Department of Community Services

Employment Standards

Fair Wage Schedule

The Fair Wage Schedule (O.I.C. 2005/193)  sets the wage rates (by category, class and job title) that can be paid to persons working on a contract for a public work of the Yukon.

Annual adjustments to the Fair Wage Schedule come into effect every year on April 1st, and are based on the previous year's Consumer Price Index (CPI). These adjustments must be paid to all employees working on existing and upcoming construction contracts with the government. 

A review of the Fair Wage Schedule by the Employment Standards Board must take place at least once every three (3) years. Regular reviews of the schedule will ensure that the wage rates found in the Fair Wage Schedule accurately reflect market values of construction wages.

When must an employer pay employees the rates set out in the Fair Wage Schedule?
Both general contractors and sub-contractors, who employ workers on Fair Wage projects, are required to pay the applicable Fair Wage Schedule rates.  The Act defines what types of projects are covered in the Fair Wage Schedule.  An Employment Standards Officer or the Contract Administration Branch of Yukon Government can clarify if a specific contract is a public tendered contract.

Must the Fair Wage Schedule be posted?
A contractor or subcontractor must post, and keep posted, a copy of the Fair Wage Schedule in a place on the work site accessible by all employees. 

Are apprentices entitled to be paid according to the Fair Wage Schedule?
A registered apprentice working in a Category A occupation can be paid the appropriate percentage of the wage rate for that trade as specified in the Apprentice Training Act, RSY 1986 c.6.  If a Category A occupation is not identified in the Yukon Apprentice Training Act, an employee can be paid an apprentice rate provided the employee is engaged in activities at the same level and in circumstances similar to those of a registered apprentice.  The parties in this case must determine the skill level of the employee and pay them the applicable percentage set out in the Apprentice Training Act.

"Circumstances similar to those of a registered apprentice" means the employee must be working with a journeyman or qualified tradesman on a one-on-one basis.  There cannot be 10 "non-registered" apprentices and 1 tradesman.