New contract includes higher pay, fewer bonuses for Whitehorse city management

Nearly 30 city staff will get an annual pay bump until the end of 2018 if Whitehorse City Council approves a new bylaw.

Nearly 30 city staff will get an annual pay bump until the end of 2018 if Whitehorse City Council approves a new bylaw.

The city has been without a valid management staff bylaw since the last one expired at the end of 2014. That’s the bylaw that lays out how much some high-ranking, non-unionized city staff get paid.

Council gave first reading to a new bylaw, which would be retroactive to 2015 and run through 2018, at its meeting Monday.

The changes work out to about a seven per cent salary increase over four years for management and a six per cent increase over the same period of time for management support staff, said city spokesperson Jessica Apolloni.

Management includes the city’s directors, managers and the fire chief. Management staff include positions such as the assistant city clerk or the executive assistant for mayor and council.

If the new deal is approved, both groups will see a 1.5 per cent wage increase retroactively from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015 and one per cent each year after that to the end of 2018.

Temporary or casual employees will see the same bump.

A sizable part of the overall increase will actually come from changes to how the city’s registered retirement savings plan works.

Under the old bylaw, management-level employees were required to put five per cent of their salary aside for an RRSP. Management support staff had a 4.5 per cent requirement. But that wasn’t the only chunk of money taken off everyone’s paycheque. A second required contribution of 4.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively was called the “employer portion” but came out of the employees’ gross pay.

The city then contributed 3.5 per cent to RRSPs from money outside of salary.

Under the new rules, the mandatory employer portion that used to come off paycheques will be covered outside of salary as well.

City manager Christine Smith said the increases are all within the city’s approved budgets.

Along with the pay hikes, some cuts are part of this new deal. The number of vacation days would be reduced, and an attendance bonus and a long-service bonus for new hires would be eliminated, according to a report presented to city council.

As of the end of 2018 the salary for the lowest ranked management employee will be between $90,901.90 and $102,392.77 a year. The highest job on the scale could rake in much as $159,894.83 a year.

For management support staff, 2018 salaries will range from $49,587.18 to $90,615.82.

Contact Ashley Joannou at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Yukon Party elects new leader

Dixon wins Yukon Party leadership

Construction to get underway on new skate park

Project expected to take six months

Restaurants and personal services businesses to open next week

Industry-specific guidelines for reopening are available online


Wyatt’s World for May 22, 2020

EDITORIAL: Good science means accepting new information and adjusting accordingly

While COVID-19 has been making international headlines since early 2020, the day… Continue reading

Today’s mailbox: Healthcare, COVID-19 and taxes

Letters to the editor published May 22

Yukon Teachers’ Association elects new president

Holy Family Elementary School principal Ted Hupé has been elected president of… Continue reading

Yukon government clarifies businesses available to travellers

Travellers can stop anywhere along the approved route in one of the marked communities

Eight people arrested over three days on drug-related charges

The Yukon RCMP’s crime reduction unit arrested eight people in the span… Continue reading

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week. Rezoning… Continue reading

Liard First Nation postpones chief, council election

Liard First Nation (LFN) has postponed the election for chief and council… Continue reading

Yukon government releases policing priorities

The Yukon government has released its policing priorities for 2020-21. The government… Continue reading

Youth arrested after 36 windows broken at École Emilie Tremblay

Whitehorse RCMP have arrested a youth after three-dozen windows were broken at… Continue reading

Most Read