Social Assistance Summaries

Last updated: July 2022

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.

Program details

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 2021, there were about 930 cases (families and single adults) and just over 1,320 beneficiaries (individual claimants, their partners, and dependent children) in Yukon’s social assistance program. These numbers fell from the previous year by around 160 cases and around 210 beneficiaries. Previously, beginning in 2012, these numbers had risen slightly most years.

Figure 1YT – Yearly cases and beneficiaries of Social Assistance in Yukon, 1997 to 2021

What proportion of the population receives social assistance?

In March 2021, 3.6 per cent of people in Yukon under 65 received Social Assistance, which is about 1 in 28. The proportion of recipients receiving social assistance has followed a similar pattern as the total number of recipients. Since March 2002, the proportion of recipients receiving the program has generally fluctuated between 2.9 per cent and 4.3 per cent.

Note: The total population under 65 is estimated on July 1 of a given year, whereas social assistance beneficiary data is for March 31 of a given year.

Figure 2YT – Yearly beneficiaries of Social Assistance as a proportion of the under-65 population of Yukon, 1997 to 2021

Who is receiving social assistance?

In March 2021, unattached singles were the majority household of both cases and beneficiaries of Yukon Social Assistance, with just under 79 per cent of cases and around 56 per cent of beneficiaries. Single parents were second with 16 per cent of cases and 33 per cent of beneficiaries.

Yukon Social Assistance beneficiaries were almost equally split between female and male recipients, with slightly more males.

Figure 3YT – Cases and beneficiaries of Social Assistance by household in Yukon, 2021

Figure 4YT – Beneficiaries of the Social Assistance by gender in Yukon, 2021


Figure 5YT – Yearly social assistance data for Yukon, 1997 to 2021

Figure 6YT – Social assistance data by household for Yukon, 2021

Figure 7YT – Social assistance data by gender for Yukon, 2021

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.
  • Two beneficiaries preferred not to disclose their gender.
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