The Governments of Canada and Yukon Announce Funding to Further Support Flood Mapping Efforts in the Yukon

This is a joint news release between the Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon.

Communities and governments are working together to prepare and adapt to impacts of climate change, to help improve quality of life for Canadians in higher-risk areas and to reduce the costs of disasters. In Canada, flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster, causing damage to households, property and infrastructure.

Today, the Yukon’s Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn, on behalf of Minister of Environment Nils Clarke and Canada’s Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan) Harjit S. Sajjan, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, announced a joint investment of $3.5 million over the next four years to support the advancement of flood hazard mapping in the Yukon. Funding from the Government of Canada comes from the Flood Hazard Identification Mapping Program (FHIMP).

Flood hazard maps provide essential information that enables governments, communities and individuals to recognize flood hazards and employ effective mitigation strategies to reduce the impacts of flooding. The Governments of Canada and Yukon are committed to working together to provide high quality flood mapping that is current and accessible, that informs land use planning, adaptation efforts and reduces flood risks in the future.

As committed in Our Clean Future, the Government of Yukon is already working towards producing flood maps for all the identified flood-prone Yukon communities. Many First Nations in the Yukon hold important insights into flooding history and have traditional knowledge that can strengthen the accuracy of flood maps for their communities. Today’s joint investment will enable the Government of Yukon to continue to work directly with First Nations governments, municipalities and communities to develop flood maps for remaining flood prone Yukon communities.

Draft flood hazard maps and engagement have been completed for the communities of Carmacks, Carcross, Tagish, Marsh Lake, and Lake Laberge; the final maps will be published in the Government of Yukon’s Flood Atlas this summer. Upcoming flood hazard mapping is planned for Old Crow, Dawson City, and the Klondike Valley, with work occurring in 2024 and 2025.

The Government of Canada remains committed to build on current collaborations with provincial and territorial partners to identify priority areas in each jurisdiction. Advancing the FHIMP will continue to help Canadians whose lives and jobs are affected when disasters strike, help communities deal with the realities of increased climate-related hazards and disasters and ultimately, increase the country’s resiliency to the impacts of flooding.

Our government is committed to enhancing the resiliency of Yukon communities to the impacts of climate change. As part of this, we recognize the need for communities to have an increased understanding of flood risks. Through the Yukon’s climate strategy, we aim to identify flood hazards and help mitigate flood impacts to property, infrastructure, and public safety. We thank Natural Resources Canada for their financial support to help us achieve goals identified in Our Clean Future.

Minister of Environment for the Government of Yukon Nils Clarke

The increased risk of flooding is one of many threats that climate change poses to Yukon, and it is a risk that the Government of Canada takes very seriously. We are collaborating closely with provinces and territories to support flood hazard mapping that helps safeguard crucial infrastructure, minimizes disruptions to local economies and improves public safety. We appreciate the continued dedication from the Government of Yukon to deliver essential flood hazard information in order to reduce the impacts of flooding for Yukon communities.

Minister of Energy and Natural Resources for the Government of Canada Jonathan Wilkinson 

As the Yukon faces the growing threat of flooding, it's essential that communities have access to accurate and reliable information to prepare for the unexpected. This critical investment in flood mapping will empower local governments, residents, businesses, and emergency responders with the knowledge they need to stay safe and take proactive steps to mitigate the impacts of climate-related disasters.

Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan) Harjit S. Sajjan

Today's announcement marks a significant advance in our shared commitment to enhancing safety and emergency preparedness in Yukon. Flood maps are essential tools in our toolkit that help us better understand and mitigate flood impacts on our communities. Thank you to the Government of Yukon for their ongoing efforts to create a safer and more resilient future for all.

Member of Parliament for Yukon Brendan Hanley

Quick facts 
  • The Government of Canada has committed federal investments under the Natural Resources Canada led Flood Hazard Identification and Mapping Program (FHIMP) that funds joint efforts to advance Flood Hazard Mapping on a cost-shared basis with the provinces and territories.

  • The 14 flood-prone communities identified for flood hazard mapping in the Yukon are Teslin, Carcross, Tagish, Marsh Lake, Lake Laberge, Upper Liard, Mayo, Pelly Crossing, Ross River, Whitehorse, Carmacks, Dawson, Klondike Valley and Old Crow.

  • Flood hazard maps for all 14 communities are expected to be completed by 2028.

Media contact 

Laura Seeley
Cabinet Communications


Mara De La Rosa
Environment Communications


Natural Resources Canada
Media Relations


Carolyn Svonkin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources

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