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Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018
- The only licensed daycare in Watson Lake has reopened, nearly a year after it closed due to its inability to pay competitive wages. Recent funding from federal and Yukon governments allows the daycare to increase entry level workers' wages.
- Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is upgrading one of its passenger bridges this fall. Work on the project is expected to wrap up by mid-November.
- The Government of Yukon is granting over $1M to renovate and convert a bed and breakfast into a 10-bedroom group home. The new facility will replace two four-bedroom group homes.
Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018
- More than 1,000 people visited Whitehorse's government-run cannabis retail store on October 17, 2018. An estimated $59,000 worth of product was sold between the retail store and online.
- The federal, provincial and municipal governments are granting $900,000 towards the construction of an eight-unit affordable rental housing project in Dawson through the Affordable Housing Construction and the Municipal Matching Construction Programs
Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018
- Capstone Mining Corp. is stopping operations at its Minto mine. About 200 employees and contractors will be affected with 24 being laid off immediately. A core team of 12 employees will be retained to oversee the site for care and maintenance.
- Yukon Housing Authority is granting $500,000 to construct 10 affordable homes in the community of Dakwäkäda. The project will also provide skill-building opportunities for 10 carpentry trainees.
- The Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon are granting $2.3M to two climate change adaptation research projects to address impacts of climate change on highways and infrastructure in the north
- The Government of Canada is granting $900,000 to Yukonstruct for the completion of the NorthLight Innovation building. The funds are in addition to a previous contribution of $1.5M.
Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2018
- The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations in Yukon are granting up to $1M for a two-year experimental learning program. Students participating in the Southern Tutchone language immersion program will receive a bi-weekly allowance.
- Two exploration companies, White Gold Corp. and ATAC Resources, have reported the discovery of high grades of gold at their Yukon Osiris Project. According to ATAC, Osiris has the second highest-grade undeveloped open pit deposit in North America.
- The Government of Yukon is working on re-tendering a call to purchase five portables for schools due to growing number of students in Whitehorse. Student population in Whitehorse has increased over 6% to 4,338 this year compared to five years ago.
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The RCMP is building a new detachment in the community of Carcross and renovating detachments in Faro and Ross RiverCorrections officers from Yukon's Justice department are taking over provost services from Yukon RCMP starting October 1, 2018Victoria Gold's Eagle Gold mine, about 80km north of Mayo, is slated to begin production in October 2019. There are currently 420 people working at the site, including 275 people from Yukon.
The River's Edge Partnership is seeking approval for a new hotel development along the Whitehorse downtown waterfront. The hotel would feature 100 rooms with a restaurant and underground parking.Bullet Hole Bagels opened August 29, 2018 in Whitehorse's Horwoods MallRaven Recycling Society will take over the disposal of electronic and electrical waste beginning October 1, 2018According to Statistics Canada, Yukon employment was up 400 in August 2018 compared to the same time last year. The mining industry saw an increase of 100 jobs in August 2018 compared to the previous month.38 Famous Video, one of Whitehorse's last video rental stores, is shutting down. A closing date has not been set yet.
Whistle Bend Place, Yukon's newest long-term care home and largest infrastructure project in history, has opened. The care home will employ over 140 Yukoners in professional roles and residents will begin moving in late October 2018.Whitehorse city planners have proposed a zoning change to allow for a solar farm in the Mount Sima industrial area. If approved, a 50-kilowatt array of solar panels would be installed at the site.The Coffee Gold project near Dawson City has gained support from the Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation. If approved, the project could create 650 direct and indirect jobs during construction and employ 350 workers once in operation.
The Government of Yukon is providing just over $748,000 towards 21 community development projects that aim to improve community infrastructure, increase food security, and enhance recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities in Yukon communitiesThe Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon are granting $16.55M for a new arena in CarmacksThe Whitehorse Community Thrift Store is opening in the Yukon Inn Plaza on September 15, 2018The Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon are providing more than $16.5M towards three infrastructure projects across the territory
The Social House, a local bar and social events venue in Whitehorse, will permanently close its doors on August 31The Tourism Industry Association of Yukon is working to retain and hire more reliable workers for small businesses involved in the tourism sector, as the industry reports staffing shortages across the territoryThe federal and territorial governments have pledged $27M in funding towards the construction of a new francophone high school in Whitehorse. Construction is set to begin next spring with a projected completion date of November 2020.
The Government of Yukon has halted funding for the Yukon Federation of Labour because services provided by the organization no longer fit into the government's mandate. The federation provides support for non-unionized workers in the territory.Vancouver-based ATAC Resources Ltd. discovered a significant gold and copper skarn at its Bobcat Target exploration program within the Rau Project, located northeast of Keno CityThe Government of Yukon has pledged $500,000 in funding for the installation of a new 940-kilowatt solar array in Old Crow. The solar array is expected to help save up to 189,000 litres of diesel fuel annually.The federal government is providing $374,000 in funding to the Yukon Advocate Case Review project to study how the territorial judicial system handles sexual assault cases and their causesThe Canada Revenue Agency is investing $6M to set up three new tax centres in each of the territorial capitals as part of their Northern Service Improvement Strategy. The new offices will employ 12 people in total.
Statistics Canada reported that Yukon's unemployment rate fell from 3.6% in July of last year to 2.3% in July of this year due to increases in tourism, construction and mining activityUnionized staff at Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services in Yukon recently voted in favour of a strike mandate. Eighteen counsellors and support staff have been without a contract for over a year.
The Government of Canada is providing over $90,000 in funding to support Yukon fur trappers and artisans by developing a territorial fur strategyThe federal government provided the first of two $8.25M disbursements as part of the federal Gas Tax Fund to support local infrastructure projects, which is expected to help create job opportunities throughout YukonThe Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust in Yukon has awarded $121,768 in funding for eight community-led projects focused on crime prevention across the territoryThe Yukon government has issued a request for proposals looking for a company to build the new $27.5M French high school and community centre in Riverdale. The request closes September 25.The federal government has awarded an $80M construction manager contract to California-based Parsons Inc. for the care and maintenance of the Faro Mine in Yukon until 2020, with the possibility of a two year extensionThe federal government is launching the Indigenous Homes Innovation Challenge, a national competition, to award a total of $30M in prize money for creative approaches to design and development of Indigenous-led housing projects
The Liard First Nation has launched a new bus service to replace Greyhound bus services that connect Watson Lake to Whitehorse. The new Watson Lake Shuttle & Freight Service is currently looking for more long term drivers.The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations have declared an emergency closure on fishing for chinook and sockeye salmon due to low salmon runs. The closure will be in effect for the remainder of the 2018 season.The City of Whitehorse announced a $1M grant towards the Cornerstone Building project. Once completed, the project will provide 48 affordable rental units and 7 condos for sale.The federal government awarded an $80.1M contract to California-based company Parsons Inc. in the construction of immediate projects involved in the Faro mine remediation process over the next two yearsWhitehorse City Council has approved a development incentive worth up to $500,000 over 10 years for the construction of four rental townhouses in the Whitehorse subdivision of Porter Creek
The federal and territorial governments announced an agreement to provide more than $30M in joint funding to support health care services and health care innovation initiatives in YukonThe Yukon government announced an agreement that will see the creation of a new forensic mental health care unit and a new mental health team leader position at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre by May 2019The Yukon Environmental and Socio Economic Assessment Board has recommended a proposal to carry out a diamond drilling exploration program in the Red Ridge area of Mount LorneThe Government of Yukon has approved rezoning of the Takhini hot springs condo site. Construction of the 20 condos could begin as early as this October.Whitehorse city council members will vote on zoning for the 6th and 7th stage of the Whistle Bend neighbourhood, which includes about 14.5 hectares of land. Construction is currently taking place on the 3rd and 4th phases.
Raven Inn Whitehorse Inc. began construction on a new 57-room hotel and condo building situated in downtown Whitehorse. The new hotel is scheduled to open in the second half of 2019.The federal and territorial governments are working together to encourage more skilled workers to consider Yukon for employment as a means of advancing economic immigration in the territoryThe Yukon government awarded a $3.91M contract to Whitehorse-based, Ketza Construction Corp, in the development of housing first apartments in Whitehorse. Construction is set to begin in the next few weeks and should be completed next year.The Government of Yukon is considering an amendment to the Quartz Mining Act that would allow first Nations governments to have greater control over potential staking, prospecting and mining sites across the territory
The Government of Yukon is exploring housing options for new staff required for the Whistle Bend continuing care facility in Whitehorse as about 150 of the new positions will be filled by people from outside YukonThe Yukon and federal government are providing $500,000 to the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation for the creation of 10 utility buildings to support the improvement of First Nations housing under the Affordable Housing AgreementThe Government of Yukon awarded a 4-year term $25 million air ambulance contract to local company Alkan Air. Tendered service will begin April 1st, 2019.
