Yukon minimum wage
As of April 1, 2021, the minimum wage is increased to $13.85 per hour. All employers must pay employees the hourly minimum wage or higher.
This change represents a 1% increase based on the 2020 Consumer Price Index for Whitehorse.
Research to determine minimum wage
In 2019, the Minister of Community Services asked the Employment Standards Board to consider 4 criteria when considering increases for 2020 and 2021:
- Changes in the annual Consumer Price Index.
- A comparison and monitoring of other jurisdictions.
- An economic impact analysis of additional increases.
- The Government of Yukon's Department of Finance commissioned the fall 2019 Economic evaluation of proposed changes to the minimum wage and provided it to the Employment Standards Board to consider in making its recommendation.
How are wage rates for government contracts set?
Workers on Government of Yukon public works contracts
The fair wage schedule sets the wage rates for workers on Government of Yukon public works contracts. Rates are adjusted on April 1 every year based on the Consumer Price Index for Whitehorse.
Contractors and sub-contractors
Contractors and sub-contractors must pay the most up-to-date Fair Wage Schedule rate.