April 9,  2020 – 14:09 – Yukon businesses to receive relief funding

Yukon businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will receive funding from the Government of Yukon to cover fixed business costs, including rent, utilities and business insurance.

The Yukon Business Relief Program will help Yukon businesses that have experienced a 30 per cent reduction in revenue and require immediate relief. Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of up to $30,000 per month to cover fixed costs from March 23 to May 22, 2020.

Read the news release.

April 8,  2020 – 15:10 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 8, at 3 p.m. the number of cases of COVID-19 in Yukon is eight.

The eighth case is in a rural Yukon community. The patient is self-isolating and doing well at home. This case is linked to international travel.

Four of the eight people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have now recovered and no one has had to go to a hospital.

Read the information bulletin.

April 7,  2020 – 14:12 – Face-to-face classes suspended for remainder of 2019–20 school year

The Government of Yukon’s Minister of Education, Tracy-Anne McPhee, has suspended face-to-face classes for the remainder of the 2019–20 school year, on the recommendation of Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Student learning will continue through alternative learning opportunities starting on April 16 for the remainder of the school year. Yukon Learning Continuity Requirements have been developed and shared with Yukon schools to inform plans for at-home learning throughout the territory. The Department of Education worked with the British Columbia Ministry of Education and a committee of educators and central administration staff to develop the new requirements.

Read the news release. 

April 6,  2020 – 16:17 – Parks and campgrounds opening delayed until June

The Government of Yukon is delaying the opening of territorial parks and campgrounds and sale of camping permits until June to protect the public, staff and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the news release.

April 6,  2020 – 15:34 – Government of Yukon provides more details about enforcement at Yukon borders

As of 8 a.m. on Monday, April 6, Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) Enforcement Officers have been placed at Yukon borders and at the Whitehorse airport as a measure to ensure that all travellers have the information they need to keep themselves and Yukoners safe from the spread of COVID-19.

Read the news release. 

April 6,  2020 – 15:25 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 6, at 3 p.m. the number of cases of COVID-19 in Yukon is seven.

Four of the seven people who have contracted COVID-19 have now recovered and all others are isolating and doing well at home. No Yukon cases have required medical treatment.

Read the information bulletin.

April 6,  2020 – 12:59 – Child care operators receive additional funding

Yukon’s licensed child care centres and family day homes will receive additional funding to provide care to children during the COVID-19 response and beyond it. The Government of Yukon will cover staff wages as well as eligible building expenses, including rent, utilities and cleaning costs. The funding will support child care operators and enable them to avoid charging parent fees as Yukon responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the news release. 

March 30 to April 5, 2020

April 3,  2020 – 16:01 – Government of Yukon provides phones to vulnerable women during COVID-19 pandemic

The Government of Yukon is partnering with the Yukon Status of Women Council and Northwestel to ensure that women vulnerable to violence in Yukon have safe access to cell phones and the internet during COVID-19.

The Government of Yukon will provide 325 phones with capability for voice and internet access to vulnerable women for the next four months. This will give women options to safely access the support they need.

Read the news release.

April 3,  2020 – 15:11 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 3, at 3 p.m. the number of cases of COVID-19 in Yukon remains at six.

Four of the six people who contracted COVID-19 have now recovered and all others are isolating and doing well at home. No Yukon cases have required medical treatment.

Yukon continues to have no documented cases of community transmission. All identified infections in the territory so far are connected to travel outside Yukon or to known contacts. Community transmission occurs when it is no longer possible to trace how somebody became infected. Physical spacing measures are people’s best protection against unknown community transmission.

Read the information bulletin.

April 2,  2020 – 14:09 – Emergency measures and guidance to protect Yukoners from the spread of COVID-19 announced today

The Government of Yukon is protecting Yukoners from the spread of COVID-19 by introducing Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Orders. This now ensures that orders given by the Chief Medical Officer of Health are enforceable under the Civil Emergency Measures Act. Today’s action also defines critical and essential services in a new set of guidelines. The guidelines will provide Yukoners and critical service providers the clarity needed to determine who can safely travel and work throughout the territory.

Read the news release. 

April 1,  2020 – 14:36 – Yukon businesses to benefit from funding for cancelled events

The Government of Yukon today announced details of supports available to address the economic impacts of event cancellations related to COVID-19.

Minister Pillai announced the Temporary Support for Events Funding Program, which will help businesses recover certain costs from the cancellation of major events due to COVID-19. Major events are those which would have had gatherings of more than 50 people, such as the Arctic Winter Games or Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. These costs relate specifically to perishable goods and the cancellation of accommodation and services. All eligible Yukon businesses and NGOs may apply.

Read the news release.

April 1, 2020 – 14:01 – Comprehensive Review of Health and Social Services report receives 30 day extension

Following a request from the Independent Expert Panel, the deadline for the submission of the Panel’s final report has been granted a 30 day extension. The Independent Expert Panel requested this extension, citing circumstantial challenges due to COVID-19 as the reason for this request.

