Energy, Mines and Resources

Minerals

Amendments to the Quartz Mining Act

The Government of Yukon is deferring the tabling of a proposed amendment to the Quartz Mining Act based on input received during the public engagement.

The amendment proposed intended to:

  • advance reconciliation with First Nations by providing Yukon government with an additional tool in the Quartz Mining Act that would allow the staking of quartz mineral claims on specific lands that are withdrawn from staking to a First Nation or their designated entity. This will provide additional opportunities for economic development and enable a First Nation to actively engage in Yukon’s mining sector; and,
  • increase opportunities for the remediation of some of Yukon’s abandoned Type II mine sites by providing a purchaser sole access to the mineral rights along with the obligation to remediate the site.

Public engagement was held during the summer of 2018. Written comments and submissions were accepted until August 21, 2018.

The proposed amendment is being deferred to ensure the information received during the public engagement can be thoroughly reviewed and taken into consideration before next steps are determined. The deferral will also provide the necessary time for the territorial government to have further discussions with First Nations and the mineral industry.