Support for tourism organizations

The Government of Yukon has made mitigating the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic a top priority.

The Department of Tourism and Culture is actively monitoring the impacts to Yukon’s tourism industry. We are working collaboratively to respond to the situation as it develops.

Subscribe to our industry newsletter for updates and important information.

What Yukon is doing

Stimulus package to support Yukon businesses and workers

Premier Sandy Silver announced that the Government of Yukon is developing the details of a stimulus package for Yukon businesses and workers. We will provide more information as we develop and launch these programs.

Read the press release about the stimulus package. 

We will continue to work on initiatives to safeguard Yukon's tourism sector and speed its recovery, together with:

  • the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon;
  • local chambers of commerce;
  • Destination Canada; and
  • Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Increase to Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund

The Department of Tourism and Culture has announced a one-time, $1 million increase to the Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund (TCMF). This brings the total available funding to $1.7 million for the 20/21 fiscal year. 
 
In addition to the increased funding, we are making the following one-time changes to the program:
  • We have waived the requirement for applicants to provide 50% equity for marketing projects and activities.
  • Under the new criteria, initiatives targeting people who are already in Yukon will also be eligible. Previously, the TCMF was for marketing initiatives targeted outside of Yukon, with the intent of attracting visitors to the territory. This change will help support businesses target Yukoners while the other markets recover.
These changes will help support more Yukon businesses this summer and when the pandemic subsides. The interim guidelines will help industry to plan.
 
Find the interim guidelines on the Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund page.
 
We will post the application forms on the TCMF page once the Government of Yukon’s recovery plan is finalized. Timing is based on the recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding travel.
 
When the online forms are posted, we will let you know through:
 

What Canada is doing

Financial resources for businesses

Business Credit Availability Program

Under the federal government’s new Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) can now provide over $10 billion of additional financing to customers facing economic challenges caused by COVID-19.

The program helps Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions gain access to credit through EDC, BDC and private sector lenders.

Read the news release.

BDC special support for entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19 also includes:

Employment and Social Development Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has special measures that will provide temporary flexibility in programs until March 14, 2021. Find information on programs including:

  • Employment Insurance;
  • Work-Sharing Program (specific cases); and
  • Occupational Health and Safety.

Visit ESDC’s website.

Regional Development Agencies

Canada’s 6 Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) have been given more tools and flexibility to help local businesses deal with economic difficulties.

They will help local businesses deal with the immediate impact of COVID-19 on their operations by allowing, for example:

  • deferred repayment;
  • advance payments; or
  • reimbursement of legitimate claims.

The RDAs will reallocate marketing efforts to support local and regional tourism. They take into account the latest advice from health agencies.

Visit Canada’s RDA webpage on COVID-19.

Read the RDA information brochure.

New loan programs for businesses and Canada Revenue Agency Measures

New loan programs have been announced. They include:

  • a new Canada Emergency Business Account;
  • the deferral of tax remittance and customs duty payments;
  • a new Loan Guarantee for small and medium enterprises; and
  • a new co-lending program for small and medium enterprises.

The Canadian Revenue Agency has also announced additional measures for individuals and businesses. They include information on:

  • administrative tax measures;
  • trusts, partnerships and NR4 Information Returns;
  • Canada Pension Plan/Employment Insurance (CPP/EI);
  • deadlines for charities;
  • the suspension of audit activities
  • the suspension of collections on new debt
  • requirement to pay (RTP)

For more details on these announcements, visit Canada's webpage.

Information resources

Destination Canada

Destination Canada is providing ongoing support. Visit their website to learn more.

A message from Destination Canada:

“We know these are difficult times within the tourism sector. We know there is a lot of uncertainty around what our world will look like next month, next week, and even tomorrow. Now more than ever, we will leverage the power of Team Canada to align and support us through the times ahead.”

Public Health Agency of Canada

Find current travel advisories for Canadian and International locations.

Canadian Heritage

Previously awarded grants and contributions for local events, festivals or other initiatives are maintained and take into account the possibility of cancellations due to COVID-19.

Visit their website for more information.

Global Affairs Canada

Tourism Industy Association of Canada

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

Adventure Travel Trade Association

Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board

Canadian Labour Congress

Macroeconomic measures

What your business can do

Use these resources from trusted sources:

Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce

Yukon Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Canadian Payroll Association

World Health Organization

Center for Disease Control (USA)

Contact: 

To support social distancing, many of our staff are working from home.

If you have questions, email industryservices@gov.yk.ca.