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Election of Members of the Yukon Legislative Assembly

You are eligible to vote if, on polling day, you are:

- a Canadian citizen

- at least 18 years old

- resident in Yukon for the past 12 months prior to the election day

More information about the Yukon residence here.

You do not have to be on the List of Electors to vote, although voting is quicker and easier if your name is include on the list in advance. If your name is not on the list, you will be asked to complete a registration form and show authorized identification at the time of voting.

All the identifications acceptable are on this document

You can vote at the polling place established for the polling division in your electoral district. Polling place information will be available on this website and in local newspapers at election time. 

If you are away on polling day:

- you can vote a week before the polling day at the advance polls held on Sunday, Day 23 and Monday, 24 from 8am to 8pm of the election period

- by special ballot

Yukon has 19 Members of the Legislative Assembly; one to represent each electoral district established by the Electoral District Boundaries Act.

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Yukon has one of the highest levels of voter participation in Canada. In the 2016 general election, voter turnout was over 76%. Historical voter turnout information is available here

The next territorial election will be held no later than November 18, 2021. The Yukon Act directs that an Assembly shall not continue for longer than five years and the returns to the writs for the last general election. 

Any group that has been organized to promote candidates for election to the Legislative Assembly may apply to the Chief Electoral Officer to form a registered political party. 

Registration requirements include the support of 100 eligible electors within the organization, as well as the consent of persons who will serve as party leader and party official. 

Additional information is available if you contact us. 

You may apply for special ballot by completing a form on line.

For more details, see Elector Info page. 

The Deputy Returning Officer at the poll or a relative or friend can assist you in the voting process.

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Every polling place shall be located so that access to it is convenient to persons with disabilities and if possible, it is at street level. 

Yes, Elections Yukon provides tools for people who are visually impaired:

- a poster of an enlarge ballot magnifier

- a Braille template

Congratulations on becoming a Canadian citizen! Voting is an important part of our democracy. 

Click here to find out how to get registered on the list of electors. 

Candidates

To become a candidate, you have to be :

- a Canadian citizen

- at least 18 years old

- resident in Yukon for the past 12 months prior to the election day

You need to be an eligible elector to be a candidate and file a completed nomination form with the Returning Officer in the electoral district where you wish to participate.

Your $200 nomination deposit will be refunded to you if your Election Financing Return is filed in accordance with the Elections Act. The Return must be filed within 90 days following the Return to the Writ after the election unless an application for an extension is made, prior to the deadline. Returning Officers will provide all prospective candidates with a copy of the guide.

For more information contact us.  

No, the Elections Act prohibits an elector from participating as a candidate in more than one electoral district.

No, an eligible elector may participate as a candidate in any electoral district.

You can apply at the start of the election period.

A person is NOT eligible to be a candidate in a territorial general election if:

- they are a sitting member of Senate or the House of Commons of another territorial or provincial legislature

- they are the Chief Electoral Officer or Assistant Chief or Elections Officer

You cannot be a candidate and be your own official agent. The official agent must be someone else. 

Eligible electors can be candidate unless they are disqualified under this or any other Act.

If an otherwise eligible candidate is ineligible to be elected, such as due to working for the territorial government, that candidate would have to complete a statement of ineligibility, disclosing the reasons for ineligibility and undertaking to rectify such ineligibility within 30 days of being declared elected.  

Additional detail appears in the Information for Candidate guide. Returning Officers will provide all prospective candidates with a copy of the guides prepared for Candidates and Official Agents. 

For full legal authority, the Elections Act must be consulted. 

Political Parties

If a registered political party wishes to endorse candidates, a letter of endorsement from the party leader or designated party representative must accompany each candidates's nomination paper. 

A political party must endorse at least two candidates in the election or the registration of the party shall be cancelled. 

More information here

Each registered political party must provide:

- the name under which the party is to be registered

- the abbreviations or informal names, if any, by which the party desires to be known

- the name of the leader of the party

- the address of the place at which the party conducts its business

- other officials of the party, including the president or other responsible individuals

Each registered political party is required to confirm or update the particulars of its registration within 30 days of receiving a request from the Chief Electoral Officer. 

To register a political party, the chief electoral officer shall:

- record in a public register of parties the name and address of the political party and any other information the chief officer considers appropriate

- issue the political party written confirmation that it is a registered political party

Registration requirements include the support of 100 eligible electors within the organization, as well as the consent of persons who will serve as the party leader and party official.

A political party must not become registered during an election period.

