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Yukon: COVID-19 relief measures for your business

We know that this is a difficult time, full of uncertainty. The information you need to run your business changes rapidly, and it can be hard to keep track and make sense of it all.  

In order to relieve some of the pressure on small businesses such as yours, we are gathering all the information you need about government services and supports in Ontario and putting it in this one location. We will continue working with governments to ensure additional relief measures become available for your business as the situation evolves.

Please check back regularly. We will update this page as more information becomes available. 

 

Yukon Plan to Reopen the Economy

The Yukon government and YK Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board require all businesses to have an operational plan to ensure protective measures for workers are in place. Restaurants, bars, and personal care services businesses will have to include additional protective measures in their Operational Plan, and have it approved by Environmental Health Services (send your plans to: [email protected]).* Your plan should include an assessment of risk for potential spread of COVID-19 at the workplace, how measures to reduce the risk will be implemented, and how new policies and training will be communicated with staff. For your convenience, we’ve put together a template for you to use that will help keep track of everything in one place. 

*Please note: additional requirements have not yet been announced. We will continue to update you as more information is available!

 

Read from the drop-down below on the YK government's plan to reopen the economy. Phase one began May 15, 2020, andPhase two began July 1, 2020. The Territory is now in Phase 3 as of August 1, 2020.

A Path Forward: Yukon's plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions

Phase 1: Restart - May 15

  • Boarders remain closed to non-essential travel
  • Physical distancing measures continue, however contact between two households now allowed
  • Restrictions on travel within territory are eased
  • Businesses allowed to remain open with public health measures in place:
    • Dine-in restaurants (at 50% capacity) Note: restaurants must have their operational plans approved by YK Environmental Health Services - send your plans to: [email protected]
    • Personal services - Note: personal service businesses must have their operational plans approved by YK Environmental Health Services - send your plans to: [email protected]
    • retail and services
    • fitness studios (e.g. gyms, yoga studios)
    • Parks, Territorial campgrounds (June 4 open)
    • daycares
    • day camps
    • recreational centres
    • mining, manufacturing, and other industry including work camps
    • construction
    • agriculture and forestry
    • good processing
    • outfitters
    • tourist attractions
    • farmers markets
    • outdoor spaces
    • outdoor recreation (low or no contact sports only)
    • fishing and hunting
  • Hospitals begin offering non-urgent and routine services

 

Other: Territorial campgrounds will only starting June 4, with additional public health guidance

 

Phase 2: Recover - July 1

  • Dental care reopens for full dental services on July 1. Dental professionals must continue to follow the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Recommended practices and personal protective equipment.
  • Expand permitted operations
  • Borders remain closed to non-essential travel
  • Outdoor gatherings of 50 or less permitted (given sufficient capacity to maintain physical distancing)
  • Overnight summer camps for children may be permitted, subject to public health asessment

Phase 3: New normal - August 1

  • Reopen any businesses and/or services which have not yet been opened, and expand services to become closer to fully operational, with more relaxed public health and hygiene measures. See new guidelines for bars, pubs, lounges, and nightclubs.
  • Border control measures gradually lifted
  • Physical distancing measures eased, subject to public health data - "social bubble" can include up to 15 people with no physical distancing
  • Gatherings of 10 indoor and 50 outdoor are permitting, given that they are physical distancing
  • Planned, seated events are allowed 50 people indoors, or 100 people outdoors, both with physical distancing 
  • no size restriction with gatherings, provided sufficient capacity to maintain physical distancing

 

Phase 4: Post-vaccine - to being once a vaccine is widely available

Everything open and operating a full capacity.

 

Initiatives from the YK government

Read from the drop-down below about the initiatives the YK government is taking.

Support for businesses

Financial Assistance/Initiatives

Yukon Business Relief program: Businesses who have seen a 30% drop in revenue and need support to help cover fixed closts, like rent and utilities, can apply for a grant of up to $30,000/month. This program will go until July 23, 2020. Eligible fixed costs include: commercial rent or lease; water, sewage and waste disposal; electricity and heating fuel; telephone, cable, internet and satellite; software, data services, and subscriptions; business insurance; and pest control. To start an application, contact the YK Department of Economic Development: Email: [email protected] ; Phone: 867-456-3803 ; Toll-free: 1-800-661-0408, extension 3803

 

Paid Sick Leave Rebate for employers: The Yukon government accounted a new rebate program for employers to help benefits workers and self-employed individuals (announced March 26). The rebate covers a maximum of 10 days of wages per employee (not including benefits, payroll taxes, or dedcucation) to allow for sick leave and/or for a 14 day self-isolation period. The maximum daily rebate is $378.13 per day, per employee. The program will run from March 11, 2020, to September 11, 2020.
How do I apply? For more information or to apply to this program, please visit the Yukon government website here.

