OTTAWA – The Government of Canada is contributing up to $7 million to ensure continuity of air service to air-access-only communities in the Yukon for at least six months and up to 18 months if necessary.
The Government of Yukon is also extending fee waivers totalling up to $234,000, through to the end of March 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on remote communities that depend on small air carriers for essential goods, services, and for access in and out of the community. Remote communities rely on air service as the only year-round mode of transportation. In Yukon there are 28 communities with airports or aerodromes that are considered remote.
Under this agreement, the Government of Yukon will determine minimum levels of essential services to remote communities, and allocate funding to air operators to ensure the continued supply of food, medical supplies, and other essential goods and services to these communities.
This funding is for the period of July 1 to December 31, 2020. Additional funding will depend on the needs of communities and the pace of recovery of air travel into remote communities.
“Aviation is critical to our modern northern lifestyle, and our government is working with our federal partners to support Yukon’s aviation industry to keep our communities connected,” said Yukon’s Minister of Highways and Public Works, Richard Mostyn.
“Throughout the pandemic, Yukon’s air carriers have ensured the transport of essential goods, medical supplies and health care workers to and from the territory. This funding will ensure they can continue to provide services that Yukoners rely on.”