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Administration Building / Fire Hall : Interior Painting 

In process.

 Administration Building / Fire Hall : Exterior Painting 

The exterior of our building received a fresh coat of paint.  We are now moving to the interior! 

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Canadian Bank of Commerce NHS : Stabilization

You might have seen some activity around the Canadian Bank of Commerce NHS in spring of 2019. 

In advance of the 2019 work a temporary mesh cover was placed over the east and south facades to deter the nesting of swallows. Thanks to Wildstone Construction and Engineering who assisted the City of Dawson to install the mesh cover.  A special thanks to Mike Loiseau, Wildstone Site Superintendent at the Water Treatment Plant and Josh Wittmeier, Wildstone Lift Operator, for their expertise and generosity.

Technical Arts and Services of Tagish, YT was awarded the contract to provide a complete set of extant record drawings to document existing dimensions, materials, and conditions to guide future restoration work. 

Williams Construction of Dawson City, YT was awarded the contract to remove the stair on the west elevation (riverside) and complete the framing to restore the building openings to the pattern during the period of commemoration.  This is the first step in returning the exterior of the building to its original design.

Ultimate Construction Inc. of Barrie, ON was awarded the contract to restore the exterior pressed tin on all four sides of the building.  This is specialized and exciting work.  See their link for more on this contractor  This work was the last work scheduled for this year.

Planning for 2020 currently in progress and may include exterior pressed tin restoration and painting.

Council unanimously passed the following resolution at their meeting on October 7, 2019. 

WHEREAS human-generated climate change is an indisputable, scientifically proven reality, and

WHEREAS climate change affects everyone, with northerners particularly susceptible to its impacts, and

WHEREAS greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel combustion is a leading cause of climate change, and

WHEREAS it’s up to everyone to respond to the challenge of climate change and all citizens of the City of Dawson are encouraged to find ways to do, and continuing doing, their part in reducing their environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Dawson Council directs the following:

As part of the upcoming budget-planning process, the CAO determines the municipality’s annual fuel consumption, in litres, and advise how the City of Dawson will reduce that number by at least 3% in 2020 and track the financial savings.

As part of the upcoming budget-planning process, the CAO determines the municipality’s annual electricity consumption and advise how the City of Dawson will reduce that number by at least 3% in 2020 and track the financial savings.

As part of the upcoming budget-planning process, the CAO prioritizes at least one of Council’s climate-change ideas generated as part of the climate-strategy planning process and ensure it is in the 2020 budget presented to Council.

That any municipal carbon-tax rebates received from, at a minimum, 2020 to 2025 be directed to a reserve fund with the express purpose of paying for municipal initiatives aimed at limiting environmental impacts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and that the CAO advise before September 30, 2020, on how that money will be accessed by departments.

That managers continue the practice of calculating carbon emissions in lifecycle costing of vehicle purchases.

That from now on, authors of briefing notes to Council consider, to the best of their ability, climate and environmental impacts and include that information in the “implications” or “analysis” section of those briefing notes.

That before March 31, 2020, the CAO advises on reasonable changes to the Procurement Policy that would give preference to contractors and service providers who limit greenhouse gas emissions and have a demonstrated commitment to green business practices.

That before March 31, 2020, the CAO and managers complete the FCM climate-adaption maturity scale tool and the greenhouse gas emissions reduction maturity scale and report the results back to Council.

That the City of Dawson continue to be a willing and engaged partner in implementing the Yukon’s Climate Change Strategy.

That water coolers be removed from all City of Dawson buildings and compost-collection containers be introduced.

That the Mayor write a letter to the Yukon Government Community Services Minister (and forward it to Council) on the first of every month until petroleum hydrocarbon containers are included in the Designated Material Regulations and petroleum products are considered as an item for Extended Producer Responsibility.


The Development Incentive Program was approved by Council on August 12, 2019. The program underwent an extensive review and a new policy has been adopted.


There is currently a need for rental housing- including supportive, affordable rental, and market housing, in the City of Dawson. The purpose is to provide financial incentives for projects that provide rental units, supportive housing, and multi-unit residential buildings; and convert vacant properties into more beneficial uses.


