Update to health measures

There will be some changes to temporary health measures starting Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccination requirement

General questions

Mandatory vaccination requirements

Government contractor vaccination requirements

Yukon Hospital Corporation requirements

Proof of vaccination

Transport Canada requirements

General questions

Why is the government doing this?

We need to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 which threatens to overwhelm our health system and threatens the safety of Yukoners. Our plan aligns with measures being taken elsewhere in the country to increase vaccination rates and combat the Delta variant wave now circulating in southern Canada and spreading in the Yukon.

Declaring a State of Emergency allows the Government of Yukon to quickly implement new temporary measures recommended by the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health to rapidly decrease transmission and ensure the territory’s health care capacity is not overwhelmed.

These new measures include:

  • Mandatory masking in all indoor public settings, in vehicles with individuals from more than 1 household and in outdoor public settings where 2 metres of physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Limits on  indoor organized gatherings, including conferences, weddings and funeral receptions: limited to 50 per cent of venue capacity with proof of vaccination required.
  • Limits on indoor seated events, including arts and sporting events: maximum 50 per cent of venue capacity with proof of vaccination required.
  • Limits on faith-based and cultural gatherings: maximum 50 per cent of venue capacity.
  • Restrictions on restaurants, bars and nightclubs: proof of vaccination required in order to sit, eat, or drink in these settings with a limit of 6 individuals per table; no counter service, no moving between tables and no dancing.
  • Restrictions on gyms, fitness and yoga studios and classes: maximum 50 per cent of venue capacity with proof of vaccination required for people 19 years of age and older. 
  • Limits on other indoor designated public spaces: maximum 50 per cent of venue capacity with proof of vaccination required. 
  • Individual workplaces may be required to temporarily close under direction of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Personal gatherings

The Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly recommends indoor personal gatherings be limited to 2 households.

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health is recommending that schools remain open with the following additional measures:

  • students wear masks when in classrooms and seated at their desks; and
  • activities between schools are suspended until further notice.

Masks are currently required in all indoor school settings outside the classroom, including common areas and hallways.

With the new recommendations, masks are now required at all times inside schools.

In addition to these mandatory measures, the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health recommends that travel between communities, and between communities and Whitehorse, be avoided until further notice.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health further strongly recommends that everyone practice the Safe 6 plus 1 public health measures:

  1. Keep your distance
  2. Wash your hands frequently 
  3. Stay home if you’re feeling sick
  4. Avoid crowds
  5. Limit travel to rural communities, and be respectful when you’re there
  6. Self-isolate if necessary
    Plus 1: Wear a mask

Is there a mandatory mask requirement in the Yukon?

Wearing a mask is mandatory in all indoor public settings, in vehicles with occupants from more than 1 household, and in outdoor public settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

Does the territory have enough vaccine doses?

Yes. The Government of Yukon has enough vaccine doses to respond to the need and can access additional doses quickly as required.

What if I'm scared of needles?

When you arrive to get your vaccination, tell the nursing staff that you're afraid of needles. They'll do their best to accommodate your needs. This could include receiving the vaccine in a private setting.

Paramedics are always on site. They're ready to support people should they have an adverse reaction to the vaccine.

How long will the drive-thru COVID-19 screening service be open for?

The drive-thru will be open for a month to people who have symptoms. We'll re-evaluate after that time to determine if it's still required.

Find more information about drive-thru testing.

Why is there a need for a drive-thru COVID-19 screening service?

The drive-thru COVID-19 screening service help meets the increased demand for testing.

It's used for people who have symptoms, providing an easier and more convenient way to get tested.

Do you need an appointment to visit the drive-thru?

You do not need an appointments for the drive-thru screening service.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested.

Why are you not implementing rapid testing in schools?

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has not recommended introducing COVID-19 testing in school communities at this time.

We continue to work closely with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and are strengthening and enhancing our established testing and surveillance approaches at the COVID Testing and Assessment Centre, through Rapid Response Teams and with the drive-thru testing option.