Read the news release.

March 30, 2020 – 14:46 – Recycling services, tipping fees temporarily suspended in light of COVID-19 pandemic

In order to protect users and workers at waste facilities from the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Yukon has requested that during the COVID-19 public health emergency all free stores and recycling depots close on or before April 1, 2020.

Read the news release.

March 23 to March 29, 2020

March 27, 2020 – 15:15 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, March 27, at 3 p.m. there are four cases of COVID-19 in Yukon. All four people are doing well at home. Yukoners are urged to behave as if COVID-19 is already in their community. They should continue to keep a physical distance of two meters or six feet from each other and practice greater hygiene. As many Yukoners will know, the Government of Canada now requires mandatory 14-day self-isolation for everyone entering Canada even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

Read the information bulletin.

March 27, 2020 – 15:08 – Yukon declares state of emergency in response to COVID-19

The Government of Yukon is declaring a state of emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This does not indicate a significant change in circumstances or an increased risk to Yukoners but prepares the government to take rapid action if needed.

Read the news release.

March 27, 2020 – 14:34 – Special guide licence application period delayed

The Government of Yukon is delaying the application period for the special guide licence lottery until June. This decision is in response to concerns related to COVID-19 and travel restrictions across the country.

Read the news release.

March 27, 2020 – 14:14 – Interim supports for arts and culture sectors announced

To help address the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the arts and culture sectors, $275,000 will be available through three temporary funding initiatives:

  • The Advanced Artist Award is increased by $75,000
  • The Arts Fund is increased by $125,000
  • On Yukon Time funding program has been granted $75,000

Read the news release.

March 27, 2020 – 13:16 – Government announces $1 million increase to tourism cooperative marketing fund

To help address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Yukon’s tourism sector, the Government of Yukon has announced a one-time $1 million increase to its Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund (TCMF), bringing the total available funding to $1.7 million for the 2020–21 fiscal year.

Read the news release.

March 26, 2020 – 17:57 – Potential COVID-19 exposure in Yukon

The Government of Yukon is notifying Yukoners of two possible sources of COVID-19 exposure in the territory. As a precaution, any individuals who attended these places on these days are to monitor themselves for the following symptoms for up to 14 days and call 811 if they develop them:

  • fever;
  • cough; or
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Bethany Church

If you attended these specific gatherings at Bethany Church on March 8 or 15, you may have been exposed to COVID-19:

March 8: Sunday morning gathering or the “Kids Zone”
March 15: Sunday morning gathering

Elias Dental

If you attended Elias Dental March 9 to 13 or on March 16, you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Read the information bulletin.

March 26, 2020 – 16:29 – Government of Yukon is making sure Yukoners have home security during COVID-19

The Government of Yukon passed new regulations under the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act today. These regulations prevent evictions over the next 90 days for residential tenants who are self-isolating or unable to pay their rent on time due to COVID-19.

Read the news release.

March 26, 2020 – 16:26 – Aviation fees waived

The Government of Yukon is waiving all airport landing, aircraft parking fees and loading fees in Yukon.

Read the news release.

March 26, 2020 – 16:22 – New financial support for Yukon businesses and workers

The Government of Yukon today announced economic supports related to COVID-19. A new rebate program for Yukon employers to benefit workers and self-employed individuals in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19 was announced by Minister Pillai today.

Read the news release.

March 25, 2020 – 15:27 – COVID-19 Business Advisory Council established

The Government of Yukon has established a COVID-19 Business Advisory Council to ensure the needs of Yukon’s business community are heard as we address the economic impacts of COVID-19. This council includes stakeholders from a wide variety of sectors who will contribute their knowledge and experience representing diverse aspects of Yukon’s economy. Together they will inform the Department of Economic Development with local business intelligence, identify best practices and recommend mitigation strategies to address the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Read the news release.

March 25, 2020 – 10:44 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer Update

As of today, March 25, at 10 a.m. there are 3 cases of COVID-19 in Yukon.

This third case is related to travel outside of Yukon. The individual was tested on Monday, March 23 and test results were received this morning. The individual is doing well at home and contact tracing has begun.

Information about COVID-19 tests is published regularly on Yukon.ca. This includes how many confirmed cases there are in Yukon, how many test have been negative, how many results are pending and the total number of tests.

Read the information bulletin.

March 16 to March 22, 2020

March 22, 2020 – 19:23 – Chief Medical Officer of Health provides updates

Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has the following on measures being taken in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the information bulletin.

March 22, 2020 – 19:23 – COVID-19 confirmed in Yukon

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), has confirmed the first 2 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

The 2 cases were confirmed Sunday morning.

The 2 Whitehorse residents are from the same household. They returned from the United States last week and went into self-isolation. When symptoms presented, they contacted Yukon Communicable Disease for testing. They have mild illness and are continuing to self-isolate at home.

Read the news release.

March 20, 2020 – 17:00 Canada-US border travel restrictions

Canada and the United States are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across their borders to limit the spread of COVID-19. This is a precautionary measure, in line with the directions on social distancing that are being given by health officials across the country.

