Yukon, Government of
Government of Yukon employee Ian Angus, Highways and Public Works Safety Officer   (Photo credit: Fritz Mueller)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Yukon, Government of was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2017) and Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2017):

  • Government of Yukon starts new employees with 4 weeks of paid vacation, with long-serving employees working to a maximum of 8 weeks over the course of their career -- eligible employees also receive an annual subsidy of $2,200 as travel allowance and in celebration of long service milestones, employees may receive an additional week of paid vacation
  • A uniquely north of 60 benefit, the Government of Yukon offers community allowance to employees living and working in remote communities -- the amount varies with distance from Whitehorse, from $650 to $8,200 annually
  • Government of Yukon supports new mothers with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 32 weeks of their leave) -- and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
Government of Yukon employees from the Justice Wellness Centre   (Photo credit: Photographer:Gary Bremner/ Brian)

Employer Background

Industry Territorial Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Whitehorse YT, Dawson City YT, Watson Lake YT, Haines Junction YT
Full-time employees in Canada 4,085
Part-time employees in Canada 605
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .13%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.97
Longest serving employee 38 years

Physical Workplace B

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking
Workplace features head office is home to the Yukon Legislative Assembly and is located in the heart of Whitehorse, offering magnificent views of the adjacent Yukon River and surrounding mountains, original Canadian and Yukon artists' work adorn the walls of the main foyer and include custom stained glass windows, waterfront trolley stops outside the building (summertime only), the entire building is undergoing significant renovations that will address everything from upgraded building control and HVAC systems to interior renovations and office layout, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Other nearby amenities City Recreation Centre (10 minute drive) that offers everything from skating to swimming to cross country skiing, Canada Games Centre, Rotary Peace Park, Millennium Riverfront Trail, daycare, restaurants, downtown core offers numerous shops and services

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name subsidized departmental social committees
Recent social events annual Public Service Week barbecue (with live entertainment) held in Whitehorse and at other community locations, holiday celebrations, departmental social and wellness committees organize a variety of outings, from curling to baseball to wellness seminars, formal ceremonies to celebrate long-serving employees and recognize outstanding contributions
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications departmental intranet sites and numerous online departmental newsletters and blogs

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Yukon has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 6 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits community allowance for employees living in remote communities (from $650 to $8,200 per year), annual travel subsidy (over $2,200 annually) for eligible employees

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A+

Health plan note Yukon has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 85% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Family-friendly benefits note Yukon has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A+

Vacation note Yukon has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 4 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 8 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 6 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 24 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information some employees may receive an additional week of paid vacation in celebration of long service milestones

Employee Engagement & Performance B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, some long service milestones are recognized with additional paid vacation days (to 5 days), management-level employees may be eligible for cash bonuses for outstanding contributions on special projects
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 35% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 35% of non-related tuition per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies per year

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Some of the community organizations supported United Way of Yukon (kicks off its annual fall fundraising campaign with a breakfast fundraiser that includes a silent auction), Bare Essentials (women's shelter), Whitehorse 20-Minute Makeover (city-wide garbage cleanup and graffiti removal event)
Community highlight Beyond their important role in delivering public services across Yukon, employees from across the service are actively involved in raising money for the annual United Way campaign. The United Way of Yukon directs the majority of its funding to provide assistance to children, youth and families, persons living with disabilities, alcohol and drug abuse initiatives and poverty.

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