COVID-19

Worker supports

To minimize risk and reduce the chances of exposure to COVID-19, we advise you to protect yourself and one another by following all advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health. For the latest local guidance, review the orders and guidance issued by the Government of Yukon and the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Home office guidance

If you’re working from home, follow the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s telework guidelines.

The Institute for Work and Health has created a handy guideline on how to set up a temporary home office during COVID-19.

Mental health resources

The unique workplace challenges presented by COVID-19 emphasize hazards that could lead to psychological injuries. Resources presented on this page may contribute to prevention efforts.

The Government of Yukon’s Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services is offering telephone and video based counselling.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has created a resource hub, dedicated to helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has created a resource hub for Canadians dealing with mental health issues.

The Government of Canada has created a resource hub for Canadians dealing with mental health issues.

Right to refuse unsafe work guidance

As a worker in Yukon, you have the right to refuse work if you have reasonable cause to believe that performing a job or task puts you or someone else at risk. Learn more about how workers, supervisors and employers can work together to improve workplace health and safety in these situations.

Workers’ compensation questions and answers

If I contract COVID-19, should I file a claim?

Yes.

If you believe you contracted COVID-19 at work you should file a claim. You can do this on our website.

Your claim will be investigated and adjudicated on its own merits.

Will I be covered if I get COVID-19?

Maybe.

When a worker contracts COVID-19 as a direct result of their employment, they are entitled to compensation if the following conditions are met:

  • There is a causal connection between the conditions of the work required to be performed and the resulting injury.
  • The injury is linked to a worker’s employment in terms of time, place and activity consistent with the obligations and expectations of that employment.

Here’s a work-related example of a situation where a worker would likely be covered:

  • An acute care hospital worker has patients coming in for treatment of COVID-19. They are at a greater risk than the general public of contracting the disease.

Here’s a non-work-related example of a situation where a worker would likely be covered:

  • A hospital cafeteria worker’s job is not directly related to looking after sick people even if workers sometimes come in contact with them, but they may be covered if they contract COVID-19.
  • A grocery store clerk’s job puts them in contact with many people but not specifically with sick people. They may be covered if they contract COVID-19.

In every case, we adjudicate work-relatedness and benefit entitlement based on the specific and unique circumstances of each case.

Will workers be covered if they get injured while working at home?

Maybe.

Many Yukoners are working at home following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and the Government of Yukon. Working at home can make it difficult to separate what would constitute a work-related injury and what would not.

A key determining factor in identifying a work-related injury is whether or not the activity a worker was engaged in when injured was work-related.

In every case, we adjudicate work-relatedness and benefit entitlement based on the specific and unique circumstances of each case.

If an employer follows all the guidelines and a worker still gets COVID-19, is the employer liable from an occupational health and safety perspective?

If the employer followed all due diligence, there is no liability.

If there starts to be community transmission and contract tracing is brought to the workplace, should an employer and/or a worker file a claim for their workers?

This applies only when an employer or worker is contacted by public health contact tracing officials because someone with COVID-19 has identified the business as a place they attended prior to diagnosis and quarantine.

In these circumstances:

  • An employer should file a claim within the required three-day timeframe.
  • A worker should file a claim only if they have a positive test result. A negative test result indicates the worker is not injured.

Health professionals guidance

For information specific to health professionals, refer to the Government of Canada’s novel coronavirus information for health professionals.