The Department of Environment takes a leading role in: regulating and enforcing safe standards for air, water and soil; managing human impacts on fish and wildlife; providing quality outdoor recreation opportunities in territorial parks and campgrounds; and addressing the challenge of global climate change.
Services and information
March 27, 2020
Special guide licence lottery application period is being delayed and reassessed before June, but permit hunt authorization will continue as planned.
March 4, 2020
Government of Yukon launches new, user-friendly water well registry.
December 31, 2019
Licensed harvest on Fortymile caribou to open for first time in Yukon since 1995.
The Animal Health Unit: delivers animal health and animal protection programs; responds to threats to the health of wildlife and domestic animals; monitors health of wildlife and livestock through surveillance projects; provides animal health laboratory services; and makes policy and management recommendations to protect animal health and support public health.
The Climate Change Secretariat: coordinates the Government of Yukon’s response to climate change; forms climate change partnerships with Canada, First Nations, Yukon College and other organizations; coordinates climate change activities and participation; and develops climate change policies and strategies.
Conservation Officer Services: performs monitoring and enforcement; provides hunter, trapper and environmental education; provides resource management support; ensures public safety relating to wildlife; and manages trapline administration.
Environmental Protection and Assessment: performs analysis of environmental impacts; provides contaminated sites monitoring; administers permits for regulated activities and substances; provides public education and awareness; and remediates Government of Yukon owned contaminated sites.
Fish and Wildlife: perform fish and wildlife research and monitoring; coordinates harvest management; ensures habitat and wildlife management and protection; performs co-operative management; manages environmental youth camps and projects; and provides wildlife viewing programs.
The Water Resources branch: performs water-related strategic planning, policy development and implementation; performs regional water quality and quantity monitoring and research; provides expert technical advice regionally and nationally; and ensures enforcement and compliance of the Waters Act and water licences.
Yukon Parks: plans and operates territorial campgrounds, parks, recreation sites, and Canadian Heritage Rivers; prepares and implements park management plans; administers the Wilderness Tourism Licensing Act; and provides communications and interpretive programs related to parks, recreation and Leave No Trace.