Apply for a loan to get a water well at your home

The domestic water well loan program is a way for residential property owners to have access to clean, safe drinking water in their homes.

Eligibility

  • You must be a rural property owner whose property is outside of Yukon municipalities.
  • You can also apply of your property is within a municipality, but is not served or able to be served by the municipal water system.
  • Your project must be for drilling a new groundwater well or an upgrade to an existing drilled groundwater well for domestic use.
  • Ensure your property taxes are paid and up-to-date.

Financing

  • Funding for individual projects will be limited to 25% of the assessed value of the property, less any existing local improvements.
  • Maximum funding is $50,000.

How to apply

  1. Contact us to discuss eligibility, program details and to fill out an application.
    In person: 308 Steele Street, Lynn Building, 1st floor in Whitehorse. We are open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Email: assessment.taxation@gov.yk.ca
    Phone: 867-667-5268 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5268
    Mail:
    Government of Yukon
    Property Assessment and Taxation (C-9)
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
  2. We will review your project and ensure it meets our criteria.
  3. We will enter into an agreement together and you must agree to the terms of payment and other conditions.
  4. Once the project is complete, we will pay the invoices once conditions are met and you sign off on the final product as the property owner.
  5. You will see the local improvement charge on your next tax notice.

Before you apply

Consider the following risks before applying for funding.

  • You may not hit water.
  • Your well could have a low flow rate.
  • The water could require treatment.
  • If you have to drill deep to hit enough water, the cost may be more than what our program covers.

You can help protect yourself from some of these risks.

  • Talk to your neighbours with wells. Find out how deep they had to drill to hit water and find out how reliable their well is.
  • Calculate what you pay for water delivery service against the cost or potential costs of drilling a well.
  • Research what is involved in maintaining and treating a well.
  • Find out if there is a public well near your property. Accessing this water may be a better option than than assuming the cost and risks associated with drilling a well.