Energy, Mines and Resources


Hard Rock (Quartz) Mining

Mineral exploration and mining in the Territory are regulated by the Yukon government and key public institutions. This section identifies the roles of the key authorizing agencies and bodies and the relevant legislation for mineral activities, as well as the standards, policies and procedures used to guide decision-making in the Yukon.

The pages on the right hand menu provide an overview of the general processes and regulatory requirements for mineral development on public lands.

Note: District Mining Recorder Offices (Mining Lands Offices), are key locations for obtaining more information about the activities described on these pages. These offices are staffed with Mining Lands Officers and Mining Recorders. For clarity, the term Mining Recorder Office or Mining Lands Officers is used to refer to all.

Quartz Permitting Process Overview:

General Information:

Yukon hosts significant deposits of copper, lead, tungsten, zinc and silver as well as one of the world’s largest iron ore deposits. There are also significant hard rock and placer gold deposits and important occurrences of asbestos, barite, and coal.


The Quartz Mining Act and Quartz Mining Land Use Regulation guide hard rock exploration and mining in the Yukon. Activity is is regulated by the Yukon government.


Environmental Assessment and Permitting