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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

For more information, visit the Elector Information page.

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

You can find all the employment opportunities on this link

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 Elections Act was amended in 2020 to introduce a fixed election date. The next territorial election is to held Monday, November 3, 2025 and thereafter on a date that is the first Monday of November four years following the previous election. Notwithstanding, there is currently a minority government and an election may be called prior to the next formal election date. 

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.

For more information, click here

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 enlarged 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 Liberal Party

Premier Sandy Silver, Leader

Ms. Carly Carruthers, 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. Jan Stick, President

Mr. Boram Kim, Official

Box 31516, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6K8

yukon@ndp.ca

 

Yukon Party

Mr. Currie Dixon, Leader

Ms. Melanie Brais, President

Mr. Philip Fitzgerald, Official

Box 31113, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5P7

info@yukonparty.ca

 

Yukon Freedom Party

Mr. Joseph Zelezny, Leader

Mr. Joseph Zelezny, President

Mr. Zachry Erdman, Official

Box 61, Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 5X9

info@yukonfreedomparty.com 

 

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

Nominations for the School Council General Elections opened on Monday, April 11, 2022. Nominations remain open until Thursday, April 21 at 12 noon.

Where required, eligible electors will have multiple opportunites to vote between Friday, April 22 and Monday, May 2, 2022.

Descriptions of the 19 attendance areas are available here.

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

If elected or acclaimed, your term will begin on the day before the first day of school following Polling Day. To find out when the first day of school is in your community, refer to the school calendar available on Yukon.ca

Members of a School Council hold office for a two-year term. Your term will end the day before school starts two years after Polling Day.

A person who is an eligible elector can run as a candidate. Each candidate must file a properly completed nomination paper with the Returning Officer for thier attendance area. To ensure your Nomination Paper is completed correctly, review the Instructions for Completing and Filing your Nomination Paper.

Each candidate must file a properly completed Nomination Paper with the Returning Officer for their attendance area.  To ensure your Nomination Paper is completed correctly, review the Instructions for Completing and Filing your Nomination Paper.

Your Nomination Paper must be signed by at least three eligible electors. If your Nomination Paper is not properly completed, the Returning Officer will not be able to accept it. 

All Nomination Papers must be recieved before the Close of Nominations at 12:00 noon on April 21, 2022.  The Education Act prohibits the Returning Officer from accepting Nomination Papers after that time. 

Once your Nomination Paper is accepted, your candidature will be published on the Elections Yukon website as a candidate seeking election.

Yes, possibly. You can be elected to any School Council for which you are an eligible elector.

To be eligible to run or vote in school council elections, you must be:

  •  a Canadian citizen, and
  •  at least 18 years of age, and
  •  qualified to vote in the attendance area based on:
    • being a resident* in the attendance area for three months or more (residency); and/or
    • being a parent** of a student who attends the school (attendance), and
  • not already have voted in the attendance area in the school council election.

An elector may vote in the election for each school council for which they are eligible on the basis of residence or attendance.

* for schools established on the basis of religion, must also be registered members of Sacred Heart Cathedral parish or Our Lady of Victory parish; or have a letter of authority from the Bishop of the Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of Whitehorse.
** “Parent” refers to 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.

 

Where required, voting will be available at the polling place established by the Returning Officer. Polling places are typically located in the school. Voting dates and times are:

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - 3pm to 6pm
  • Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 1pm to 4pm
  • Monday, May 2, 2022 - 3pm to 8pm

Eligible electors can also vote:

  • At the Main Administration Building (2071 2nd Ave.) in Whitehorse, Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, starting on April 22.
  • By appointment with their Returning Officer
  • By mail-out ballot

Yes, possibly. An elector may vote in the school council election for an attendance area in which they have been a resident for at least 3 months, AND in the election for a council of a school in which their child is in attendance, should these be different attendance areas.

Also, if an elector has been a resident for at least 3 months in overlapping attendance areas, they may vote in all elections in which they are eligible based on residence. If an elector has children attending more than one school, they may vote in the school council election for each of the schools in which they have a child in attendance.

Regardless of eligibility criteria, an elector cannot vote in the same election in one attendance area more than once; i.e. they cannot vote in the same election in the same attendance area based on both residency and attendance or having more than one child at the same school.

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.

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. 

If you are away during the election period you can vote by mail-in ballot. A mail-in ballot may be requested from your Returning Officer or Elections Yukon up to the close of polls on polling day. To request a mail-in ballot, contact Elections Yukon at schools@electionsyukon.ca or (867) 667-8683.

Mail-in ballots are not required to be sent or returned by mail. Completed mail-in ballots can be returned:

  • by mail to Elections Yukon; or
  • by hand-delivering to the Returning Officer; or
  • by hand-delivering to Elections Yukon during regular business hours; or
  • by depositing in the secure drop box located at the Main Administration Building in Whitehorse (2071 2nd Ave.)

All mail-in ballots must be returned before the close of polls at 8:00 PM on Polling Day, May 02, 2022.

Mail-in ballots are an option to vote early, although actual mailing out or return has been very infrequent. Electors must consider mail delivery timelines to ensure receipt and return of the mail-in ballot by close of polls on Monday, May 2, 2022. Postal services may be slower during COVID.


Despite the name ‘mail-in’ ballots, they are typically issued by appointment with the Returning Officer. Mail-in ballots can be requested, issued, and returned in one meeting without requiring mail services.

Completed mail-in ballots can be returned:

  • by mail to Elections Yukon; or
  • by hand-delivering to the Returning Officer managing the School Council election in which the elector is voting; or
  • by hand-delivering to Elections Yukon during regular business hours; or
  • by depositing in the secure drop box located at the Main Administration Building in Whitehorse (2071 Second Ave. by the entrance to the old library).

All mail-in ballots must be returned before the close of polls at 8:00 PM on Polling Day, May 02, 2022.

Returning Officers do not have offices and are available as required. If an elector or a candidate has a question, they can contact their Returning Officer directly or they can contact Elections Yukon at schools@electionsyukon.ca or (867) 667-8683. 

The name and contact information for your Returning Officer is available from the school, from posted notices, and online at electionsyukon.ca.

The school council resource guide, Serving on a School Council in Yukon, developed by the Association of Yukon School Councils, Boards & Committees provides a detailed overview of the roles and responsibilities of school councils.

The brochure Understanding Whitehorse Catholic School Councils, developed by the Catholic Education Association of Yukon provides additional information for councils established on the basis of religion. 

You can also contact Lori Choquette, School Council Liaison with additional questions – (867) 667-8226 – Lori.Choquette@yukon.ca

School Board Trustees

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

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at 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 Education Act.

If you are away during the election period you can vote by mail-in ballot. A mail-in ballot may be requested from your Returning Officer or Elections Yukon up to the close of polls on polling day. To request a mail-in ballot, contact Elections Yukon at schools@electionsyukon.ca or (867) 667-8683.

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

Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon (CSFY) Election

The next general election will be held in fall 2022.

Nominations will be open from Monday, October 17 until Thursday, October 27 at 12 noon. Polling day will be Monday, November 7, 2022.
More information about school board elections will be available in summer 2022.

First Nation School Board (FNSB) Election

The general election will be held in fall 2022.

Nominations will be open from Monday, October 17 until Thursday, October 27 at 12 noon. Polling day will be Monday, November 7, 2022.
More information about school board elections will be available in summer 2022

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