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Grants to Yukon Lower and Middle- Income Seniors for Housing Support

Pioneer Utility Grant (PUG)

Yukon Health and Social Services


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #169548

Grant Description

Grants to Yukon lower- and middle-income senior citizens for personal financial assistance. Funding is intended to help defray the costs of generating indoor heat during the coldest months of the year. Applicants may be homeowners or renters. The grant amount will be determined according to income level, marital status, and residential address. Heating can be oil, electricity, wood, propane, or wood pellets. Grant amounts are larger for those outside of Whitehorse city limits.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Yukon seniors who are 65 or older in the year of the grant.
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in Yukon for a minimum of 12 months.
- Yukoners who live in the Yukon a minimum of 183 days every year. Three months of the 183 days must be during the winter months defined as January, February, March, October, November, and December.

The Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment determines applicants' income (see Supporting Documents below). Seniors with low income will receive the full grant, while those with higher income will receive less or may not be eligible.

Yukoners on an extended vacation during the first 6 months of the year must delay submitting their application. For example, if you travel south on vacation for the entire month of February, you cannot apply until November 1. You would need January, March, and October to count as your winter months.

Seniors who are living in social housing or are getting a rental subsidy are not eligible for the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted from July 1 to December 31.

If your application package is complete, you can expect your pioneer utility grant within 30 working days.

Pioneer utility grant calculator:
https://yukon.ca/en/housing-and-property/funding-and-loans/calculate-funding-seniors-home-heating-pioneer-utility-grant

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The 2022 maximum grant payable (before income testing) is:
- $1,173 if you live within Whitehorse city limits; and
- $1,257 if you live outside Whitehorse city limits.

Term of Contract:

Yukoners must apply every year.

Contact Information:

Submit applications:

In person at the Income Support Unit at 3168 - 3rd Avenue in Whitehorse. Or one of the Regional Services Offices in the communities.

Mail:
Pioneer Utility Grant (PUG) (H-4)
Health and Social Services, Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

For questions about applying for the Pioneer Utility Grant phone the helpline at 867-667-5750 or call toll-free at 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5750 ext. 5670.

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