Starting at 9 p.m. PDT Friday, March 20, 2020, discretionary, recreational and tourist travel between Canada and the US will no longer be allowed, including Yukon-Alaska border crossings. This will last for 30 days and means Yukoners will not be able to cross the border for recreational activities such as skiing.

Read the news release.

March 20, 2020 – 09:34 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer Update

As of today, March 20, at 9:30 a.m. there are no cases of COVID-19 in Yukon.

Yukon is now receiving COVID-19 test results back from BC more quickly. For now, we will be publishing how many tests have been completed on Yukon.ca on a weekly basis. Information about first cases would be shared with Yukoners as soon as possible.

Read the information bulletin.

March 19, 2020 – 14:09 – Respiratory centre to open

A respiratory assessment centre is being set up at the Yukon Convention Centre in Whitehorse as part of Yukon’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yukoners who need medical help will be directed to the centre’s services through telephone advice from healthcare professionals. It will not be a drop-in centre.

Read the news release.

March 18, 2020 – 16:30 – Online COVID-19 self-assessment tool

An online self-assessment tool to help Yukoners determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19 is now available. The screening tool asks a series of questions and takes users through steps to help determine whether they should call the HealthLine at 811 or take other actions.

Read the news release.

March 18, 2020 – 11:30 – Public health emergency declared

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, today declared a public health emergency under section 4.3 of the Public Health and Safety Act.

Read the information bulletin.

March 16, 2020 – 12:32 – Premier Silver announces stimulus package

Premier Silver has announced an economic stimulus package to support local workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19. This money is being made available to help offset the negative impacts of the evolving global situation.

Read the news release.

March 16, 2020 – 11:27 – Broad new measures for Yukon

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is telling all individuals who have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days to self-isolate. This includes travel to Alaska. Dr. Brendan Hanley is also directing anyone who has travelled outside of Yukon in the last 14 days, or who is feeling sick, not to visit hospitals or long-term care facilities in the territory. Active screening of visitors will be introduced in all care facilities.

Read the information bulletin.

March 9 to March 15, 2020

March 13, 2020 – 17:50 – Non-essential international travel

On the advice of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, is advising all Yukoners to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including the United States.

As of today, there are still no cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Yukon. If Yukoners avoid non-essential international travel this may help slow the introduction of the virus to Yukon.

Read the information bulletin.

March 12, 2020 – 14:35 – March break

Schools will return to normal operations after March break, based on the most current recommendations of Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

However, the situation is rapidly changing in Canada and internationally.

Families and school staff should check this website for updates before returning to school after the break.

March 12, 2020 – 14:35 – School trips

International

The Government of Yukon has cancelled all international school trips, except trips to Alaska. This decision is based on the advice of Yukon’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Catherine Elliott.

To Alaska

We’re deciding about trips to Alaska case by case with Dr. Elliott. If your school has a trip to Alaska coming up, we’ll provide an update directly to your school.

Within Canada

School trips within Canada will continue but check in with your school for updates.

March 2 to March 8, 2020

March 7, 2020 – 15:06 – Cancellation Arctic Winter Games

The Chief Medical Officer of Health, responsible for public health in Yukon, recommended the cancellation of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games that were scheduled to be held in Whitehorse March 15 through 21.

This recommendation was made out of concern for the health and safety of Yukoners, of all athletes and delegates and for their home communities throughout the circumpolar North.

Read the information bulletin.

May 22 – 15:01 – Funding to help Yukon employers hire students for critical and essential services

The Government of Yukon is providing $750,000 to help Yukon employers create new summer employment for graduating and postsecondary students in critical and essential services. This funding is in addition to recent funding supports announced through the Yukon Essential Worker Income Support Program. 

The Staffing Up labour market funding program together with the Yukon Essential Workers Income Support Program will provide employers with up to $20 per hour for each new student position hired into critical and essential service positions, to a maximum of 40 hours per week and 16 weeks of employment.

Read the news release. 

May 22 – 14:23 – COVID-19 update

As of today, May 22, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory and 1,145 people have been tested. We have had no new cases since April 20.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the news release. 

May 20 – 15:16 – Government of Yukon extends support to Yukon businesses

The Yukon Business Relief Program is being extended to provide continued support to Yukon businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yukon Business Relief Program helps Yukon businesses that have experienced a 30 per cent reduction in revenue and need immediate support to cover fixed costs, including rent, utilities and business insurance. Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of up to $30,000 per month to cover fixed costs. The program has been extended to July 23, 2020.

Read the news release. 

May 19 – 14:31 – Government of Yukon offering support to families impacted by COVID-19

Families with children in Kindergarten to Grade 12 who have been impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for $250 per student from the Government of Yukon.

Face-to-face classes are suspended for the remainder of the 2019–20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are learning from home with support and guidance from teachers and school staff. This funding will help to offset costs for Yukon families with children learning from home during this time.

Read the news release. 