The Challenge Resource Disability Group is asking the City of Whitehorse for a $1 million grant to support the Cornerstone Building Project, an initiative to help construct 48 affordable rental units and seven condos in downtown WhitehorseThe Calgary-based natural gas company, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc., is considering building a liquefied natural gas depot in Whitehorse. If approved, the Whitehorse depot would serve as the central supply point in the north.Inuvialuit Corporate Group and Makivik Corporation are merging Canadian North and First Air to create a wholly Inuit-owned airline focused on customer reliability as well as new economic opportunities in Canada. The merger is set to be finished in 2018.The Government of Yukon in partnership with Yukon Lottery Commission and Sport Canada, are offering $1.4 million in financial support towards recreational groups in the territory as well as individual athletes to help advance their athletic development.
The Yukon government announced that the construction of Whitehorse's new Whistle Bend Continuing Care Facility is finished ahead of its projected opening in October. The facility is expected to hire 250 employees.The Yukon government voted this week to rezone the Takhini Hot Springs near Whitehorse for the construction of a new housing development comprised of a recreational pool facility and nine homes. The project should be open by 2020.
On June 26, Air North began air service between Whitehorse and Mayo, due to increased demand from the region's mining sector. The company hired additional staff and expanded services to meet the growing demand.The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and ATCO Electric Yukon signed a 25-year energy agreement. The First Nation will install solar panels to offset 190,000 litres of diesel fuel that the community uses for electricity.Northwest, the Government of Canada and the Government of the Yukon are funding up to $79M to build a 777 km fibre network across the Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and northern B.C.Under the Affordable Housing Agreement, the federal and Yukon governments will provide $500,000 in funding to the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. The funding will be used to create ten utility buildings in Old Crow.
Whitehorse's Waterfront Trolley will reopen on July 1st for the peak tourism season after undergoing infrastructure and safety upgrades to the rail bed and trolley last year. Further renovations to the roundhouse will expand the gallery space.The federal and territorial governments are jointly investing $2.3M under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund into Watson Lake's wastewater treatment system. The funds will upgrade the sewage lagoon and ensure the town has reliable, clean water.Owners of the joint bar and restaurant, Dirty Northern and The Miner's Daughter, recently raised concerns that a new July 1st wholesale liquor pricing structure could detrimentally impact already slim profit margins and potentially lead to layoffsThe Liard First Nation recently launched a thrice-weekly bus service between Watson Lake and Whitehorse. The shuttle will also transport cargo and serve other communities along the route.Yukon College will become Canada's first Arctic university when it initiates its first degree-granting program in Indigenous governance to its college courses this fall. A $65M fundraising campaign, and an increased territorial grant is supporting this initiative.Alexco Resource Corp. has acquired Contango Strategies Ltd., an environmental business that specializes in biological water treatment systems for mining, oil and gas and industrial operations, to complement its Keno Hill Silver mining holdingsATAC Resources recently announced a mineral resource estimate of 1.7 million ounces of gold in the Osiris Project at its Rackla gold property. This assessment could result in a high-grade open-pit mine.
The Yukon government has awarded $1.2M into twelve organizations for a variety of social, cultural and economic projects, including housing and recreational facilities. The Community Development Fund grants will employ 37 people.The Smoke and Sow recently opened in Whitehorse as the city's newest food truck. It is the first restaurant to offer southern style barbecue food options.The Government of Yukon is seeking proposals to seal off the abandoned Kotaneelee gas wellhead in the Liard Basin and to clean up the well site. Work on the project is expected to take place this summer and cost up to $2.4M.Alkan Air recently announced that it would discontinue its twice-weekly flights between Watson Lake and Whitehorse as of September 30. Low ridership was cited as the reason for the decision.Twelve Yukon museums and First Nations cultural centres are the recipients of $348,000 in funding from the Special Capital Projects Assistance Program. The program assists recipients in protecting, preserving and interpreting their collections.
