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  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    The Yukon Bureau of Statistics reported that the unemployment rate in December 2017 was 3.6% compared to 4.6% in December 2016. There were 800 unemployed persons in Yukon in December 2017.
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    Goldcorp has resubmitted its proposal to bring the Coffee gold project into production, after the Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board halted the assessment last July. Goldcorp is working toward mine operations starting in 2021.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    Yukon College has been granted approval from the Campus Alberta Quality Council to offer its own undergraduate degree programs independent of other institutions. The college is planning to eventually become a full-fledged university.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    The Government of Yukon is reducing staff in its oil and gas branch due to lower levels of activity in the sector. The affected employees have been reassigned elsewhere in the government ¿ some of them to the mineral resources branch.
    Air North is adding regular passenger service from Whitehorse to Victoria starting on May 18, 2018. The Victoria stops will be added to the airline's existing route to Kelowna, B.C.
    Winter tourism is showing strong numbers in the Yukon and is expected to be a significant contributor to yearly tourism receipts, according to participants in the Yukon government's recent winter Tourism Summit in Whitehorse
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    The Government of Yukon is taking steps to create a new 24-hour support service to help victims of sexual assault. The Sexualized Assault Response Team will begin operations in Whitehorse and then expand to other communities.
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    The Government of Yukon has put an end to 15 requests to consider oil and gas rights in northern Yukon. Three northern Yukon First Nations did not support the further advancement of the requests at this time.
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    The Government of Yukon and CanNor are providing over $247,000 in 2017-18 for small business development and support through the Yukon Business Development Program
    The Government of Yukon has awarded a $12.7M contract to Ruskin Construction Ltd. to replace the Nares River (Naatasehéen) Bridge in Carcross. The work is expected to start in winter 2017-18 and to last two years.
    Yukon Energy and Victoria Gold Crop. have signed a power purchase agreement that projects at least $100M in spending over the first 10 years of the Eagle mine near Mayo. Connections to the main power line and a new substation are also in the agreement.
    The City of Whitehorse has put forward a capital budget of $30M for infrastructure over 2018-2021. The budget includes $3.9M for engineering services and repairs in 2018.
    The City of Whitehorse has approved rezoning for a parcel of land that will allow development of Phase 5 of the Whistle Bend subdivision. Once built, the new development will have 310 units, housing approximately 745 people.
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    The Watson Lake Daycare has closed due to staff shortages. The non-profit organization has struggled with employee recruitment because of low wages paid to child care workers in the community.
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    Construction is underway for upgrades to the Pioneer Cemetery in downtown Whitehorse. The current phase includes building a new gateway and is expected to be completed in spring.
    The Government of Yukon is currently conducting a 2017-18 Yukon Visitor Exit Survey. The year-long study will provide the tourism sector with current and reliable information to plan for the future, develop programs and products, and market Yukon.
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    The Kwanlin Dün First Nation is planning a new public cardlock fuel station on a parcel of settlement lands along the Alaska Highway, near the Whitehorse airport. Pending approvals, the opening is planned for September 2018.
    The first of three affordable housing complexes in the River Bend area of Whitehorse has been completed. The second building is scheduled to open in December, and the third in early next year.
    The Kluane First Nation is moving ahead with plans to build three wind turbines near Kluane Lake following a final $1M funding commitment from the Government of Canada. Construction is scheduled to start in June 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    The Government of Yukon intends to make radon testing and mitigation a licensing requirement for child care centres and family day homes in the territory; and is in the process of completing testing programs at four schools across the territory with more extensive testing planned for this winter.
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    The Government of Yukon is struggling with a shortage of nurses in the territory and is having difficulty recruiting for rural positions
  • Start date: 2017-10-09, End date: 2017-10-13
    Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    The new $14M Salvation Army Centre of Hope facility has opened in Whitehorse. The facility will have about 20 staff working onsite and will cost about $2M to operate annually.
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    The Yukon government has formed a Midwifery Advisory Committee tasked with examining policy and regulatory options to govern midwifery in the territory. Midwifery is a regulated profession in all jurisdictions except Yukon and Prince Edward Island.