May 19 – 14:15 – COVID-19 update

As of today, May 19, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory and 1,134 people have been tested. We have had no new cases since April 20.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the news release. 

May 15 – 14:19 – Plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions released with start of Phase I

The Government of Yukon and the Chief Medical Officer of Health have released A Path Forward: Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

A Path Forward presents a gradual and phased approach to lifting COVID-19 restrictions, with a focus on protecting communities and vulnerable residents, and on preventing the re-introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Yukon. The plan lays out the principles that will guide decisions on easing restrictions. They are based on public health advice and best practices across Canada adapted to fit Yukon’s local context. Phase I: Restart of A Path Forward begins today, following the easing of certain restrictions already announced during the previous “response phase” of the plan.

Read the news release

May 14 – 15:55 – Additional enforcement officers, information station for travellers will help protect Yukon from COVID-19

Starting Friday, May 15, a new roadside information station outside of Whitehorse will ensure travellers in transit through Yukon understand their mandated route through the territory and the restrictions in place under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA).

CEMA enforcement officers are now in place in Carmacks, Mayo, Dawson, Ross River, Faro, Haines Junction, Old Crow, Teslin and Watson Lake.  RCMP remain available to support enforcement in all communities, and may issue fines or make arrests of those found violating the CEMA orders.

Read the news release. 

May 14 – 13:01 – Yukon Forum focuses on COVID-19

Yukon’s Premier, Cabinet members, Council of Yukon First Nation’s Grand Chief and Yukon First Nations Chiefs met virtually today for the Yukon Forum.

The meeting focused on how the governments can work together to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders discussed health and social supports, the economy, education, treaty rights, and Yukon’s comprehensive reopening strategy, which will be unveiled tomorrow.

Read the news release. 

May 14 – 09:05 – Pharmacists to have new practice options during COVID-19 pandemic

The Government of Yukon has introduced temporary changes for pharmacists to ensure Yukoners can continue to safely access needed prescriptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes will also support effective and efficient health care during this time.

Under these temporary changes, pharmacists will have new options for extending prescriptions and also a limited ability to initiate prescriptions. The temporary changes support Health Canada’s March 2020 exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to maintain Yukoners’ access to controlled substances for medical treatments. Minor changes to pharmacists’ licensing requirements ensure pharmacists are supported in their work and Yukoners have better access to pharmacy services.

Read the news release. 

May 13 – 14:33 – Online meetings now supported for annual general meetings under the Civil Emergency Measures Act

ukon’s societies, business corporations and cooperatives can now hold their official meetings online with electronic and teleconferencing technology.

Last week, Community Services extended the deadlines for AGMs as an interim measure. A Ministerial Order under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) issued today provides additional flexibility for groups wishing to hold annual general meetings (AGMs) right away. Depending upon organizations’ articles, bylaws and partnership agreements, the current COVID19 ban on gatherings of more than 10 people can impede businesses, societies and other organizations from holding AGMs as required by the current legislation governing them.

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May 13 – 10:01 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health releases motor vehicle report

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has released a report called Motor Vehicles in Yukon: A Public Health Perspective. The aim of the report, which is based on detailed data from a range of sources, is to provide direction that will help to reduce motor vehicle collision injuries in Yukon.

The report includes seven key recommendations.

Read the news release. 

May 12 – 14:14 – COVID-19 update

As of today, May 12, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory and 1,106 individuals have been tested.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the news release.

May 11 – 14:18 – New support will help tenants pay rent during COVID-19

Tenants and landlords who are affected by income losses during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive support from the Government of Yukon’s new COVID-19 Rent Assist program.

Tenants living in private non-subsidized market rental housing in Yukon who have lost 30 per cent or more of their income due to COVID-19 are eligible for a grant to help cover rent from April to June 2020. Eligible households can receive 50% of median market rent based on unit size using the Whitehorse median market rent:

  • $415 per month for a bachelor, or room in a house;
  • $500 per month for a 1 bedroom;
  • $600 per month for a 2 bedroom; and
  • $800 per month for a 3 bedroom or larger.

Read the news release. 

May 8 – 14:33 – Yukon launches non-medical COVID-19 information line

Yukoners will now find it easier to get non-medical COVID-19 information with the launch of  a new, dedicated COVID-19 InfoLine. The InfoLine can provide Yukon specific information about travel and borders, self-isolation and physical distancing, enforcement, and the various social and economic supports for businesses and families.

Yukoners can reach the COVID-19 InfoLine at 877-374-0425 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week. Information is available in English, French, Gwich’in, Tagalog, Cantonese, Arabic, German, Hindi, Punjabi and many other languages. Non-medical COVID-19 information is also available online at Yukon.ca/covid-19 and by email: covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

Read the news release. 

May 8 – 14:27 – COVID-19 update

As of today, May 8, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory and 1,075 individuals have been tested.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the news release. 

