Abbreviations and acronyms

Date adopted: 
February 6, 2024
Last update: 
February 6, 2024

Avoid using abbreviations, initialisms and acronyms if you possibly can. Do not use them in public information materials. Your readers do not want to keep having to check what an abbreviation stands for, plus capital letters are always harder to read.

Not: 90 kg
But: 90 kilograms

The exceptions are abbreviations and acronyms that have become part of the culture, such as the RCMP, CBC, MLA.

am and pm

To conform with popular use, we're dropping the periods in the abbreviations a.m. and p.m., which are short for the Latin "ante meridiem" and "post meridiem".

Not: The meeting will take place at 9 p.m., The meeting will take place at 9pm
But: The meeting will take place at 9 pm.

Countries and jurisdictions

Write provinces, territories and countries in full if you can. If you do use abbreviations, do not use periods.

Not: N.W.T., B.C., P.E.I., U.S., U.K.
But: the NWT, BC, PEI, the US, the UK

Government of Yukon

Never use an abbreviation for the Government of Yukon in public materials. Write the full name or, for example, just write “the government” or “we”. If you want to use an abbreviation internally, many staff use "YG".

Not: YTG, Yg 
But: YG (internally only)

Rather than use an abbreviation for a department or branch, use the name in full, such as “the Yukon Mineral Exploration Program” or “Health and Social Services” and then after that just write “the program” or “the department”.

i.e., and e.g.,

Avoid using i.e., and e.g., if you can as not everyone knows what they mean and lots of people get them mixed up. Use words instead.

If you do use them, include periods and a comma.

Not: i.e. or ie

But: that is, specifically, i.e.,

Not: e.g. or eg

But: for example, e.g.,

If you need to use them, remember that e.g., is short for exempli gratia, which means “for example” and i.e., is short for id est, which means “that is". For example:

There are several communities in the Yukon, e.g., Faro, Mayo and Haines Junction.

There are three communities in the Yukon with a population of more than 1,000, i.e., Whitehorse, Watson Lake and Dawson.

If you have to use an abbreviation 

If you feel you must use an abbreviation, make sure you write the name in full first and then immediately write the abbreviation in brackets afterwards. For example, “the Communications Review Committee (CRC)…”

Create a glossary

If you find you need to use several abbreviations, include them in a glossary and put the glossary at the beginning of your document, not at the end. Make it as easy as possible for your readers to understand what you've written.