On being informed by a registered political party of any changes to the name of the party or the other particulars of its registration, the records kept under the Elections Act are updated accordingly. 

 

During an election period, every notice or advertisement that refers to an election, whether printed, broadcast or published electronically, shall include the name and address of its sponsor. 

The above does not apply to any printed notice or advertisement that bears, with no information, message or symbol that relates to an election or voting, only one or more of the following:

- (a) the colours or logo of a registered political party;

- (b) the name of a registered political party;

- (c) the name of a candidate.

Every person who erects, posts or affixes any notice or advertisement that refers to an election shall:

- comply with all safety rules imposed by the owner of the property or by municipal or other regulatory authority; and 

- have it removed within 30 days after polling day

Any notice which is posted pursuant to the Elections Act may be posted or affixed to any public building or structure by any means, provided that it can be removed as required.

There are four political parties registered in Yukon:

Yukon Green Party 

Vacant, Leader

Mr. Mike Ivens, President

Mr. Scott Gilbert, Official

Box 31603, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6L2

yukongreenparty@gmail.com

 

Yukon Liberal Party

Premier Sandy Silver, Leader

Mr. Devin Bailey, President

Mr. Clarence Timmons, Official

183-108 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6C4

info@ylp.ca

 

Yukon New Democratic Party 

Ms. Kate White, Leader

Ms. Lesley McCullogh, President

Mr. Noah MacFadgen, Official

Box 31516, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6K8

yukon@ndp.ca

 

Yukon Party

Mr. Currie Dixon, Leader

Mr. Mark Beese, President

Mr. Philip Fitzgerald, Official

Box 31113, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5P7

info@yukonparty.ca

Any organization that has its primary purpose the promotion of candidates for election to the Legislative Assembly may apply to the Chief Electoral Officer to be a registered political party.

Additional information and requirements are available through Elections Yukon. 

Election Financing

Contributions are gifts made to a party or candidate for campaign purposes in the form of money, a good, a service or a discount off the usual price of a good or service. It does not include volunteer labour when, for example, a person works on a party's or candidate's campaign without receiving compensation. 

There are 2 types of contributions:

- monetary

- contributions in kind (goods and services)

Official receipts are issued for both types of contribution but only monetary contributions are eligible for a political tax credit from the Canada Revenue Agency. 

There is no limit on contribution amounts. A contributor can make a contribution of any amount as long as it is properly receipted and reported by the party or candidate.

There is no limit on the total amount of contributions a party or a candidate can accept, as long as the contributions are properly disclosed. 

Contributions can be made by:

Persons as:

- an individual

- a corporation which is incorporated in any jurisdiction

- a partnership or other unincorporated association, organization or body that is registered under the Partnership and Business Names Act

 

Unincorporated groups:

- a trade union 

- a political party

- any other entity that is not a person

Beginning January 1, 2016, the maximum annual credit is $650 which result from a contribution of $1,275 or more. The credit amount is calculated as the sum of: 

- 75% of the first $400 of contributions

- 50% of the next $350 of contributions

- 33.33% of the next $525 of contributions

Political parties report the contributions they receive annually and both political parties and candidates report their contributions following an election. However, only political contributions over $250 in total are disclosed publicly. A contribution over $250 is made when the total of monetary and in kind contributions exceed $250, even though both the monetary and in kind contributions, individually, may be less than $250. 

Contributions made to a party are aggregated (totalled) for a calendar year. If the total of all annual contributions plus all campaign contributions to a particular party exceeds $250 in the calendar year, the contributor's information will be publicly disclosed. Aggregation for reporting purposes does not occur between the party and its candidate(s), between two or more parties, or between the candidate(s) for a particular party. Candidates' campaign and the party's campaign are reported as separate events. 

For contributions over $250, the Chief Electoral Officer is required to disclose publicly: 

- the total amount of the contribution

- the type of contribution (monetary or in kind)

- the contributor's name and address, and

- where the contribution is, or includes a contribution in kind, a description of the contribution

Public disclosure occurs in an annual report submitted by the Chief Electoral Officer to the Speaker for tabling in the Legislative Assembly. Once tabled, the report is posted to Elections Yukon's website. These reports include the community in which the contributor lives; not the complete address required on the official receipt. 

School Council Members

You are eligible to vote if, on polling day, you are:

- a Canadian citizen

- at least 18 years of age, and either

- resident in the attendance area for at least 3 months, or a parent of a child attending a school in the attendance area

For Christ the King Elementary school, Holy Family Elementary  school and Vanier Catholic Secondary school, there is an additional eligibility requirement for an election of members of a council established on the basis of religion. Electors must be recognized by the Catholic Episcopal Corporation. 

