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Election of Members of the Yukon Legislative Assembly

01-Who can vote?

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.

02-Do I need to be on the list of electors to vote?

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.

03-What are the authorized identifications?

All the identifications acceptable are on this document

04-Where do I vote?

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. 

05-How can I vote if I will be away on polling day (election day)?

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.

06-How many MLAs will be elected?

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

07-Who can work for Elections Yukon on polling day (election day)?

You can find all the employment opportunities on this link

08-What was the voter turnout in past elections?

Voter turnout in the 2021 general election was 65.6%.

Voter turnout by electoral district and historical voter turnout information are available through reports available on our Territorial Election Reports page.

09-When is the next territorial election?

The Elections Act was amended in 2020 to introduce a fixed election date.

The next territorial general election is to be held by Monday, November 3, 2025. However, there is currently a minority government and an election can be called prior to that election date. 

10-Who can form a political party?

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.

11-What options do I have for voting?

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

For more details, see Elector Info page. 

12-What if I need assistance?

A relative or friend can assist you in filling out forms. The Deputy Returning Officer may take an oath and mark the ballot paper as directed by the elector.

For more information, click here

13-Is my poll station wheelchair accessible?

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. 

14-Does Elections Yukon provide assistance for people who are visually impaired?

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

  • a poster of an enlarged ballot magnifier
  • a Braille template

15-I am a new Canadian citizen, how can I vote?

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. 

Territorial General Election Candidates

1-Who can run as a candidate?

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.

2-Will my nomination deposit be refunded to me?

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.  

3-Can I file a nomination paper in more than one electoral district?

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

4-Do I have to live in the electoral district where I wish to run as a candidate?

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

5-When can I apply to be a candidate?

You can apply at the start of the election period.

6-What would make me ineligible to be a candidate?

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 candidates 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.  

7-Where can I get more information?

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

1-What is the process for a party to endorse its candidates?

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. 

2-How many candidates must a party endorse in an election to retain the registered political party status?

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

More information here

3-How do I register a political party?

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. 

4-Are there any requirements for parties to follow regarding election advertising?

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:

  • the colours or logo of a registered political party;
  • the name of a registered political party;
  • 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 that 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.

5-How many political parties are registered in Yukon?

There are four political parties registered in Yukon:

Yukon Liberal Party

Premier Ranj Pillai, Leader
Carly Carruthers, President
Clarence Timmons, Official
183-108 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6C4
info@ylp.ca

Yukon New Democratic Party 

Kate White, Leader
Jan Stick, President
Thomas Dang, Official
Box 31516, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6K8
yukon@ndp.ca

Yukon Party

Currie Dixon, Leader
Melanie Brais, President
Philip Fitzgerald, Official
Box 31113, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5P7
info@yukonparty.ca

Yukon Freedom Party

Joseph Zelezny, Leader
Joseph Zelezny, President
Kevin Maves, Official
Box 61, Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 5X9
info@yukonfreedomparty.com 

6-Who can form a registered political party?

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.

7-What are the requirements in the application?

Additional information and requirements are available through Elections Yukon. 

Election Financing

1-What is a political contribution?

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. 

2-What are the limits on contributions?

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. 

3-Who can make a political contribution to a party or candidate?

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 are:

  • a trade union 
  • a political party
  • any other entity that is not a person

4-What is the tax credit for a political contribution?

Beginning January 1, 2016, the maximum annual credit is $650 which results 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

5-What information is disclosed publicly?

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

01-When is the next election for members of school council?

A general election is held every two years to elect members to school councils. The next general election will be in spring 2026.

02-What attendance area do I live in?

Check the school attendance areas maps or contact the Department of Education by emailing publicschools@yukon.ca or calling (867) 471-0899.

03-How many school council members will be elected?

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

04-When do school council terms begin and end?

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.

05-Who can run as a candidate in a school council election?

All eligible electors can vote, be a candidate, or be appointed as a member of a school council. You may be able to vote or be a candidate in more than one school council election.

06-How do I become a candidate in a school council election?

To be a candidate, a properly completed nomination paper must be filed with the Returning Officer for the attendance area.

Nomination forms and instructions on how to complete them will be available once the election starts. 

