Yukon’s response to national Shared Health Priorities

The Canadian Institute of Health Information released the results on their first three Shared Health Priorities this week. The priorities were selected by the federal, provincial and territorial governments along with the Canadian public as a way to measure and improve access to mental health and addictions services, and to home and community care.

The first three indicators are:

  • Hospital stays for harm caused by substance use;
  • Frequent emergency room visits for help with mental health and/or addictions; and
  • Hospital stays extended until home care services or supports are ready.

Since tracking on the indicators began, the Government of Yukon has invested over $2 million in Home Care to provide better health care experiences for Yukoners and their families and relieve pressure on hospital beds and long-term care homes. In the spring of 2018, four new Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services hubs were opened in Dawson City, Haines Junction, Carmacks and Watson Lake to provide integrated services to Yukon communities. Additionally, the territory’s first ever Opioid Action Plan was released in the fall of 2018 to help tackle the opioid crisis in the territory.

A lot of work has been done across the territory to improve access and services since these indicators were identified in 2017. Significant investments have been made to improve home care, expand mental health and addictions services, and combat the opioid crisis throughout the territory. These indicators will provide valuable data as we continue to improve service delivery for all Yukoners.

Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost

Quick facts 
  • The Canadian Institute of Health Information will be releasing a total of 12 Shared Health Priorities.

  • The data collected for, and reported by, these indicators is from the 2017–18 fiscal year.


Lisa Bucher
Cabinet Communications

Clarissa Wall
Communications, Health and Social Services

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