Building stronger communities across Yukon with the federal Gas Tax Fund

Joint news release with Government of Canada

The Government of Yukon has received the first of two $8.25 million annual installments of the federal Gas Tax Fund, along with a top-up of $16.5 million, made available through the Government of Canada’s Budget 2019. This top-up doubles the amount of money for municipalities, unincorporated communities and First Nations in Yukon.

Modern public infrastructure is key to promoting economic growth and developing healthy, sustainable communities. The federal Gas Tax Fund is a long-term, indexed source of funding that supports a diverse range of local projects across the territory, such as:

  • upgrades to the Hart Crescent recirculation station in Whitehorse which provides residents with a more reliable and consistent supply of clean drinking water;
  • a new concession building at a local park in the City of Dawson; and,
  • a new truck to pump out local septic systems in the Kluane First Nation community. 

This predictable funding is allowing municipalities, unincorporated communities and First Nations to plan for current and future infrastructure priorities. The Gas Tax Fund will allow them to build resilient infrastructure for residents and ensure that Yukon remains among the best places in the world to live.

The Government of Canada is proud to deliver this stable long-term funding that communities rely on to develop and maintain their public infrastructure. By working with other orders of government, we are making significant progress and delivering concrete results for all Canadians. From improving roads, water services and energy efficiency, to enhancing recreation and tourism centres, the federal Gas Tax Fund is helping keep families safe, promote economic development and improve people’s quality of life across the country.

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities François-Philippe Champagne

Yukon municipalities, First Nations and unincorporated communities love the Gas Tax Fund because it is reliable and flexible. Doubling it for 2019 is a big deal for all of our communities. Gas Tax projects also support environmental sustainability, economic development and employment opportunities across the territory.

Minister of Community Services John Streicker

The investments that Yukon municipalities make with Gas Tax Funds help build and revitalize local public infrastructure while supporting economic growth, a clean environment, and strong communities. The fund provides our municipalities with predictable, flexible, long term funding and communities can make much needed investments across 18 different project categories. We were very pleased to see the doubling of the Gas Tax Fund allocations and would love to see it become permanent.

Tara Wheeler, President, Yukon Association of Communities

Quick facts 
  • The federal Gas Tax Fund delivers over $2 billion every year to over 3,600 communities across the country. In recent years, the funding has supported approximately 4,000 projects each year.

  • To help address the short-term infrastructure priorities of municipalities, local governments and Indigenous communities, the Government of Canada’s Budget 2019 includes a top-up of $2.2 billion to the federal Gas Tax Fund.

  • The federal Gas Tax Fund is flexible in allowing communities to apply funding to their most pressing local needs. Communities can invest across 18 different project categories, including recreation, water systems and roads. They can also use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank them for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects, or use them to finance major infrastructure expenditures.

  • Through its Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

  • The plan includes more than $92 billion for funding such as the Gas Tax Fund and more than $95 billion in new funding for infrastructure programs.

  • To date, more than 48,000 projects have been approved under the plan and the majority of these projects are either underway, or already completed.

Backgrounder 

Yukon’s 2019‒20 federal Gas Tax Fund allocations

The Government of Canada has delivered the first of two $8.25 million federal Gas Tax Fund  installments to Yukon for the 2019–20 fiscal year, along with a top-up of $16.5 million.

The funding will flow through eight municipalities, 14 First Nations, and the unincorporated communities listed below.

In addition to the regular installments, Yukon communities will benefit this year from a top-up to their funding, as announced in the Government of Canada’s Budget 2019. The Gas Tax Fund will provide Yukon with a total of $33 million this fiscal year for local infrastructure projects.

The following table indicates the 2019–20 federal allocation and top-up amount for Yukon’s communities.

[1]   Amounts exclude territorial administrative costs.

Ultimate Recipient

Allocation 2019-20

Budget 2019 top-up

Carcross/Tagish First Nation

$294,881

$294,881

Carmacks, Village of

$236,442

$236,442

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

$458,703

$458,703

Dawson, City of

$827,711

$827,711

Faro, Town of

$236,442

$236,442

Unincorporated Communities

$1,132,600

$1,132,600

Haines Junction, Village of

$472,993

$472,993

Kluane First Nation

$166,654

$166,654

Kwanlin Dün First Nation

$356,769

$356,769

Liard First Nation

$410,163

$410,163

Little Salmon/Carmacks
First Nation

$259,689

$259,689

Mayo, Village of

$236,442

$236,442

First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun

$242,700

$242,700

Ross River Dena Council

$239,060

$239,060

Selkirk First Nation

$276,678

$276,678

Ta'an Kwä`ch'än Council

$204,677

$204,677

Teslin Tlingit Council

$311,061

$311,061

Teslin, Village of

$236,442

$236,442

Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation

$363,241

$363,241

Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation

$319,555

$319,555

Watson Lake, Town of

$827,711

$827,711

White River First Nation

$141,171

$141,171

Whitehorse, City of

$7,928,219

$7,928,219

 

Contact 

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7136
matthew.cameron@gov.yk.ca

Bonnie Venton Ross
Communications, Community Services
867-332-5513
bonnie.ventonross@gov.yk.ca

Ann-Clara Vaillancourt
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-697-3778
ann-clara.vaillancourt@canada.ca

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
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Web: Infrastructure Canada

News release #: 
19-185