You are recognized by the Catholic Episcopal Corporation if:

- you are the parent of a child attending the school, OR

- you are resident in the attendance area and a member of a Catholic parish in Whitehorse.

If you are outside the attendance area, the Catholic Episcopal Corporation has approved your application for recognition on the basis of a substantive interest in Catholic education in Yukon. To apply, contact the Catholic Episcopal Corporation by phone at 867-667-2052 or by email at executiveassistant@whitehorsediocese.ca

You have to vote at the polling place established by the Returning Officer, which is typically located in the school in the attendance area. Polling place information will be available on this website and in local newspapers at election time. 

Descriptions of the 26 attendance areas are available here.

If you are away on election day you can vote by mail-in ballot. A mail-in ballot may be requested from your Returning Officer up to the close of polls on polling day. Each Returning Officer will have a specific email address assigned to them and it will be posted here during election period. 

A person who is an eligible elector can run as a candidate and must file a completed nomination paper with the Returning Officer in the attendance area where he/she wishes to participate. 

Due to the declaration of a public health emergency in Yukon, the School Council General Elections, originally scheduled for this spring, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for some time this fall. The date is pending.

Between 3 and 7 members will be elected. The number of members on each school council is specified by the Minister of Education, and the Education Act

If you are resident in the attendance area of the school your child will attend in the upcoming school year, you may vote for that school council on the basis of residency. 

Yes. The Education Act  defines the parents as the biological parents, the adoptive parents by custom or otherwise, the persons legally entitled to custody, or the persons who usually have the care and control of the child.

School Board Trustees

You are eligible to vote if, on polling day, you are:

- a Canadian citizen

- ar least 18 years of age

- a resident of Yukon for at least 3 months,

Or

- a parent of a child attending a school in the education area (all of Yukon)

There is an additional eligibility requirement for an election of trustees of the Yukon Francophone School Board, which is a school board established on the basis of language. Electors must have the rights referred to in section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.
 

You have to vote at the polling place established by the Returning Officer, which is typically located in the school in the education area. Polling place information will be available on this website and in local newspapers at election time.

The Education area is the Yukon Territory as described in the Yukon Act.

If you are away on polling day (elections day) you can vote by mail-in ballot. A mail-in ballot may be requested from your Returning Officer up to the close of polls on polling day. Your Returning Officer will have a specific email address assigned and it will be posted here during the election period.

You can run as a candidate if you are an eligible elector. Then you will have to file a completed nomination paper with the Returning Officer for the education area.

You may not be nominated or elected as a member of a school board if you are ineligible to become a member unless, on nomination, you file a statement of ineligibility and divest the ground for ineligibility within 30 days after polling day. Nomination papers are available from Returning Officers, school offices and on line and Elections Yukon at election time.

The completed nomination paper must include the signatures of 3 nominating electors who live in the education area. It must be filed with the Returning Officer by noon on the close of nomination day, which is 11 days before polling day.

A general election is held every three years to elect trustees to the Yukon Francophone School Board. The last general election was held on November 4, 2019.

Five school board trustees are elected for a mandate of three years.

At the time of the election, you can get the candidate's kit and nomination forms from the Returning Officer, Julie Ménard, by email at rodsyfsb@gmail.com or on line. 

You can also reach École Émilie-Tremblay, 20 Falcon Drive, Whitehorse, and the Yukon Francophone School Board, 478 Range Road, Suite 3, Whitehorse.

If you have any question, you can contact us.

The Candidate Nomination Period is from 10 - 17 days prior to a Thursday 11 days prior the polling day (election day). Nominations must be submitted before noon on the Thursday that nominations close. 

The completed nomination paper must include the signature of three (3) nominating electors who are eligible electors for École Émilie-Tremblay education area. If you have any questions on how to complete your nomination paper please contact the Returning Office at rodsyfsb@gmail.com to help you.

If you are resident in the education area of the school your child will attend in the upcoming school year, you may vote for that school board on the basis of residency.

Yes. The Education Act defines the parents as the biological parents, the adoptive parents by custom or otherwise, the persons legally entitled to custody, or the persons who usually have the care and control of the child. 

Trustees of the school board role is to establish policies for the administration, management and operation of their schools (École Émilie-Tremblay and Académie Parhélie). They provide educational programs for their students as required by the Education Act

For more information on the activities of the school board contact:

Yukon Francophone School Board

478 Range Road, suite 3

Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 3A2

867-667-8680 

www.csfy.ca