Volunteer standing in a circle with safety vests and hard hats
Home construction

Aug. 08/20 — Aug. 15/20

Yukon - Whitehorse

Volunteer on this build opportunity in the Yukon whilst giving a "hand up" to families in need

Is this build opportunity for me?

  • Home Construction Home construction
  • Weather Warm
  • Calendar August 8 - 15
  • Language English
  • Budget ~$1,900 + air transportation

The Yukon has a population of around 40,000 people, most of whom live in Whitehorse. Indigenous people account for one-quarter of the population in the Yukon. The vacancy rate for all types of units as of April 2018 was 3.4 percent, up from 2.8 percent in October of 2017 according to the most recent report released by the Yukon Bureau of Statistics. According to the same report, if you're looking for a one-bedroom apartment, the vacancy rate drops to just 1.9 percent. Renters can expect to pay around $950 a month before utilities.

Scarcity aside, the sheer cost of what is available on the market is an impediment to housing for many families, as affordability is skewed by the high number of government workers in the territory, which makes up 41.3 percent of the entire workforce. The average worker employed by the Yukon government makes $81,000 a year. By contrast, at $11.51 an hour the Yukon has the lowest minimum wage among the territories.

Habitat for Humanity Yukon recently commenced their most ambitious construction project in their history. Over the next 2-3 years, they will build eight new, safe, decent, and affordable homes for families living in the Yukon. Construction has begun at 18 Bailey Place in the Whistle Bend subdivision. The project consists of 2 4-plexes. Each 4-plex will have 1 - 2 bedroom home, 2 - 3 bedroom homes and a 4-bedroom home.

Habitat for Humanity Yukon

Habitat for Humanity Yukon was given official affiliate status in September 2004. To-date, Habitat Yukon has completed homes at the following locations: Kodiak Place (1 unit, completed November 2006); Keewenaw Drive (2 units, completed July 2010); Wheeler Street (3 units, completed February 2011), Pintail Place (3 units, completed February 2013), Bailey Place (2 units, completed September 2014), Takhini River (3 units, completed November 2014), Eldorado Road (2 units, completed January 2016) and Iskoot crescent (2 units, completed in May 2017).

Habitat building or in-country schedule

Day 1: Saturday, August 8
Arrive in Whitehorse
Day 2: Sunday, August 9
Cultural day
Day 3-6: Monday, August 10 - Thursday, August 13
Build days
Day 7: Friday, August 14
Final build day and farewell
Day 8: Saturday, August 15
Depart Whitehorse
(The above itinerary may be subject to changes)

Habitat individual donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 8 day opportunity to build with Habitat Yukon is approximately

$1,900 (1) + air transportation (2)

(1) The Habitat individual donation covers all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support to the project and programs of the local Habitat for Humanity organization: room and board, orientation materials, transportation, traveler's medical insurance, and a donation to Habitat Yukon and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village programs. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation.

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Whitehorse and must be done in consultation with the team leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

Meet your team leaders: Barb and Dave Bjarneson

Barb Bjarneson: I'm very excited to be leading a team to Whitehorse. The is my 30th Global Village build and 20th as a Team Leader. It is quite obvious that we are hooked and believe you will be too. I can't wait to meet our team in Whitehorse

Dave Bjarneson: We have volunteered with Habitat since 1997 and have visited many incredible places through the Global Village program. The rewards of these builds are found in personal growth, experiencing new cultures and making new friends. I am looking forward to another shared experienced during my 26th Global Village build.

Please feel free to contact us at barb.n.daves.global.village@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!