COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • On July 20, all licensed establishments in the territory will be allowed to open with regular hours. For more information see the Department of Health Services’ update of July 13th.[548]

Relief measures for individuals

Department of Education

  • The Department of Education will fund, up to April 21, 2020, parental fees for all licensed child care facilities to ensure staff continue to be paid.
  • For more information, see the COVID-19 Department of Finance Services update of April 15, 2020.[549]

Yukon

The Government of Yukon declared a state of emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act on March 27, 2020.

General relief measures

Property tax payments

  • The deadline for property tax payments is postponed from July 2, 2020 to September 2, 2020 for citizens and businesses.
  • For more information, see the Government of Yukon’s press release or April 23, 2020. [550]

Relief measures for businesses

Support for the mineral exploration sector

  • The Government of Yukon is investing an additional $1.1 million to the Yukon Mineral Exploration Program.
  • For more information, see the Government of Yukon’s press release of June 12, 2020.[551]

Support for the energy sector

  • The Government of Yukon is invests in Mayo airport. Starting this summer, the Government of Yukon will be installing a modern, energy efficient airfield lighting system, including LED lights and other electrical enhancements, to make the airport useful throughout the long Yukon nights. For more information see the Government of Yukon’s press release of July 14th. [552]
  • A new electricity purchase agreement for a renewable energy project was signed under the Government of Yukon’s Independent Power Production policy’s Standing Offer Program. For more information see the Government of Yukon’s press release of July 13th.[553]

Support for restaurants

  • Restaurants and other businesses with a liquor license will now receive a discount of 25 per cent off the retail price for liquor. This discount will be applied for the duration of restrictions requiring restaurants to open at half their usual capacity, which began on May 29.
  • On August 8th, this support for restaurants was extended until November 1, 2020.
  • For more information, see the Government of Yukon’s press releases of June 5, 2020 and August 8, 2020.[554][555]

Support for employers to hire students for critical and essential services

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