May 8 – 10:34 – Drug use reminder issued in times of pandemic

The Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley, and Yukon's Chief Coroner Heather Jones are cautioning Yukon residents around drug use after seven drug-related deaths since January 2020: three deaths in March and April are confirmed as fentanyl-related, while three deaths from January and February are still awaiting toxicology confirmation of drug content.

Read the news release. 

May 5 – 14:16 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, May 5, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory and 1,041 individuals have been tested.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

May 4 – 12:48 – New support available for Yukon’s aviation industry

Yukon’s aviation sector will receive $3.56 million in support to help compensate for lost revenues as a result of COVID-19. 

The government will flow federal funding to aviation businesses to support critical and essential routes and the transportation of vital supplies. The $3.56 million in funding is Yukon’s portion of Government of Canada support announced on April 14.

Read the news release. 

May 1 – 14:14 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, May 1, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

All of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered. There are no active cases in the territory.

We have traced each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread has occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

May 1 – 13:01 – New orders under Civil Emergency Measures Act come into force

Three new Ministerial Orders under the Civil Emergency Measures Act are now in force that will allow government to be responsive to the evolving state of emergency in Yukon.

Read the news release. 

April 28, 2020 – 16:05 – Temporary changes to licensing requirements for certain Yukon drivers

Yukon seniors will remain mobile and commercial drivers can continue deliveries during the COVID-19 pandemic following passage of a new Driver Medical Order.

The Ministerial Order specifies affected drivers will not be penalized or face licence suspensions if they cannot provide their medical examination certificate during the state of emergency. Commercial drivers can continue to provide their vital service to Yukon communities and drivers aged 70 years and older will not have restrictions placed on their mobility.

The exemption period started on March 18 and will end 90 days after the end of the state of emergency declared by the government.

Read the news release. 

April 28, 2020 – 14:18 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, April 28, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

Eight of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and all others are doing well at home.

We can trace each case in Yukon so far to its origin which means there continues to be no known community spread in the territory. We assume community spread to have occurred when we can no longer trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

April 27, 2020 – 13:31 – Canada Emergency Response Benefit to be exempted from Yukon Social Assistance

Yukoners receiving Social Assistance benefits will not experience a reduction if they receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

Currently, under Yukon’s Social Assistance Regulation the CERB would qualify as unearned income and result in a reduction in the total amount of Social Assistance benefits. Forthcoming changes under the Civil Emergency Measures Act will fully exempt CERB payments from April to June 2020.

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April 27, 2020 – 13:01 – Yukon receives ventilators from federal emergency response services

Yukon has received six ventilators from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s emergency response services, significantly increasing the territory’s capacity to provide acute care in response to COVID-19.

Yukon now has a total of 15 ventilators distributed between the Yukon Hospital Corporation and Emergency Medical Services. Five of the new ventilators have been assigned to Whitehorse General Hospital, one intensive care unit Puritan Bennett 840 model and four of the portable Newport HT-50 models. One additional portable ventilator has been assigned to Emergency Medical Services.

Read the news release. 

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, April 24, at 3 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

Eight of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and all others are doing well at home. No one has had to go to a hospital.

Daily updates

Information about COVID-19 tests is published daily on Yukon.ca. This includes how many confirmed cases there are in Yukon, how many tests have been negative, how many results are pending, the total number of tests and how many people have recovered.

Read the information bulletin.

April 23, 2020 – 15:18 – Property tax payment deadline extended to September 2

The Government of Yukon has extended the deadline for property tax payments from July 2 to September 2, 2020 for citizens and businesses.  

Minister of Community Services John Streicker signed a Ministerial Order under the Civil Emergency Measures Act today that will provide Yukon property owners whose incomes are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with the ability to pay their property taxes up to September 2 without penalty.

Read the news release. 

April 22, 2020 – 15:00 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of today, April 22, at 3 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

8 of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and all others are doing well at home.

Each case in Yukon so far can be traced to its origin and there continues to be no known community transmission in the territory. Community transmission is assumed to have occurred when it is no longer possible to trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

April 20, 2020 – 15:11 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 20, at 3 p.m. there are 2 new cases of COVID-19 in the territory, bringing the total number of cases to 11. The new cases relate to a cluster in Whitehorse that is associated with international travel. Contact tracing and investigation continue.

8 of the 11 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon, including all people not involved in the present cluster, have recovered and all are doing well.

Each case in Yukon so far can be traced to its origin and there continues to be no known community transmission in the territory. Community transmission is assumed to have occurred when it is no longer possible to trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

April 13 to 19, 2020

April 17,  2020 – 15:22 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 17, at 3 p.m. there is 1 new case of COVID-19 in the territory, bringing the total number of cases to 9. The new case is in Whitehorse and related to international travel. Contact tracing is underway.

7 of the 9 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and no one has had to go to a hospital.

Each case in Yukon so far can be traced to its origin and there continues to be no known community transmission in the territory. Community transmission is assumed to have occurred when it is no longer possible to trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

April 17,  2020 – 15:09 – New border control measures come into force

A new Border Control Measures Order to strengthen enforcement at all Yukon borders during the COVID-19 emergency is now in force.

