Housing

Opportunities Yukon executive director Jillian Hardie cuts the ribbon to officially open the Cornerstone Community Building on Main Street on July 20, 2022. Left to right are Opportunities Yukon chair Tim Brady, Whitehorse Mayor Laura Cabott, Hardie, Yukon MP Brendan Hanley, former Opportunities Yukon executive director Rick Goodfellow and Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Cornerstone Community Building opens its doors

Brings 43 affordable rental homes to Whitehorse

 

Ranj Pillai, the minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News file)

Funding approved for 11 housing projects

Fifth intake of Housing Initiatives Fund will see 182 homes built throughout the territory

 

This map shows the single-family residential lots in Whistle Bend that are available through the Yukon government’s most recent lotteries. Three lotteries will see lots in Whistle Bend, Logan and Mayo become available. (Yukon government/screen shot)

Land lotteries scheduled for Whitehorse and Mayo

Applicants have until March 28 at 4:30 p.m. to apply

 

Housing construction in the Whistle Bend subdivision in 2020. A new city advisory committee will focus on housing and land development in Whitehorse. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Whitehorse city staff tasked with developing housing committee

Committee ‘an essential piece’ to address housing issue, says Laking

Housing construction in the Whistle Bend subdivision in 2020. A new city advisory committee will focus on housing and land development in Whitehorse. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Ahmed Hussen, federal minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, is seen feilding questions on July 13, 2021. Hussen announced Feb. 23 the third round of funding in the Housing Supply Challenge is now available. (Andrew Vaughn/The Canadian Press file)
Ahmed Hussen, federal minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, is seen feilding questions on July 13, 2021. Hussen announced Feb. 23 the third round of funding in the Housing Supply Challenge is now available. (Andrew Vaughn/The Canadian Press file)
Interior of new home construction. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Yukon housing affordability still waning: CMHC report

New apartments under construction expected to increase Whitehorse’s rental universe

Interior of new home construction. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Eric DeLong stands in front of the purple cabin at the corner of 6th Ave and Lambert Street in Whitehorse on Oct. 13. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
Eric DeLong stands in front of the purple cabin at the corner of 6 Ave and Lambert Street in Whitehorse on Oct. 13, 2021. The terms of the lease granted to its owner Leonard Tarka as part of the Yukon’s squatter policy, is being disputed while DeLong, Tarka’s tenant, faces eviction. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)

Is Whitehorse’s purple cabin in a grey area?

Tenant thinks government must renew 30-year-old “life term lease.” Notice to vacate has already been issued.

Eric DeLong stands in front of the purple cabin at the corner of 6th Ave and Lambert Street in Whitehorse on Oct. 13. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
Eric DeLong stands in front of the purple cabin at the corner of 6 Ave and Lambert Street in Whitehorse on Oct. 13, 2021. The terms of the lease granted to its owner Leonard Tarka as part of the Yukon’s squatter policy, is being disputed while DeLong, Tarka’s tenant, faces eviction. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
A condo project in Whistle Bend could be eligible for a city housing incentive. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Housing incentive proposed for Whistle Bend development

City program would cover development cost charges

A condo project in Whistle Bend could be eligible for a city housing incentive. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
A chalkboard display at the 2021 Yukon Housing Summit prompts attendees to write down challenges and possible solutions to the housing crunch taking place across the territory. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Government summit hopes to find solutions to housing crunch

“We would need to have collaboration between multiple departments like we had not seen before.”

