Early Childhood


Child care, development and education from birth to age eight must be co-ordinated to maximize the benefits to our children.

A Yukon Liberal Government will:

  • research, develop and implement a Yukon Early Childhood Strategy (childcare, development and education), in consultation with early childhood education and health care professionals, parents and First Nation governments, in order to improve developmental and educational outcomes, and
  • create structures that close the gap in responsibility between the Departments of Health and Social Services and Education.

Housing


Affordable and accessible housing remains an issue in the Territory and the Yukon Liberals will take crucial steps to address the initial purchase requirements and ongoing costs associated with home ownership through enhanced low income housing options across the Territory.

A Yukon Liberal government will:

  • implement a community-based housing retrofit program to upgrade existing housing stock, improve energy efficiency and stimulate local Yukon businesses;
  • modernize the Government’s approach to the provision of staff and social housing and collaborate with the private sector to develop strategies for program delivery which support community economic growth;
  • work with communities to create available developed land banks to keep land prices affordable, and
  • prioritize federal funding towards the creation of affordable housing.

Public Service Excellence


Yukon’s public servants are our family, our neighbours and our friends.  Supporting the public service enables them to improve the quality of life for Yukoners through their daily work. 

A Yukon Liberal Government will:

  • provide political direction, then respect the work of public servants while holding them accountable for the delivery of programs and services to Yukoners;
  • generate more opportunities for public servants to build capacity through professional development (internally and externally), and
  • review hiring/promotion processes to ensure that they are open and transparent.

Economic and Infrastructure Development


We must invest in the infrastructure of communities, to capitalize on their ambitions and develop their economies in a fiscally responsible manner.

A Yukon Liberal government will:

  • support municipalities in the development of community plans and use those plans to inform the direction of community development;
  • assist communities in developing “mining within municipality” policies that respect the needs of all residents, while providing certainty for land users and compensation, where appropriate, for miners;
  • expand the existing campground infrastructure;
  • support necessary investments in basic community infrastructure that is needed to support communities and industry, and
  • reduce community reliance on diesel energy.

Prenatal


A healthy pregnancy is the path to a healthy birth.  Investments at this critical time of development result in exponential gains in the health of newborns.

A Yukon Liberal Government will:

  • support in vitro fertilization by introducing a tax credit to offset the cost of this procedure;
  • support and fund regulated midwifery, and
  • expand maternal and pre-natal community-delivered supports in the territory including, but not limited to, supporting the delivery of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, and matching federal funding.