CAAP Projects

Since its formation and inaugural meeting in February 2010, and defining its strategic plan and priorities in March 2010, the YAA/CAAP Council approved eight projects under CAAP. The Yukon has also participated in several Collective Outcome projects with other councils such as BC and Alberta.

 Recent Project Summary

BC0174 BC Grain Producers Research on Variety Performance (Collective Outcome (Completed))
YT1101 Increasing Self-Sufficiency in Yukon’s Agricultural Sector Through the Use of Biochar (Completed)
YT1103 Nutrient Conversion – Waste to Feedstuff-Completed (Completed)
YT1104 Waste Management Strategies for On-Farm Meat Processing (Completed)
YT1105 Sustainability and Expansion Potential for Irrigated Agriculture in the Yukon Territory (Completed)
YT1106 Hydro-Kinetic Agricultural Power Project – Yukon (Terminated)
YT1107 Development of a Comprehensive Project Proposal to Produce a Model of Sustainable Agriculture in Yukon (Completed)
YT1108CO Foundational Agri-Food System Design for the Yukon Territory (Completed)
 YT1302  Yukon Microalgae Feed Project (Terminated)


Online information about CAP program guidelines and the application process is available on the Government of Yukon’s webpage: Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Other Funding Programs

Information about additional funding sources for Yukon agricultural initiatives can be found on the following websites:

Economic development – Government of Yukon 
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
AgPal – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

BC0174 – BC Grain Producers Research on Variety Performance (Collective Outcome)

The “Influence of Climate Change on New Genetics and Agronomic Practices” project presented by the B.C. Grain Producers Association (BCGPA) has been approved for Collective Outcome matching funding and the Yukon CAAP Council is contributing to this project.  Growing conditions in parts of the Yukon are similar to the Peace River region, thus resuts from the research will benefit current and future grain farmers in the Territory.

Read the full IAF (BC equivalent of the Yukon CAAP Council) press release here.

YT1108 – Foundational Agri-food System Design for the Yukon Territory

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Funding from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program was approved for a Yukon Food Systems Design and Planning Project. This is an applied research and community development project which is being led by the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC, in partnership with the YAA and a number of other Yukon-based institutions. The objective of the project is to develop:  

  • A design for a Yukon food system (including production, wild and traditional food provisioning, processing, distribution, access, and waste management) which will support agriculture and food provisioning, strengthen the Territorial economy, promote environmental stewardship, foster food security and public health, and strengthen communities and build social capital; and,
  • An implementation plan consisting of critical information and targeted tools to be used by existing and future farmers and food-sector entrepreneurs, consumers, and community, Government, and First Nations leaders to actualize the Bio-Regional Food System design.

Engagement with Yukon communities is planned for all phases of this three year project, and considered critical to ensuring that the project’s results are appropriate and useful for all Yukoners. ISH is working closely with a number of Yukon-based researchers including the Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College, the YG Health and Social Services Department, the YG Agriculture Branch, and the Arctic Institute of Community Based Research.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this exciting initiative, please get in touch with  the project’s Principle Investigator Kent Mullinix at or 604.612.1252.

YT1101- Improving Soil Nutrient Levels and Increasing Crop Production Through the Use of Biochar

This project was designed to test the use of biochar on Yukon crops. The report in PDF format is available here.

YT1103 – Nutrition Research Project: Production of Alternative Animal Feedstuffs from Processing Plant Wastes and the Incorporation of such Feedstuffs in Animal Feed

Livestock producers in the Yukon have no processing facility that accepts the viscera and “waste” products from slaughtering and processing animals. Instead of simply adding these to a compost heap, this project seeks to find a use for them that will result in the production of an acceptable feedstuff.

A copy of the report in PDF format is available here.  Nutritional analysis here.

YT1105 -Yukon Irrigation Analysis Report

An analysis of issues constraining sustainable irrigation development in Yukon. The report in PDF is available here.

YT1104 – Analysis of Waste management Strategies for On-Farm Meat Processing

This report examines the available options for dealing with the materials generated from a farm-based abattoir in the Yukon Territory. It is a collection of currently applicable information from a wide variety of sources regarding disposal options for slaughter by-products, an exploration of options for further processing into usable products (value-added) or crop- production amendments, and recommendations for waste management for Yukon Territory livestock producers.

A copy of the report in PDF format is available here.

YT1102 – Dawson Community Food Survey and Market Expansion Strategy

Dawson’s Conservation Klondike Society conducted a food survey with funding from Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program. The objective of the survey was to develop a clearer understanding of the current buying practices and attitudes towards local foods in the Klondike.  This information was used to develop a market expansion strategy.  Although the information in the food survey and market expansion is not intended as advice, or for other Yukon markets, the information collected is valuable and can provide insight for Yukon producer. 

This full report is available on the Klondike conservation Society website – click here to see the report.

YT0901 – ‘THE BOREAL HERBAL’ Wild food and Medicine Plants of the North

The Boreal Herbal is a book which describes in vivid but very readable detail a host of plants that grow in Yukon and the circumpolar north as well as in many other jurisdictions. It lists their medicinal properties, herbal treatments that may be made from them, recipes for using them for food and beverages and the maintenance of general health, plus other interesting and valuable information, including what someone would need to know to start his/her own business.

The author, Bev Gray, is an expert herbalist and owner of Aroma Borealis, a very successful business located in Whitehorse (visit the website). She produces many of her store’s products locally from scratch using wild ingredients that she carefully harvests by hand from Yukon’s pristine natural environment. Her products are unique and are sought by customers far and wide.

YT1001 – Community Situation Mapping Project and Ag Study Review and Summary

The purpose of their project was to determine the feasibility of building a year round local food system, and to identify the gaps and barriers which are presently hindering the realization of that goal. The project has two parts: 1) a situation mapping workshop, and, 2) a review of the industry studies to date (literature review) to determine what information is missing and the issues that still have to be addressed to move the industry forward.

YT0502 – Legume Culture Study

YT0604 Pillar I-Craft Fibre Mill Feasibility Study

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This report will present applied research into the feasibility of buying, setting up and operating a craft fibre mill in the Whitehorse area. Information will be compiled on at least two different manufacturers of fibre mills.

There will be data on mills sizes and capacities, equipment required for start-up, building requirements, operator training and a preliminary financial plan.

Information will be gathered from internet sources, phone communication and personal visits to existing mills and local producers.

Currently there are no local fibre mills that can process fibre from local producers. Fibres currently produced and used include wool, cashmere, angora, mohair, alpaca, qivuit, flax fibre, dog-hair and novelty yarns from bear, wolf and coyote. All fibre gathered, currently has to be shipped to Alberta, British Columbia or Prince Edward Island for processing. Both shipping costs and turn around time can be prohibitive. Quite often there is no guarantee that the raw fibre you send in to larger mills will be the finished product returned.

Milling fibre locally with a small craft mill could provide:

  • an increase in the number of fibre producers (farms)
  • decreased costs to producers for transportation
  • quicker turnaround time with a guarantee on return of your own fibre product
  • creation of new jobs
  • ability to brand a “Northern” niche market product
  • a noticeably better fibre in conjunction with a colder climate
  • a market for muskox fibre (qivuit) from the Wildlife Preserve
  • new money brought into the Yukon through processing contracts with outside producers
  • future returns in value added products like knitted items or felt