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 Chief Medical Officer of Health COVID-19 updates.

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

NEW If I have an accepted claim and I am not vaccinated, will this affect my workers’ compensation?

Yes, it might. Your workers’ compensation may be affected if you have chosen to be unvaccinated against COVID-19.

New rules and regulations announced by the federal government and the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Heath require proof of vaccination for travel and to work in specific areas of employment. If you cannot meet these requirements because you are unvaccinated, there may be implications for your workers’ compensation benefits.

We will work with any unvaccinated injured worker with an accepted claim to try to find alternative solutions for the barriers to medical travel and return to work. If you have chosen to be unvaccinated and you are not medically exempted, you will still be required to participate in the treatment recommended for your recovery and return to work, as stated in the Workers’ Compensation Act. If you do not participate in the treatment recommended for you because of vaccination rules, we may have to suspend your benefits.

If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19, please talk to your case manager.

Will I be covered if I get COVID-19?

Maybe.

We have community spread of COVID-19 in the Yukon. If you work and you test positive for COVID-19, it doesn’t mean you contracted the virus at work. In other words, it’s not necessarily a work-related injury.

Risk of exposure is high in the general population. When we consider a COVID-19-related claim, we need to know about the risks inherent to the job that put the worker at greater risk of exposure than the general population. For example, a worker whose job task it is to take swabs to test for COVID-19 has an increased risk of exposure.

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

You can file a claim by completing a worker's report of injury/illness

You are also obligated to inform your employer.

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.

Health professionals' guidance

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