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Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee

Minister unveils anti-inflation assistance measures

The Yukon government has enriched several programs “that will put more money in the pockets of Yukoners who are most affected by global inflation,” it said today

By Whitehorse Star on September 27, 2022

Revised - The Yukon government has enriched several programs “that will put more money in the pockets of Yukoners who are most affected by global inflation,” it said Tuesday.

The new measures focus on providing support to low-income Yukoners, seniors, social assistance recipients and caregivers of children.

These plans include:

a one-time $150 payment to social assistance recipients;

a one-time payment of $150 to Yukon Seniors Income Supplement recipients;

a one-time 10 per cent additional payment to Pioneer Utility Grant recipients;

a six-month extension of $500 per month to caregivers of children in out-of-home care; and

$100,000 to Food Network Yukon to continue to support food security across the territory.

Top-ups for Yukon social assistance and Yukon Seniors Income Supplement recipients will be provided with November benefit payments.

These payments are in addition to the annual rate adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index.

The increase to the Pioneer Utility Grant will be provided in February 2023, once the 2022 Pioneer Utility Grant is calculated.

The additional monthly payments to caregivers of children will continue until March 2023.

“Inflation is affecting people around the world, including here in the Yukon,” said Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee.

“These new measures will provide some financial relief during a challenging time for many low-income Yukoners.

“We will continue to work with community partners to help find ways to provide support to Yukon families, seniors and other Yukoners who need support the most.

There are currently 870 households in the Yukon receiving social assistance, consisting of 1,222 individuals.

There are 1,344 recipients of Yukon Seniors Income Supplement. Meanwhile, 2,146 households receive the Pioneer Utility Grant.

The Yukon Bureau of Statistics calculated a 5.7 per cent increase to the Consumer Price Index for Whitehorse for Sept. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2022.

The Yukon Party said today the Liberals’ “tardy measures” short-change elders and seniors. It cited the 10-per-cent increase to the Pioneer Utility Grant.

“At the posted March 2022 rates, this only amounts to an additional $117.30 in Whitehorse or $125.70 for residents living outside of Whitehorse,” the party said.

“This is in stark contrast to the Yukon Party’s suggested doubling of the PUG payment to $1,173 for Whitehorse, and $1,257 for rural Yukon.

“If the PUG increase were actioned this past spring, when it was first raised, seniors would have realized the benefit before winter.”

Money left over for basic living expenses is dwindling for Yukoners on fixed incomes because of skyrocketing prices for vehicle fuel, groceries and services, the party added.

“Home heating fuel promises to be a challenge this coming winter due to the Liberals’ mishandling of fuelwood and the increase of the carbon tax on home heating fuel this past April 1.”

Last April, the Yukon Party highlighted how the budget “was already out-of-date and ignored the inflation crisis,” said Watson Lake MLA Patti McLeod.

“We suggested the government help ease the inflation crunch by doubling the amount of the Pioneer Utility Grant, and increasing the amount claimed through the Home Owners Grant to a maximum of $1,000 for those eligible seniors and elders until the inflation crisis is over.”

After months of requests for action, she added, the Yukon Party “is relieved that the Liberal government has finally admitted that the rising cost of living is having serious consequences for Yukoners and announced some initiatives to address the issue.

“Yukoners want a government that will take action and provide a plan to make life more affordable,” McLeod added.

NDP Leader Kate White held a news conference this morning to propose other ideas for helping Yukoners cope financially. See coverage in Friday’s Star.

Comments (37)

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AdmiralA$$ on Oct 2, 2022 at 3:41 pm

I'm not talking about your exchange rate. 1.13 is the dollar index. The index that the basket of currencies that use the dollar, use to trade goods. In 2005 the DXY or dollar index peaked at 90.96 and the CAD peaked at 86.10 meaning even tho your exchange was not good (1.18 approx) we still bought and priced far better. Just an FYI todays exchange is closer to 1.38. Also today the Canadian dollar index or the value of the loonie is closer to 0.73

You don't need to be a wizard to understand the value of your currency is going down. Apparently you need to be a wizard to understand more then one way to value the dollar.

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Groucho d'North on Oct 1, 2022 at 10:29 am

In medical terms, all this bandaid handing out of our money to some would be called Treating the Symptoms rather than the Disease. Step one is to recognize that their save the world policies and taxes are the disease.

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Jim on Sep 30, 2022 at 10:00 am

@try to keep up, got to love the finger pointing to “it’s Harper’s fault”. Various carbon taxes and cap and trade systems have been tried in the past. But what we have today is the Liberal revenue neutral carbon tax (which has been shown to be not so revenue neutral). Fact, NWT negotiated a carbon tax exemption on heating fuel. Fact, the NDP, Liberal federal government has voted to increase carbon tax in January. Fact, our NDP/Liberal government will tow the line and implement the increase with no reservation. So after January the carbon tax alone on a tank of heating fuel will over $200. Fact, there is GST charged on carbon tax, so we have a tax on a tax. So by the Liberals own revenue neutral claims, it shouldn’t cost the a dime to wave this for the duration of this crisis. So one can only surmise that they wish to keep fuel prices inflated as a punitive measure to reduce consumption. Hopefully I didn’t go too fast so you can keep up.

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Agreed on Sep 29, 2022 at 10:35 pm

@Matthew I agree. Handing out more money just further increases inflation.

I'm also surprised that the Yukon Party is criticizing the government for spending too little! They actually want to spend much more than the Liberals. Thankfully they aren't in a position to do so.

They are all mad these days.

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Thick Wool on Sep 29, 2022 at 6:11 pm

Vote buying and electioneering from office. How perfectly predictable from the stereotype of the ‘confidence scam’ type politician in this jurisdiction. Remember that vote of no confidence in the legislature? Here’s why. The people who know this minister best in a professional context have publicly given them a huge thumbs down. Voters might want to take notice.

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Try to keep up on Sep 29, 2022 at 3:18 pm


Regardless of what the smooth brains at Shipyards Park tell you the Carbon tax was designed and built buy the Harper government under his 2008 Green Plan.

The more you know!

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Admiral Math Whiz on Sep 29, 2022 at 2:31 pm

Hey Admiral. You do realize there was a large US/ Canadian exchange rate difference back in 2005 as well right? $150 USD per barrel circa 2005 would have been over $200 in Canadian currency at that time and still only $1.399 at the pump whereas today your stated $113 Cdn is now $1.95 at the pump.
Put this way oil prices are 40% less per barrel than they were in 2005 while todays pump prices are 39% higher than they were then.

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AdmiralA$$ on Sep 29, 2022 at 1:10 pm

“Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon, in the sense that it is and can be produced only by a more rapid increase in the quantity of money than in output.”

-Milton Friedman.

Fiscal stimulus can and does exacerbate inflation but, is not the cause of inflation. However if you listen to our government propaganda everything but monetary and fiscal policy cause inflation.

@The Other Dave on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:58 pm stating-in 2005 after hurricane Katrina hit the US gulf coast the cost of oil jumped to $150 per barrel. Gas in Whitehorse maxed out at a then record of $1.399 at the time, now WTI oil is at $78 per barrel and gas is $1.95, what the H—ll gives?

This is visual loss of your purchasing power IE: how much of one thing you can by with a loony. The direct purchasing power of our looney has gone down. That is inflation...as more and more loonies welcome themselves into circulation the less they all buy. So yes on the international market oil is $78 approx. per barrel but that is in USD which is close to $1.13 CAD. What you see is the rise of the worlds trade currency the USD as our CAD is not only reduced but losing purchasing power at the same time. We buy less on the international markets and pay more for less at the pumps.

Today the bank of England restarted QE and has begun buying its own bonds again. They have stopped all rate hikes and given up there fight on inflation. This will happen here, this is not peak inflation this is the beginning of a large cycle.

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Jonesy downtown on Sep 29, 2022 at 11:52 am

Nice to see a more helpful response from YP and NDP. The NDP plan in particular, cash to be used as needed for the middle, and a permanent increase for those on the bottom. Smart. Currie's plan isn't really broad enough either.

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Middle class on Sep 29, 2022 at 11:11 am

This is great- if your in the lower tax brackets. Everyone needs help! The problem is this is on the backs of the middle class, which get nothing. Low income people get all kinds of hand outs. High income people pay taxes and raise the prices on their business goods to maintain there income stream. Middle class people (largest tax base) get bend over and get nothing.
No wonder no one wants to work. Middle class people get nothing for working.
Put money into low paying jobs to give these people a proper living wage- Hell even subsidize there wages, buy them work boots and means to get jobs- not handouts.

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Austin on Sep 29, 2022 at 10:18 am

McPhee back in the spot light again looking all heroic. Give something back to the people who actually work and pay taxes or like some of the seniors in the community that have actually worked and don't get anything back. What are the chances McPhee will run for the Territory Lieberal Leadership? We will wait and see. Wish she would get off her high horse.

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My Opinion on Sep 28, 2022 at 11:06 pm

Fiscal Stimulus like this is what caused this problem. It is throwing gasoline on the fire. Government money printing is what creates inflation. Straight and simple.

Labour is at a premium. You cannot hire anyone. Not just entry level either. Can’t get nurses, Doctors, mechanics or anyone. Do you suppose we need to take down the bird feeder and allow people to go back to working for a living?? Novel Idea.

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More Free Money on Sep 28, 2022 at 10:33 pm

More Free Money - Vote Liberal, what could go wrong, eh?

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Jim on Sep 28, 2022 at 8:00 pm

@Hippo-crate, I will shove those handout cheques right up Sandy’s…. Well you get the drift. But the deal is, he gets his hand out of my wallet in exchange. I’m getting a little sick and tired of paying the Liberal carbon tax on heating fuel, which he and his party is 100% responsible for. He could have got an exemption just like NWT if he wanted. But like all Liberals, they would sooner have the country crash around their feet than make heating cheaper.

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ProScience Greenie on Sep 28, 2022 at 5:57 pm

DL, wow, you're taking Russia's side on this over Canada and our allies and the people of Ukraine (that simply want a functioning democracy free of the Russian interference and corruption that has been ongoing since day one in 1991). My Ukrainian Canadian elders that helped build and fought for this country are spinning in their graves that you and other fellow Canadians are siding with such an evil man. Shame on you and the rest of Vlad's anti-Canadian cheerleaders.

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Math and economics are hard for politicians. on Sep 28, 2022 at 5:36 pm

As an analogy, inflation is a fire fueled with money. To combat inflation one does not add more cash (kerosene) to the fire. This increases inflation. The way to reduce it is to remove some money from the fire or douse it with water. You can think of water as more economic productivity and thus more supply of goods to purchase. Remember that humankind cannot exist for a day without water.

Cash handouts = election time. Disappointing.

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Dallas on Sep 28, 2022 at 3:29 pm

As I’ve said before over and over, the city, the territory and the country are screwed and the common denominator is the liberal government hahaha what a friggin joke, well at least when they are done the liberals in power leave…

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Hippo-crate on Sep 28, 2022 at 2:21 pm


Is it safe to assume you'll be sending your cheques from Sandy right back where they came from?

I didn't think so.

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The Other Dave on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:58 pm

Bingo, in 2005 after hurricane Katrina hit the US gulf coast the cost of oil jumped to $150 per barrel. Gas in Whitehorse maxed out at a then record of $1.399 at the time, now WTI oil is at $78 per barrel and gas is $1.95, what the H—ll gives?

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Commie-conomics on Sep 28, 2022 at 11:05 am

You can’t keep throwing money around when there is less and less to BUY with it. The manufactured supply shortages are creating the inflation. Handing out more Monopoly money and jacking interest rates by 1,500% will never address that cold, hard reality. Big Tracy & Big Kate will understand that when Extreme Pita is finally forced to shut down.

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YT on Sep 28, 2022 at 7:44 am

The 2016 census has 17,987 private residences in The Yukon.
So 150x17,987=2,700,00.00 (rounded off), and that’s just for the residences.
So, at minimum, this is probably a $3,000,000.00 handout.
Is this income tested? Nope. Why not? Who knows.
Ranj Pillai gets that $150 off, so does Currie, so does Kate, everybody does whether they need it or not.
Imagine what they could have done with that $3,000,000.00. They could have re-paved a parking lot for instance, or maybe addd some EV recharging stations at YG buildings, maybe spruced up the legislature decor?

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YukonJim on Sep 28, 2022 at 6:49 am

How did we get to where we are today with inflation? Government handouts. How do we fix the problem. Government handouts. It's always an easy decision to give away someone else's money.

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Far Canal on Sep 28, 2022 at 4:57 am

How is this person still in her job? Screwed up one position…? Here you go, have another one and see how badly you can screw that! Sounds like a perfect candidate for taking over the leadership role when the current “leader” skulks off into his Yukon paid for “retirement”.

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Sum Ting Wong on Sep 27, 2022 at 8:45 pm

I would have guessed way more than 1222 welfare recipients in the Yukon what with all the contractors that are unable to function in a free market and are fully dependent on gubbamint contracts, not to mention all those employed by the gubbamint and all the spinoff and trickledown crowd, must be a lot closer to 38k if the truth were to be told...

Glad we can afford all that eh?

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bonanzajoe on Sep 27, 2022 at 8:34 pm

Great news! But, do I smell the odour of an election?

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Bingo on Sep 27, 2022 at 7:46 pm

So today gas went up 10 cents to 1.95 litre - in Alberta it's 132. That 63 cents a litre difference from a province from which we get ourgas. Perhaps this should be investigated.

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 27, 2022 at 7:13 pm

Sooo.. this new handout will be covered by Trudeau's 'tax our way to prosperity plan". I do not object to those folks that are disabled, and paid out of the welfare budget. Any of us that pay income tax expect to be looked after if we become disabled. I highly object to the welfare bums that just won't or don't want to work. Trudeau is using these loafers as an excuse to bring in hundreds of thousands of migrants, illegals, refugee's, very few, if any, actual immigrants.

Someone else posted that these 'one time' pay outs will go right into booze and dope.. Right they are! Keep taxing the working class to pay for perks and living expenses for those that choose not to work, and that well will dry up.

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DL on Sep 27, 2022 at 5:11 pm

Never forget this this hyperinflation is the direct result of the Liberal-NDP Covid restrictions that disrupted the supply chain beginning in 2020. Inflation was predicted by many back then as a consequence of bankrupted small businesses and CERB payments. These stringent restrictions were entirely avoidable. See the Great Barrington Declaration.

More recently hyperinflation is exacerbated by the west’s idiotic sanctions against Russia, which have completely backfired. Once again, this was predictable and completely avoidable. Russia did not invade Ukraine out of the blue, but in response to endless provocations since 2014, i.e. the breach of the Minsk agreement and Ukraine continued attacks on Donbas citizens killing over 10,000 since 2014. The west should have encouraged peace talks between Ukraine and Russia instead of encouraging war. Europe will be especially hard hit this winter. There are currently large protests in Europe against NATO which are never reported on mainstream media.

The government’s proposed solution of more hand-outs will only exacerbate hyperinflation. We need governments worldwide to switch to responsible behavior: stop sanctions and reasonable negotiations with Russia, end all covid restrictions & mandates once and for all. Better late than never.

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YD on Sep 27, 2022 at 3:54 pm

A one time $150 payment? Don't make me laugh. A decent - and permanent - increase in social assistance rates is what we need to help struggling social assistance clients get by.

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Anie on Sep 27, 2022 at 3:25 pm

And if you are a responsible person who paid their own way and also set aside money for a modest RRSP to see you through the retirement years, but you now find that capital whittling away because government handouts are aggravating inflation, so maybe there won't be enough to see you through in comfort after all - well tough luck sunshine. Instead of working and saving you should have had more fun and the govt would be sending you a handout now.

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Mr Facts on Sep 27, 2022 at 2:55 pm

And that $150 for social assistance recipients will go straight back in the government coffers VIA the liquor store or weed store. Brilliant move.

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Edie rue on Sep 27, 2022 at 2:52 pm

Can’t argue with that, very helpful decision for sure. Can’t wait to see the tinfoil-hat conservatives blame the liberals for inflation and then bash this program.

I’d like to see something for the lower-middle class also. That slope is getting slippery. That’s where I sit, and debt is rising as the income doesn’t cut it anymore. A few thousand or million of me, that’s a lot of weight on social welfare programs. Just saying .

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Daniel on Sep 27, 2022 at 2:29 pm

Not everyone received $150 off their electricity bill. Every billing account received $150. If you have 4 people sharing a home (because housing crisis), that is $37.50 each. Businesses, NGOs, etc. also received $150 off their bills. Those who live off-grid or are homeless received zero.

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AdmiralA$$ on Sep 27, 2022 at 1:49 pm

"Minister unveils inflation persistence assistants measures."

fixed your headline.

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General Citizen on Sep 27, 2022 at 1:35 pm

One time payment LOL what a joke, well guess what, it's not like in 6 months inflation is going to magically go down, it will continue to rise.
Even people who are working full time and do make OK money, are still deciding whether to get groceries, or pay the bills, and are using the "food bank" on top of it all

Now that Winter is here, and the price of heating oil is much more expensive than was a year ago, lots might just declare bankruptcy cause the current government doesn't seem to understand that majority of Yukoners are robbing peter to pay paul just to keep warm and fed.

When are we the public going to get refunds from Atco over charging us for so long? 150$ doesn't cut it! when are they going to reduce the fuel taxes, when are they going to realize the Carbon Tax that we do not get it all back like they said we would, isn't going to what it was meant for and well..... we all pay triple carbon tax in comparison to what we "get" back.

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BnR on Sep 27, 2022 at 1:32 pm

God bless the Ottawa money pipeline!
Throw that cash around!👍

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Matthew on Sep 27, 2022 at 1:31 pm

W...t...f you CAN'T fix inflation by handing out more money! How is this concept that hard!?

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