Working in Yukon


Employment standards

Yukon employers must follow employment standards (rules). These rules apply to foreign workers and to workers who are Canadian citizens.Frosted Yukon flags in front of the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre.

These rules include:

  • Minimum wage
  • Hours of work and overtime pay
  • Paid vacation
  • General holidays
  • Time off for illness or a death in the worker’s family

For jobs in Yukon, these rules are written in two laws: Employment Standards Act and Canada Labour Code. The Employment Standards Act applies to most jobs in Yukon, but not all. The Canada Labour Code applies to anyone who works for the Government of Canada or a Yukon First Nation, and to anyone who works in a bank or at an airport, for example. There are different employment rules for babysitters and live-in caregivers. Information about these jobs is at

The Yukon Employment Standards Act and the Canada Labour Code apply to full-time and part-time workers.

You can read the Employment Standards Act and get more information at You can read the Canada Labour Code and get more information at

You can call the Employment Standards office if you have any questions. In Whitehorse, call 667-5944. Outside Whitehorse call 1-800-661-0408 extension 5944.

You can call the Immigration Unit (667-5131 or 1-800-661-0408 extension 5131) if you have questions.