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Mining policy notices
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 to keep them in good standing 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. You can continue to file work that has been completed on your claim or prospecting lease.
For more information, contact a district Mining recorder’s office.
Notice to prospecting leaseholders
If you plan to complete work or stake a lease to claims, you must meet all the standard requirements of a lease.
- You must perform $1,000 of work per mile ($625 per kilometre), as proposed in your work program and Class 1 notification. You must do this work before you can stake it to claims.
- You must file your work with us and stake the lease to claims before the anniversary date of your lease. This is not the same as the expiry date.
- After your lease’s anniversary date has passed for this year, you must file a new work program with us. We must approve your program before you begin working.
The maximum term of a lease is 3 years. This means you must stake your lease to claims within 3 years. You cannot apply relief to the lease in the 3rd year.
If you have any questions, contact your district Mining recorder’s office.
Recommendations for enhancing Yukon assessment and regulatory processes
This report by Gowling WLG provides recommendations to address challenges with assessing projects under the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act.
If you have questions about the report, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 867-456-3896.
Changes to Class 1 notification
As of April 1, 2020, you need to complete a Class 1 notification for activities across Yukon. If you have a valid Class 3 or Class 4 mining land use authorization, a Class 1 notification is not needed.
Courtesy notices of lapsing claims
Corporations doing business in Yukon
Corporations wanting to do business in Yukon must be registered with the Government of Yukon’s Corporate Affairs Branch. This includes to hold mining claims.
If you are not registered, your claim status and right to work it could be revoked.
For more information, contact a district Mining recorder's office.
ATAC Resources application to amend LQ00531
ATAC Resources’ application to amend their Class 3 operating plan was not approved. Download the reasons for decision document.
Notice of debarment
A Debarment Order was issued, under the Placer Mining Act, on April 5, 2019, and it's in effect for 3 years.
Placer Mining Act
- Timber Resources on Placer Claims located on Settlement Land
- Placer Mining in the Indian River Area
- Placer Claim Renewals: Schedule of Representation Work
- Placer Operation Class Criteria
- Placer Layovers
Quartz Mining Act
Miner's Lien Act
Yukon Minerals Advisory Board information
The Minerals Advisory Board makes recommendations to the Government of Yukon on actions we can take to increase mineral exploration and mine development. Learn more about the Minerals Advisory Board.
The board submits an annual report that is tabled in the Yukon Legislative Assembly. You can download these reports.