Mayo Airport receives Transport Canada certification

Following extensive upgrades, the Mayo aerodrome was certified as an airport by Transport Canada on November 1, 2019. The certification will allow the Mayo airport to support scheduled service on a long-term basis in anticipation of continued resource development in the region, increasing travel options for travellers, industry and Mayo citizens.

Government responds to Wolverine mine security report

The Government of Yukon has responded to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ review of the process by which the security amount for the Wolverine mine was determined. The security is a deposit companies pay in advance to cover the cleanup and closure costs of their mine, also known as reclamation and closure.

The Government of Yukon contracted PricewaterhouseCoopers to carry out an independent review of how the government assessed and approved reclamation and closure plans, and set the financial security amount for the Wolverine mine since its temporary closure in October 2015. 

Feedback sought on draft climate change, energy and green economy strategy

Yukoners are invited to provide feedback on a new draft strategy: Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy.

This fall, the Government of Yukon declared a climate change emergency. The strategy outlines how the territory proposes to take action to address the impacts of climate change while building a green economy and ensuring Yukoners have access to reliable, affordable and renewable energy.  The draft strategy was developed in collaboration with Yukon First Nations, transboundary Indigenous groups and Yukon municipalities.

Find a Family Doctor online program launched

In partnership with the Yukon Medical Association, the Government of Yukon is pleased to launch Find a Family Doctor, an online program that matches Yukoners with physicians who are registered in the program and accepting new patients.

Whitehorse and surrounding area residents are a click away from being matched with a doctor. The online registration makes it easy for eligible individuals to find a family doctor for them and their family.

Survey finds Yukoners strongly support tourism

The results of the 2019 Yukon Resident Perceptions of Tourism Survey show that 94 per cent of Yukoners feel tourism is good for Yukon and 89 per cent feel tourism is good for their community. Measuring and monitoring resident perceptions of tourism was identified as one of the three goals in the Yukon Tourism Development Strategy.

Yukon opens Housing First residence

Yukon’s first ever Housing First residence has officially opened at the corner of Wood Street and Fifth Avenue in Whitehorse.  Residents will begin moving in by the end of November.

Former Premier Dennis Fentie honoured at celebration of life

A celebration of life was held for former Premier Dennis Fentie today at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Mr. Fentie passed away on August 29, 2019.

Mr. Fentie was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly as the MLA for Watson Lake in 1996 as a member of the Yukon New Democratic Party. In 2002, Mr. Fentie joined and became the leader of the Yukon Party, and was elected as Yukon’s seventh Premier, a position he held until 2011.

Feedback sought on proposed amendments to Wills Act

The Government of Yukon is inviting input on proposed amendments to the Wills Act. An online survey regarding the modernization of this Act is available on EngageYukon until December 23, 2019.

The following amendments to the Act are being considered:

Non-beverage glass will no longer be accepted for recycling

Joint news release with Government of Yukon, City of Whitehorse, Raven Recycling, P&M Recycling and Whitehorse Blue Bin Recycling

Recycling depots across Yukon will no longer accept non-beverage glass starting November 30, 2019. Glass jars, bottles, containers and other non-refundable glass like pickle jars will no longer be accepted at recycling facilities in Whitehorse or at rural depots. Refundable glass beverage containers like beer, juice and liquor bottles will still be accepted.

Changes to the third Housing Initiatives Fund intake

The third intake of the Housing Initiatives Fund launched on November 1, 2019 to support the construction of affordable housing for Yukoners across the territory.

This call for projects includes three streams: one for shovel ready projects in Whitehorse, one for shovel ready projects in communities and one for project concepts. First Nations governments, First Nations Development Corporations, developers, contractors, community organizations and the general public can apply for funding to support projects that will increase affordable housing options in their community.