The Yukon Resource Gateway Program is a jointly-funded program providing benefits and opportunities from resource road upgrade projects to:
- First Nations;
- communities; and
Under the funding, projects will:
- provide necessary upgrades to existing road infrastructure;
- improve the safety and reliability of the road system; and
- provide more reliable access into areas of high mineral potential.
Under the program, we have committed to have project agreements with affected First Nations. This sets a high standard for partnership and collaboration.
Each project will go through Yukon’s assessment and regulatory process. This includes opportunities for public input and consultation with affected First Nations.
The total program proposal is valued at $468,845,000. Financial contributions are provided by the:
- Government of Canada – up to $248,179,000;
- Government of Yukon – up to $112,004,000; and
- mining industry – up to $108,662,000.
Completed project agreements with Yukon First Nations
Upgrades to the Silver Trail
In March 2021, the Government of Yukon and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun reached an agreement to upgrade the Silver Trail. Upgrades will be made between kilometre 0 at the Klondike Highway through Mayo to kilometre 110 at Keno City. The project includes:
- reconstruction of the road;
- improvements of critical structures;
- rehabilitation of the Mayo River bridge; and
- rectification of deficiencies in road geometry.
Improvements to the Freegold Road
In November 2020, the Government of Yukon and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation reached an agreement to upgrade 3 bridges along the Freegold Road.
The project includes reconstruction and replacement of the:
- Crossing Creek Bridge;
- Bow Creek Bridge; and
- Seymour Creek Bridge.
Before upgrading the Bow Creek Bridge and the Seymour Creek Bridge, we must reach an agreement with the Selkirk First Nation.
Improvements to the Robert Campbell Highway
In June 2020, the Government of Yukon and the Liard First Nation reached an agreement to upgrade parts of the Robert Campbell Highway. Improvements are proposed for kilometre 114 to 171 on the Robert Campbell Highway between Ross River and Watson Lake.
Improvements to the North Canol Road and the Robert Campbell Highway
In March 2020, the Government of Yukon and the Ross River Dena Council reached an agreement in principle for:
- bridge replacement and safety improvements on the North Canol Road; and
- construction and resurfacing of kilometre 354.9 to kilometre 414.4 of the Robert Campbell Highway.
Upgrades to the Nahanni Range Road
In January 2020, the Government of Yukon and the Liard First Nation reached an agreement for the 1st phase of upgrades to the Nahanni Range Road.
Phase 1 upgrades include:
- 2 bridge replacements;
- 1 bridge rehabilitation; and
- improvements to lines of sight and road geometry.
In March 2019, the Government of Yukon and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation reached an agreement for the proposed Carmacks bypass. The bypass project will construct a bypass road for mining traffic to access the Freegold Road without having to drive through the town of Carmacks. The project includes construction of the Nordenskiold River bridge.
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