New Supports for Elders and Seniors

After a lifetime of hard work and contributions to our families and communities, Yukon’s Elders and seniors deserve a secure, dignified retirement of their choosing.

For many, that means living in their homes and communities for as long as is possible. All too often, however, those without adequate supports are forced to leave places of comfort and life-long memories for long-term care homes or other facilities. This reality will change under a Yukon Party government.

“We have our Elders and seniors to thank for so much and it is the responsibility of government to ensure we show them they are valued,” said Yukon Party Leader Currie Dixon. “A Yukon Party government will introduce new measures to empower our Elders and seniors to live their very best lives.”

A Yukon Party government will implement the Aging in Place Plan and will:

  • Enhance supports for home modifications to improve mobility.

  • Explore partnerships with Yukon First Nations to develop housing options for Elders.

  • Work with seniors’ organizations in Whitehorse to help recruit seniors for the tutoring program offered by the Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon.

  • In partnership with stakeholders, seek avenues to increase funding to support active living and social participation for seniors and Elders.

  • Partner with Yukon First Nations governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide more day programs for seniors; particularly in rural communities.

  • Offer funding for emergency repair for low-to-medium income clients to allow seniors to stay in their homes.

  • Work with the City of Whitehorse to improve the Handy Bus service.

  • Look at implementing a caregiver benefit program for low-income caregivers who care for low-income older adults.

  • Review social supports for seniors to ensure those receiving support have adequate funding to meet their needs.

  • Freeze power rates for two years to assist seniors on a fixed income.

A Yukon Party government would also reverse the decision of the current government to increase camping fees on the Yukon’s seniors.

A Yukon Party government will also prioritize improving health outcomes for Elders and seniors by taking action to respond to the recently released report by CanAge which gave the Yukon a failing grade on vaccine policy for older adults.

A strong recovery requires leadership, bold ideas, and action — and we need your help! Add your name if you'll stand with Currie Dixon and the Yukon Party!