Yukon minimum wage
As of April 1, 2019 the minimum wage is increased to $12.71 per hour. All employers must pay employees the hourly minimum wage or higher.
Minimum wage is calculated in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Whitehorse and is adjusted on April 1 each year. This year, the minimum wage includes a 2.4% increase in the CPI and a $0.90 increase as set by the Employment Standards Board after conducting its 2018 review.
Research to determine minimum wage
In 2019, the Minister of Community Services asked the Employment Standards Board to consider four 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, and
- Any other relevant information that the board chose to evaluate.
The Yukon 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.
Economic evaluation of proposed changes to the minimum wage
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.