LATEST UPDATE December 23, 2020
The Yukon Chamber of Commerce is focussed on the health and safety of our member organizations and their employees. Accordingly, we are monitoring the ongoing conditions and business-impacting information associated with the COVID-19 virus.
At the time of posting this statement (December 23, 2020), the Public Health Agency of Canada states that COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high. For the latest information from Yukon Government Health and Wellness, as well as updates from the Chief Medical Officer, click here.
December 16, 2020 – The Candian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Canada’s leading business groups, today outlined their plan to turn the tide against the country’s patchwork approach of simply reacting to rising daily COVID-19 numbers. (New!)
December 14, 2020 - COVID-19 relief and recovery plan for Yukon tourism sector released. With investments of up to $15 million over three years, the plan is built around four key themes:
Providing tourism sector leadership;
Rebuilding confidence and capabilities for tourism;
Supporting the recovery of tourism industry operators, and
Refining Yukon’s tourism brand and inspiring travellers to visit the Yukon. (New!)
December 11, 2020 - Great news for all Yukoners! The Yukon Government strategy for COVID-19 vaccinations in Yukon has been released! (New!)
December 6, 2020 - Beginning Monday, December 7, 2020, restaurants and bars throughout Yukon will be required to maintain a daily list of patrons. Learn more: https://yukon.ca/.../new-requirement-assist-contact-tracing (New!)
December 1, 2020 - Government of Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture has announced a Tourism Non-Accommodation Sector Supplement and the Culture and Tourism Non-profit Sector Supplement. To help visitor-dependent businesses survive through winter 2020–21, $1 million is available through the Tourism Non-Accommodation Sector Supplement. Yukon tourism operators and food and beverage businesses that rely on visitors for at least 60 per cent of their revenues and have maximized their eligibility in the Yukon Business Relief Program and CanNor’s Northern Business Relief Fund will be able to apply for support.
For more information on the Tourism Non-Accommodation Sector Supplement
For more information on the Culture and Tourism Non-profit Sector Supplement
November 25, 2020 - The Yukon Essential Workers Income Support Program has been extended to February 2021. The program provides low-income essential workers with a wage top-up of up to $4.00 per hour for 16 weeks. Click here for more details.
November. 24, 2020 - As per the Government of Yukon, as of December 1, it will be mandatory to wear a non-medical mask in all indoor public spaces. This will extend to all Yukoners over the age of two with very limited exceptions. A list of places of exemption and people who will be granted exemption will be available on yukon.ca before December 1.
November 23, 2020 - Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) - Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities that have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.
November 20, 2020 - The Government of Canada confirms that Canada-U.S order restrictions will remain in place until at least December 21, 2020.
November 12, 2020 - Business Insurance help! - The insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has created a website with information and helpful links for businesses to use as a resource during these challenging times. IBC also has a Business Insurance Helpline your members can call with general insurance questions.
- Business Insurance Website: https://businessinsurancehelp.ca/
- Business Insurance Helpline: 1-844-2ask-IBC (1-844-227-5422)
- Business Insurance Email: AskIBCWest@ibc.ca
October 26, 2020 - The Government of Canada today announced that the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will be available to businesses that have been operating out of a non-business banking account. To be eligible, businesses must have been operating as a business as of March 1, 2020, must successfully open a business account at a Canadian financial institution that is participating in CEBA, and meet the other existing CEBA eligibility criteria. The deadline to apply for CEBA is December 31, 2020.
October 20, 2020 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has created a dedicated distribution channel to improve information sharing on COVID-19 related to food, plant health and animal health.
June 18, 2020 - PPE is available through the following sources (please contact us if your are a Yukon business not listed below, and offer PPE:
o GP Distributing: 867-667-4500,