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Canadian Paediatric Society

Ratings for Yukon

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
Immunization

Fair

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Prevent smoking among youth

Excellent

Fair

Implement a province-wide ban on smoking in outdoor public places. Implement legislation on e-cigarettes and flavoured tobacco products.

Yukon prohibits smoking on outdoor licensed areas and patios.

Breastfeeding promotion (as per the WHO’s Baby-friendly Initiative)

Not assessed

Fair

Implement a BFI policy or strategy, with a designated BFI coordinator and a breastfeeding education strategy. Provide incentives that encourage and support health facilities to become BFI-certified. Track breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity rates. Provide free province-wide access to lactation consultants in person or by phone/email.

There is only one level-4 nursery in the territory. All sick or premature infants are transported out of the territory to sites that offer banked breast milk.
 

No BFI initiative has been implemented but the Whitehorse General Hospital has a breastfeeding policy.

Newborn hearing screening

Good

Fair*

Implement a universal newborn hearing screening and intervention program. 

While a standardized, fully accessible system is not in place, the CPS recognizes that because most births occur in Whitehorse, nearly 90% of infants are screened. Also, each community health centre has access to newborn hearing screening equipment.
 

The CPS appreciates that retaining clinicians is an ongoing challenge.

An enhanced 18-month well-baby visit

Poor

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Bicycle helmet legislation

Poor

Poor

Enact legislation that requires all age groups to wear helmets.

Whitehorse has an all-ages helmet by-law.

Booster seat legislation

Fair

Good

Require children to be in an approved booster seat until they reach 145 cm in height or 9 years of age and weigh between 18 kg and 36 kg.

Child and youth death review

Not assessed

Fair

Implement a child-specific death review committee and a linkable database for meaningful data collection, consolidation and dissemination.

Yukon reviews all child deaths but does not have a child-specific death review committee.

Management of type 1 diabetes in school

Not assessed

Poor

Develop comprehensive policy on managing type 1 diabetes in school, consistent with CPS/CPEG and CDA recommendations.

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
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Off-road vehicle safety legislation (all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles)

Poor

Fair

Fair

Prohibit off-road vehicle operation for children/youth under 16 years old. Institute mandatory safety training. Make helmet use mandatory for all ages and on all terrains.

The CPS credits Whitehorse for having stricter regulations.

Province/TerritoryHighlights of provincial/territorial response to Jordan’s Principle
Jordan’s Principle

Has not formally adopted Jordan’s Principle, noting “Yukon’s health system funds services on a universal basis for all Yukon residents and does not distinguish between First Nation and non-FN, nor does our insured program embody a ‘child-specific’ lens.”