A chalkboard display at the 2021 Yukon Housing Summit prompts attendees to write down challenges and possible solutions to the housing crunch taking place across the territory. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
A sign identifies 540 Grove Street as one of the properties in the Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s first land lottery. The five properties up for grabs will be under 125-year leases. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Five Porter Creek properties to be leased in KDFN land lottery

First land lottery is a ‘monumental step’ for First Nation, says chief

A sign identifies 540 Grove Street as one of the properties in the Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s first land lottery. The five properties up for grabs will be under 125-year leases. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Work is underway on the Boreale Commons, an 87-unit rental development in Whistle Bend. The project is seeing funding from the federal and territorial governments as well as a development incentive from the City of Whitehorse. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Construction underway for 87 new rental units in Whistle Bend

Nearly 30 units anticipated to be ready in December

Work is underway on the Boreale Commons, an 87-unit rental development in Whistle Bend. The project is seeing funding from the federal and territorial governments as well as a development incentive from the City of Whitehorse. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
An aerial view of downtown Whitehorse is seen in this file shot. Some Yukoners who applied for subsidies to help with rising rents have been put on a waitlist. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)

Applicants to Canada Yukon Housing Benefit now waitlisted

The subsidy was launched in November 2020 and is now maxed out

An aerial view of downtown Whitehorse is seen in this file shot. Some Yukoners who applied for subsidies to help with rising rents have been put on a waitlist. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Work by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations to build 20 new rental units is underway at 195 Olive May Way in Whistle Bend. Whitehorse city council is considering a development incentive for the project. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

New rental units planned for Whistle Bend

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations gets set to develop at Olive May Way

Work by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations to build 20 new rental units is underway at 195 Olive May Way in Whistle Bend. Whitehorse city council is considering a development incentive for the project. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
A Housing First project on Fifth Avenue and Wood Street in Whitehorse on Nov. 5, 2019. The John Howard Society and Council of Yukon First Nations will take over on April 6. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Housing First takeover won’t result in program, staffing changes

The John Howard Society says they aren’t looking to fix what isn’t broken

A Housing First project on Fifth Avenue and Wood Street in Whitehorse on Nov. 5, 2019. The John Howard Society and Council of Yukon First Nations will take over on April 6. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon Bureau of Statistics reports rising rents for Yukoners, falling revenues for businesses

The bureau has published several reports on the rental market and businesses affected by COVID-19

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
On Nov. 4 the Yukon government announced a partnership with the federal government that will see hundreds of low-income and moderate-income families receiving subsidies for the next seven years through the Canada-Yukon Housing Benefit. (Yukon News file)

New housing subsidy will offer rent relief to households making less than six figures

The Canada-Yukon Housing Benefit will provide between $200 and $800 a month for eligible applicants

On Nov. 4 the Yukon government announced a partnership with the federal government that will see hundreds of low-income and moderate-income families receiving subsidies for the next seven years through the Canada-Yukon Housing Benefit. (Yukon News file)
Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29. Affordability challenges is being described as being among the most pressing issues facing housing markets throughout the north in a report released Oct. 29 by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Home, rent prices increasing in Whitehorse, northern housing report says

Affordability continues to be a major challenge, report says

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29. Affordability challenges is being described as being among the most pressing issues facing housing markets throughout the north in a report released Oct. 29 by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Two doctors in Watson Lake say they are at risk of losing their housing due to a Yukon Housing Corporation policy that only allows one pet per family. (Wikimedia Commons)

Healthcare workers in Watson Lake say housing pet policy could force them to leave

The Yukon Housing Corporation has threatened evictions for having more than one pet

Two doctors in Watson Lake say they are at risk of losing their housing due to a Yukon Housing Corporation policy that only allows one pet per family. (Wikimedia Commons)
During Whitehorse city council’s Oct. 19 meeting, planning manager Mélodie Simard brought forward a recommendation that a proposed Official Community Plan amendment move forward that would designate a 56.3 hectare piece of land in Whistle Bend, currently designated as green space, as urban residential use. (Courtesy City of Whitehorse)

More development in Whistle Bend contemplated

OCP change would be the first of several steps to develop future area

During Whitehorse city council’s Oct. 19 meeting, planning manager Mélodie Simard brought forward a recommendation that a proposed Official Community Plan amendment move forward that would designate a 56.3 hectare piece of land in Whistle Bend, currently designated as green space, as urban residential use. (Courtesy City of Whitehorse)