City council was closed to public on March 23 due to gathering rules brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Councillors, with the exception of Dan Boyd acting as deputy mayor, and the mayor participated in the meeting by phone. On March 30 City of Whitehorse officials are continued to ask the Yukon government about the possibility of extending the deadline for property tax payments. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Whitehorse city council raises possibility of extending property tax deadline

Issue falls under Yukon’s tax act

City of Whitehorse officials are continuing to ask the Yukon government about the possibility of extending the deadline for property tax payments.

The move comes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has seen emergency measures put in place in the Yukon and across the country, resulting in many businesses closing their doors or greatly reducing services with staff laid off.

At Whitehorse city council’s March 30 meeting, Coun. Samson Hartland questioned city manager Linda Rapp about discussions with the territory on the possibility of extending the tax deadline, noting he has heard from a number of residents and business owners concerned about the situation.

The deadline for property tax payments (the first business day following Canada Day) is mandated by the territory’s Tax Act with municipalities therefore having to go to the Yukon government for any changes to be made to the payment due date.

Rapp told council she had spoken the Yukon government officials earlier in the day. While they did not have any answers for her at that point, there was a commitment to follow up on the issue, she said.

Rapp added she’s requested a response within a week as the city works on getting tax notices ready to be sent to Whitehorse property owners.

“Ideally we’d like to include the most relevant information,” she said.

Coun. Laura Cabott questioned what other jurisdictions are doing to address property taxes in light of the COVID-19 situation. Valerie Braga, the city’s director of corporate services, responded the city has not looked at other jurisdictions because the territory’s Tax Act is “very prescriptive” in outlining how Yukon municipalities must collect taxes, by what dates and what penalties will be incurred if payment is not made by a certain date.

“Right now we’re working with the Yukon government as lead,” Braga said.

The News reached out to the Yukon government but did not receive any answers by deadline.

Contact Stephanie Waddell at

Property taxesWhitehorse city council

Just Posted

Lorraine Kuhn is seen with one of the many volleyball teams she coached. (Photo submitted by Sport Yukon)
The Yukon Sports Hall of Fame inducts the late Lorraine Kuhn

Lorraine Kuhn became the newest member of the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame for her work in growing volleyball amongst other sports

File Photo
A Yukon judge approved dangerous offender status for a man guilty of a string of assaults in 2020.
Yukon judge sentences dangerous offender to indefinite prison term

Herman Peter Thorn, 51, was given the sentence for 2020 assaults, history of violence

Crystal Schick/ Yukon News A former residential school in the Kaska Dena community of Lower Post will be demolished on June 21. Crystal Schick/ Yukon News
Lower Post residential school demolition postponed

On June 21, the old residential school in Lower Post will be demolished and new ground on a multi-cultural centre will be broken

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announced 29 new COVID-19 cases on June 19 and community transmission among unvaccinated individuals. (Yukon News file)
Yukon logs record-high 29 new COVID-19 cases

F.H. Collins prom attendees and some Porter Creek Grade 9 students are instructed to self-isolate as community transmission sweeps through unvaccinated populations

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before using it on Nov. 24. The Yukon government is reopening the drive-thru option on June 18. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Drive-up COVID-19 testing opening June 18 in Whitehorse

The drive-up testing will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. everyday and increase testing capacity by 33 spots

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
City news, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council at its June 14 meeting

Murray Arsenault sits in the drivers seat of his 1975 Bricklin SV1 in Whitehorse on June 16. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Bringing the 1975 Bricklin north

Murray Arsenault remembers his dad’s Bricklin, while now driving his own

A presumptive COVID case was found at Seabridge Gold’s 3 Aces project. (file photo)
Presumptive COVID-19 case reported at mine in southeast Yukon

A rapid antigen rest found a presumptive COVID case on an incoming individual arriving at the 3Aces project

Jonathan Antoine/Cabin Radio
Flooding in Fort Simpson on May 8.
Fort Simpson asked for military help. Two people showed up.

FORT SIMPSON—Residents of a flooded Northwest Territories village expected a helping hand… Continue reading

A woman was rescued from the Pioneer Ridge Trail in Alaska on June 16. (Photo courtesy/AllTrails)
Alaska hiker chased off trail by bears flags down help

ANCHORAGE (AP)—An Alaska hiker who reported needing help following bear encounters on… Continue reading

Two participants cross the finish line at the City of Whitehorse Kids Triathlon on June 12 with Mayor Dan Curtis on hand to present medals. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
2021 Kids’ Triathlon draws 76 young athletes

Youth ages five to 14 swim, run and bike their way to finish line

NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Unacceptable’ that Inuk MP felt unsafe in House of Commons, Miller says

OTTAWA—It’s a “sad reflection” on Canada that an Inuk MP feels she’s… Continue reading

Lily Witten performs her Canadian Nationals beam routine on June 14. John Tonin/Yukon News
Three Yukon gymnasts break 20-year Nationals absence

Bianca Berko-Malvasio, Maude Molgat and Lily Witten competed at the Canadian Nationals – the first time in 20 years the Yukon’s been represented at the meet

Most Read