Yukon Act (S.C. 2002, c. 7)

Act current to 2014-04-02 and last amended on 2013-04-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Oaths of office

 Before assuming office, each member of the Legislative Assembly shall take and subscribe before the Commissioner the oath of office prescribed by the Legislature of Yukon and the oath of allegiance set out in the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution Act, 1867.

Marginal note:Yearly session

 The Legislative Assembly shall sit at least once every 12 months.

Marginal note:Speaker
  •  (1) The Legislative Assembly shall elect one member to be Speaker, who shall preside over the Legislative Assembly when it is sitting.

  • Marginal note:Vote

    (2) The Speaker may only vote in the Legislative Assembly in the case of a tie.

Marginal note:Quorum

 A majority of the members of the Legislative Assembly, including the Speaker, constitutes a quorum.

Marginal note:Rules of procedure

 The Legislative Assembly may make rules for its operations and procedures, except in relation to the classes of subjects with respect to which the Legislature may make laws under paragraph 18(1)(b).

Legislature

Marginal note:Legislature of Yukon

 The institution referred to in the former Act as the Commissioner in Council and which consisted of the Commissioner and the Council of the Yukon Territory is hereby continued as the Legislature of Yukon, consisting of the Commissioner and the Legislative Assembly.

Legislative Powers

Marginal note:Legislative powers
  •  (1) The Legislature may make laws in relation to the following classes of subjects in respect of Yukon:

    • (a) the election of members of the Legislative Assembly, including the name and number of electoral districts and the qualifications of electors and of candidates for election;

    • (b) the disqualification of persons from sitting or voting as members of the Legislative Assembly and the privileges, indemnity and expenses of those members;

    • (c) the Executive Council;

    • (d) the establishment and tenure of public offices in Yukon and the appointment, conditions of employment and payment of office-holders;

    • (e) municipal and local institutions;

    • (f) direct taxation and licensing in order to raise revenue for territorial, municipal or local purposes;

    • (g) the levying of a tax on furs or any portions of fur-bearing animals to be shipped or taken from Yukon to any place outside Yukon;

    • (h) the incorporation of companies with territorial objects, other than railway, steamship, air transport, canal, telegraph or telephone companies, but including street railway companies;

    • (i) the solemnization of marriage;

    • (j) property and civil rights;

    • (k) the administration of justice, including the constitution, maintenance and organization of territorial courts, both of civil and of criminal jurisdiction, and including procedure in civil matters in those courts;

    • (l) the establishment, maintenance and management of prisons, jails or lock-ups;

    • (m) the conservation of wildlife and its habitat, other than in a federal conservation area;

    • (n) waters, other than waters in a federal conservation area, including the deposit of waste in those waters, the definition of what constitutes waste and the disposition of any right in respect of those waters under subsection 48(2);

    • (o) education, but any law respecting education must provide that

      • (i) a majority of the ratepayers of any part of Yukon may establish any school in that part that they think fit and make the necessary assessment and collection of rates for it, and

      • (ii) the minority of the ratepayers in that part of Yukon, whether Protestant or Roman Catholic, may establish separate schools in that part and, if they do so, are liable only to assessments of the rates that they impose on themselves in respect of those schools;

    • (p) immigration;

    • (q) public real property — including the timber and wood on that property — under the administration and control of the Commissioner, including the disposition of that property under subsection 45(1);

    • (r) intoxicants, including the definition of what constitutes an intoxicant;

    • (s) hospitals and charities;

    • (t) agriculture;

    • (u) the entering into of intergovernmental agreements by the Commissioner or any other official of the Yukon Government;

    • (v) the expenditure of money for territorial purposes;

    • (w) the adoption and use of an official seal;

    • (x) generally, all matters of a merely local or private nature;

    • (y) the imposition of fines, penalties, imprisonment or other punishments in respect of the contravention of the provisions of a law of the Legislature; and

    • (z) any other matter that may be designated by order of the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Oil and gas in adjoining area

    (2) The Legislature may make laws in relation to the classes of subjects described in subsection (1) in respect of oil and gas in the adjoining area.

  • Marginal note:Importation of intoxicants

    (3) The Legislature may make laws relating to the importation of intoxicants into Yukon from any other place in Canada or elsewhere and defining what constitutes an intoxicant for the purposes of those laws.