Today the Yukon Party and the New Democratic Party voted against a new universal affordable childcare program that will save parents up to $700 per month, per child. The new program is part of more than $25 million for early learning initiatives included in the 2021-22 territorial budget.
This year’s budget includes a record $434 million in capital spending to advance critical infrastructure projects across the territory. Affordable housing, residential lot development, the Dempster Fibre line, Resource Gateway projects and a new elementary school in Whistle Bend were all voted against by the Opposition parties.
The budget also includes over $50 million to implement Our Clean Future, Yukon’s climate change, energy and green economy strategy. In addition to $10 million for the Atlin hydro expansion project, there is funding for energy retrofits, electric vehicle charging stations and clean transportation programs to help reduce the territory’s greenhouse gas emissions.
This year’s budget will make life more affordable for Yukon families with $15 million for a new universal affordable childcare program. This is the largest single investment in childcare in the territory’s history and it will save Yukon parents as much as $700 per month per child. Putting money in back in the pockets of families is critical as we look to rebound stronger from the pandemic. A record $434 million capital budget will also support local industry and keep Yukoners employed. Our focus is on building a strong, resilient future for the territory. It is disappointing to see the Opposition parties vote against these significant investments in Yukon’s future.
– Premier Sandy Silver