Why are school exposures not posted on Yukon.ca in real time?

Parents are informed about classroom exposures directly from their child’s school. These exposures are then added to Yukon.ca during business hours.

What's the threshold for when public exposure notices are issued?

Currently, we issue exposure notices for:

  • high-risk settings or populations, such as schools and daycares; and
  • high-risk transmission events, such as exposures declared to be an outbreak.

Given that we have community-level transmission of COVID-19 in Whitehorse, we're now no longer issuing exposure notices for other settings. This is because we consider all community activities to be a potential source of transmission.

Flight exposures will continue until November 15, 2021, at which point they'll discontinue, as the Public Health Agency of Canada is also ending its COVID-19 flight exposure reporting.

We expect overall that exposure notices will now mostly be about school and daycare settings and identified outbreaks.

What's the situation in the hospital?

We'll continue to monitor the impacts over the next couple of weeks – both the number of cases and the seriousness of those cases.

We are not implementing these circuit breaker measures because the hospital is overwhelmed, we're doing so to prevent that from happening.

What does this mean for sporting events?

Sporting events and group and team sports are subject to capacity limitations. Anyone 12 years of age or older must be vaccinated to participate in group and team sports.

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Mandatory vaccination requirements

What's the mandatory vaccination requirement?

The following people will be required by law to have obtained, on or before November 30,  at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccination approved for use in Canada:

  • full-time, part-time or casual employees of the Yukon government;
  • Yukon government volunteers; and
  • consultants or contractors hired by the Yukon government working indoors alongside Yukon government employees in a Yukon government workplace or worksite.

They'll also be required to attest to their vaccination status and may be required to provide proof of their vaccination status to a supervisor or manager.

By January 30, 2022, employees will be required to have obtained a second dose of COVID-19 vaccination and, if they have not yet attested to having both doses, will need to make an attestation that they received their second dose.

Employees who do not comply with the legal requirements will be placed on leave of absence without pay.

Working arrangements of casual employees and volunteers will be suspended or terminated and consultants or contractors will be unable to attend Yukon government workplaces or environments where Yukon government employees are or could be present.

Why are we implementing a mandatory vaccination requirement?

Throughout the pandemic, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has provided us with guidance.

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health supports implementing a requirement that public servants are vaccinated.

As the Yukon’s largest employer, we have a duty to lead by example and do our part to keep Yukoners safe from the spread of COVID-19.

Implementing a mandatory vaccination requirement for employees, combined with existing COVID-19 health and safety measures, will help to ensure our workplaces are as safe for:

  • employees;
  • our partners; and
  • members of the public who access government services.

We encourage you to practise the Safe 6 and wear a mask to help keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Safe 6 includes:

  • maintaining physical distancing;
  • washing your hands frequently with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer with at least 60 per cent alcohol;
  • staying home if you’re feeling sick;
  • avoiding crowds;
  • travelling with respect; and
  • self-isolating if necessary.

While all employees must comply with the requirement, some people may find doing so personally challenging.

All employees and those providing services are reminded that, regardless of our views on vaccination or the vaccination requirement, we have an obligation to treat each other with kindness, respect and professionalism and must adhere to our responsibilities under the Respectful Workplace policy at all times.

Has the Public Service Commission been working with the unions?

The Public Service Commission will continue discussions with the Yukon Teachers’ Association and Yukon Employees’ Union about the mandatory vaccine requirement for public servants.

Both unions have provided us with feedback and areas of concern.

We hear these concerns. We'll continue our efforts to ensure that we use the best available measures to protect our workplaces and the health and safety of all:

  • employees;
  • partners; and
  • members of the public.

Does an employee working remotely have to provide proof of vaccination?

Yes. The Government of Yukon has an obligation to take appropriate measures to provide for the health and safety of any employee while they're performing the duties of their job.

