Energy, Mines and Resources

Assessment and Abandoned Mines

The Faro pit at the abandoned Faro mine.

The Assessment and Abandoned Mines branch leads efforts to address environmental issues at Yukon’s abandoned mines. This includes managing ongoing site operations (known as care and maintenance) and developing / implementing a long-term remediation plan for the protection of human health and the environment.


Input received in development of Faro mine remediation plan

The Faro Mine Remediation Project team has completed an initial consultation on key environmental and socio-economic interests linked to the Faro Mine site in the development of a remediation plan.

The environmental and socio-economic topics includes such things as water quality, fish and fish habitat, plants, wildlife and recreational activities which are valued by Yukoners living or working in the Faro Mine area.

The feedback received during this consultation period will be used to consider the impacts of the proposed remediation project activity on people, the environment or the economy and will form part of the final project proposal to be submitted to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB).

This was the first part of a six-month consultation process that ran from Friday, June 9, to Monday, July 10, 2017.

Community meetings were held in:

  • Ross River, Monday, June 19
  • Town of Faro, Tuesday, June 20 
  • Watson Lake, Thursday, June 22 
  • Whitehorse, Wednesday, June 28 
  • Carmacks, Tuesday, June 27

A meeting in Pelly Crossing is still to be confirmed.

A second set of meetings will be held in the Fall of 2017 to review how community interests were reflected and addressed in the remediation plan and project proposal.

Contact Us

Room 2C
Royal Bank Centre
4114 4 Ave. Whitehorse, Yukon

Phone: 867.456.6147
Toll-free in the Yukon: 1.800.661.0408 ext. 6147
Fax: 867.456.6780
Email: yukonabandonedmines@gov.yk.ca