  • 5 year tax grants for development of vacant land within the Historic Townsite 
  • 10 year tax grants for market rental housing 
  • 10 year tax grants for supportive housing or affordable rental housing, PLUS a waiver of development fees and load capacity charges
  • 3 years of a preferred tax grant for secondary suites, PLUS a waiver of development fees, load capacity charges, and parking requirements.
If you would like more information, please contact

Community Development & Planning Services

Community Development Officer
Phone: 867-993-7400 Ext. 428

Heritage Bylaw Updates

In February and March of 2019, YG Historic Sites provided funding to the City of Dawson to review all of the heritage-related bylaws. From this review, the Heritage Bylaws were improved to increase clarity, ease of interpretation, and consistency. The overall result of this has been a new consolidated bylaw to efficiently manage the City of Dawson's Heritage Program. The bylaw is currently undergoing a review by Mayor and Council and is expected to pass Third Reading on November 20th.

Next Steps

  • Amendments to the Heritage Management Plan
  • Development of a Municipal Heritage Inventory to compliment the Yukon Historic Sites Inventory
  • Implementation of Historic Resources Permits
  • Creation of a Development & Heritage Guide 

North End Development:

  • ICIP funding approved, and Lands Development Branch is in process of preparing the Development Agreement and discussing with City taking over project implementation;
  • Finalizing communications plan to acquire information from existing residents to inform detailed engineering design;
  • Lands Development Branch completing encroachment review to facilitate City discussions with lot owners on addressing their encroachments;
  • Awaiting reporting on summer 2019 environmental investigations to understand next steps with respect to risk assessment work;
  • Detailed design to commence shortly, with construction anticipated to start Spring 2020, and lots available Summer 2020 (market value appraisals required to determine lot pricing).

Dome Residential Development:

  • Development boundaries have been confirmed for 4 development areas;
  • Feasibility assessment work underway (geotechnical, heritage & environmental assessments);
  • Preliminary planning work has begun on Slinky West. Please see the Slinky West Land and Lot Development drop down for more information.

Industrial / Mixed Use Parcels:

  • 3 areas identified are currently being assessed for feasibility (geotechnical assessment underway, with heritage and environmental assessments beginning soon);
  • Early geotechnical information recently received suggest poor ground conditions which is expected to limit development potential in Area 3.  Currently awaiting more information to inform decisions moving forward on this site;
  • Planning work and concept development planned for Winter 2019.

Vacant Land Development:

  • Lands Development Branch and City working on identifying existing vacant surveyed lots for potential development;
  • 2 lots currently identified have feasibility work commencing shortly;
  • Lands Development Branch in process of hiring GIS mapping expertise to assist in compiling the information spatially (both YG found areas and City’s list of potential lots to be developed).


  • Lands Development Branch and City working together to update the Land Development Protocol to better define roles and responsibilities and overall approach to land development in Dawson, understanding that the City is interested in taking on a larger role in the land development process;
  • Lands Development Branch working on terrain analysis review within municipal boundaries - preparation of a map showing topography and slope information to assist in determining development potential;
  • Lands Development Branch working with Lands Management Branch to review existing dispositions to identify additional areas that could be developed for lots, as well as reviewing approach to the Agreement for Sale process.

Slinky West Design Charrette
On December 3-5th, The City of Dawson and the Government of Yukon are holding a design charrette for the Slinky West area in order to determine future residential development of the area. The purpose of the charrette is to allow members of the community to collaborate at a high level on a vision for the area surrounding broad themes like housing, transportation, trails, parks and neighbourhood amentities.

Specific objectives of the charrette include:

  • develop a neighbourhood or several neighbourhoods that is a point of pride for residents and reflects the values of the community;
  • provide a range and mix of new housing opportunities for Dawson residents;
  • connect to municipal services and utilities, where possible, in order to encourage more dense and sustainable forms of development;
  • develop a complete neighbourhood that features high-quality parks, trails and neighbourhood amenities; and
  • develop a neighbourhood in close proximity to the historic townsite and other employment areas in order to encourage alternative transportation.

Please view the schedule, background report and appendices for more information.