 

Deferred property taxes: On April 24, 2020 the Yukon government announced they are extending the payment of property taxes from July 2 to September 2, 2020 for citizens and businesses. This order allows municipalities to extend their respective 2020 property tax payment deadlines.

 

Sector Specific Initiatives

Support for businesses with a liquor license: As of May 29, restaurants and other businesses with a liquor license will receive a 25 per cent discount off the retail price for liquor. This has been extended until November 1, 2020. 

Licensees will also receive a 50 per cent refund of this year's license fee due to closure requirements for restaurants and bars. Updates to the wholesale price list have also been deferred until October 1, 2020, and the territory is temporarily waiving the re-stocking fee for all liquor licensees when returning unsold liquor to the Corporation. See government News Release here for additional detail.

 

Support for Aviation Industry: the territory is investing $3.56 million to help compensate lost revenues for the aviation sector. Aviation businesses will benefit from waived commercial fees, included:

  • land lease and license fees
  • building lease and license fees
  • air terminal building concession fees
  • aircraft fuel lease and license fees
  • aircraft fuel concession fees
  • parking stall fees
  • service recoveries like charges for electricity

The mentioned fees will be waived from April 1 until December 31, 2020.

 

Pharmacists: temporary changes introduced May 14, 2020

The Yukon government has introduced temporary changes for pharmacists to ensure people can continue to safely access prescriptions. These changes include changes to how pharmacists can extend and initiate prescriptions, extend via phone or video consult, and accept verbal orders from physicians for controlled substances. For a full list of temporary changes, please see the Yukon Government News Release here. 

 

Guidelines for businesses who are classified as essential: The Yukon government has published a list of businesses they are deeming essential services. Click here to learn if your business is considered essential. For those working in jobs that are considered essential, additional guidelines have been provided. Click here to learn about essential service worker guidelines in the Yukon.

 

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Non-medical COVID-19 Questions? Yukoners can reach the COVID-19 InfoLine at 877-374-0425 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week. Information is available in English, French, Gwich’in, Tagalog, Cantonese, Arabic, German, Hindi, Punjabi and many other languages. Non-medical COVID-19 information is also available online at Yukon.ca/covid-19 and by email: [email protected].

What is CFIB doing?

While this is a good start, we know there is much more the Yukon government can do to support your business. We are asking the government to: 

  • Do not increase existing taxes or fees (whether currently planned or unplanned) until 2021;
  • Provide a six-month extension of permits and licences that are set to expire during pandemic;
  • Defer for at least three months (without penalty or interest) all tax filings and payments for sales taxes, corporate income taxes, territory payroll taxes, and territory property taxes, among others which are directly under territory control;
  • Provide some additional protection for those businesses worried about not being able to pay rent (especially with the April 1st deadline soon approaching), and ensure no business can be evicted for at least the next 90 days;
  • Look at other ways to support small business such as waiving premiums for employers for WCB until September.Do not increase existing taxes or fees (whether currently planned or unplanned) until 2021;
  • Provide a six-month extension of permits and licences that are set to expire during pandemic;
  • Defer for at least three months (without penalty or interest) all tax filings and payments for sales taxes, corporate income taxes, territory payroll taxes, and territory property taxes, among others which are directly under territory control;
  • Provide some additional protection for those businesses worried about not being able to pay rent (especially with the April 1st deadline soon approaching), and ensure no business can be evicted for at least the next 90 days;
  • Look at other ways to support small business such as waiving premiums for employers for WCB until September.
     

FAQ on COVID-19

We’re dedicated to supporting your business through this difficult time by compiling answers to the most common COVID-19 questions and keeping you up to date on the latest relief measures from the Federal government. Visit our Small Business Help Center to learn more.