Energy, Mines and Resources


Yukon resource gateway project

On September 2, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada is committed to contributing up to $247,381,000 to the Yukon Resource Gateway Project. Following the development of project agreements with affected First Nations and environmental and socio-economic review, the Government of Yukon would contribute up to $112,802,000, and industry would contribute up to $108,662,000.

The Government of Canada funding is being made available through the New
Building Canada Fund – National Infrastructure Component.

The next step is for the Yukon government to meet with affected First Nations to seek input and finalize written agreements for portions of the project that would be within their Traditional Territories. Once this is complete, the Yukon government will sign a final funding agreement with the Government of Canada.

The proposed project will go through an environmental and socio-economic review, which includes opportunities for the public and stakeholders to share their views and comment on the project.

Project details

The Yukon Resource Gateway Project proposes upgrades of existing infrastructure to two key areas of high mineral potential and active mining in Yukon. These areas include the Dawson Range and the Nahanni Range.

The Yukon government is working on the project collaboratively with First Nations and will not proceed with any road components proposed in their Traditional Territories without their agreement.

It is envisioned as an 8-year project that would be jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Yukon and the mining and exploration industry.

The project would result in approximately 650 kilometres of upgraded roads as well as the replacement of numerous bridges, culverts, and stream crossings. The Dawson Range component of the project would include upgrades to four separate road systems that will provide improved access to a significant area of mineralization in the central Yukon on existing public roads and resource-related access trails from southern and northern access points.

The northern portion of Dawson Range access includes upgrades to the existing Goldfield Roads as well as improvements to the Indian River Road to Coffee Creek. The southern portion of the Dawson Range access will include upgrades to the existing Freegold Road including construction of a bypass route around the community of Carmacks, as well as upgrades to the Casino Road. The final component of the Dawson Range access will be new road construction between the Casino and Coffee terminus points.

The Nahanni Range component of the project involves upgrades to the existing Nahanni Range Road from its junction with the Campbell Highway to the Yukon/NWT border.

Indian River Road

Freegold Road

Nahanni Range Road