Yukon Provincial Payroll Information

This page provides provincial payroll information for the province of Yukon. Click one of the links below to move directly to the corresponding section. To view Federal information, please click here.

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Minimum Wage  Hours of work  Worker's Compensation  Leaves  Statutory Holidays  Minimum Age  Pay Statements  Terminations  Vacationable Earnings 


  • TD1 - Basic Personal Amount - Every person employed in Yukon and every pensioner residing in Yukon can claim the personal exemption amount of $15,705 in 2024 (up from $15,000 in 2023).
  • Federal Basic Exemption - The Federal Basic Exemption amount is $15,705 in 2024 (up from $15,000 in 2023).

Note: This information is meant to serve as a guide only. Readers are encouraged to consult the full legislation of the Yukon Employment Standards Act. Here are some online resources:

Minimum Wage in Yukon

The province of Yukon has one wage rate standard as follows:

Parties Applicable Wage Rate
General $17.59 as of April 1, 2024. The wage is adjusted annually on April 1st, relative to the Consumer Price Index for Whitehorse.

Hours of Work in Yukon

The type of employee excluded from this legislature are government employees, commissioned salespeople, businesses with all family members, etc.

Period Rate
No regulation - must be safe for workers
* ** Exclude statutory hours from overtime calculation and reduce the work week by the statutory hours
Maximum 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week
Overtime Any hours over 8.00 hours/day or 40.00 hours/week
Overtime Rate 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay
Break Period 1/2 hour per consecutive 5 hours worked. If working over 10 hours, employee cannot work longer than 6 hours without an eating period.
Rest Period 8.00 hours between shifts. 6 hours in an emergency.

Worker's Compensation in Yukon

The Maximum Assessable Earnings amount for 2024 is $102,017 (up from $98,093 in 2023). The deadline for submission is the last day of February.

Allowances, if taxable (moving, travel) Standby pay
Clothing allowances (if taxable) Directors' fee
Vacation Pay/Statutory Holiday Pay Gratuities and tips
Bonuses Regular salary or wages/overtime
Commissions Shift premium
Call in pay Sick pay (Paid during year)
Call back pay WCB-top up
Maternity leave Temporary layoffs
Pre-retirement leave Wages in lieu of notice / Indemnity
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodging Company loans
Company car RRSP/stock options
Life insurance  
Short-term disability with pay (employer-paid) Retiring allowance
Long-term disability with pay (employer-paid) Severance pay
Gifts Sick pay on termination
Medical premiums (Provincial) WCB award
Provincial healthcare  

Leaves of Absence in Yukon

Bereavement Leave
Time with Employer None specified
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave One week if death is in the immediate family, provided the funeral takes place that week.
Paid No
Compassionate Care Leave
Time with Employer There is no length of service required to qualify for this leave
Required Notice Medical certificate stating family member has significant risk of death within 26 weeks.
Length of Leave 8 weeks. The leave may be broken up, but must be taken in minimum blocks of 1 week.
Paid No
Critical Illness of a Child Leave
Time with Employer 6 months.
Required Notice A certificate from a doctor indicating that the child is critically ill and requires the care or support of the parent for a specified amount of time.
Length of Leave 37 weeks.
Paid No
Death or Disappearance of a Child Leave
Time with Employer 6 months.
Required Notice Written notice as soon as possible before the leave occurs.
Length of Leave Up to 52 weeks if they are a parent of a child who has disappeared as a result of a crime. Up to 104 weeks if the child has died as a result of a crime.
Paid No
Maternity Leave
Time with Employer One year.
Required Notice 4 weeks written notice, with medical certificate.
Length of Leave 17 weeks
Paid No
Parental Leave
Time with Employer One year.
Required Notice 4 weeks written notice.
Length of Leave 37 weeks beginning immediately after the maternity leave if taken together and must finish parental leave no later than the 1st anniversary of date of birth or adoption
Paid No
Reserve Force Leave
Time with Employer 6 months.
Required Notice Four weeks written notice if possible.
Length of Leave Employees can take unpaid leave for as long as they continue to serve.
Paid No
Sick Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice Employer may request a medical certificate.
Length of Leave One day per month of employment.
Paid No
Voting Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave Four hours for Provincial elections and three hours for Federal elections.
Paid According to the Canada Elections Act, any eligible voter must have three consecutive hours to exercise their right to vote in a Federal eledtion on an election day. If an employee does not have three consecutive hours because of their work schedule, they must be granted the hours accordingly with pay.