    Winterlong Brewing Co., a Whitehorse-based micro-brewery, is expanding for the third time in two-and-a-half years in an effort to meet demand for its products. The brewery has added fermentation tanks and doubled the capacity of its bottling line.
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    The Mastercard Foundation is providing $4.6M to Yukon College for a program to increase the number of Indigenous Yukoners going to the school and help them graduate
    The Government of Yukon and the Yukon Medical Association have reached a new five-year agreement valued at $6.9M. The agreement includes further integration of nurse practitioners into the care system and discussion on the regulation of midwifery.
  • Start date: 2017-09-11, End date: 2017-09-15
    Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    The new $72M emergency department at the Whitehorse General Hospital is expected to open in January 2018. The new emergency department has 17 treatment rooms compared to 10 in the existing department.
    The Government of Yukon has received interest from six companies for the construction of a redundant fibre optic line for the territory. Two routes are currently under consideration for the proposed line.
    The Government of Yukon has agreed to cover the extra $1M needed to fix the Ross River footbridge. The contract has been awarded to North Vancouver-based Surespan Construction Ltd.
  • Start date: 2017-09-04, End date: 2017-09-08
    Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    The Government of Yukon has awarded $182,210 for community projects. The funds are expected to create over 2,235 hours of employment for more than 35 people throughout the territory.
    The Government of Yukon has awarded the contract to operate a mobile abattoir to Tum Tum's Black Gilt Meats. The mobile abattoir service allows local farmers to slaughter their livestock on their own property in an inspected facility.
    The Government of Yukon has extended six oil and gas permits for one year. The permits make up the core of the $100M-plus exploration program in northern Yukon.
    The Government of Yukon plans to open the Whistle Bend continuing care facility in Whitehorse next year. A long term mental health care unit and a community hospice centre are planned to open in 2019.
    The Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada have committed over $360M in combined funding to improve road access in mineral-rich areas. The projects will upgrade roads and build or replace bridges, culverts, and stream crossings.
  • Start date: 2017-08-28, End date: 2017-09-01
    Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    Save-On-Foods opened a store in Whitehorse on August 25, 2017. The location has a total of 210 employees - approximately 40% of those full-time, with the remainder part-time. They include 10 managers for various departments.
    Job fairs were recently held in Whitehorse and Mayo for positions at the Eagle Gold Project at Dublin Gulch. The available positions ranged from construction to security operations.
  • Start date: 2017-08-21, End date: 2017-08-25
    Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    Construction is underway on the $40M Victoria Gold Corp.'s Phase 1 Eagle Gold Mine project. Victoria Gold awarded numerous construction contracts, including significant participation by the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun Development Corporation.
  • Start date: 2017-08-14, End date: 2017-08-18
    Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    Construction will soon begin on the first phase of the Victoria's Eagle Gold Project located north of Mayo. About 300 people will be at the site at the peak of construction.
    The new territorial government has put a plan to tear down the former Alexander McDonald Lodge care facility in Dawson City on hold. The previous government awarded a $226,000 contract to a Whitehorse company to demolish the building.
  • Start date: 2017-08-07, End date: 2017-08-11
    Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    The Government of Yukon has awarded more than $300,000 to six organizations to support the prevention of violence against Indigenous women and girls
    The Government of Canada is providing over $15.7M to the Yukon Territory in 2017 through the Gas Tax Fund. The money is expected to support approximately 50 local infrastructure projects across the Yukon.
  • Start date: 2017-07-31, End date: 2017-08-04
    Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    Whitehorse City Council has awarded a $39M contract to Ketza Construction to build a new operations building. The new building is expected to be completed in spring 2019.
    According to the Yukon Geological Survey, mining exploration and development expenditures in Yukon rose from $57M in 2016 to $120M this year. This increase is largely due to the rise in base metal prices and strong interest from major gold mining companies to conduct exploration in the territory.
  • Start date: 2017-07-24, End date: 2017-07-28
    Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    The Taku Gold Corporation has acquired four properties from Golden Predator Mining Corporation in Yukon. The company plans to start exploratory drilling this September.