Solvest Inc. is partnering with Cropbox to test a hydroponic farming operation in Whitehorse. The refurbished shipping container will grow sufficient fresh produce for a small community and be adapted to meet arctic energy consumption needs.The federal and Yukon governments along with First Nations and other organizations have jointly funded $11.4M over two years toward upgrading and renovating public spaces and community infrastructure in the territoryThe Government of Yukon recently announced a $3.6M fund for the development and construction of innovative and affordable housing projects throughout the territory. The fund will extend over five years, with annual intakes and pre-approvals possible.The Yukon government has accepted the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board's recommendation to reject a proposal for a placer mine at Judas Creek due to the potentially harmful impacts on wildlife in the Marsh Lake areaThe governments of Canada and Yukon are jointly investing more than $9M towards the installation of sensors so that the safety of roads, bridges and streams can be electronically monitored
The Minto Mine project is continuing with a gradual reduction in staff as preparations are made for a change in ownership this summer. The mine has undergone a change in mining plans including the termination of open-pit mining.Yukon College is suspending its computer technician certificate program following years of declining enrolment numbers and the gradual withdrawal of partner colleges. The college is reviewing the program and the regional demand for computer courses.
The federal and territorial governments are jointly investing $7.4M over five years in agricultural initiatives that support local food producers and markets while advancing environmental practices, food processing and distribution infrastructureThe Government of Canada recently announced a $6.9M investment to enable smarter connections in Yukon¿s trade corridors through the modernization of its Intelligent Transportation Systems technologies. It is anticipated that 70 jobs will be created.Air North began weekly direct air service between Whitehorse, Victoria and Kelowna on May 18th. The flights will be offered twice a week.
Yukon College, in partnership with Inuvik's Aurora College and the University of Alberta, was awarded a $250,000 Canadian CubeSat Project grant to design, build and launch their own satellite while gaining skills and experience in the STEM fieldsThe Government of Yukon has awarded nearly $61,000 through its Youth Investment Fund to 23 community group projects that provide social, recreational and other positive lifestyle activitiesThe Government of Yukon recently announced it will be working with the Association of Yukon Communities and the City of Whitehorse to ensure that territory's waste management system is more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable
The federal and territorial governments are jointly funding $594M over ten years towards infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. Investments will be made in public transit, recreational, cultural, community and green infrastructure.Alexco Resource Corp. recently announced that its $4M surface exploration drilling program will begin in early May while its underground drilling program will begin in JulyThe Government of Yukon and the Council of Yukon First Nations have resolved how resource royalties will be divided under the Umbrella Final Agreement and agreed on an additional $600,000 payment to hire staff to provide services to First Nations
The Government of Yukon is providing $1.9M in funding to improve school-based information technology and enhance digital learning. Instructional leaders will be hired to support teachers in using the new computing devices and technology.The Government of Canada has assumed oversight for the care and maintenance of the Faro mine site in anticipation of major construction work this summer. No layoffs are anticipated as workers will be retained or reassigned to other mines.The Conference Board of Canada released a positive economic outlook for the Yukon based upon new developments in the mining industry, a low unemployment rate, wage increases and the needs of an aging population creating job opportunitiesGoldcorp and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in have finalized an agreement on the development of the Coffee gold project that outlines economic opportunities such as employment, contracting, training and skills development initiatives for First Nation members
Two new Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services hubs recently opened in Carmacks and Haines Junction to provide wrap-around support for surrounding communities from clinical, child and youth counsellors, mental health nurses and support workersThe federal government, in partnership with the Yukon government and three Yukon First Nations, recently provided $169,000 in funding to install new solar energy generating systems on buildings to reduce the reliance on non-renewable resourcesThe federal and territorial governments are providing $400,000 to the Kluane First Nation to retrofit housing units in Destruction Bay. The funds are part of the 2018-19 Yukon Housing Corporation's $2M allocation for housing in First Nation communities.
The Government of Yukon is investing $7.7M to construct a maintenance facility at the Dawson City airport. The investment will also support the upkeep and equipment storage requirements for a paved runwayAccording to Statistics Canada, Yukon recorded the lowest unemployment rate for all provinces and territories for March 2018 at 2.7%, significantly below the national average of 5.8%The Government of Canada is providing $165,000 through the Building Northern Capacity in Environmental Monitoring project to help post-secondary graduates gain practical experience in the STEM fields and skilled tradesThe Government of Yukon is contributing $3.12M towards the F.H. Collins Secondary School project. Completion of an outdoor learning space, basketball court, multi-use pathway and weight room is anticipated by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.The Yukon government announced $1M in funding for territorial parks, campgrounds and recreational sites to replace aging infrastructure and to expand facilities such as trails, playgrounds, outhouses and improving universal accessThe Government of Yukon is building a new $9M grader station in Carmacks to provide storage and additional workspace for highways crews. The new facility should be completed in the summer of 2019.The Kwalin Dün First Nation has won a grant of close to $99,000 from the Jays Care Foundation to refurbish their baseball diamond to include a new surface, an electronic scoreboard, new dugouts, bleachers and lighting
Yukon Legal Aid has received additional funding from the territorial government to expand its capacity to hire senior criminal lawyers to assist on complex casesThe Government of Yukon is investing $1.9M in equipping schools with the mobile technology needed to support a redesigned curriculum focusing on digital learning and increased connectivity. Instructional leaders will be identified to guide the transition.The City of Whitehorse is shifting $63.5M originally approved for projects to be completed in 2017 to the 2018 season. The rebudgeting was due to a multi-year building project, weather delays, and the unavailability of goods and workers.ATAC Resources Ltd., in partnership with Barrick Gold Corporation, recently announced a combined $13M exploration budget to proceed with their 2018 drilling program at the Rackla gold property. ATAC anticipates employing approximately 50 workers. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-mining-atac-rackla-project-1.4609149The Yukon government's Developer Build Program will provide $2M over three years in short-term construction financing to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of affordable housing projects throughout the territory
Alaska Seaplanes will begin running scheduled service flights between Juneau and Whitehorse starting in May. The flight is expected to run three times a week between May and September.Whitehorse's Farmer Robert's, a market which focused on locally sourced meats and other goods, will close permanently on April 28The Yukon Housing Corporation is matching municipal funding up to $1M for the construction of new rental housing units across the territoryThe Yukon Government is doubling its annual investment in the Yukon Now tourism marketing program to $1.8M following the release of record-breaking tourism visitor statistics for 2017The Yukon Government has tendered 37 construction projects worth $61M early so that the seasonally dependent work can begin this year. The plans will include upgrades to buildings, power supply, and water and sewer, and road work improvement.
The Government of Yukon is investing $170,000 annually to provide American Sign Language interpreters to make services, programs and employment accessible to the deaf or hard of hearing communityCapstone Mining is not renewing its surface mining contract with Pelly Construction following its decision to shelve a further pit at its Minto copper mine. Pelly Construction hopes to avoid job losses by transferring workers to other mining projects.The Yukon Bureau of Statistics announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 2.8 %, the second-lowest rate of the past yearThe federal government awarded White Bear Industries Ltd. with a $79.8M five-year contract for the maintenance of the Alaska HighwayWith financial support from the Government of Yukon, the Challenge Disability Resource Group (CDRG) purchased vacant land in Whitehorse to construct a 53-unit building with affordable, supportive and market housing options
The federal and Yukon governments are providing over $3M of funding for Yukonstruct Makerspace Society and Yukon College to construct a new Yukon Innovation Hub in Whitehorse. The new facility is expected to open this summer.Seasonal remediation work is expected to begin this summer at the Marwell Tar Pit site in Whitehorse. The federal and Yukon governments have jointly funded the $4.6M project.The federal and Yukon governments are jointly providing $8.1M to upgrade the track and field facilities at F.H. Collins High School in WhitehorseThe Government of Yukon is investing $1.3M in Whitehorse's Thomson Centre to renovate and equip ten new long-term care bedrooms