Minister of Community Services John Streicker signed the Ministerial Order under the Civil Emergency Measures Act as a means to ensure that enforcement officers stationed at Yukon’s borders have the legal authority and tools needed to deny entry to non-essential travellers while still permitting essential and critical services and people to return home.

Read the news release. 

April 14,  2020 – 15:30 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 14, at 3 p.m. the number of cases of COVID-19 in Yukon remains at eight with seven cases in Whitehorse and one in a community.

Six of the eight people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and no one has had to go to a hospital.

Read the information bulletin.

April 17,  2020 – 15:22 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 17, at 3 p.m. there is 1 new case of COVID-19 in the territory, bringing the total number of cases to 9. The new case is in Whitehorse and related to international travel. Contact tracing is underway.

7 of the 9 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and no one has had to go to a hospital.

Each case in Yukon so far can be traced to its origin and there continues to be no known community transmission in the territory. Community transmission is assumed to have occurred when it is no longer possible to trace how somebody became infected.

Read the information bulletin.

April 17,  2020 – 15:09 – New border control measures come into force

A new Border Control Measures Order to strengthen enforcement at all Yukon borders during the COVID-19 emergency is now in force.

Minister of Community Services John Streicker signed the Ministerial Order under the Civil Emergency Measures Act as a means to ensure that enforcement officers stationed at Yukon’s borders have the legal authority and tools needed to deny entry to non-essential travellers while still permitting essential and critical services and people to return home.

Read the news release. 

April 14,  2020 – 15:30 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 14, at 3 p.m. the number of cases of COVID-19 in Yukon remains at eight with seven cases in Whitehorse and one in a community.

Six of the eight people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have recovered and no one has had to go to a hospital.

Read the information bulletin.

April 9,  2020 – 14:09 – Yukon businesses to receive relief funding

Yukon businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will receive funding from the Government of Yukon to cover fixed business costs, including rent, utilities and business insurance.

The Yukon Business Relief Program will help Yukon businesses that have experienced a 30 per cent reduction in revenue and require immediate relief. Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of up to $30,000 per month to cover fixed costs from March 23 to May 22, 2020.

Read the news release.

April 8,  2020 – 15:10 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 8, at 3 p.m. the number of cases of COVID-19 in Yukon is eight.

The eighth case is in a rural Yukon community. The patient is self-isolating and doing well at home. This case is linked to international travel.

Four of the eight people who have contracted COVID-19 in Yukon have now recovered and no one has had to go to a hospital.

Read the information bulletin.

April 7,  2020 – 14:12 – Face-to-face classes suspended for remainder of 2019–20 school year

The Government of Yukon’s Minister of Education, Tracy-Anne McPhee, has suspended face-to-face classes for the remainder of the 2019–20 school year, on the recommendation of Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Student learning will continue through alternative learning opportunities starting on April 16 for the remainder of the school year. Yukon Learning Continuity Requirements have been developed and shared with Yukon schools to inform plans for at-home learning throughout the territory. The Department of Education worked with the British Columbia Ministry of Education and a committee of educators and central administration staff to develop the new requirements.

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April 6,  2020 – 16:17 – Parks and campgrounds opening delayed until June

The Government of Yukon is delaying the opening of territorial parks and campgrounds and sale of camping permits until June to protect the public, staff and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the news release.

April 6,  2020 – 15:34 – Government of Yukon provides more details about enforcement at Yukon borders

As of 8 a.m. on Monday, April 6, Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) Enforcement Officers have been placed at Yukon borders and at the Whitehorse airport as a measure to ensure that all travellers have the information they need to keep themselves and Yukoners safe from the spread of COVID-19.

Read the news release. 

April 6,  2020 – 15:25 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 6, at 3 p.m. the number of cases of COVID-19 in Yukon is seven.

Four of the seven people who have contracted COVID-19 have now recovered and all others are isolating and doing well at home. No Yukon cases have required medical treatment.

Read the information bulletin.

April 6,  2020 – 12:59 – Child care operators receive additional funding

Yukon’s licensed child care centres and family day homes will receive additional funding to provide care to children during the COVID-19 response and beyond it. The Government of Yukon will cover staff wages as well as eligible building expenses, including rent, utilities and cleaning costs. The funding will support child care operators and enable them to avoid charging parent fees as Yukon responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the news release. 

April 3,  2020 – 16:01 – Government of Yukon provides phones to vulnerable women during COVID-19 pandemic

The Government of Yukon is partnering with the Yukon Status of Women Council and Northwestel to ensure that women vulnerable to violence in Yukon have safe access to cell phones and the internet during COVID-19.

The Government of Yukon will provide 325 phones with capability for voice and internet access to vulnerable women for the next four months. This will give women options to safely access the support they need.

Read the news release.

April 3,  2020 – 15:11 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, April 3, at 3 p.m. the number of cases of COVID-19 in Yukon remains at six.