  • Start date: 2017-07-17, End date: 2017-07-21
    Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    The Government of Yukon, the Yukon Lottery Commission and Sport Canada are providing over $1.4M in funding to support various sport and recreation programs in the territory
    According to Statistics Canada, the median total income for individuals in Yukon rose from $43,980 in 2014 to $44,800 in 2015, an increase of 1.9%. At the national level, the median income rose by 3.4% over the same period.
  • Start date: 2017-07-10, End date: 2017-07-14
    Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    The Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada are jointly providing $520,000 for affordable housing projects in Carmacks and Watson Lake
    The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board has granted conditional approval for the Haeckel Hill wind turbine project by Northern Capital Energy. Pending final approval, the project could begin production as early as fall 2018.
    The Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada are providing $600M for improving and developing infrastructure. The funding will be available starting March 31, 2018 and will be dispersed over 10 years.
    Plans for rehabilitation of the aging Ross River suspension footbridge may be in limbo due to escalating costs of construction. The Government of Yukon has already spent more than $1.5M on design work and on stabilizing the north and south towers.
  • Start date: 2017-07-03, End date: 2017-07-07
    Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    The Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada are jointly providing over $26.9M for 13 transportation infrastructure projects
    The Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada are jointly providing $6.1M for two water and wastewater improvement projects in Haines Junction
    Demolition is underway at the old F.H. Collins High School in Whitehorse. Contaminated soil at the site is pushing back the timeline for completion of the work.
    The Government of Yukon is relying on fly-in contract nurses as it attempts to deal with a nursing shortage in remote communities. Hiring and retention of nurses is a problem across the territory.
  • Start date: 2017-06-26, End date: 2017-06-30
    Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    Remediation at the abandoned Faro mine site is expected to start in 2022, costing over $500M, and will take 10 to 15 years to complete. The site currently has 40 to 50 workers, and the project managers expect to add 50 to 75 people for the upcoming work.
    Rockhaven Resources Ltd. has started its 2017 exploration program at the Klaza gold property in southern Yukon. The program will include diamond drilling, geophysical surveys, soil geochemical sampling and metallurgical test work.
  • Start date: 2017-06-19, End date: 2017-06-23
    Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    Comstock Metals Ltd. plans to run a multi-pronged 2017 exploration program that will include mapping, sampling and diamond drilling at its QV Gold Project near Dawson City
    Arcus Development Group Inc. expects to start the 2017 exploration program at its Dan Man property in late July. The program includes drilling, soil sampling, geological mapping and prospecting.
    The Government of Yukon is providing support from the Community Development Fund for 13 projects that will create employment and promote social, cultural and economic benefits
  • Start date: 2017-06-12, End date: 2017-06-16
    Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    The Government of Yukon is expecting to pay $1.8M to cover the cost of full abandonment of a gas well at the Kotaneelee gas processing plant. The original owner of the site left a security deposit which covers part of the $2.4M total cost.
    Strikepoint Gold Inc. has started exploration work on the Mahtin Project near Mayo. Sample drilling is expected to follow the initial survey work.
    Goldstrike Resources Ltd. and Newmont Mining have established two fly-in camps to host their technical teams and drilling crews as they start exploration on the Plateau Property
    K2 Gold Corporation has started a diamond drill program at its Wels Gold Property. The company also has plans for exploration programs at three additional properties in the Yukon.
    The Government of Yukon and City of Whitehorse are working together to apply the Business Incentive Program to the municipal operations building project. The program will ensure local labour, apprentices, youth and manufactured materials are used.
    StrikePoint Gold Inc. has engaged Groundtruth Exploration and their Drones to Drill program, to execute its 2017 Yukon exploration program. Groundtruth is a Yukon-based company that specialize in exploration activities within the Territory.
  • Start date: 2017-06-05, End date: 2017-06-09
    Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    Metallic Minerals Corp. has started a $1.5M exploration program at its Keno Silver Project. The first phase of work will consist of targeted geophysical and geochemical surveys followed by a drilling program.
