The Government of Yukon is committed to promoting the firewood supply. That is why the timber incentive program has been extended for an additional year, offering commercial timber harvesters financial assistance through March 2024.
The Timber Harvesting Incentive offers $10 per cubic metre harvested. Registered Yukon harvesting businesses can apply for this incentive by filling out the application form at Yukon.ca/timber-harvesting-incentive.
The goal of this program is to help increase firewood supply and availability and encourage more startup businesses in the industry. Last year, thirty-three businesses received funding through the Timber Harvesting Incentive between October 2022 and March 31, 2023.
The Timber Harvesting Incentive program provides short-term relief to the forest industry as we continue to work on ensuring a stable and consistent long-term firewood supply. This incentive is one of many avenues we are pursuing to help ensure Yukoners have access to firewood now and into the future.
Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker
There are currently 75 license holders harvesting firewood for sale throughout the Yukon.
Reported timber harvest volumes for fall and winter are up 20 per cent this year compared to the last two years.
There are over 96,000 cubic metres (42,000 cords) of timber currently permitted throughout the territory, with the majority located in the Haines Junction district.
Generally, 15,000 cubic metres (6,600 cords) of firewood is harvested per season from Yukon public lands.
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