Work-life balance

As one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, we know that a big part of being happy on the job is maintaining a fulfilling life outside of work, which is why we provide flexibility options and work/life balance opportunities that allow our employees to take full advantage of the active Yukon lifestyle.

Shape your work day to match your life

Averaging hours provides the opportunity to vary the scheduling of an employee’s hours of work on a long-term basis. It allows the employee the benefit of planning their work and personal commitments over a longer period, and is one that can take into account irregular fluctuations in an employee’s personal schedule. Employees who find this option useful often have many outside commitments they want to honour without having to take leave to do so.

A compressed work week is a way for an employee to change their hours of work over a two, three or four-week basis. The employee works longer days than the normal 7½ or 8 hours, and then takes a predetermined day off in the two, three or four-week period. Employees who don’t mind working the longer hours find this a useful schedule when they want to consolidate their personal activities into one day, or when they simply want an extra day off on a regular basis.

Flex time is a way of varying the hours an employee works on a daily basis. With the agreement of their supervisor, an employee may agree on any particular day to start work a little earlier and end a little earlier, or start and end work a little later. This option helps the employee accommodate such personal needs as errands, pick-up times for children or “one-off” commitments when they don’t want to take paid leave.

Sharing a full-time job with a colleague or simply reducing an employee’s own working hours are flexible work arrangements that may meet an employee’s particular needs. Employees often find these options to be useful when a full-time salary is not necessarily a key priority, for example, or when planning a phasing-out of work prior to retirement.

Leave options for vacation, education, new families and unexpected events

All new employees start with four weeks of paid vacation, with long-serving employees receiving up to a maximum of eight weeks of paid vacation.

There are various paid and unpaid leave options to provide employees with the means to manage their personal needs:

  • Annual leave, also known as Vacation leave, is accrued leave with pay provided to eligible employees.
  • Education leave is leave without pay or leave with an allowance specifically approved to allow the eligible employee to take training.
  • Maternity leave is leave without pay or leave with an allowance granted to an eligible employee to prepare to give birth and/or to care for her newborn child.
  • Paternity leave is leave without pay or leave with an allowance granted to an eligible employee who becomes a parent to care for his/her newborn child.
  • Parental leave is leave without pay or leave with an allowance granted to an eligible employee who becomes a parent to care for his/her newborn or adoptive child.
  • Adoption leave is leave without pay or leave with an allowance for an eligible employee who becomes an adoptive parent to care for his/her adopted child prior to, from, or after the date of acceptance of custody of the child. Employees may also be entitled to utilize Special Leave in connection with the adoption of a child.
  • Personal Needs leave is available to managers. It is accrued leave with pay to be used when personal circumstances prevent the employee from performing their normal duties.
  • Sick leave is accrued leave with pay provided for use when you are unable to be at work and perform your regular duties due to illness, injury or quarantine.
  • Special leave is accrued leave with pay to be used when extraordinary circumstances, not caused by the employee, or which could not reasonably be foreseen by the employee, prevent the employee from performing their job or for certain specified reasons as provided in the collective agreement.
  • Leave of Absence Without Pay (or Leave Without Pay) is a period of authorized leave during which an employee does not receive his/her regular salary from the employer.
  • Long Service Leave is an addition to an employee’s bank of accrued vacation leave awarded on the completion of five year blocks of continuous employment as special acknowledgement of the employee’s long service.
Bank a portion of your salary and take long term leave

The Yukon government’s Deferred Salary Leave Plan provides eligible employees the opportunity to finance a leave of absence without pay by deferring portions of their gross annual salary to the year of leave. Employees can take three months leave for educational purposes or between 6 and 12 months leave for personal purposes.

Extra allowance for employees in rural communities

To offset the higher cost of living outside Whitehorse, all employees working in rural communities are entitled to a community allowance. The amount of money depends on several factors, including distance from the head office. If an employee is in receipt of free room and board they are not entitled to the community allowance.

All regular employees, whose headquarters area is outside the City of Whitehorse are also entitled to earn travel bonus credits (providing either 1.5 or 2 days) per quarter (every 3 months). This also applies to managers in Section M.  

Bonus to help cover travel costs

To help offset the cost of travel to and from the territory, eligible employees receive an annual subsidy of $2,242. Employees become eligible for the “Yukon bonus” after the first two years of continuous service and every year thereafter on the continuous service date. The full amount is paid to full-time employees and pro-rated for part-time employees.

Flexible work options are subject to the operational needs of the work unit and in coordination with the employee’s supervisor.


Current employees can check their leave balance using MyHRFile.

If you are a current Yukon government employee looking for more information on this topic, please login in to Employee Info on Yukonnect. To login you must prefix your YNET username with YNET\ (or YESNET\ if you are a teacher).