The Commissioner’s role
The Commissioner is appointed by the Government of Canada and is the Yukon’s Head of State. They are an important figure in the legislature and the Government of Yukon.
The Commissioner is responsible for:
- ensuring that the Yukon has a Premier in the case of resignation or death or if the government resigns following a defeat in the legislature or in an election;
- ensuring continuity of government and maintaining democratic freedoms;
- swearing-in Members of the Yukon Legislative Assembly;
- delivering the Speech from the Throne at the opening of each legislative session;
- summoning, proroguing and dissolving the legislature;
- providing assent to bills passed by the Yukon Legislative Assembly, enabling them to become law;
- signing Orders-in-Council, Commissioner’s warrants, statutory appointments and dispositions of Commissioner’s lands on the advice of Cabinet; and
- representing the interests of the Yukon’s people by attending official functions, community and social events and handing out honours and awards.
2021 Year in Review
Look at the Commissioner's 2021 Year in Review.
2020–21 Annual Report
Featured news release
April 1, 2022 – The Daisy Mason Wellness Fund is open for applications
The deadline to submit an application to the Daisy Mason Wellness Fund is Friday, May 27, 2022. The Commissioner of Yukon, the Bishop of the Anglican Church and the Daisy Mason Wellness Fund Advisory Committee launched this Fund in 2020 to help provide financial assistance to First Nations Citizens or groups organizing initiatives that help people in their community through wellbeing, healing and personal development training and activities.
The Daisy Mason Wellness Fund will be awarded on June 21, 2022, on National Indigenous Peoples day.
Contact the Commissioner for any of these popular requests:
- Get a document verified.
- Request an honorary patronage.
- Request a proclamation.
- Request a congratulatory message, or birthday or an anniversary greeting.
- Invite the Commissioner to an event.