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COVID Impacts

on Livelihood and Wellbeing 

To participate, please contact Ashley at 867-689-5257 or

We are doing a research project to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of Yukon women.

We're looking for feedback from women in the Yukon who are 19 years of age and older. 

Interviews usually take between 60 and 90 minutes and can be done over the phone, by Zoom, or in-person in Whitehorse, and participants are offered a $50 honorarium for their time. 

People will be asked how the pandemic has impacted things like paid work and unpaid care work, whether the pandemic changed how much time women spent taking care of children and sick or elderly people, and how the pandemic affected womens’ well-being.

For more information or to participate, please contact Ashley at 867-689-5257 or

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  • Government of Yukon

  • Women and Gender Equality (Federal)


  • University of Northern British Columbia (Fiona MacPhail, PhD)


The project takes a livelihood view of the economy, recognizing that people meet their needs through combinations of market and non-market work (unpaid care work, traditional food collection, sharing, and exchange), and access to publicly provided services (Chambers and Conroy, 1991; Elson, 2010). Going beyond income, well-being captures physical, mental, and emotional well-being, physical and emotional safety, and ability to engage in cultural ceremony. The specific impacts of the pandemic on Yukon women’s livelihoods and well-being may differ from impacts experienced in other parts of Canada, given the Yukon’s unique economic and demographic features. 

Research Questions:

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected women’s livelihoods?

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on livelihoods affected well-being beyond income? 

  • What have been the impacts of federal and territorial responses on livelihoods and well-being?


  • Contribute to the understanding of the she-cession, women’s care penalty, the shadow pandemic hypotheses, and the particular livelihood challenges of women occupying varying social locations in the Yukon

  • Inform policies and programs to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic impact and consequences

  • Aid in facilitating a resilient and economic recovery inclusive of women

Read the Final Report:                                                Read the Executive Summary:

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Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 1Y6

Tel: 867-332-3163

We gratefully acknowledge the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwächän Council on whose traditional territories we reside and do our work. We respect each nation's sovereignty and the long history of land and community stewardship and knowledge that shapes this beautiful place.

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Created by: Mobilize Knowledge Consulting

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