The Government of Yukon is working with federal counterparts, First Nations, local businesses, organizations, and communities to introduce support for Yukoners impacted by COVID-19.
The full COVID-19 support for Yukoners can be found here.
The Government of Yukon passed new regulations under the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act preventing evictions over the next 90 days for residential tenants who are self-isolating or unable to pay their rent on time due to COVID-19. The regulations will also allow tenants to pay their rent late if they are unable to pay it when it is due.
Landlords will be unable to evict if the tenant or a member of their household is subject to a health protection measure.
Highlights of these measures are summarized below:
As a result of impacts of COVID-19, foreign nationals working in Yukon through the Yukon Nominee Program will not be required to meet the standard requirement of full-time work hours.
Yukon nominees who experience layoffs or reduced work hours will not be issued the standard 90-day notice to find new employment. This change will remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency.
All questions and concerns can be addressed by email at [email protected] or by phone (toll free) at 1 (800) 661 0408.
The Government of Yukon is supporting Yukon’s business community through its regular funding programs and services while taking steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19.
Yukon businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can receive non-repayable grants from the Government of Yukon to cover certain fixed business costs, including rent, utilities, and business insurance.
Yukon businesses that have experienced at least 30% decline in revenue and require immediate relief can apply for a the grant of up to $30,000 per month to cover eligible costs incurred from March 23 to May 22, 2020.
This program is open to Yukon businesses, including home-based businesses, which have faced a minimum of 30% loss in gross revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Yukon business means a business that meets three of the following criteria:
This program is not available to:
The program will cover eligible costs incurred from March 23 to May 22, 2020.
Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2020.
The business costs eligible for support are:
For home-based businesses:
If you have a home-based business, your business-use-of-home expenses are eligible. This includes, for example, the portion of mortgage interest or rent costs accepted by the Canada Revenue Agency as attributable to the operation of the home-based businesses.
Home-based businesses must provide proof of “business-use-of-home expenses deductions,” as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency, on their 2018 federal income tax return. For example:
The following business costs are not covered by the program:
1. Contact the Department of Economic Development for an application.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (867) 456 3803
Toll Free: 1 (800) 661 0408 ext. 3803
2. Complete an application form.
3. Submit the application and required supporting documents:
Government of Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
The Paid Sick Leave Rebate supports employers with Yukon workers and self-employed people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This rebate program reimburses employers who pay their employees or self-employed people to take sick days or self-isolate. A maximum of 10 days of wages per employee (not including benefits, payroll taxes, or deductions) will be covered for sick leave and/or for a 14-day self-isolation period. The rebate program will be in effect for six months, running from March 11 to September 11, 2020.
This rebate is not available to:
The rebate allows Yukon workers without paid sick leave to stay at home if they:
The maximum daily rebate will be $378.13 per day per employee.
These paid sick leave days will apply only after all existing regular paid sick leave for the employee is used. The rebate program cannot be split into multiple uses, and can only be used once per employee. A doctor’s note is not required.
To be eligible for the Paid Sick Leave Rebate, the employer and its employees must be Yukon-based, the employer must pay employees to take time off for sick leave and who need to be in self-isolation due to COVID-19, and meet three of the following requirements:
The following are required documents needed to access the rebate program:
The maximum daily rebate will be $378.13 per day per employee. If no Notice of Assessment from Revenue Canada is submitted, the maximum daily rate will set to the 2020 maximum Employment Insurance rate of $114.60 per day.
The rebate program cannot be split into multiple uses, and can only be used once. A doctor’s note is not required.
1. Contact the Government of the Yukon for an application and to get the process started.
2. Applicants submit the application and required supporting documents by:
Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
The Government of Yukon has established a COVID-19 Business Advisory Council consisting of approximately 20 Yukon business representatives to ensure the needs of the business community are heard during the COVID-19 pandemic. This council includes stakeholders from a wide variety of sectors who will contribute their knowledge and experience representing diverse aspects of Yukon’s economy. Together they will inform the Department of Economic Development with local business intelligence, identify best practices, and recommend mitigation strategies to address the economic impacts of COVID-19. The Council is expected to operate for six months, but may extend beyond this dependent on circumstances.
Crowe MacKay Partner, Norman McIntyre, is a member on the Business Advisory Council as a business financial representative.
The following are ways in which the Yukon Government is supporting the arts community during the COVID-19 crisis:
For the April 1, 2020 intake of the Advanced Artist Award, there will be $150,000 available in funding. Normally, $75,000 is allocated for this intake.'
Learn more or apply for the Advanced Artist Award.
The Arts Fund will increase by $125,000.
The special intake criteria will suspend the current threshold and allow applicants to apply for 100% of eligible project expenses. The regular June, September and December intakes for Arts Fund have not changed.
Learn how to apply to the Arts Fund.
Tourism and Culture is providing special funding for arts-related initiatives in light of COVID-19 impacts.
The On Yukon Time program will be adapted to support artists and organizations in this time of lost revenue and uncertainty. This is a one-time change for the 2020–21 fiscal year.
$75,000 is available in total. These funds will help the creative community during our new social distancing realities.
Applicants may apply to receive up to:
Applicants may apply for up to 100% of eligible project costs.
Learn how to apply.
Organizations which are Yukon businesses and non-government organizations that face a unique, irretrievable financial loss due to the COVID-19 related cancellation of an eligible event.
An eligible business must meet three of the following criteria:
An eligible non-government organization is based in Yukon and includes:
Eligible events (for which businesses can seek funding) include:
Eligible goods and services costs that can be covered by the funding program include:
Ineligible goods/services costs that are not covered by funding program include:
Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on August 31, 2020.
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.
Revised guidelines and application forms will be available beginning May 1 on the Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund page.