Dates for the next school council elections will be announced in winter 2026.

07-Can I be elected to more than one school council?

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

If you are the parent/guardian of students attending more than one school, and/or live in an area with overlapping attendance areas, you may be able to be a candidate in more than one school council election.

08-Who can vote in school council elections?

All eligible electors can vote, be a candidate, or be appointed as a member of a school council. You may be able to vote or be a candidate in more than one school council election.

09-Where can I vote for school council?

Where required, voting will be available at the polling place established by the Returning Officer. Polling places are typically located in a school.

Dates and voting options will be annouced in spring 2026.

10-Can I vote more than once in school council election?

Yes, possibly. You can vote in any school council for which you are an eligible elector.

If you are the parent/guardian of students attending more than one school, and/or live in an area with overlapping attendance areas, you may be able to vote in more than one school council election.

You cannot however vote in the same election more than once; i.e. you cannot vote in the same school council election based on both residency and attendance or having more than one child at the same school.

11-Can I vote if I am the guardian, not the parent, of a child in 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.

12-Can I vote in the school council election for the school my child is expected to attend in the upcoming school year?

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

13-How can I vote for school council if I will be away

If you will be away during the election period you can vote by mail-in ballot.

Applications for mail-in ballots will be made available at the start of the election period, in spring 2026.

14-How are mail-in ballots used for school councils?

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.

More information, including applications to vote by mail-in ballot will be made available at the start of the next election period, in May 2026.

15-How do I contact my Returning Officer?

School council returning officers do not have offices and are available as required. Outside of an election period, contact Elections Yukon at schools@electionsyukon.ca or (867) 667-8683

During a school council election period, the name and contact information for your Returning Officer will be available from the school, from posted notices, and on this page.

17-Where can I learn more about the role of school councils?

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 Catholic Education Association of Yukon has developed additional information for Catholic school councils.

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

Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon (CSFY) Election

01 - When is the General Election for the Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon?

The next general election will be held in fall 2025.

02 - How do I become a candidate?

Dates for the next general election will be announced in late summer 2025.

Candidates must be nominated by at least three eligible electors. Nominations must be made using the prescribed nomination form and submitted before nominations close.

Nomination forms and instructions on how to complete them will be available before the election starts.

03 - Who can vote and be a candidate?

To vote, be a candidate, or be appointed as a school board trustee, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old and either:

  • be the parent of a student who attends a school operated by the board or
  • have been a resident of the Yukon for at least three months and meet the board's language criteria

Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon (CSFY) language criteria: Have minority language rights under Section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

  • French language: first language learned and still understood is French.
  • Primary school instruction: received part of your primary school instruction in Canada in French as a First language.
  • Family continuity: a parent whose child is receiving or has received their primary or secondary school instruction in French as a First language

04 - How do I submit my nomination paper?

Dates for the next general election will be announced in late summer 2025.

During the nomination period, completed nomination papers can be submitted in person to:

  • any school board returning officer
  • Election Yukon's offices, located in the lower level of the Jim Smith Building (2071 2nd Ave in Whitehorse)

During the nomination period, nomination papers with a completed declaration can be emailed to schools@electionsyukon.ca.

05 - How can I nominate someone?

Candidates must be nominated by at least three eligible electors.

 
Candidates must confirm their eligibility and consent to be nominated in the presence of a Returning Officer, First Nation Chief or Deputy Chief, a Justice of the Peace, a Notary Public, or a Peace Officer.

06 - When can I submit my nomination?

Nomination dates for the next general election will be announced in late summer 2025.

07 - Who are the candidates?

A list of confirmed candidates will be available during the nomination period.

Dates for the next general election will be announced in late summer 2025.

08 - How many trustees will be elected to CSFY?

CSFY has five trustees. Terms of elected trustees start once they are declared elected. They hold a three-year term.

09 - How do I contact my School Board Returning Officer?

Outside of an election period, contact Elections Yukon at schools@electionsyukon.ca or (867) 667-8683.

In fall 2025, the name and contact information for school board returning officers will be available from posted notices and online at electionsyukon.ca.

10 - What are my options to vote?

