Energy, Mines and Resources

Minerals

Mining Land Use

The Quartz Mining Land Use Regulation  519 KB and the Placer Mining Land Use Regulation  477 KB consist of a classification system based on varying levels of specific activities. These threshold levels categorize exploration activities into four classes of operation. Classes 1 through 4 represent activities with increasing potential to cause adverse environmental impacts.

Class 1 programs:

  • activities are defined as “grassroots” exploration
  • activities have low potential to cause adverse environmental effects
  • work and reclamation is completed within a year
  • a notification which outlines the activities and how they will be reclaimed must be submitted through the Mining Lands Office, for projects located within designated areas
  • notification not required for projects located outside of designated areas
  • operator must comply with the Operating Conditions (Schedule 1)
  • assessment under the Yukon Environmental and Socio Economic Assessment Act (YESAA) is not required

Class 2 programs:

  • represent the upper level of “grassroots” exploration activities
  • a notification which outlines the activities and how they will be reclaimed must be submitted through the Mining Lands Office
  • activities have moderate potential to cause adverse environmental effects
  • assessment through YESAA is required
  • work and reclamation must be completed within one year

Class 3 and Class 4 programs:

  • require submission of a detailed Operating Plan to the Mining Lands Office
  • assessment through YESAA is required
  • Operating Plan must be approved before any exploration activities can proceed
  • Operating Plans may entail multi-year exploration programs to allow greater flexibility for the operator
  • Class 4 placer programs are permitted by the Yukon Water Board through a delegation of authority and will include a Water License

 Recommended Steps for Mining Land Use Projects  86 KB

Approvals Required for a Camp or Lodge Sewage Disposal System  27 KB

Interpretive Bulletin 2013-1 Re-vegetation on Mineral claims  135 KB

How to obtain a Class 2 Quartz or Placer Notification Approval  382 KB

How to obtain a Class 3 Placer Exploration Program Approval  354 KB

How to obtain a Class 4 Placer Exploration Program Approval and Water Licence  353 KB

How to obtain a Class 3 or Class 4 Quartz Exploration Program Approval  379 KB


Copies of Water Licenses are available at the Yukon Water Board.

More detailed information on the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board (YESAB) process can be found on their website.

Guidelines and practices relating to Yukon water use can be obtained from the Resources section of Yukonwater.ca. A specific document of interest wil be Best Management Practices for Works Affecting Water in Yukon   4.03 MB.

Environment Act
A permit under the Environment Act is often required for small resource-based operations. Common activities requiring a permit include:
• burial, burning or incineration of solid waste; and/or
• generation, storage or transportation of special wastes (e.g., waste oil).
Information on the Environment Act can be obtained from the Department of Environment.

Proponent's Guide: Assessing and Mitigating the Risk of Human-Bear Encounters  2.41 MB. This guide will help you assess the level of risk for human-bear encounters at your proposed camp/work sites and adopt mitigation measures for minimizing potential encounters.

How to obtain a Land Use Permit  374 KB - For more on Land Use in Yukon, visit the Land Services website.

Work Camp assessment form  388 KB -For further information explaining the steps you need to take when planning a camp facility in the Yukon visit the Environmental Health services site.


Contact Us: 

Mining Land Use Officers

Dawson  
Phone: 867.993.5343 - Fax: 867.993.6747
dawson.mining@gov.yk.ca
dawson.class1@gov.yk.ca

Mayo
Phone: 867.996.2256 - Fax: 867.996.2617
mayo.mining@gov.yk.ca
mayo.class1@gov.yk.ca

Watson Lake 
Phone: 867.536.7366 - Fax: 867.536.7842
watson.mining@gov.yk.ca
watson.class1@gov.yk.ca

Whitehorse  
Phone: 867.667.3107 - Fax: 867.667.5150
whitehorse.mining@gov.yk.ca
whitehorse.class1@gov.yk.ca

Toll-free number for all districts: 1.800.661.0408.