If you're working remotely, you'll need to comply with the vaccination requirement. This is because the remote work policy acknowledges any employee working remotely must be prepared to attend the workplace in person, as required.

How do you provide proof of vaccination?

If you're a Government of Yukon employee you have to provide your vaccination information through your online My HR File before November 30, 2021.

You must attest to your first and second dose and enter the dates of each.

At a later date, supervisors or managers may ask for your proof of vaccination and enter the verification in the online attestation.

What's the proof?

You must show a digital or paper version of your government-issued proof of vaccination credential that includes the QR code. 

Get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination on Yukon.ca.

Employees who are not currently working

If you're an employee but not currently working, you do not need to attest and provide proof of vaccination right away. You'll have to attest that you've received both doses before your return to work. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • parental leave;
  • deferred salary leave;
  • other extended leave; or
  • seasonal employees.

Which high-risk and vulnerable settings require mandatory vaccination?

Specified businesses and NGOs will be required to follow the mandatory vaccine requirements, effective November 30, 2021.

We'll work with businesses and organizations to support them as they work to meet this requirement.

The minimum requirement to be vaccinated in high-risk settings will be the same as for those providing services on behalf of the Yukon government.

People will need to have at least 1 dose of vaccination by November 30, 2021, and their 2nd dose by January 30, 2022. This applies to all staff, contractors and volunteers working in high-risk settings.

The minimum requirement for high-risk settings applies to people working in any capacity who directly serve priority populations in the roles of health-care professionals and allied health professionals:

  • staff;
  • contractors; and
  • volunteers.

People working in any capacity providing direct client or patients contact in health-care facilities such as:

  • a medical clinic;
  • allied health clinics and professionals including optometry, dentistry, acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, occupational therapists, osteopaths, physiotherapists, and registered massage therapists;
  • facilities that provide extended care or rehabilitation care;
  • a public health clinic;
  • an adult day program;
  • the Child Development Centre;
  • a community health centre;
  • a laboratory facility;
  • a diagnostic facility;
  • a pharmacy;
  • a specialized vehicle used for transporting someone for health-care purposes; or
  • a private residence where health-care services are provided.

People working in any capacity providing direct client or patient contact for organizations, including NGOs:

  • serving priority populations; or
  • providing housing and residential settings.

People will not be able to use frequent testing as a substitute for the mandatory vaccination requirement.

How will allied health professionals and people working in high-risk settings or with vulnerable people prove their vaccination status?

If you operate a high-risk or vulnerable setting, you'll have to develop a vaccination requirement for employees and volunteers. You need to implement the requirement by November 30, 2021.

The requirement must meet minimum standards established by the Yukon government. This includes requiring that all employees and volunteers have at least 1 dose by November 30, 2021, and their 2nd dose by January 30, 2022.

We recognize that this deadline is rapidly approaching and are committed to supporting our partners as they develop and implement this mandatory vaccination requirement.

We'll be reaching out to our partners to discuss this further and look forward to determining how we can help.

Does the vaccination mandate apply to child care workers and daycares?

No, the vaccination mandate requirement does not apply to daycare workers or anyone entering a daycare, such as children and parents. 

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to assess the level of risk associated with daycare settings and provide recommendations to protect public health as necessary.

We encourage all Yukoners to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their friends and families, and Yukon communities.

What if employers do not comply?

If you're an employer or sole proprietor in a high-risk or vulnerable setting, you must have policies in place that meet the minimum requirements and timelines established for the vaccination of public servants.

Employers are responsible for ensuring compliance. Employees will be responsible for complying.

Our inspectors will enforce this requirement:

  • through inspections; and
  • by responding to complaints.

Penalties for offences will be set out in the Public Health and Safety Act. These offences will be listed as summary convictions offences.

Non-compliance by either an employer or an employee could result in:

  • up to a $5,000 fine;
  • up to six months' imprisonment; or
  • both, per day, per offence.