Four of the six people who contracted COVID-19 have now recovered and all others are isolating and doing well at home. No Yukon cases have required medical treatment.

Yukon continues to have no documented cases of community transmission. All identified infections in the territory so far are connected to travel outside Yukon or to known contacts. Community transmission occurs when it is no longer possible to trace how somebody became infected. Physical spacing measures are people’s best protection against unknown community transmission.

Read the information bulletin.

April 2,  2020 – 14:09 – Emergency measures and guidance to protect Yukoners from the spread of COVID-19 announced today

The Government of Yukon is protecting Yukoners from the spread of COVID-19 by introducing Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Orders. This now ensures that orders given by the Chief Medical Officer of Health are enforceable under the Civil Emergency Measures Act. Today’s action also defines critical and essential services in a new set of guidelines. The guidelines will provide Yukoners and critical service providers the clarity needed to determine who can safely travel and work throughout the territory.

Read the news release. 

April 1,  2020 – 14:36 – Yukon businesses to benefit from funding for cancelled events

The Government of Yukon today announced details of supports available to address the economic impacts of event cancellations related to COVID-19.

Minister Pillai announced the Temporary Support for Events Funding Program, which will help businesses recover certain costs from the cancellation of major events due to COVID-19. Major events are those which would have had gatherings of more than 50 people, such as the Arctic Winter Games or Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. These costs relate specifically to perishable goods and the cancellation of accommodation and services. All eligible Yukon businesses and NGOs may apply.

Read the news release.

April 1, 2020 – 14:01 – Comprehensive Review of Health and Social Services report receives 30 day extension

Following a request from the Independent Expert Panel, the deadline for the submission of the Panel’s final report has been granted a 30 day extension. The Independent Expert Panel requested this extension, citing circumstantial challenges due to COVID-19 as the reason for this request.

Read the news release.

March 30, 2020 – 14:46 – Recycling services, tipping fees temporarily suspended in light of COVID-19 pandemic

In order to protect users and workers at waste facilities from the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Yukon has requested that during the COVID-19 public health emergency all free stores and recycling depots close on or before April 1, 2020.

Read the news release.

March 27, 2020 – 15:15 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health provides update on COVID-19

As of today, March 27, at 3 p.m. there are four cases of COVID-19 in Yukon. All four people are doing well at home. Yukoners are urged to behave as if COVID-19 is already in their community. They should continue to keep a physical distance of two meters or six feet from each other and practice greater hygiene. As many Yukoners will know, the Government of Canada now requires mandatory 14-day self-isolation for everyone entering Canada even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

Read the information bulletin.

March 27, 2020 – 15:08 – Yukon declares state of emergency in response to COVID-19

The Government of Yukon is declaring a state of emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This does not indicate a significant change in circumstances or an increased risk to Yukoners but prepares the government to take rapid action if needed.

Read the news release.

March 27, 2020 – 14:34 – Special guide licence application period delayed

The Government of Yukon is delaying the application period for the special guide licence lottery until June. This decision is in response to concerns related to COVID-19 and travel restrictions across the country.

Read the news release.

March 27, 2020 – 14:14 – Interim supports for arts and culture sectors announced

To help address the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the arts and culture sectors, $275,000 will be available through three temporary funding initiatives:

  • The Advanced Artist Award is increased by $75,000
  • The Arts Fund is increased by $125,000
  • On Yukon Time funding program has been granted $75,000

Read the news release.

March 27, 2020 – 13:16 – Government announces $1 million increase to tourism cooperative marketing fund

To help address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Yukon’s tourism sector, the Government of Yukon has announced a one-time $1 million increase to its Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund (TCMF), bringing the total available funding to $1.7 million for the 2020–21 fiscal year.

Read the news release.

March 26, 2020 – 17:57 – Potential COVID-19 exposure in Yukon

The Government of Yukon is notifying Yukoners of two possible sources of COVID-19 exposure in the territory. As a precaution, any individuals who attended these places on these days are to monitor themselves for the following symptoms for up to 14 days and call 811 if they develop them:

  • fever;
  • cough; or
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Bethany Church

If you attended these specific gatherings at Bethany Church on March 8 or 15, you may have been exposed to COVID-19:

March 8: Sunday morning gathering or the “Kids Zone”
March 15: Sunday morning gathering

Elias Dental

If you attended Elias Dental March 9 to 13 or on March 16, you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Read the information bulletin.

March 26, 2020 – 16:29 – Government of Yukon is making sure Yukoners have home security during COVID-19

The Government of Yukon passed new regulations under the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act today. These regulations prevent evictions over the next 90 days for residential tenants who are self-isolating or unable to pay their rent on time due to COVID-19.

Read the news release.

March 26, 2020 – 16:26 – Aviation fees waived

The Government of Yukon is waiving all airport landing, aircraft parking fees and loading fees in Yukon.

Read the news release.

