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Today, the 2022 Spring Sitting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly concluded. During the Spring Sitting, the Government of Yukon’s 2022-23 Budget received assent along with a number of pieces of legislation.
The 2022–23 Budget shows a surplus of $39.5 million and a total of $1.97 billion in spending. This includes a record capital budget of $546.5 million for the territory’s roads, buildings, bridges and airports. These investments will bring benefits to Yukoners in every community and help support the territory’s growing economy.
Budget highlights include more than $26 million in lot development in Whitehorse and in Yukon communities to help ensure that all Yukoners have access to an affordable, safe place they can call home. The Budget also includes $17 million for affordable community housing and more than $11 million in incentives for residential construction.
The Budget also includes $80.3 million to address the ongoing climate emergency and deliver on commitments outlined in Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy. This funding is critical as the territory continues to address a climate emergency and work to reduce its emissions, shift to affordable renewable energy and build a strong green economy. $15 million in 2022–23 will support the Atlin Hydro Expansion project as part of a three-year, $50 million commitment. The project will bring approximately 8.5 additional megawatts into the Yukon’s grid, enough electricity to power about 3,750 Yukon homes each year.
The Yukon government continues to develop a health and social care system that supports holistic, integrated care and improves wellness outcomes for all Yukoners. As government takes action on the Yukon’s Substance Use Health Emergency, the 2022-23 Budget will invest $79.6 million towards social and mental wellness supports and substance-use programs. This commitment of funds will support Yukoners who require access to mental health services, a supervised consumption site and the safe supply of opioids.
In addition to the 2022-23 Budget, several pieces of legislation received assent during the Spring Sitting, including:
“We are pleased to pass another surplus budget that will improve the lives of Yukoners and build a stronger, more inclusive territory for generations to come. These investments will help ensure all Yukoners benefit from our territory’s strong economic growth. We are making life more affordable for Yukon families by making record investments in childcare and early learning initiatives as well as housing and lot development across the territory. We also continue to improve the Yukon’s health and social services system as we implement the Putting People First recommendations. Further investments in renewable energy projects and infrastructure throughout the territory will advance our climate change goals while supporting our green economy and building resilient communities.”
Premier Sandy Silver
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