Commissioner Doug Phillips is joined by five past commissioners.


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Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B7



The Office of Commissioner was established in 1898, when the Parliament of Canada passed the Yukon Act. The Government of Canada appointed the Commissioner and a legislative council of 6 to govern Yukon under the Act. The legislative council became an elected body in 1900 but administrative authority and power remained with the Commissioner until 1979. In 1979, the Commissioner’s involvement in day to day activities of government substantially changed with the Epp Letter, and formally changed in 2003 with amendments to the Yukon Act. Today, the role of Commissioner is similar to a provincial lieutenant governor.  


Past Yukon Commissioners

Commissioners of Yukon (1948- )

After World War II mining production increased in Yukon and, with the new Alaska Highway connecting Yukon to the South, there was a marked increase in infrastructure development and investment in Yukon's economy.  This brought an increase in duties, responsibility and workload for Yukon's Chief Executive Officer and so the title of Commissioner was reinstated for that position to reflect those changes.

Controllers (1936-1947)

An increase in gold and silver production in Yukon gave a moderate boost to the Yukon economy.  To reflect this the title of the Chief Executive Officer of Yukon was changed from Comptroller to Controller.

Comptrollers (1932-1936)

With the Great Depression in full swing and the major Mayo region mines shutting, down further cuts were made to the Yukon Administration.  These cuts included the Gold Commissioner's position.  The responsibilities of the position where assigned to the Comptroller, the now Chief Executive Officer of Yukon.

Gold Commissioners of Yukon (1918-1932)

After the First World War, with Dawson on the decline, the positions of Commissioner and Administrator of Yukon we abolished and their duties and responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer of Yukon were assigned to the Gold Commissioner of Yukon.

Commissioners of Yukon (1898-1918)

With the creation of Yukon as a separate territory from the Northwest Territories, the position of Commissioner of Yukon was created to preside over the new territory.

Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of the Yukon Territory (1897-1898)

With news of gold in the Klondike the population of Dawson exploded.  The position of Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of Yukon Territory was created  to bring order and to prepare for Yukon to become its own territory separate from the Northwest Territories.