Category Archives: CED

CED- Community Economic Development projects

Request for Expressions of Interest to find a Solar Energy Engineering and Installation Partner

Earlier this year, Klondike Development Organization completed early stage financial feasibility work for an IPP solar power generation project in Dawson City, and we are now ready to proceed through the next steps towards making the project happen.  KDO is looking to initiate a small pilot project of 250 KW (0.25 MW) during the summer of 2020.

KDO seeks an experienced solar industry partner to assist us in satisfying Yukon Energy’s IPP pre-application process eligibility requirements and completing initial technical feasibility work that will then enable us to complete site selection, a full application to the utility and access financing. This may include photovoltaic array design, grid interconnection planning, and if successful, product sourcing and project installation. 

Full Request for Expressions of Interest here:

Dome Enhancement Project

With financial assistance from Yukon’s Community Development Fund, the City of Dawson and Klondike Visitors Association, KDO implemented a modest landscaping project this summer, aimed at increasing safety, accessibility and aesthetics of the Midnight Dome. The Dome’s stunning views encompassing the historic townsite and Tr’ochëk, the entrance to the Goldfields, two river valleys and Ogilvie mountains make this one of Dawson’s biggest visitor attractions year-round, but the site itself needed a bit of care. KDO undertakes focused projects that foster sustainable local economies and community by building on our existing strengths and assets.

Without changing the overall rugged nature of the site or interfering with existing site uses (such as paragliding and biking), the plan devised by local contractor CnD Landscapes involved low profile, sustainable upgrades to create focal points, encourage natural flora re-growth and reduce erosion while increasing pedestrian accessibility.  Features include:
– A stone circle set into the ground at the top of the dome
– A new viewing platform at the west face, with upgraded trail and steps to access it
– Widened parking area
– A retaining wall along parking area with entry points to trails leading to top of dome

Traffic signs will be added next summer to encourage more organized use of the parking area, and we hope to work further on the trails above the parking area. KDO will monitor the site for damage and repairs needed over time, and seek to work with community partners to maintain this wonderful site in a way that welcomes locals and visitors alike. We anticipate benefits to tourism, to recreation and to environmental sustainability with these activities.

Grand Opening of 3rd Ave. Apartments!

Lots to celebrate! KDO could not be more proud of our new apartments and we are deeply thankful for all the support we have received from our partners in building the rental housing our community needs.

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Sincere thanks to our funders:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Yukon Housing Corporation
City of Dawson
& our commercial finance partner: CIBC

And our incredible local contractors and suppliers:

Oro Enterprises
Across the River Consulting
Crain Ventures
Gammie Trucking
Grenon Enterprises
Bishop Plumbing
Big B Painting
Dick’s Dust
Arctic Inland Resources
Dawson Hardware
Lamerton Land Surveys

Photos: Marina Osmond

News Release:

Coming soon to downtown Dawson… KDO 8-plex TWO!

KDO is thrilled to announce the commencement of our second affordable housing complex in Dawson City!

Members of the KDO Board of Directors, City Council, Administration and former owner of the property gathered to celebrate the ground breaking. Photo: Dan Davidson. 

Gammie Trucking digs in to the ground work.

A modification of our 6th& King apartments design, this new building will again offer 8 compact and energy-efficient apartments.  Different design elements were introduced to adapt the complex to the 3rd avenue property on a commercial street flanked by historic sites on either side.

East elevation drawing (3rd avenue view of the building). Design by Oro Enterprises.

South elevation drawing. Design by Oro Enterprises.

Operating on a not-for-profit model, our aim is to provide comfortable, stable, affordable housing to help alleviate the shortage our community continues to face.

KDO would like to express our thanks for the support of the City of Dawson through their Development Incentive Policy, to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for their assistance in completing the design and engineering, and to Yukon Housing Corporation for their Affordable Housing and Municipal Matching funding.

Oro Enterprises was the successful proponent following our construction RFP, and they are looking to begin construction as soon as the site is backfilled and compacted.  We will get the building tight to weather as soon as possible, and then interior construction will continue over the winter, aiming for final exterior work and completion by the end of summer 2019.

Mahsi Cho, everyone! This stuff is not easy… we could not do this without you.  Now… let’s get to work!


For further information on the programs KDO has accessed:

City of Dawson Development Incentive Bylaw

Yukon Housing- Affordable Housing

Yukon Housing- Municipal Matching Program

CMHC Programs for creating new housing


A little rain, lots of community spirit

The weather did not fully cooperate for the Grand Opening of the new KDO apartments on Sunday, May 21, but we had a great time celebrating with our friends and project partners regardless.
   Group gathers on the upper deck   KDO President Brian Stethem addresses audience

Yukon Housing Chair, Nelson Lepine jokes with audience   Ribbon cutting   Group gathers on the deck for a photo

Mayor Wayne Potoroka addresses audience
   MP Larry Bagnell addresses audience   The ribbon has been cut!

Premier Sandy Silver addressing audience
   Minister Frost addressing audience   ChiefRobertaJoseph_1

Minister Pauline Frost   Audience   Trinity cutting the ribbon

Taking shelter from the rain      

The KDO Board of Directors wishes to thank the following project funding partners:
Yukon Housing Corporation
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
City of Dawson
Yukon Department of Economic Development

Additional thanks to:
Oro Enterprises
Gammie Trucking
Brad Whitelaw of the Triple J Hotel/Klondike Spirit

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Grand opening for new KDO Apartments May 21

BalloonsIt’s true, tenants don’t move in until June 1, but this will be our chance to recognize and thank our funders, and those who have helped make this project happen.
2:00 PM at the apartments at 1091 6th Ave (corner of 6th & King).
All are welcome, here’s what’s happening:

• KDO President welcome 
• Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Elder blessing (Clara VanBibber)
• A few words from Premier Sandy Silver, MP Larry Bagnell, Minister Pauline Frost, YHC Chair, Nelson Lepine, Mayor Wayne Potoroka, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Chief Roberta Joseph
• Ribbon cutting
• Tour of building
• Refreshments, cake, snacks, discussion

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The KDO Apartments Opening June 1, 2017!

KDO is now accepting applications for tenancy at the new apartment building! Details at:

KDO will host a sneak preview of the building on April 12, from 4 to 7PM so that anyone interested in renting an apartment will have a chance to see the unit before submitting an application.  Final construction will be ongoing through the months of April and May.

Apt. #8 is just a few details away from completion: