The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition facilitates the elimination of poverty in the Yukon through awareness, advocacy and action. Our members are an action-based team who partner with other community members on issues involving food, shelter and access to services.
I am not only a person who has been really poor, virtually homeless for a period, but also still on the edge of poverty. Although I am working as an Auxiliary on Call there is often no work available, so I filed for Employment Insurance, grateful that I will have enough hours to qualify. I want to work, but being an older woman, with a mobility disability, seems to make that difficult. When getting EI, I’m still trying to work whenever I can, and am concerned about February, when the EI runs out, again trying to find work. When I work as an Auxiliary, I have to declare my hours to EI when earned, but wages are paid as an Auxiliary with a two week holdback.