Find out about minimum wage under the Employment Standards Act

What is the Employment Standards Act?

The Employment Standards Act and Regulation set the minimum standards for employment in Yukon.

The Act covers most employers and employees. It does not apply to:

  • territorial, First Nations and federal governments;
  • employees who are covered by a collective agreement (unless it does not meet the minimum standards);
  • employees who are excluded by regulations, such as sitters (a person who is hired on a causal basis to look after a child, a disabled person or other person in a private residence); and
  • employees who are employed by sectors that fall under the federal jurisdiction:
    • include banks;
    • airlines;
    • inter-provincial trucking companies;
    • post offices; and
    • radio and television stations.

When, how and how much should employers pay employees?

The Act lays out when, how and how much employers must pay employees for their work.

What's considered a wage?

Wages are:

  • any payment by an employer to an employee under the terms of a contract for employment;
  • any payment made by an employer to an employee under the Employment Standards Act; and
  • any allowance for travel as prescribed in the Regulations.

Wages are not:

  • gratuities;
  • money paid at the employer’s discretion and that's not related to hours of work, production or efficiency;
  • damages awarded in a wrongful dismissal action;
  • travel expenses; and
  • other expenses.

The Act requires that employers pay their employees at least the minimum wage. The minimum wage changes each year. You can find the current rate here.

For more information

View the fact sheet on minimum wage under the Employment Standards Act.