Options to vote will be announced in late summer 2025.

11 - How can I get a ballot to be mailed to me?

Applications for mail-out ballots will be announced in late summer 2025. 

12 - How do I find out more?

You can contact:

Comission scolaire francophone du Yukon
Marc Champagne, Executive Director
(867) 667-8680
info@csfy.ca

Elections Yukon
(867) 667-8683
schools@electionsyukon.ca

 

13 - How can my school become part of the Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon?

A school can become part of the Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon by submitting to the Minister of Education either a petition from electors in the school attendance area or a resolution from the school council.
 
A referendum vote may also be required. For more information about joining the Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon, contact:
 
​Department of Education
Lori Choquette
School Council Liaison
Box 2703 (E1)
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6
 
Commission Scolaire francophone du Yukon
Marc Champagne
Directeur général
478 Range Road
Whitehorse, YT  Y1A 3A2

First Nation School Board (FNSB) Election

01 - When is the General Election for the First Nation School Board?

The next general election will be held in fall 2025.

02 - How do I become a candidate?

Dates for the next general election will be announced in late summer 2025.

Candidates must be nominated by at least three eligible electors. Nominations must be made using the prescribed nomination form and submitted before nominations close. 

Nomination forms and instructions on how to complete them will be available before the election starts.

03 - Who can vote and be a candidate?

To vote, be a candidate, or be appointed as a school board trustee, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old and either:

  • be the parent of a student who attends a school operated by the board or
  • have been a resident of the Yukon for at least three months and meet the board's language criteria

First Nation School Board (FNSB) language criteria: Be a member or entitled to be a member of a Yukon First Nation and have an ancestral language that is a Yukon First Nation language.

04 - How do I submit my nomination paper?

Dates for the next general election will be announced in late summer 2025.

During the nomination period, completed nomination papers can be submitted in person to:

  • any school board returning officer
  • Election Yukon's offices, located in the lower level of the Jim Smith Building (2071 2nd Ave in Whitehorse)

During the nomination period, nomination papers with a completed declaration can be emailed to schools@electionsyukon.ca.

05 - How can I nominate someone?

Candidates must be nominated by at least three eligible electors.

 
Candidates must confirm their eligibility and consent to be nominated in the presence of a Returning Officer, First Nation Chief or Deputy Chief, a Justice of the Peace, a Notary Public, or a Peace Officer.

06 - When can I submit my nomination?

Nomination dates for the next general election will be announced in late summer 2025.

07 - Who are the Candidates?

A list of confirmed candidates will be available during the nomination period.

Dates for the next general election will be announced in late summer 2025.

08 - How many trustees will be elected to FNSB?

FNSB has five trustees. Terms of elected trustees start once they are declared elected. They hold a three-year term.

09 - How do I contact my School Board Returning Officer?

Outside of an election period, contact Elections Yukon at schools@electionsyukon.ca or (867) 667-8683.

In fall 2025, the name and contact information for school board returning officers will be available from posted notices and online at electionsyukon.ca.

10 - What are my options to vote?

Options to vote will be announced in late summer 2025.

11 - How can I get a ballot to be mailed to me?

Applications for mail-out ballots will be announced in late summer 2025.

12 - How do I find out more?

You can contact:

First Nation School Board
Melissa Flynn
Executive Director
(867) 667-6962 ext. 103
(867) 336-5290
ed@fnsb.ca

Elections Yukon
(867) 667-8683
schools@electionsyukon.ca

13 - How can my school become part of the First Nation School Board?

A school can become part of the First Nation School Board by submitting to the Minister of Education either a petition from electors in the school attendance area or a resolution from the school council. 
 
A referendum vote may also be required. For more information about joining the First Nation School Board contact: 
 
​Department of Education
Lori Choquette
School Council Liaison
Box 2703 (E1)
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6
(867) 667-8226
lori.choquette@yukon.ca
yukon.ca/en/education-and-schools
 

First Nation School Board
Melissa Flynn
Interim Executive Director
#300 - 204 Black Street
Whitehorse, YT  Y1A 2M9
(867) 667-6962 ext. 103
ed@fnsb.ca
www.fnsb.ca


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July 23, 2024
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