Funding for Great Yukon Summer events awarded

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The Government of Yukon is pleased to announce the recipients of the Great Yukon Summer edition of the On Yukon Time events funding program.

As part of the government’s ongoing commitment to assist Yukon businesses and organizations with COVID-19 impacts and recovery, a total of $500,000 in funding was made available to help develop, adapt and expand the reach of Yukon festivals, events and other summer activities.

This funding was distributed through two channels:

  • up to $250,000 to the organizers of events already receiving funding through the Arts Fund or the Arts Operating Fund; and
  • a minimum of $250,000 for events and initiatives not already receiving funding from the Department of Tourism and Culture.

The 57 recipients include non-profit societies, industry and community associations and collectives, First Nations and municipal governments, and Yukon businesses. The funding supports the development and delivery of adapted or expanded events and programming such as music and culinary festivals, film screenings, live theatre and dance, artist residencies, and a wide array of arts workshops throughout the territory.

The full list of recipients and activities can be viewed at

Our government recognizes the important role the territory’s festivals, events and other summer activities play in the livelihood of Yukon artists and businesses and for Yukoners themselves. The response to this special funding stream has been tremendous, proving once again that creativity can flourish during challenging times.

Minister of Tourism and Culture Ranj Pillai

Quick facts 
  • The On Yukon Time: Great Yukon Summer Edition is a one-time funding opportunity in support of public events and festivals in the Yukon taking place between June 21 and September 30, 2021.

  • Eligible groups included non-profit societies, industry and community associations; First Nations governments and municipal governments; Yukon businesses and collectives. Eligible expenses include: administration fees, production expenses (for example, venue costs, materials, transportation, equipment rental, permits, catering), promotional expenses and other costs directly associated with the project.

  • Successful applicants receive up to 80 per cent of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $15,000. Existing events were required to demonstrate a new or expanded component, for example larger size, expanded scope or reduced barriers to participation.

  • Twenty-three organizations received a total of $141,446 through the first channel of distribution, while $362,485 went to 34 "new", previously unfunded recipients.

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
[email protected]

Cameron Webber
Communications, Tourism and Culture
[email protected]

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