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Government of Yukon contractor requirements

All contractors who access Government of Yukon workplaces must have received:

  • 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by November 30, 2021; and
  • 2 doses by January 30, 2022.

What kind of workplaces does this mandate apply to?

All workplaces where Government of Yukon employees work. This includes:

  • office spaces
  • meeting rooms;
  • cubicles;
  • desk spaces;
  • school buildings and school grounds;
  • work camps where government employees stay;
  • construction projects that are indoors or in enclosed spaces where the government is performing the work; and
  • vehicles or aircraft owned, used or chartered by the government and used for work purposes.

How can you confirm the vaccine status of your staff?

It’s your responsibility as a contractor to ensure that all of your staff entering a government workplace are vaccinated. For all current and future contracts, you can fill out a form and submit it to your contract manager that states each person entering a government workplace is either:

  • partially or fully vaccinated; or
  • has a medical or religious exemption.

The form will be available, soon. You’ll submit it to your contract manager.

What will happen to your contract if your staff do not meet this requirement?

Failure to comply with this new regulation can result in prosecution, or termination of the contract. If you have questions about a specific contract you're working on, contact your contract manager.

Contact us for all other inquiries

If your staff are able to perform the duties in our contract virtually, do they need to meet this new requirement?

This mandate only applies to contractors entering a Government of Yukon workplace. If the responsibilities can be carried out over Zoom or Skype for Business, your staff do not have to be vaccinated.

How will this new requirement affect your contract with the government?

In addition to any applicable contract terms, you'll need to comply with the new vaccination requirements in the performance of your contract with the government.

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Yukon Hospital Corporation requirements

What's the vaccination requirement for the Yukon Hospital Corporation?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Yukon Hospital Corporation introduced a new vaccination requirement for employees and privileged staff related to COVID-19 vaccination.

By October 29, 2021, all employees and privileged staff were required to attest that they received:

  • both shots; or
  • 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and will be receiving a 2nd dose within the recommended timeframe.

Under the requirement, all employees and privileged staff with Yukon Hospitals must have received a 2nd dose of vaccination against COVID-19 eight weeks from the date of their 1st dose.

Why is the Yukon Hospital Corporation implementing this requirement?

  • COVID-19 vaccination provides excellent protection against severe outcomes of contracting COVID-19, including from the Delta variant.
  • Vaccination reduces your chances of becoming infected and of passing on the infection to others.
  • As the only emergency health-care facilities in the Yukon, the Yukon Hospital Corporation's hospitals have a duty to keep patients, staff and the community safe.
  • Having a vaccinated workforce aligns with the national strategy and this requirement is an important part of fulfilling this obligation.
  • This hospital vaccination requirement is consistent with the requirement for high-risk settings.

Will vaccination be a condition of employment or privileging?

Having both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is a condition of employment.

Accommodation measures will be made for employees who are unable to be vaccinated due to grounds protected under human rights legislation.

Employees who have not met the requirements and who do not have an approved accommodation, will be placed on leave without pay for a period of no more than two months. They will have their employment terminated if requirements are not met during that time.

How does this requirement apply to visitors?

Yukon hospitals have a responsibility to keep Yukoners safe while in their care.

Yukoners can continue to access the care and services they need at the hospital regardless of their vaccination status, but since September 1, 2021, all visitors are required to demonstrate that they've received both doses of vaccine that protects against COVID-19.

Get proof of vaccination online, or by phoning 1-877-374-0425.

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Proof of vaccination

Who'll need to provide proof of vaccination to access designated settings?

  • All people aged 12 and older, except as specified, will have to show proof of vaccination.
  • The law will set out which vaccines are acceptable.
  • The list will include vaccines approved for use in Canada and those accepted for crossing the Canadian border into Canada.

How will you prove your vaccination status?

Fully vaccinated means people have received 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

People over 18

People who are 18 or older and who were vaccinated in Canada will need to show their government-issued:

  • photo ID; and
  • Proof of Vaccination Credential (PVC), either in paper or digital form, with a QR code at designated settings.

