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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    Golden Predator Mining has started a drill program at its 3Aces Gold Project in southeastern Yukon
  • 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
  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    The Yukon Territory now has the smallest population of all the provinces or territories according to the 2016 Census. The Yukon Bureau of Statistics attributed part of the lower population growth to a slower mining and exploration sector.
    The Government of Yukon is providing than $186,000 to 12 community organizations through the Community Development Fund. The money is expected to create 2,140 hours of employment for approximately 31 people.
    White Gold Corp is planning to start its 2017 exploration program in May at its property in the White Gold District of the Yukon. The company plans drilling and survey work which is scheduled to end in October.
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    The Government of Yukon and self-governing Yukon First Nations have signed a memorandum of understanding to address and resolve matters related to mineral prospecting, exploration, mine development, production, and reclamation, in Yukon
    The Government of Yukon is providing $360,000 to the Klondike Placer Miners' Association, and $375,000 to the Yukon Chamber of Mines to support education and outreach activities
    The Government of Yukon has increased its commitment to the Yukon mineral exploration program to $1.6M for the 2017-18 budget year. The program supports early-stage exploration to locate hard rock and placer mineral occurrences.
    The Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust is providing $87,957 to five community projects in the Yukon
    The Government of Yukon is providing $300,000 annually, over the next three years, for resource road improvement
    Victoria Gold is banking on an additional $40M in capital to start work on its Eagle Gold Project near Mayo. The company estimates that peak employment during mine construction will reach 400, with the same amount of employment during production.
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    Victoria Gold Corp. is planning to spend $6.2M on exploration activities in Phase 1 of the 2017 program at its Dublin Gulch property in the central Yukon
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    The Kwanlin Dn First Nation's Nkwt' Kų̀ in Whitehorse will be expanded and improved thanks, in part, to a $375,000 grant from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    ATAC Resources Ltd. is spending $10M in an accelerated exploration program in 2017 at its Rackla Gold Project in the east-central Yukon
    The Town of Faro has assumed ownership of 37 abandoned and decaying buildings in the former mining town. The buildings are subject to demolition or are being renovated and sold.
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    According to the Yukon Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in Yukon declined from 5.8% in December 2015 to 4.6% in December 2016
    The governments of Canada and Yukon are investing $3M in the second phase of repairs to the Ross River suspension bridge. The money will be used to install new stairs, cables, anchors and decking.
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    Three companies have been shortlisted for the job of reclaiming the abandoned Mount Nansen gold mine site, west of Carmacks. The mine was last operational in the 1990s before the company filed for bankruptcy.
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    The Government of Canada's core funding for Yukon is set to increase by 2.7% to $972M for the 2017-18 fiscal year, compared to $946M for the 2016-17 period
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    Pelly Construction is expected to call back 47 employees for work at the Minto Mine site following approval from the Government of Yukon for a new open pit. The catering contractor at the mine is expected to add 5 employees to the current crew of 21.
    Golden Predator Mining Corp. is planning to start its 2017 drilling program at the 3 Aces gold property in February. The company has kept the 3 Aces camp staffed with a small maintenance crew which will supervise the camp and site.
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    The Yukon Bureau of Statistics has released data showing 600 more employed people in the territory in November 2016 compared to November 2015, an increase of three percent
    Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd has purchased a stake in thousands of mining claims in the White Gold district, south of Dawson City. The deal includes $15M for exploration work over the next three years that will see 200 holes drilled per year.
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    The Minto Mine is hoping to recall Pelly Construction to begin stripping their next open pit target in the first week of January 2017, pending government approval. The recall will likely mean bringing back 40 to 45 of Pellys workers who were laid off.
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    Golden Predator Mining Corp has been granted a Class 4 Mining Land Use Permit at its 3 Aces Gold Project. The permit, which is valid for five years, allows the company to significantly expand exploration, and build new roads and trenches.
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    The City of Whitehorse has earmarked $39.1M from its 2017 capital budget for its new operations building. The project is subject to public hearings and approval by city council, and if approved, construction could begin in 2017.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    Raven Recycling in Whitehorse has added staff to cope with the increase in donations following the temporary closure of the free store at the City of Whitehorse landfill on April 7, 2016. The closure has also impacted the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Alkan Air has opened a new flight training centre at the Whitehorse airport. The centre offers a two-year diploma program in aviation management, in partnership with Yukon College.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    Golden Predator Mining started its drilling program at the 3 Aces gold project in the Yukon. The drilling contract was awarded to a joint venture between Boart Longyear and the Liard First Nation.
