Energy, Mines and Resources


Faro: background

The Faro mine site is a former lead and zinc mine located in central Yukon, 15 km north of the Town of Faro, and within the Traditional Territory of the Ross River Dena Council, Liard First Nation, and Kaska Dena Council. It is also upstream from the traditional territory of the Selkirk First Nation.

The open pit mine was in operation from 1969 until 1998. In 1998, the final owner, Anvil Range Mining Corporation, was placed into receivership and all mining operations stopped.

At the time, the Government of Canada took control of the site and began implementing care and maintenance operations at the abandoned Faro mine site.

In 2003, the Devolution Transfer Agreement was implemented. Under the agreement, Government of Yukon became responsible for care and maintenance of the property along with participating in the development of a remediation plan.

The financial responsibility for the site continues to reside with the Government of Canada who provides 100 per cent of the funding for care and maintenance operations as well as leads the development of a long-term closure and remediation plan.

Care and maintenance operations are to address short term risks at the abandoned mine site which may pose a risk to human health and safety and the environment.

Care and maintenance activities are unique to each abandoned mine site. For further details, visit Faro’s care & maintenance page on this website.

For more historical information on the former mine site visit the timelines and publications pages on this website.

For information on the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s role in impacted sites in Yukon visit the Northern Contaminants Program website .

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