Youth 12 to 17

Proof of vaccination requirements for youth aged 12 to 17 include showing government-issued: 

  • ID; and
  • Proof of Vaccination Credential (PVC), either in paper or digital form, with a QR code at designated settings.

This ID does not need to have a photo, for example, it can be a birth certificate.

Children 11 and under

Children 11 and under who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated are not required to provide proof of vaccination to access a designated establishment. However, they may be required to show proof of age.

How do I verify someone's proof of vaccination?

Find out how to verify someone's proof of vaccination

What's the paper option for people who do not have smartphones or access to printers?

A non-digital option exists which consists of showing the first page of your vaccination credential showing your name and QR code, as well as a government-issued photo ID.

Staff at Yukon Public Libraries are being trained in the coming days on how to support people without computers or printers so they can obtain a free paper copy of the proof of vaccination.

How does the app work?

The app scans the QR code from a Proof of Vaccination Credential (PVC) and then indicates their vaccination status.

The app automatically confirms that the PVC has not been tampered with and was issued by an authorized organization, such as a government.

The verifier app does not require access to the internet to verify a QR code.

The verifier app does occasionally use the internet to update itself with the latest version.

The verifier app does not store or transmit any personal data.

No usage reporting or any other data go to the Yukon government, the store providers (Apple and Google) or any other party.

It reads any QR code from any issuer, such as another province or territory that follows Canada’s PVC federal specification, like the Yukon’s does.

It then applys the Yukon’s current rules for vaccination to the QR code – even if it came from a province or territory with different rules.

Learn how to use the Yukon Vaccination Verifier app. 

What if I have a valid deferral or exemption?

The Government of Yukon is exploring ways the verifier app can support this need.

Where is the verifier app available?

The app will is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. 

For iOS devices (iPhone and iPad)

Download the app from the Apple App Store

For Android devices

Download the app from the Google Play Store

How will proof of vaccination be verified without the app?

Beginning November 13, 2021, people will be asked to show the first page of their government-issued vaccination credential as well as their government-issued photo identification in order to access designated establishment and services.

There is an easy, two-step process to prove or check vaccination status:

  • Review the proof of vaccination credential:
    • Look at the bottom of the first page of the credential to check that the person has received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • View government-issued ID:
    • People 18 years of age and older must show 1 piece of government-issued photo ID that matches the name on their proof of vaccination credentials.
    • Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 must also show government-issued ID that matches the name on their proof of vaccination credential. The ID does not need to have a photo, for example, it can be a birth certificate.
    • Children under the age of 12 may be asked to prove their age with valid, government issued identification.
    • When confirming someone’s identify, look at the top left-hand corner of the proof of vaccination credential for their name and ensure it matches their identification.

What about out-of-territory proof of vaccination?

Visitors from outside of territory, including international visitors must follow the same two-step verification process.

What about my privacy?

We designed the proof of vaccination credential to protect your privacy:

  • The credential only contains the minimum amount of information to verify your COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • The proof of vaccination credential does not link to any other records.

How we're working with the business community on the vaccination requirements

On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, the departments of Economic Development and Tourism and Culture hosted a meeting with Yukon businesses on the new proof of vaccination requirement.

The purpose of the meeting was to:

  • hear directly from the business community and tourism and cultural sectors;
  • learn about how the change will impact their work; and
  • learn what additional information they need.

Yukon businesses, not-for-profit organizations and the tourism industry have shown incredible adaptability and true grit as they have responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We appreciate their patience and understanding as we work to make this transition as seamless as possible.

The departments had a follow-up meeting on Friday, November 12, 2021, to report back on the questions raised and provide additional information on next steps.

They also met with non-profits and NGOs who are required to check proof of vaccination, such as faith-based or cultural organizations.

I run a program or business where the same people come in frequently. Do I need to check their proof of vaccination every time?