    ATAC Resources Ltd. has started diamond drilling at its Osiris Gold Project. Geophysical surveys and possible additional drilling are also planned for the 2017 exploration program.
    White Gold Corp. has started a drilling program on its properties south of Dawson City. The program is being managed by Ground Truth Exploration who will provide daily geologic, geochemical and structural interpretation to guide the drill programs.
  • Start date: 2017-05-29, End date: 2017-06-02
    Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    K2 Gold Corporation has started an exploration program and a diamond drilling program at its Wels Gold Property located in west-central Yukon Territory
    Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd. is conducting detailed sampling and prospecting programs at its Gold Cap and Eureka Dome gold properties, south of Dawson City
    The Government of Yukon is providing $333,000 to ten museums to preserve and interpret their collections
    The Government of Canada is providing approximately $50.8M to improve access to services in French for Francophone communities in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The funding runs from 2017 to 2020.
  • Start date: 2017-05-22, End date: 2017-05-26
    Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    The Government of Yukon has approved 21 placer projects and 38 hard rock projects to receive $1.6M in funding through the Yukon Mineral Exploration Program. The funding is expected to leverage an additional $3.7M of spending by the grant recipients.
    Goldcorp Inc. expects that its Coffee Gold Mine near Dawson City, if approved, would employ about 400 workers and have a lifespan of approximately 10 years. The company expects that an operational mine is at least four years away.
    Ground Truth Exploration, a Dawson City-based mineral exploration company, expects to have about 150 people in the field this summer, working on projects in Yukon, Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Start date: 2017-05-15, End date: 2017-05-19
    Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    The Government of Yukon is planning to add 201.75 full-time equivalent positions to the public service in 2017-18. The Department of Education accounts for 135.71 of the new full-time equivalent employees.
    White Gold Corp has started its 2017 exploration program in the White Gold District. Exploration activities including soil sampling, geologic mapping/prospecting, drone surveys and drilling.
    Goldstrike Resources and Newmont Mining Corp are starting a multi-faceted gold exploration program in June 2017 at the Plateau Property in central Yukon
    The Carcross-Tagish First Nation and North Star Agriculture are partnering to create an aquaponics facility that will produce vegetables and fish. The business will need between 20 and 30 full-time employees.
    Alexco Resource Corp plans to hire 40 to 50 people this summer to begin an underground drilling program at its Bermingham silver deposit in the Keno Hill District
  • Start date: 2017-05-08, End date: 2017-05-12
    Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    The University of Vienna and the Nacho Nyäk Dun are releasing the Mobile Workers Guide in June 2017. The Yukon Chamber of Mines has endorsed the publication which is aimed at mining camp workers.
  • Start date: 2017-05-01, End date: 2017-05-05
    Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    The Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada are jointly providing $0.5M to Habitat for Humanity to start work on two 4-plexes for eight low income families in Whitehorse. The first four homes are expected to be completed in 2018.
    Capstone Mining has extended the life of the Minto Mine until at least 2020, pending favourable market conditions and metal prices. The company had previously planned to place the mine into care and maintenance mode in December 2017.
    The federal Gas Tax Fund is providing $2.8M for three wastewater infrastructure projects in Whitehorse
    The Government of Yukon is planning to spend $309M on capital projects as part of its $1.44B 2017 budget
    The City of Whitehorse has approved an expansion to its planned operations buildings and anticipates seeking tenders for the $55M project, pending a final vote by the council
    The federal Gas Tax Fund is providing $692,463 towards four Indigenous infrastructure projects in Haines Junction and Whitehorse
    The Government of Yukon and the Yukon Francophone School Board plan to build a new French First Language high school on the Riverdale Education Reserve. The territorial government has committed $8M for the project.
    Apache Canada has decided to permanently shut down the Kotaneelee gas field in the southeast corner of the Yukon. Apache plans a full decommission of the remaining wells, the processing plant and other associated infrastructure.
    The Teslin Tlingit Council has submitted an application to the Yukon Environment Socio-economic Assessment Board to install a biomass heating system in Teslin. The project is estimated to create 28 construction jobs, and ongoing harvesting work.
