Climate change and Yukon


What is climate change?

Earth’s climate has always changed over time, but the scale of changes happening now has never been seen before.

Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide trap heat in the atmosphere. Their concentration in Earth's atmosphere is on the rise and it affects our climate. This is largely the result of human activities like burning fossil fuels.

Climate change has a greater and faster impact on the North than other parts of the world. Over the past 50 years, Yukon’s average temperature has increased by 2°C and winter temperatures have increased by 4°C. This increase is two times the rate of southern Canada.

How does climate change affect Yukon?

Climate change effects Yukoners are seeing include:

These changes impact Yukoners by:

What is the government doing about climate change?

The Government of Yukon recognizes that:

Climate Change Action Plan

The Government of Yukon has a Climate Change Action Plan. The plan’s goals are for the government to:

Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

Yukon is part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The framework commits the Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada to collaborate in the following areas:

The Pan-Canadian Framework also lays out Canada’s plan to put a price on carbon across the country in 2018.

Carbon pricing

Carbon pricing is a cost-effective way for Canada to reduce emissions. It will foster innovation in renewable energy and efficiency, and help build a strong, low-carbon economy.

The Government of Yukon is working with its partners, including the Government of Canada, to make sure Yukon’s unique circumstances are considered when the national price on carbon comes into effect in Yukon.

We have committed to returning all funds collected through the federal carbon pricing mechanism to Yukon individuals and businesses through a rebate.

The federal government completed an analysis of potential impacts that carbon pricing may have in Yukon. The Government of Yukon created a summary of the federal government's analysis to provide important background to consider.


Contact the Climate Change Secretariat

Phone: 867-456-5565
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5565
Fax: 867-456-5543

Email: climatechange@gov.yk.ca
Address: Box 2703 (V-205) Whitehorse, Yukon Canada Y1A 2C6