News and information from this office related to the COVID-19 pandemic
In mid-March 2020, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Yukon, the Government of Yukon, and many organizations and individuals began taking measures to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. These measures have included the closure of businesses and schools, recommendations that employees work from home whenever possible, physical distancing, self-isolation, and the cancellation of many gatherings and events.
In response to these recommendations, our office has modified the way we interact with the public during the pandemic. Please see our Contact Us page for details.
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, 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.