Yukon, Government of
Danielle Sheldon, First Nation Programs and Partnerships Coordinator at the Government of Yukon   (Photo credit: Cathie Archbould)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2019) and Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Yukon, Government of was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2019) and Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2019):

  • Government of Yukon starts new employees with four weeks of paid vacation, with long-serving employees working to a maximum of eight weeks over the course of their careers -- eligible employees also receive a generous travel allowance subsidy annually
  • Government of Yukon supports its new moms with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 93 per cent of salary for up to 32 weeks) and its new dads and adoptive parents with a parental leave top-up (to 93 per cent of salary for up to 17 weeks) -- parents can also apply to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • Government of Yukon encourages employees to plan for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and offers phased-in work options for those nearing retirement -- and hosts formal ceremonies to celebrate long-serving employees and recognize outstanding contributions (and may offer up to five additional paid vacation days in recognition of long-service milestones)
Bethany Paul, a student in the Government of Yukon's GradCorps program   (Photo credit: Cathie Archbould)

Employer Background

Industry Territorial government
Established in Canada 1898
Major Canadian hiring locations Whitehorse YT, Dawson City YT, Watson Lake YT, Haines Junction YT
Full-time employees in Canada 4,361
Part-time employees in Canada 631
Average age of employees in Canada 44.6 years
Longest serving employee 40 years

Physical Workplace Rating: 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 recently underwent significant interior and exterior renovations, including new windows, building control and HVAC systems as well as interior renovations and office layout, building also features a self-serve lunchroom and outdoor patio, sit-stand workstations
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals
Other nearby amenities 10-minute drive from City Recreation Centre, which 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 Rating: B+

Employee social committee name subsidized departmental social committees
Recent social events annual Public Service Week barbecue held in Whitehorse and at other community locations, departmental social and wellness committees organize a variety of events including yoga classes, a curling competition and baseball games, as well as wellness sessions
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, dress-for-your-day policy, 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 Rating: 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 recruitment (referral) bonuses and retention allowances for some positions, allowances that are occupation-specific (safety footwear and clothing), community allowance for employees living in remote communities (amounts range with distance from Whitehorse), annual travel subsidy for eligible employees (after 2 years of employment)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: 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
Other health plan information 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 Rating: 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 3 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 Rating: B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, Premier's Award of Excellence and Innovation, Aboriginal Employees' Award of Honour (both awards are employee-nominated)

Training & Skills Development Rating: 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
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 35% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 35% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local
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 program), Whitehorse 20-Minute Makeover (employees receive 2.5 hours to join the city-wide garbage cleanup and graffiti removal event)
Community highlight Beyond their important role in delivering public services across Yukon, employees 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 reducing the impacts of poverty.

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