    Northern Vision Development closed the Edgewater Hotel in Whitehorse for renovations, with a planned re-opening in mid-April 2017
    Cantex Mine Development Corp plans to start drilling on its North Rackla Project in the Yukon by October 20, 2016, weather permitting
    Yukon College is reporting that student enrolment is up nine percent this year, following several years of stable numbers. The college is also attracting more international students.
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Whitehorse- based Pelly Construction, a contractor at the Minto copper mine, laid off 58 employees after open-pit mining wrapped up at the end of September 2016
    The Klondike Visitors Association reported a surge in tourist numbers in Dawson City during summer 2016
    The Government of Yukon is providing $145,000 to the Friends of Mount Sima Society to support a pre-season training program for elite athletes
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    The Government of Yukon and the Carcross/Tagish First Nation have signed a four-year education agreement setting joint participation on staffing and school programming across the Traditional Territory
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Scoop'em Jim's, a year-round ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurt shop, recently opened its doors in Whitehorse
    The Government of Yukon recently opened a new $18M detox centre in Whitehorse. Thirty-two new staff have been hired for operations at the facility.
    The Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada are providing $5.3M for Carcross/Tagish First Nation learning centre's second phase of construction
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Yukon College opened an $8.3M Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining in Whitehorse
    The Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada are funding the replacement of Haines Junction lift station as well as the upgrades to Faros sewage lagoon
    Alexco Resource Corp. nearly doubled its 2016 drilling program in the Bermingham deposit area of the Keno Hill Silver District to 45 holes, of which 36 have been completed
    Winterlong Brewing Company in Whitehorse is opening a tasting room, following changes to the territorial liquor regulations. The brewery recently hired two brewers to help meet demand for its beers.
    The City of Whitehorse awarded Castle Rock Enterprises a servicing contract for water and sewer infrastructure
    The Government of Yukon issued two requests for qualifications to design, construct and operate biomass heating systems for schools in Haines Junction and Watson Lake. A third plant is planned at the Teslin Community School.
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    The Government of Yukon is providing a $60,000 annual contribution for three years to the SingleTrack to Success Project. The funding will create employment opportunities for Indigenous youth.
    The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is providing $560,000 to RAB Energy to help consolidate its manufacturing facilities in Whitehorse. The company expects to create 12 to 15 new full-time jobs.
    The Klondike Development Organization is receiving $0.9M from the Government of Canada and Yukon Housing Corporation to build an eight-unit affordable housing project in downtown Dawson City
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The MacBride Museum of Yukon History is receiving $6M in combined government funding to construct a new building in downtown Whitehorse
    Alkan Air is launching air service between Whitehorse and Watson Lake with flights three times a week, starting on September 12, 2016
    The Government of Canada is providing Yukon $7.8M for 48 community infrastructure projects through the federal Gas Tax Fund. In total, Yukon will receive more than $15.7M through the fund this year.
  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    Goldcorp, a Vancouver-based gold producer, is adding staff to its Whitehorse office
    The Government of Yukon awarded $121,000 to the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon through the Mental Wellness Innovation Fund
    Dawson City has approved the development of an affordable housing project by the Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation. The building is expected to be complete by October 2017.
  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    Mining and stockpiling ore at the Minto Mine are expected to continue until the beginning of October 2016, ensuring further employment for the Pelly Construction crew. The original plans called for mining to stop in August.
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    The Government of Yukon is providing $156,000 for community-based projects that are expected to create 2,400 hours of employment for approximately 30 people
    The Government of Yukon is providing $160,000 towards structural improvements at Kaushee's Place Transition Home in Whitehorse
    The Government of Yukon opened the Integrated Supports for Yukon Youth Centre in Whitehorse. The facility delivers programs and workshops for youth and provides crisis intervention to individuals as required.
  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    The Government of Yukon and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyk Dun have signed a three-year agreement that outlines joint communication and participation on curriculum development, school programming and staffing on the Traditional Territory
  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    The Government of Yukon is investing $3.8M through Northwestel and Total North Communications to improve community information technology infrastructure
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    The governments of Yukon and Canada announced a $78M joint funding for 17 infrastructure projects across the territory
  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016

    Yukon government employees will receive a 5% salary increase over the next three years. The raise comes as a result of a new collective agreement ratified between the Yukon Employees Union and the territorial government.
