Who We Are
The YCOA is a volunteer organization of Yukon seniors administered by a Board of Directors elected from its membership.
What We Do
- Promote respect for the contributions of senior citizens and an understanding of the aspirations and issues of concern in their lives.
- Research issues important to seniors and provide a voice that speaks on these issues.
- Liaise with other seniors' groups.
- Offer programs and services that will benefit seniors.
Just after its founding meeting in October, 1978, the Yukon Council on Aging recommended that Government of Yukon assist seniors to stay in their own homes longer by paying an annual utilities grant to be known as the Pioneer Utilities Grant. Since that time, the Council's voice, along with other voices, has resulted in a property tax rebate, city and territorial utilities grants, Pharmacare, eye, hearing and dental care and extended health benefits for seniors.
Currently the Council operates the Seniors Information Centre and the Home and Yard Maintenance Program under contract with Government of Yukon and Yukon Housing Corporation respectively.
The Sourdough Chronicle, a quarterly newsletter, originally funded by New Horizons, continues to inform and entertain seniors. The Yukon Order of Pioneers and Yukon Health and Social Services provide funding.
The Council offices, rented from the Golden Age Society, are located in the Sport Yukon Building.
For many years, housing for seniors has been a major concern. The situation was alleviated considerably in Whitehorse when Yukon Housing Corporation, after the Canada Winter Games, designated one of the beautiful athletes' residences as seniors' housing.
Much has been accomplished for seniors in the Yukon. There remain, however, some housing concerns as well as safety, transportation, abuse of the elderly, and some issues directly related to the communities.
At the 2015 Annual General Meeting, the membership approved the implementation of the 2015 - 2017 Strategic Plan. This will give the Board direction for improving services to enrich quality of life for all Yukon seniors and elders.
The semi-annual general meeting will be Oct. 16, 2015.