March 26, 2020 – 16:22 – New financial support for Yukon businesses and workers

The Government of Yukon today announced economic supports related to COVID-19. A new rebate program for Yukon employers to benefit workers and self-employed individuals in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19 was announced by Minister Pillai today.

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March 25, 2020 – 15:27 – COVID-19 Business Advisory Council established

The Government of Yukon has established a COVID-19 Business Advisory Council to ensure the needs of Yukon’s business community are heard as we address the economic impacts of COVID-19. This council includes stakeholders from a wide variety of sectors who will contribute their knowledge and experience representing diverse aspects of Yukon’s economy. Together they will inform the Department of Economic Development with local business intelligence, identify best practices and recommend mitigation strategies to address the economic impacts of COVID-19.

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March 25, 2020 – 10:44 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer Update

As of today, March 25, at 10 a.m. there are 3 cases of COVID-19 in Yukon.

This third case is related to travel outside of Yukon. The individual was tested on Monday, March 23 and test results were received this morning. The individual is doing well at home and contact tracing has begun.

Information about COVID-19 tests is published regularly on Yukon.ca. This includes how many confirmed cases there are in Yukon, how many test have been negative, how many results are pending and the total number of tests.

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March 22, 2020 – 19:23 – Chief Medical Officer of Health provides updates

Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has the following on measures being taken in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 22, 2020 – 19:23 – COVID-19 confirmed in Yukon

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), has confirmed the first 2 cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

The 2 cases were confirmed Sunday morning.

The 2 Whitehorse residents are from the same household. They returned from the United States last week and went into self-isolation. When symptoms presented, they contacted Yukon Communicable Disease for testing. They have mild illness and are continuing to self-isolate at home.

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March 20, 2020 – 17:00 Canada-US border travel restrictions

Canada and the United States are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across their borders to limit the spread of COVID-19. This is a precautionary measure, in line with the directions on social distancing that are being given by health officials across the country.

Starting at 9 p.m. PDT Friday, March 20, 2020, discretionary, recreational and tourist travel between Canada and the US will no longer be allowed, including Yukon-Alaska border crossings. This will last for 30 days and means Yukoners will not be able to cross the border for recreational activities such as skiing.

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March 20, 2020 – 09:34 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer Update

As of today, March 20, at 9:30 a.m. there are no cases of COVID-19 in Yukon.

Yukon is now receiving COVID-19 test results back from BC more quickly. For now, we will be publishing how many tests have been completed on Yukon.ca on a weekly basis. Information about first cases would be shared with Yukoners as soon as possible.

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March 19, 2020 – 14:09 – Respiratory centre to open

A respiratory assessment centre is being set up at the Yukon Convention Centre in Whitehorse as part of Yukon’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yukoners who need medical help will be directed to the centre’s services through telephone advice from healthcare professionals. It will not be a drop-in centre.

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March 18, 2020 – 16:30 – Online COVID-19 self-assessment tool

An online self-assessment tool to help Yukoners determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19 is now available. The screening tool asks a series of questions and takes users through steps to help determine whether they should call the HealthLine at 811 or take other actions.

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March 18, 2020 – 11:30 – Public health emergency declared

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, today declared a public health emergency under section 4.3 of the Public Health and Safety Act.

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March 16, 2020 – 12:32 – Premier Silver announces stimulus package

Premier Silver has announced an economic stimulus package to support local workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19. This money is being made available to help offset the negative impacts of the evolving global situation.

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March 16, 2020 – 11:27 – Broad new measures for Yukon

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is telling all individuals who have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days to self-isolate. This includes travel to Alaska. Dr. Brendan Hanley is also directing anyone who has travelled outside of Yukon in the last 14 days, or who is feeling sick, not to visit hospitals or long-term care facilities in the territory. Active screening of visitors will be introduced in all care facilities.

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March 13, 2020 – 17:50 – Non-essential international travel

On the advice of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, is advising all Yukoners to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including the United States.

As of today, there are still no cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Yukon. If Yukoners avoid non-essential international travel this may help slow the introduction of the virus to Yukon.

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March 12, 2020 – 14:35 – March break

Schools will return to normal operations after March break, based on the most current recommendations of Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

However, the situation is rapidly changing in Canada and internationally.

Families and school staff should check this website for updates before returning to school after the break.

March 12, 2020 – 14:35 – School trips

International

The Government of Yukon has cancelled all international school trips, except trips to Alaska. This decision is based on the advice of Yukon’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Catherine Elliott.

To Alaska

We’re deciding about trips to Alaska case by case with Dr. Elliott. If your school has a trip to Alaska coming up, we’ll provide an update directly to your school.

Within Canada

School trips within Canada will continue but check in with your school for updates.

March 7, 2020 – 15:06 – Cancellation Arctic Winter Games

The Chief Medical Officer of Health, responsible for public health in Yukon, recommended the cancellation of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games that were scheduled to be held in Whitehorse March 15 through 21.

This recommendation was made out of concern for the health and safety of Yukoners, of all athletes and delegates and for their home communities throughout the circumpolar North.

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