    Golden Predator Mining is expanding its 2017 drill program by 100% at the 3 Aces Gold Project in southeast Yukon. The company also plans to conduct additional bulk sampling under its existing permit.
  • Start date: 2017-04-24, End date: 2017-04-28
    Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    Northern Energy Capital of Whitehorse has filed a wind generation proposal with the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board. Construction of the $14M project is expected to start in the first quarter of 2018, pending approvals
    Alexco Resource Corp. plans to have a workforce of about 40 staff at its Keno Hill Silver District mine this summer, with continued surface exploration estimated at $3M and the underground work estimated at $2M
    The Government of Yukon has expanded the eligibility criteria for its five film funding programs to include digital media projects
    Victoria Gold Corp. has recently established a camp at its Eagle Gold Project site to support construction and operation of the mine. A fourth diamond drill has also been mobilized to the site to expand the 2017 exploration program.
    The Government of Yukon, Yukon College and the Government of Canada are jointly investing $3.59M to renovate and upgrade infrastructure at Yukon College's Ayamdigut Campus in Whitehorse
  • Start date: 2017-04-17, End date: 2017-04-21
    Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    The Yukon Chamber of Mines is predicting an increase in labour requirements as major gold mining companies ramp up their investments in the territory
    The Government of Yukon has committed $261,700 to support artists and community organizations involved in the literary, visual or performing arts
    The Government of Yukon is providing more than $1M to eight community organizations for construction, renovation and facility upgrades. The funding will create employment for approximately 66 people.
  • Start date: 2017-04-10, End date: 2017-04-14
    Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    Barrick Gold Corporation has invested $8.3M in the Rackla Gold project east of Keno City, owned by ATAC Resources. The potential total investment by Barrick could reach $63.3M, according to ATAC.
  • Start date: 2017-04-03, End date: 2017-04-07
    Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    BMC Minerals has filed a proposal for a $426M lead-zine-copper mine with the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board. The company expects that the mine would employ 400 people during construction and approximately 400 during production.
    The Government of Yukon awarded more than $131,000 to 10 community organizations. The projects are expected to create more than 2,000 hours of employment for approximately 16 people.
    Yukon Gold Corp. has started a $6.2M exploration program at its Dublin Gulch gold property. Three diamond drills and a suite of heavy equipment to support exploration initiatives have been mobilized.
    Goldcorp has submitted its proposal for the Coffee gold property to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board. The company estimates that the proposed US$420M mine would have a full-time workforce of 320 employees during operation.
  • Start date: 2017-03-27, End date: 2017-03-31
    Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    Victoria Gold Corp has awarded engineering work for its Eagle Gold deposit project to JDS Energy & Mining in partnership with Hatch. The JDS/Hatch team is contracted to complete basic engineering and move into detailed design for the project.
  • Start date: 2017-03-20, End date: 2017-03-24
    Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    The Government of Yukon is providing over $370,000 towards seven community projects. The funding is expected to create 2,700 hours of direct employment for 18 people.
  • Start date: 2017-03-13, End date: 2017-03-17
    Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    The Yukon Bureau of Statistics credits large public and private sector construction projects for improvement in employment conditions in the territory. On an annual basis, the number of people employed in the territory edged up 900 in February 2017.
  • Start date: 2017-03-06, End date: 2017-03-10
    Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    The Salvation Army is permanently closing its Thrift Store in Whitehorse effective April 12, 2017. The store has four full-time employees and eight part-time employees.
  • Start date: 2017-02-27, End date: 2017-03-03
    Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    Golden Predator Mining has started a drill program at its 3Aces Gold Project in southeastern Yukon
  • Start date: 2017-02-20, End date: 2017-02-24
    Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    Goldcorp intends to submit its proposal for the Coffee Gold Project before March 31, 2017, to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board, for both the open pit mine operation and the required road upgrades and new road construction
    Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd has agreed to a five-year, $2.5M mineral exploration program as part of the acquisition of the OGI Zinc project near Dawson City

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