Premier Pillai has released the following statement:
“Yesterday, the federal government tabled its 2023 Budget.
“The budget includes significant new investments for health care and I am pleased that it confirms the renewal of the Territorial Health Investment Fund for a ten-year period. The budget also takes steps towards improving affordability for Canadians, supporting critical minerals development and addressing Indigenous housing needs.
"We share the federal government’s vision on transitioning towards a clean economy and supporting renewable energy. Yet, we will need further details to understand how Budget 2023 measures address the identified financial need for the Atlin Hydroelectric Expansion Project.
“Finally, we want to count on federal support for a made-in-Yukon response to the substance use health emergency, building on initiatives already underway in the territory. We are encouraged by the announcement of funding towards a renewed Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy.
“We will work with the federal government over the coming days and weeks to discuss specific details about these initiatives and how they can be implemented in a way that supports Yukon priorities.
“I will continue to advocate strongly for Yukon’s interests to ensure Government of Canada investments and policy actions respond to the needs and aspirations of all Yukoners.”