Yukon Soaps Company
The Yukon Soaps Company has been fostering authentic experiences and bringing life to the heart of Yukon for more than 20 years through the creation of beautiful, handcrafted and Indigenous artisan soaps, shampoo bars and essential oil blends. Joella Hogan, who owns Yukon Soaps, is an Indigenous woman from the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation, working in a First Nation community on Settlement Land.
Joella has benefitted from entrepreneurship initiatives funded by CanNor over the past few years including Yukonstruct's Startup Bootcamp and Yukon University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund. These programs have helped Joella grow and expand her business while staying in her home community.
Over the past year, Joella has received CanNor funding of over $99,000, under the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, to construct a new Yukon Soaps manufacturing plant in Mayo. Once completed, the new facility will provide direct benefits to the local community through part-time employment.
The Agency's funding came at the right time as Yukon Soaps has recently gained national publicity, which has boosted their sales and increased the demand for their products. CanNor's support will also allow them to purchase new equipment to help increase production and meet the growing demand.