Titles

Date adopted: 
December 11, 2019
Last update: 
August 15, 2020

General titles

Also see job titles and formal titles below.

Capitalize the titles of Government of Yukon reports, strategies and plans once they have been approved and published (whether publicly or internally). Only capitalize the nouns and verbs, which named title case style. Do not use italics or quotation marks.

Climate Change Action Plan
Energy Strategy for Yukon

If “Government of Yukon” forms part of the title, remember to write the “Government of Yukon”, not the “Yukon government” or the “Yukon Government.”

Capitalize the nouns and verbs in titles of books, songs and theatre productions. Also put these titles in italics.

Gone with the Wind
The Taming of the Shrew

If the words in a title are hyphenated, capitalize both words.

The Well-Brought Up Child
The Six-Fingered Ape

Use title case for campaign titles and slogans but not italics or quotation marks.

Not: stop pushing or Stop Pushing or ‘Stop Pushing’ or “Stop Pushing”
But: Stop Pushing

If a publication is in the planning phase and hasn’t yet been published or given a definite title, put it in lowercase. Once it is published, it can be written in title case.

Not: We will publish a Poverty Reduction Strategy in the spring
But: We will publish a poverty reduction strategy in the spring

Formal titles

For titles of office or rank, use capitals (uppercase) for someone’s position as well as for their portfolio.

Not: premier Jane Doe, minister Jane Doe, Tourism and Culture Minister Jane Doe, minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate Jane Doe
But: Premier Jane Doe, Minister Jane Doe, Minister of Tourism and Culture Jane Doe, Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate Jane Doe

Not: chief Jane Doe, mayor Jane Doe, dr. Jane Doe
But: Chief Jane Doe, Mayor Jane Doe, Dr. Jane Doe

If you’re writing about Premiers and Ministers in a generic way without referring to specific individuals, use uppercase.

Not: The premiers, ministers and chiefs will meet tomorrow with the prime minister
But: The Premiers, Ministers and Chiefs will meet tomorrow with the Prime Minister

Not: A prime minister, premier and a commissioner have very different roles
But: A Prime Minister, Premier and a Commissioner have very different roles

Write “former” and “acting” and so on in lowercase.

Not: Acting Deputy Minister Jane Doe, Former Mayor John Doe, Former Commissioner Jane Doe
But: acting Deputy Minister Jane Doe, former Mayor John Doe, former Commissioner Jane Doe

When you’re referring to a Minister’s portfolio or a Chief’s First Nation, put the portfolio or First Nation first and don’t use a comma.

Not: Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Jane Doe, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations chief, Jane Doe
But: Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Jane Doe, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Chief Jane Doe

If you’re referring to a Minister who has more than one department and one or more of the departments have “and” in their name, use a comma to separate the departments.

Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, and Highways and Public Works Jane Doe.

The title “Honourable” isn’t generally used in the Government of Yukon but may sometimes be used in joint news releases, if it’s another government’s preference.

Not: Hon. Minister, honorable minister
But: the Honourable Jane Brown, Minister of Justice

When federal Ministers are referred to as “the Honourable,” extend the same courtesy to territorial and provincial Ministers.

Minister of Education the Honourable Jane Doe said today…

For more guidance about formal titles refer to The Canadian Style. But please note that the Government of Yukon's style guide includes unique preferences specific for Yukon.

Job titles

For job titles, use lowercase as much as possible, particularly in public materials as capital letters are harder to read. In reports or in business documents for internal government audiences, you may prefer to use uppercase. Use a consistent style within one document and related documents.