What Yukon Tourism Operators Need To Know
For almost 50 years, TIA Yukon has served as Yukon’s tourism industry’s advocacy organization. Never has there been an issue as threatening as Covid-19. We are posting information here as it becomes available. Please let us know if you have additional needs, we may be able to point you in the right direction.
We will be providing regular news updates and a bi-weekly survey to gather valuable data to understand the impacts and advocate for support. We are working closely with Yukon Government, TCMF, CanNor, Parks Canada, TIAC, and other industry partners to give our membership the most up-to-date and relevant information related to the tourism industry.
Neil Hartling, TIA Yukon Chair
Fridays: Covid-19 Online Industry Forum
We will be holding weekly online forums in order to gather valuable input from membership, to provide a conduit between tourism operators and our partners, and to try to provide answers to the questions you have.
TIAY will be hosting a video-conference every Friday at noon.
These forums are open to anyone in the Yukon’s tourism community who would like to participate.
If you would like to partake, please email us at email@example.com to be added to the mailing list. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Here to help and guide: our funding navigators
TIA Yukon and the Wilderness Tourism Association of Yukon have each hired funding navigators to assist Yukon tourism businesses with accessing COVID-19 relief and recovery programs, as well as other relevant government support programs.
The goal of their work is to enable as many businesses as possible to persevere through the current tourism crisis and to be positioned to thrive when they are able to fully operate again.
If you need help accessing COVID-19 funding or have questions about funding please reach out to either Jesse or Maxime.
For Yukon Wilderness Tourism operators please contact:
Jesse Cooke: firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other Yukon tourism operators and services please contact:
Maxime Gouyou-Beauchamps: email@example.com
TIAY Covid-19 Funding & Info Guide
We are updating this guide for you on a regular basis:
Yukon Tourism ELEVATE program
The Yukon Tourism ELEVATE program is designed to respond to the disproportionate impacts of the crisis on the tourism industry and to help the sector be better positioned to thrive in 2021 and beyond.
The ELEVATE funding program includes two key streams: one of professional service support valued at $5,000 and a stream which provides funds for adaption project plans up to $15,000 with a total of up to $20,000 in funding accessible to tourism businesses.
For details on ELEVATE, go to www.tiayukon.com/elevate
The Government of Yukon has made mitigating the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic a top priority. The Department of Tourism and Culture is actively monitoring the impacts to Yukon’s tourism industry. We are working collaboratively to respond to the situation as it develops.
They have put together a list of current resources specifically for the tourism sector, which can be found here.
Most of the staff at the Tourism Branch are now working from home.
- If you have general inquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have an inquiry related to the Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund, please email us at email@example.com.
The Department of Economic Development has identified the following numbers for Yukon businesses who need immediate business relief or who have urgent questions about their foreign workers.
- Business: (867) 456-3803, toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, extension 3803
- Immigration: (867) 667-5131, toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, extension 5131
Synopsis of the latest restrictions, travel and otherwise
For current information, please see here.
Yukon Chamber of Commerce
Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce
Government of Canada
Hotel Association of Canada
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada