The Yukon government has announced financial help for electricity consumers and firewood purchasers.
The $150 Inflation Relief Rebate has been expanded to reduce the impacts that inflation continues to have on Yukoners, the government said Tuesday.
The rebate will be applied automatically to all residential and commercial ATCO Electric Yukon and Yukon Energy bills, regardless of usage.
The rebate will appear as a $50 credit each month for an additional three months, on all residential and commercial electricity customers’ bills, from October to December.
“Although electricity rates in the Yukon remain the lowest in the North, Yukoners and local businesses continue to feel the rising costs of essential items such as groceries and fuel,” said John Streicker, the minister responsible for the Yukon Development Corp.
“Expanding the Inflation Relief Rebate is one of the ways we are helping reduce Yukoners’ monthly expenses. Individuals, families and businesses will see a total reduction of $150 from their electrical bills over the next three months.”
This rebate is in addition to the existing Interim Electrical Rebate, which reduces the amount residential customers pay on their first 1,000 kilowatt hours each month, saving Yukoners up to $270 a year.
This morning, the government launched a new rebate to offset higher costs of firewood for home heating.
The rebate, available to Yukon households, provides $50 for each cord of firewood purchased, to a maximum of 10 cords. Wood is selling for up to $500 per cord.
Applicants must submit a proof of delivery form signed by their firewood supplier when applying for the rebate.
It’s available for firewood bought between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.
For more information and to download a proof of delivery form, visit https://yukon.ca/firewood-rebate.
“Yukon homeowners relying on firewood to heat their homes are experiencing higher prices this year,” said Streicker, speaking as the minister of Energy, Mines and Resources.
“This new rebate will help alleviate some of those additional expenses as we work with the commercial timber harvesting industry to provide a stable and consistent long-term supply of firewood.”
The supplier must have a valid Yukon corporate registration number.