Next Steps

  1. Refine Charrette Products and report information back to the community and participants- Early 2020
  2. Hold a public open house displaying the charrette products- Early 2020
  3. Launch the Master Plan process with the charrette products to finalize a neighbourhood design- Spring 2020

New Pumphouse with Water Treatment Equipment
Contract awarded to Wildstone
Work-in-Progress, late summer 2018 through to October 2019

In order to provide Dawson residents with a sustainable and reliable source of clean drinking water, the current pumphouse – which is nearing the end of its serviceable life – is being replaced. The new facility will supplement chlorine treatment with filtration barriers and ultraviolet disinfection, which will ensure that the pumphouse is in compliance with Government of Yukon’s Environmental Health Services branch regulations and provides the best quality of water possible for the citizens of Dawson.

The Government of Canada will provide $11,250,000 through the Small Communities Fund for the pumphouse project and the Government Yukon will contribute up to $3,750,000.

Craig Street Hydraulic Tower Replacement
Contract awarded to P.S. Sidhu Trucking
Estimated late August to mid-September

We are replacing the aged existing tower at the 9th Avenue trailhead, which is essentially an above-ground insulated manhole. It will be demolished and replaced with two underground structures very similar to manholes. We will also need to rebuild some of the connecting sanitary sewer pipes down to 8th Avenue.

You can expect:

  • Excavations, construction, backfilling, heavy equipment.
  • Temporary by-pass pumping
  • Vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained but reduced and temporarily altered
  • Some of the trees or bushes on the south side of Craig Street toward the powerline will need to be cleared

The design of the new drop structures includes equipment that is intended to reduce unpleasant odours which exist in the neighbourhood. Although no system can fully eliminate odourous sewer gases, we expect this work to improve some of the odour issues

Water and Sewer Upgrades: Fifth Avenue, Third Avenue, and Craig Street
Contract awarded to P.S. Sidhu Trucking  

Craig Street (Fifth Avenue to Ninth Avenue trailhead)
Work in-progress, estimated completion late August

Fifth Avenue (Princess to Harper)
Estimated late August to mid-October

Fifth Avenue (Harper to Craig Street)
2020, except for the block between Turner and Dugas, which will be in 2019.

Third Avenue (Albert to King Street)

You can expect:

  • Installation of water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer piping buried under the roadway
  • Installation of new service connections from the mains to property lines, and for some public  buildings, from the mains right to the buildings
  • Road closures and traffic re-routing; large and deep excavations; heavy equipment and people working in trenches; gravel hauling; temporary water and sewer service interruptions; temporary alternate accesses; material storage onsite (pipes and manholes and other materials); landscaping and sidewalk restoration at end of job

Sanitary sewers are being replaced for several reasons:

On 5th Avenue, we are increasing the size (diameter) of the sanitary sewer pipes, which are currently undersized for the existing and future wastewater flows. This increased capacity will accommodate the full flow from the York Street Lift Station force main and relieve venting issues on Sixth Avenue.

On Craig Street, the existing pipes are aging and the pipes have sagged, which contributes to sewer back-ups and gases venting into homes of residents. Replacing the pipes should improve these issues.

We are replacing these pipes with larger diameter pipes which will support increased demand upstream.

On 3rd Avenue, we are replacing the sanitary sewer because inspection reports have indicated severe sagging and deformities in the existing pipe.

Water mains are being replaced on 5th Avenue between Church and Princess Street with larger diameter pipes because the current pipes are undersized for current and future demand.

We are extending the storm sewer along 5th Avenue from Turner Street to Minto Park to alleviate surface drainage issues in this area

Turner Street Water and Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades
Contract awarded to P.S. Sidhu Trucking
Work in-progress, estimated completion mid-September

We will be replacing water and sewer service connections to Yukon Housing properties.

You can expect: 

  • Road closures.
  • Noise and dust between 7am and 7pm
  • Minimal disruptions in water service, but we will let you know ahead of time.

The project will replace the existing sewer and water utility infrastructure in Dawson City which is at the end of its serviceable life. As the underground utilities are in need of replacement, the roads, ditches and boardwalks will be reconstructed along with the excavation.