News and information from this office related to the COVID-19 pandemic
In response to the Government of Yukon announcement on November 24, 2020 that it will be mandatory to wear a non-medical mask in all indoor public spaces as of December 1, 2020 (with limited exceptions), this office has implemented a requirement for masks. Beginning immediately, all visitors and staff will be required to wear a non-medical mask while in our office.
If you do not have a mask, our office can provide a disposable mask.
Our office continues to provide all services as set out in our mandates, with modified procedures in place in regard to the way we interact with the public. Please see our Contact Us page for details.
To view all documents issued by our office that are related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see below.
On March 18th, the Chief Medical Officer of Health declared a public health emergency in Yukon under the Public Health and Safety Act. On March 27th, the Government of Yukon declared a state of emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act.
Diane McLeod-McKay, who is Yukon's Ombudsman, Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC), and Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner (PIDC), has been monitoring the evolving situation in the territory and elsewhere, in order to continue to provide services and advice in all her roles.
In particular, as IPC, McLeod-McKay is responsible for monitoring compliance with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPP Act) and the Health Information Privacy and Management Act (HIPMA), which both remain in effect. Her responsibilities also include promoting compliance with these laws and informing the public about their rights. Since mid-March, McLeod-McKay has issued a number of news releases, guidance documents, advisories and information sheets that relate to COVID-19, to help public bodies and custodians meet their obligations and to keep Yukoners informed.
These documents can be found throughout this website, in sections most relevant to the subject matter. However, they have also been placed here, for ease of location when searching for all COVID19-related materials issued from this office.