Yukon 211 helpline running out of funding

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Yukon’s new 211 helpline is in need of a lifeline, if it is to continue picking up Yukoners’ calls.

The non-emergency number is run by the United Way Centraide Canada which helps direct people to government services, charities, legal aid, cultural groups and other support in their community.

Jaime Boyd, executive director of United Way Yukon, said the latest numbers show Yukoners are calling the service about 50 times a month on average. 

The service was brought to Yukon thanks to emergency pandemic funding last year as a federal boost launched 211 across the three territories and across Canada as a whole.

Initial funding from Employment and Social Development Canada was scheduled to last until March

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