A lot has happened Yukon Legislative Assembly this past week!
On Monday, Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee introduced the Midwifery Integration Amendments Act, which would better support newly regulated midwives to better utilize their full scope of practice. In September, the Yukon Liberal government announced that the Yukon Midwifery Program is now available to all Yukoners across the territory. To learn more about the program visit: yukon.ca/yukon-midwifery-program
MLAs also debated Premier Sandy Silver’s Carbon Price Rebate Amendments Act, which would preserve and protect rebates for Yukon businesses, municipal governments and First Nations governments in light of new federal requirements. We were pleased to receive support from the Yukon Party and theNew Democratic Party for these updates to the made-in-Yukon carbon pricing system, which will support the mining industry and ensure that carbon pricing revenues continue to benefit Yukon businesses and local governments.
The Yukon Liberal government also updated Yukoners on:
- The full privatization of retail cannabis sales in the Yukon following the closing of the Yukon Liquor Corporation’s Cannabis Yukon retail website.
- Working in partnership with the Association of Yukon Communities to engage Yukoners about extending the term of office for municipal councils and local advisory councils from three to four years.
- Ongoing work to upgrade the North Klondike Highway. This year, Highways and Public Works completed about 46 kilometres of the highway between Stewart Crossing and the Dempster Highway cutoff.
- The continued success of the Yukon’s universal, affordable childcare program that is making life more affordable for Yukon families. In this first year, families automatically saved up to $8,400 for each child registered full-time in a licensed program.
Today, Minister of Highways and Public Works Nils Clarke joined representatives from the Teslin Tlingit Council and the Village of Teslin for a ground breaking celebration of the Nisutlin Bay Bridge replacement project. The $160 million project will serve as a critical transportation link along the Alaska highway and represents the largest capital project in the Yukon’s history.
Yukon Liberal MLAs also paid tribute to foster parents, National Small Business Week, Persons Day, Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, Occupational Therapy Month, Waste Reduction Week, Circular Economy Month, Canadian Library Month, Yukon Library Week, the first anniversary of the Old Crow childcare facility, energy efficiency and sustainability efforts, and Brain Cancer Awareness Month.
Find out more about our work in the Legislative Assembly and tune in here: https://yukonassembly.ca