You may ask a person for their written consent to keep their name on a list so that they do not need to show their PVC every time. The person must be told they can withdraw their consent at any time and their name will be removed from the list.

The list:

  • must be securely stored;
  • must not be shared with anyone who does not need access to it; and
  • must be destroyed when the state of emergency is over.

Will the Yukon government be providing devices to businesses to support this requirement?

On November 24, 2021, we announced the Vaccine Verification Rebate. The program provides funding to businesses and non-governmental organizations to purchase equipment they need to verify people’s proof of vaccination status. You can apply for a rebate of up to 50 per cent of the cost of a device or devices, up to a maximum rebate of $500.

The rebate applies to purchases made between November 8, 2021, and December 20, 2021. 

Will adjustments be made to the paid sick leave program?

The Paid Sick Leave Rebate is available to Yukon businesses and self-employed people and allows Yukon workers without paid sick leave to stay at home if they:

  • become sick;
  • are required to self-isolate due to a public health order; or
  • are caring for other household members who are either sick or required to self-isolate due to a public health order.

The Paid Sick Leave Rebate program was extended until September 30, 2022.

Employers that applied previously can re-apply for a rebate.

What additional supports will you provide to support businesses and organizations impacted by the new CEMA orders and proof of vaccination?

Throughout the pandemic, we have monitored and adapted our supports to meet Yukoners’ changing needs, from immediate relief to adaptation and investment.

Currently, supports are available for tourism businesses through the Tourism Accommodation Sector Supplement (TASS) and Tourism Non-Accommodation Sector Supplement (TNASS) programs.

We announced the Yukon Emergency Relief Program on November 24, 2021. This program provides funding to:

  • businesses for eligible fixed costs; and
  • non-governmental organizations for the non-recoverable costs of an event they cancelled or significantly changed to comply with health and safety measures.

Which establishments need proof of vaccination to access?

  • Indoor ticketed sporting events
  • Indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events 
  • Faith-based and cultural gatherings
  • Licensed restaurants and cafés and restaurants and cafés that offer table service (indoor and patio dining)
    • Includes liquor tasting rooms in wineries, breweries or distilleries
  • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
  • Nightclubs, casinos and movie theatres
  • Gyms, exercise and dance facilities or studios
    • Includes these activities happening in recreation facilities;
  • Businesses offering indoor exercise or fitness;
  • Indoor adult group and team sports for people 12 years old or older
  • Indoor skating rinks
  • Indoor organized events, for example, weddings, funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home), organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities, for example, pottery studios, art classes or choir rehearsals
  • Spectators at indoor youth sporting events

The requirement to show proof of vaccination applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12 years of age and older), unless otherwise indicated.

This is similar to British Columbia’s proof of vaccination requirements.

Which places do not need proof of vaccination to access?

This is similar to British Columbia’s proof of vaccination requirements.

  • Grocery stores
  • Liquor stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Unlicensed restaurants that do not offer table service, for example, fast food, coffee shops, food courts, food trucks and takeout
  • Local public transportation
  • Hotels, resorts, cabins and campsites
    • Does not include settings or events covered by other public health orders, for example, a licensed hotel restaurant, wedding reception or conference
    • Does not include exercise or fitness facilities for guests
  • Swimming pools, does not include events or adult sports hosted in these venues
  • Banks and credit unions
  • Retail and clothing stores
  • Public libraries, museums and art galleries, this does not include events hosted in these venues
  • Food banks and shelters
  • Post-secondary on-campus cafeterias
  • Health-care services, rehabilitation or exercise therapy programs, and drug and alcohol support group meetings
  • Social services provided to people in need
  • Events:
    • Indoor youth recreational sport for people 11 years old or younger
    • Before and after school programs for K to 12 students
    • Student events and activities in K to 12 public and independent schools

Do I need to provide proof of vaccination if I am picking up take-out from a designated setting like a restaurant?

