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.

The Government of Yukon is also assisting Yukon’s agriculture industry with its labour needs by temporarily modifying the agriculture internship available to Yukon producers to provide funding for more than one intern and not counting this year’s application toward the lifetime maximum for the program.

Yukon employers running critical and essential services and seeking to hire graduating and postsecondary students for summer employment can apply directly to the Postsecondary and Labour Market Unit at the Department of Education by email at or by phone at 867-667-5906 or toll-free 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5906.

Yukon is in need of critical and essential workers, and Yukon students and employers are facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will help students earn income and develop skills for the workplace, help employers bring in staff to help adapt to a changing market, and help support Yukon’s economic recovery.

Minister of Education Tracy-Anne McPhee

Quick facts 
  • This funding is available to any Yukon private and not-for-profit employer, municipalities and Yukon First Nations governments and organizations.

Media contact 

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications

Kyle Nightingale
Communications, Education

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