Yukon, Government of
Government of Yukon's hunting education coordinator

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Yukon, Government of was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016):

  • A uniquely north of 60 benefit, the Government of Yukon offers a 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 an option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • Government of Yukon starts new employees with four weeks of paid vacation, with long-serving employees working to a maximum of eight weeks of paid vacation -- eligible employees also receive an annual subsidy of $2,200 as travel allowance
  • Government of Yukon helps employees take care of the essentials through a health benefits plan that includes family coverage and extends into retirement (with no age limit) along with the added security of a defined benefit pension plan
Government of Yukon's director of finance and administration for the government's Public Service Commission
Government of Yukon employee

Employer Background

Industry Territorial Government
Full-time employees in Canada 3,954
Part-time employees in Canada 624
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .3%
Average age of employees in Canada 45.2
Longest serving employee 37 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features head office is also home to Yukon Legislative Assembly and is located in the heart of Whitehorse, offering magnificent views of the Yukon River and surrounding mountains, original Canadian and Yukon artists' work adorn the walls of the main foyer, waterfront trolley stops outside the building (summertime only), 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, Rotary Peace Park, Millennium Riverfront Trail, daycare, restaurants, downtown core offers numerous shops and services

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name subsidized departmental social committees
Recent social events annual public service week barbecue (with live entertainment), 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 outstanding contributions
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation

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

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)
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

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

Employee Engagement & Performance

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 4 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
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives 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

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 6 paid days)
Some of the community organizations supported United Way of Yukon, Bare Essentials (women's shelter), Whitehorse 20-Minute Makeover
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.

The Career Directory

Yukon, Government of has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Territorial Government
Full-time employees in Canada 3,954
Part-time employees in Canada 624
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Other info for new grads Government of Yukon manages GradCorps, a program to provide internship opportunities to new and recent grads
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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