Statutory Holidays in Yukon

Holiday 2024 2023 2022 2021 Day Observed
New Year's Day Mon., January 1 Sun., January 1 Sat., January 1 Fri., January 1 January 1
Good Friday Fri., March 29 Fri., April 7 Fri., April 15 Fri., April 2 The Friday before Easter Sunday
Victoria Day Mon, May 20 Mon, May 22 Mon, May 23 Mon, May 24 The Monday preceding May 25th
National Indigenous Peoples Day Fri., June 21 Wed., June 21 Tue., June 21 Mon., June 21 June 21
Canada Day Mon., July 1 Sat., July 1 Fri., July 1 Thu., July 1 July 1
Discovery Day Mon. Aug 19 Mon. Aug 21 Mon. Aug 15 Mon. Aug 16 The Third Monday in August
Labour Day Mon., September 2 Mon., September 4 Mon., September 5 Mon., September 6 The First Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day Mon., October 14 Mon., October 9 Mon., October 10 Mon., October 11 The Second Monday in October
Remembrance Day Mon., November 11 Sat., November 11 Fri., November 11 Thu., November 11 November 113
Christmas Day Wed., December 25 Mon., December 25 Sun., December 25 Sat., December 25 December 25

According to the Canadian Labour Standards Code, whenever the following holidays land on a Saturday or Sunday, New Year's Day, Canada Day, Christmas Day the employer must grant his or her employee a holiday with pay on the next working day immediately preceding or following the holiday, providing that the holiday is a provincial requirement. If a statutory holiday is worked on a regularly scheduled work day then the employee must receive either their regular pay plus time and a half or their regular wages plus a day off with pay before their annual vacation.

How to Calculate Statutory Holiday Pay...

Minimum Age in Yukon

Under Yukon's Employment Standards Act, there are no restrictions to work however, under the Education Act, a person under 16 who is attending school full time is not permitted to work unless authorized. The Health and Safety Board may inspect any place of employment to make sure that a person child is capable of doing the job. Otherwise a child is allowed to work any place but must be at least 18 to work underground in a mine.

Pay Statements in Yukon

For the Yukon the pay is required semi-monthly or more frequently (maximum period cannot exceed 16 days). The employee must receive their pay within 10 days after each pay period. By legislation, Yukon pay statements must contain the following (though employers may include additional items):

Pay Statement Inclusions
Pay period date Net pay
Itemized deductions Total hours worked
Gross earnings Wage rate

Termination Notice in Yukon

Length of Employment Notice Required
Individual Termination
Under 6 months None
Between 6 months and 1 year 1 week
Between 1 year and 3 years 2 weeks
3 years or more For every year after 3 years an additional week is required up to 8 weeks in total
Group Termination
Number of Employees Notice Required
25 to 49 4 weeks
50 to 99 8 weeks
100 to 299 12 weeks
300 or more 16 weeks

Vacationable Earnings in Yukon

Inclusions and Exclusions
Bonuses (work related, cash) Regular salary/wages
Call in pay Retroactive
Call back pay Retiring allowances
Commissions earned at employer's premises Shift premium
Commissions earned by a route salesman Sick pay - Sick days
Commissions earned away from employer's premises Standby pay
In lieu of notice pay/Termination pay Statutory - General Holidays
Overtime pay Statutory (company holidays, floaters)
Profit sharing payments Severance/Plant severance (included unique circumstances)
Allowances (car, clothing, moving, etc.) Parking
Discretionary bonuses (cash) Provincial medical
Directors' fees Stock options
Gifts (cash or in kind) Tips and Gratuities
Group RRSP payments Vacation pay (previously paid)
Maternity leave top-ups  
Taxable Benefits:
Board & lodging Group Term Life Insurance
Company car (not clearly addressed) Interest-free loans

Vacation Entitlement
Length of employment Entitlement
After 1 year 4% or two weeks


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