The Government of Yukon has committed $500,000 in the current fiscal year to undertake preliminary environmental and design work on the Campbell Highway between Faro to Ross RiverYukon College is hiring more staff to expand its diploma and other programs in early childhood education to smaller communities in the territoryYukon's minimum wage will increase to $11.51 per hour on April 1st this year. The Yukon Employment Standards Board will review the new rate as it will drop the territory to the 7th highest rate among Canadian jurisdictions.The Government of Yukon is funding the creation of a Historical Case Unit staffed with officers from the RCMP's ¿M¿ Division. The unit will investigate unsolved homicides, missing person investigations and major crimes.Victoria Gold Corp. recently finalized a construction financing package worth approximately $505M that will fully fund the development of its Eagle Gold project through commercial production. The open pit mine will employ around 400 people.The Government of Yukon will be releasing 80 lots for housing development in Whistle Bend on April 3rd, in anticipation of the 2018 building seasonThe Government of Yukon is preparing for the legalization of cannabis by stockpiling a $2.7M supply, arranging the warehousing and retail infrastructure, and hiring regulatory and retail staff
Greyhound Canada recently announced that due to a 30% decline in riders, it would be discontinuing on June 1st its bus service on nine routes in Northern British Columbia and Yukon, including the Whitehorse to Dawson Creek routeThe Yukon government's 2018-19 $280M capital budget includes projects to upgrade roads, bridges, airports and a fibre-optic line. Municipal infrastructure, affordable housing and continuing care and high school facilities were also announced.Charles McLaren Architects Ltd. was recently awarded a consulting contract to design and build a new fire hall in Whitehorse. Construction is anticipated to take place in 2019.Alexco recently announced it had finalized a $15M USD definitive credit agreement that will finance the development of four Keno Hill silver deposits northeast of Mayo
A new flight training simulator at Alkan Air's Flight Academy, funded by Yukon College and the federal and territorial governments, will enable current and prospective pilots to pursue their skills development in the unique northern environmentThe Government of Yukon announced that there would be no major construction on the $360M Resource Gateway roads project in the 2018-19 fiscal year. Agreements with affected First Nations and environmental assessments still need to be completed.
Flood damage due to a broken city water main has forced the temporary closure of Farmer Robert's food market in Whitehorse. An unknown number of employees may be impacted while repairs are carried out.Pembridge Resources has purchased the Minto open pit copper mine from Capstone Mining Corporation, with the intention of extending the mine's operations and retaining its workforce of 146 employees and 141 contract workers
The Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon are jointly investing $7M over three years towards the opening of two new child care centres and to train more early childhood educators across the territory.The Palace Grand Theatre in Dawson City, a Klondike National Historic site, is scheduled to reopen in May in time for the summer tourism season. Former tenants, like the Dawson City Music Festival, will use the venue for a number of performances.Ten organizations will share over $485,000 from the Government of Yukon's Community Development Fund, which will provide employment for approximately sixty individuals
Fireweed Zinc Ltd. is planning a 2018 drill program focused on potential resource expansion and regional exploration following the acquisition of two properties within the Macmillan Pass ProjectThe Carcross/Tagish First Nation has won $500,000 from the Arctic Inspiration Prize to support a peacemaking circle curriculum. The Whitehorse-based Rivers to Ridges program was also awarded $100,000 to develop a forest school.The Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada are jointly providing $15M to build a new pumphouse with water treatment equipment in Dawson City. Two other water and wastewater projects are also scheduled to start construction in spring 2019.
The Yukon STEM Outreach Collective is launching the Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology satellite program at Yukon College in Whitehorse. The program intends to encourage diversity in science, technology, engineering and math.The Government of Yukon is forecasting a surge in mineral exploration and mine development in 2018. The government has committed almost $500M to improve road access for the mining sector.WestJet is shifting its non-stop flight routes between Whitehorse and Vancouver to Whitehorse and Calgary starting June 29, 2018Construction on a francophone high school in Whitehorse is scheduled to start in May 2019, with completion projected for November 2020
Ketza Group is planning a $24M eight-storey condo development with 40 units in Whitehorse. A pre-sales office and showroom for the development is under construction.The Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust is providing $203,173 in funding to nine community-led projects which focus on crime prevention and services for victimsAlexco Resource Corp. expects to bring its Keno Hill Silver District mine back in production later in 2018. Pending the required permits, the company estimates it would need about 160 to 170 employees for the operation.The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Vancouver-based Strategic Metals have signed a mineral exploration agreement that commits to consulting on job and business opportunities
The Cheeky Monkey daycare in downtown Whitehorse closed its doors on January 13, 2018. The daycare had 12 employees.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ProgramThe 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.
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.
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