Relief from work requirements

Due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, claim owners do not have to do work on their claims or prospecting leases in 2020 to stay in good standing. Find information about COVID-19.

Apply to carry out a Class 3 placer mining operation

Notice of relief

Due to travel restrictions and economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, miners do not have to do work on their claims or prospecting leases in 2020. You will not have to:

  • do annual representation work on quartz claims;
  • do annual representation work on placer claims;
  • do annual representation work on prospecting leases in their 1st or 2nd years; or
  • make a payment-in-lieu of work on quartz claims.

Relief applies to claims and prospecting leases that expire between April 23, 2020, and April 22, 2021. We’ll automatically extend the claims and prospecting leases expiring within this period. 

If you’ve already applied for relief and your claims expired prior to April 23, 2020, the Mineral Resources Branch will contact you.

If you choose to perform work, all notification and permitting requirements still apply. The relief order will not extend the expiry date of your notification or approval.

For more information, contact a district Mining recorder’s office.

Apply to carry out a Class 3 placer mining operation

Class 3 mining activities have a higher potential to cause adverse environmental impacts than Class 1 or Class 2.

Review the activity thresholds to determine if your operation is Class 3.

Class 3 activities require you to:

Prepare an operating plan

You must submit an operating plan for approval when you apply. Your operating plan should:

  • outline all proposed project activities;
  • include First Nations and stakeholder engagement; and
  • describe the measures you'll take to minimize adverse effects on the environment.

Your operating plan can cover a multi-year operation. Mining operations are typically 5 or 10 years.

Include in your operating plan:

  • your name and contact information;
  • a description of the natural characteristics of the area where the program will be carried out;
  • a map showing the area you'll be working;
  • the start date of the operation and the anticipated duration up to a 10-year maximum;
  • a description of the activities you'll undertake, including reclamation; and
  • a summary of any consultations that you held.

If you have questions about your operating plan, contact the district Mining Recorder's Office.

Submit your application

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Contact your local Mining Recorder's Office to:
    • ensure your operation is within the threshold limits;
    • ensure your form information is complete; and
    • submit your form and operating plan.
  3. You will need to pay an application fee of:
    • $250 for an operating plan covering 5 years or less; or
    • $500 for an operating plan covering more than 5 years.
  4. We recommend you discuss your project with the First Nation in whose Traditional Territory you'll be working.
  5. Contact a Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment designated office to complete the application process.
  6. The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board provides us with a recommendation on whether your operation should:
    • proceed as is;
    • proceed with terms or conditions; or
    • not proceed.
  7. We make a decision within 30 days of receiving the recommendation. We can extend the timeline by an additional 7 days if it requires consultation with First Nations without a final agreement.
  8. We'll consult with you on your final operating plan should your project be allowed to proceed.

Mineral activities in the Peel River watershed

The 2019 Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan guides the management of the region. This includes:

  • environmental protection;
  • social considerations; and
  • economic development.

The cornerstone of the plan is sustainable development.

We will evaluate proposed mineral activities in the Peel Watershed region for conformity to the plan. The plan will also inform assessment and regulatory steps.

Read our brochure to see a summary of the standards for all classes of mineral activities throughout the Peel Watershed region.