No, you will not need to provide proof of vaccination to pick up food and leave. People who are seated within the establishment will need to provide proof of vaccination.

How does this impact the Canada Games Centre?

Proof of vaccination credentials will be checked at the Canada Games Centre.

Exceptions will be made for those going to physiotherapy, picking up children from after school programs, and children under 12 who need to be accompanied by 1 parent for their activity, but only for the purpose of doing those things at the Canada Games Centre.

Why are staff in designated establishments not required to provide proof of vaccination?

The requirement to provide proof of vaccination applies to the public accessing designated services and settings. It does not apply to staff in those settings.

This aligns with recommendations from the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health. It's similar to the approach taken by other Canadian jurisdictions.

It's up to employers to determine whether they'll mandate vaccination for their staff.

While staff in designated establishments are not required to provide proof of vaccination while they are working, the Government of Yukon and acting Chief Medical Officer of Health recommend all Yukoners get vaccinated.

Staff who enter their work establishment for reasons other than work will need to provide proof of vaccination.

What are the repercussions for employers who do not comply?

People responsible for designated settings will be responsible for compliance with the requirements.


It will be an offense for the person responsible to:

  • knowingly admit a person who does not meet the vaccination requirement or allow them to remain in a designated establishment; or
  • fail to check the vaccination status of a person accessing the designated setting.

It will be an offense if a person who does not meet the vaccination requirement is in a designated setting.

Offences will be listed as summary convictions offences with penalties set out in the Public Health and Safety Act.

Fines and enforcement

Non-compliance could result in up to a $5,000 fine, or up to 6 months' imprisonment or both, per day, per offence.

Enforcement will occur during regular inspections of establishments and also on the basis of complaints.

What do designated establishments do in the case of non-compliance?

The Compliance Investigation Unit will investigate complaints received during the state of emergency.

People who wish to report a potential case of non-compliance will be able to call a dedicated phone line.

Details for reporting will be available in the coming days. This line is intended for non-emergency matters.

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Transport Canada requirements

Will you need proof of vaccination to board planes?

Yes. As of October 30, 2021, the federal government mandated that Canadians must show proof of vaccination:

  • to access the secure area of airports; and
  • to board planes.

For example, this means to go through security to your gate.

Until November 29, 2021, air passengers who are not yet fully vaccinated can board with a negative COVID-19 test. After this date, you must provide proof of vaccination.

More information about Transport Canada travel requirements.

Download your proof of COVID-19 vaccination credentials.

Do you need to wear a mask on board an aircraft if you're fully vaccinated?

Yes. All travellers – even those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – still have to wear a mask throughout their entire travel journey. The only time you do not have to where a mask is for brief periods while:

  • eating;
  • drinking; or
  • taking oral medication.

Those exempt include:

  • children under 2 years old;
  • children between 2 and 6 years of age who are unable to tolerate wearing a mask. In this case, the adult responsible for the child must still ensure that a mask is made readily available to the child prior to boarding an aircraft for a flight and should still try to encourage the child to wear it;
  • people who are unable to remove their mask without assistance; and
  • people who provide a medical certificate certifying that they're unable to wear a mask for medical reasons.


Failure to comply with the Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19 could result in a fine of up to $5,000.

How can you provide confirmation of vaccination when travelling?

If you're travelling you can use your Yukon proof of vaccination credential because it's a Government of Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

All proof of vaccinations must:

  • be provided in English or French (or a certified translation); and
  • must meet all data elements identified in the Interim Order.

Is there a fine for providing false information?

If you are found to present false information you'll be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 under the Aeronautics Act.

Will Yukon airport employees need proof of vaccination to go to work?

Yes, airport employees need to show proof of vaccination. This went into effect October 30, 2021, at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport which is the only federally regulated airport in the Yukon.

In accordance with Transport Canada requirements and the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport vaccine requirement, we as the airport operator have to check the vaccine credentials for those working at the airport.

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