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Yukon adds opioid and dental help in post election budget, while deficit falls


May 15, 2021
By Canadian Press

May 15, 2021 – The newly elected Yukon government has tabled a revised 2021-22 budget after the Liberals squeaked into office in last month’s election.

Premier and Finance Minister Sandy Silver says capital spending remains the same at $434 million, while the deficit is down from $12.7 million to $6.6 million and the debt also falls to $175.4 million.

Additional post-election commitments include a $1 million investment to address the impacts of opioids and $500,000 to start a plan on providing dental benefits to uninsured Yukon residents.

Silver signed a confidence and supply agreement with the NDP after his Liberal party tied at eight seats each with the Yukon Party in the election on April 12.

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The New Democrats’ three members have agreed to support the government until Jan. 31, 2023.

The government says the latest budget has $6.4 million in transfers from the Territorial Health Investment Fund and $5.5 million in COVID-19 supports from the federal government.

“We are making historic investments in Yukon families with a new universal childcare program as well as renewable energy projects that will help us address climate change,” said Silver in a statement.

“The Budget also includes funding for ongoing COVID-19 programs to ensure Yukoners and their businesses have the support they need as we emerge from the pandemic and get on the path to recovery.”


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