Social Assistance Summaries

The Social Assistance Summaries series tracks the number of recipients of social assistance (welfare payments) in each province and territory.

For the total incomes available to those relying on social assistance, visit the Welfare in Canada report.

Last updated: June 2021

Yukon Territory

Social assistance is the income program of last resort. It is intended for those who have exhausted all other means of financial support. Every province and territory has its own social assistance program(s) and no two are the same.

In the Yukon Territory, the Social Assistance (SA) program provides benefits to eligible adults and children. Basic assistance consists of a basic allowance (for the cost of food, clothing, and personal and household items) and a shelter allowance (for the cost of shelter and sometimes utilities). The amount of support available is based on the household’s size, composition, and geographical location. In addition, the basic assistance recipients may also qualify for the Yukon Supplementary Allowance – a disability benefit.

How many people claim social assistance?

At the end of March 2020, there were about 1,090 cases (families and single adults) in the Yukon Territory’s social assistance program, and just over 1,530 beneficiaries (individual claimants, their partners, and dependent children). Since 2012, these numbers have risen slightly most years.

Figure 1YT – Yearly cases and beneficiaries of Social Assistance in the Yukon Territory, 1997 to 2020



Figure 2YT – Yearly social assistance data for the Yukon Territory, 1997 to 2020



Data notes

  • These numbers represent only clients served by the Yukon Government. They do not include clients served by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada or the self-governing First Nations that administer their own social assistance programs.
  • The data reflects the number of cases and beneficiaries on March 31 of each year.
  • Click here for more information about how the data is gathered