    Art House Carcross, a new art gallery, recently opened its doors in Yukon. The gallery showcases and sells works by the Southern Lakes Artists Collective.
    The Yukon government is investing $5M to address continuing-care bed shortages in the region. The funds will be used in renovating and adding 10 new beds in Whitehorse's Thomson centre, as well as to cover for new home care staffing.
  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    The Government of Yukon is providing funding to the Mental Health Association of Yukon for an executive director position, to the end of 2018
    The Kwanlin Dun First Nation is hoping to have a circuit court up and running by January of 2017
    The Government of Yukon is providing more than $3M to 26 sport organizations and five special recreation groups
    Goldstrike Resources started exploration work on the Plateau project in the Yukon, after it was granted a five year advanced exploration permit. The company plans for two 20-person camps, helipads, and two docks on float-plane accessible lakes.
  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    The Government of Yukon signed an agreement with the Government of Canada that will make available more than $69.7M in combined funding for infrastructure projects
  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    The Watson Lake Skills Exploration pilot initiative, a partnership between Yukon College, Watson Lake Secondary School, and the Government of Yukon has graduated eight participants following a 20 week trades program
    Tony's Pizzeria has opened in Mayo, the only restaurant in the town
    Keno City Taxi, with a fleet of one 15-passenger van, has started operating in Keno City
    The Tr'ondk Hwch'in First Nation is adding a mix of social housing and market housing on 48 new lots in Dawson City. The $2.5M project is expected to have serviced lots by the end of August 2016, with house construction slated for the spring of 2017.
  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    Yukon Energy is planning to build an $80M transmission line between Mayo and Keno City as a replacement for existing infrastructure
    The Government of Yukon is contributing $3.8M to a pilot project with Northwestel and Total North Communications to deliver one Gigabit per second internet to schools, hospitals, and health centres in Carmacks and Teslin
    The Government of Yukon is providing $141,000 to eight community-led projects with a focus on crime prevention or victim services
  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Business owners in Dawson City do not anticipate a shortage of workers for the upcoming summer tourist season. The tourist season relies on an annual influx of transient service industry workers.
    The Government of Yukon is providing more than $1.4M over three years for a Kwanlin Dn First Nation Community Safety Liaison Officer pilot program in Whitehorse
    The Government of Yukon is providing $453,000 to fifteen Yukon museums and First Nation cultural centres for facility improvements and program support
  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    The Yukon Legislative Assembly has passed the Student Financial Assistance Act which enhances student funding. Students are no longer required to maintain a certain grade in order to receive the full amount of the Yukon Grant.
    The Government of Yukon is providing $450,000 to upgrade resource roads following consultations with the Klondike Placer Miners' Association
    The Government of Yukon is providing $196,000 over three years to the Klondike Placer Miners' Association to undertake an economic impact analysis and public awareness campaign
  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    Goldcorp, one of the world's largest gold producers, will purchase the Kaminak Gold Corporation, a junior mining company looking to develop a new mine near Dawson City
    The Government of Yukon is investing $6.9M in the construction and operation of two affordable housing projects in Whitehorse and Dawson
    The Government of Yukon is providing $120,000 for speech and language services to support families of children with disabilities
    The Yukon Legislative Assembly passed the Chartered Professional Accountants Act which creates a single professional title for Yukons regulated accountants
  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    The City of Whitehorse has started construction on a new $32M operations building for city vehicles and transit buses
    The City of Whitehorse started construction on a $390,000 water and sewer infrastructure project
    The Government of Yukon is providing $244,000 to increase home care staff and increase hours of service
    Strategic Metals Ltd is spending $820,000 for field work at some if its precious metal projects in Yukon Territory in 2016
  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    The Yukon Housing Corporation is enhancing the Home Repair Program which provides funding to homeowners and landlords for maintenance and improvements
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    Sears Canada will close its Whitehorse retail outlet on May 15, 2016, but the company plans to retain a catalogue agency in the city
    The Government of Yukon is allocating $1.5M from the 2016 budget to begin a three-year project to replace the Nares River Bridge in Carcross
    The Government of Yukon is providing eight projects with $104,421 from the Community Development Fund

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